Renowned US immunologist dissociates himself from Trump for manipulation

The immunologist says his words were taken out of context in a Trump campaign video. AFP photo

Immunologist Anthony Fauci, an adviser to the White House during the pandemic and highly respected in the United States, expressed his displeasure on Sunday after his comments were manipulated in a campaign video to pretend that he supported the handling of the health crisis by the President Donald Trump.

"In nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any candidate," said the renowned director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a statement sent to AFP.

The 30-second campaign video highlights Trump's personal experience with the virus and includes a short excerpt from an interview with Fauci that suggests he praises the president's response to the pandemic.

"I can't imagine anyone could be doing more," Fauci says in the edited passage.

"The statements that the Republican party campaign team attributed to me without my permission were taken out of context from a comment I made several months ago about the efforts of federal health officials," the scientist said in the note.

As a member of the White House task force on coronavirus, Fauci, a world-renowned 79-year-old immunology expert, has had to carefully correct the US president on his rough - or wrong - comments about future vaccines. or treatments against covid-19.

At times, Trump lashed out at Fauci, as in April, when the president retweeted a message containing the hashtag #FireFauci ("Fire Fauci"), before assuring that "Tony" was doing a great job.




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