Caputo faces firestorm after attacks on scientists

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Michael Caputo, the top communications official for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sparked a firestorm this week with comments attacking scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).His comments brought to the forefront concerns over political officials interfering with scientists in order to paint a false picture on the pandemic that favors President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump says he doesn’t think he could’ve done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing ‘herd mentality’ MORE’s public narrative. The controversy risks further undermining public health agencies and the Trump administration’s efforts to convince the public a potential coronavirus vaccine will be safe. ADVERTISEMENTIn a Facebook Live video first reported by The New York Times, Caputo said the CDC was harboring a “resistance unit” opposing Trump and accused government scientists of “sedition.”The news came after Caputo and one of his top aides came under fire in recent days for pressuring CDC scientists over their weekly reports on the coronavirus pandemic. He admitted to trying to control the content and timing of many of the reports because they undermined the …

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