Fauci wants Trump campaign to take down ad featuring him

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Dr. Anthony Fauci's displeasure with the news that he may, again, be used in a Trump presidential campaign ad was palpable during a Monday appearance on CNN.

THE US ADMINISTRATION's leading infectious disease expert has condemned Donald's Trump campaign for including him in the president's re-election bid.

President Trump has repeatedly criticized using face masks, hardly ever carrying one himself and discouraging their use within the White Home. "We know that that is asking for trouble when you do that".

On Saturday, Trump held a small campaign rally on the South Lawn of the White House, where he spoke, unmasked, from the balcony to a group which included many Black and Latinx supporters.

"I'm not going to walk away from this outbreak no matter who's the president", he said. "Of course, of course the Trump administration and the Trump campaign should continue to use it in ads because its the truth".

In response to Fauci's allegations, a spokesperson from Trump's campaign said, "These are Dr. Fauci's own words".

Fauci has said that once it became clear that the virus was spreading from patients with no symptoms and that reusable cloth masks helped mitigate spread, he changed his recommendation.

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Last month he was slammed for holding a large, indoor campaign rally in Nevada that violated the state's COVID-19 regulations and during which supporters were packed together - many without masks, McClatchy News previously reported.

Though no date is provided on the quote, the interview occurred in March and was clipped from a longer passage in which Fauci praised the entire White House coronavirus task force.

Anthony Fauci speaks in Washington, DC, US June 30, 2020.

Polling suggests Mr Biden has a single-digit lead over Mr Trump and an ABC News/Ipsos poll found that just 35% of Americans approved of how Mr Trump has handled the crisis.

President Trump has resumed public events less than one week after he left Walter Reed hospital, where he was treated for COVID-19.

The doctor - whose direct remarks on failures in America's response to the virus have drawn him into conflict with Trump - has been a popular target for disinformation.

The wide range of clinical manifestations of the disease - some people experience no symptoms, while others have everything from flu-like symptoms to life-threatening and even fatal pneumonia and blood clots - makes conveying the dangerousness of Covid-19 incredibly challenging, he said.

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