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Fauci Warns: Another Trump Ad Featuring Him Would Be 'Outrageous' and 'Backfire'

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US top infectious disease expert censures Donald Trump for twisting his words for political campaign

In a memo released on Saturday night by the White House, Navy Commander Dr Sean Conley said Trump met the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for safely discontinuing isolation and that by "currently recognised standards" he was no longer considered a transmission risk.

In the CNN interview, Fauci also said a Trump television commercial that took comments he made about the president's response to COVID-19 "completely out of context" should be taken down.

He added, "We have a baseline of infections that varies between 40,000 and 50,000 per day".

In the campaign ad, Dr Fauci is made to appear as if he is praising the President's handling of the coronavirus.

"I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more", Fauci said.

"I personally saw them block him from being in White House press briefings", Troye said - appearing to highlight Fauci's marked absence from news conferences amid an effort to shut out voices that might cast a negative light on Trump's leadership during the pandemic. "It happens. And now is a worse time to do that, because when you look at what's happening in the United States, it's really very annoying". AdvertisementIn the ad, Fauci said, "I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more", in terms of acting on the onset of the COVID-19 outbreaks in the USA, but the line was in reference to the White House task force, not specifically Trump.

He spoke as Trump began his rally in Florida on Monday evening, three weeks before the November 3 election in which opinion polls show the Republican president trailing Democrat Joe Biden. The president amplified this, and insisted that his administration has done "a phenomenal job".

"Not in my wildest freakin dreams did I ever think about quitting", Fauci said. When Biden said wearing masks could save tens of thousands of lives, Trump contended that "Dr. Fauci said the opposite".

In the months before contracting COVID-19, Trump held several campaign rallies during which many of his supporters didn't wear masks or observe social distancing.

Fauci has sometimes been diplomatically critical of the president, including for holding rallies that attract thousands of people. "We've seen that when you have situations of congregant settings where there are a lot of people without masks, the data speak for themselves".

Former top Pence aide Olivia Troye on Monday said she was furious at an effort by the Trump campaign to use Dr. Anthony Fauci as a "political pawn" in a new political ad.

That gathering is being eyed as a possible Covid-19 superspreader event as more than two dozen people in attendance have contracted the virus. "That's not very hard to do and that should not interfere with getting the economy opening again".

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