Top Trump health official apologises for spreading CDC conspiracy theories

HHS Spokesman Michael Caputo: People Should 'Buy Ammunition'

Caputo also "said without evidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was harboring a "resistance unit" determined to undermine President Donald Trump".

"It is clear Secretary Azar can not meet his basic responsibilities while allowing Michael A. Caputo, a yes-man for President Trump with no scientific expertise who publicly attacked CDC scientists and privately interfered with key CDC reports, to continue serving in such an influential role", Murray continued. In a Facebook Live video, Michael Caputo said "his mental health has definitely failed" and outlined multiple conspiracy theories, reports the New York Times, which says Caputo on Monday said threats have been directed at him and his family since he joined the administration.

He also raised the specter of violence if Trump wins the election, saying: "The drills that you've seen are nothing".

HHS public affairs chief Michael Caputo and his scientific adviser Paul Alexander pressured CDC officials to alter the reports, even retroactively, so that they would be in agreement with President Donald Trump's more optimistic message about the pandemic, according to Politico.

Caputo declined to discuss the matter any further in a brief phone interview with CNN later Monday, except to say he made the comments as he was dealing with some of the pressure caused by harassment to himself and his family over the last several days. The source close to the White House said Caputo, who is a longtime Trump political operative, was forced upon Azar and the latest controversy likely won't help his standing with the secretary.

As Caputo's rant drew national news coverage and condemnation from Democratic lawmakers and other critics, HHS issued a statement to CBS News backing Caputo, calling him "a critical, integral part of the president's coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic".

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Those scientists "haven't gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops" to plot "how they're going to attack Donald Trump", Mr Caputo alleged.

Mr Caputo's conspiracy theory about the "resistance unit" of U.S. doctors and health officials closely mirrors rhetoric from the Oval Office, where Mr Trump has spouted baseless accusations of his own about a "deep state" conspiracy to prevent the rapid production of a Covid-19 vaccine.

"I'm not going anywhere", Caputo said in the video.

Caputo has a history of making inflammatory remarks on social media.

Public health experts have slammed the Trump administration's interferring with the reports, noting that the reports have been a bedrock of global public health work for decades, including one that revealed the existence of HIV in 1981.

Caputo also made a slew of crude and sexist comments toward women in a series of now-deleted tweets.

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