HHS Official Apologizes for Facebook Video Warning of Plot Against President

HHS Official Apologizes for Facebook Video Warning of Plot Against President

According to Politico, Mr Caputo and Mr Alexander complained about a report that explained children can transmit the coronavirus and Mr Alexander asked the CDC to alter it or pull it down, saying the report could impact school reopening and hurt Mr Trump politically. "Yet HHS officials apparently viewed these scientific reports as opportunities for political manipulation".

Schumer's call came days after Michael Caputo, the top communications official at HHS, publicly accused CDC scientists of engaging in "sedition" against Trump and baselessly warned that "there are hit squads being trained all over this country" to prevent President Donald Trump from winning reelection.

Caputo told his staff he was under stress because of concerns about his physical health and threats to his safety and his family's. He said Joe Biden would refuse to concede the election and that "when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin".

"You understand that they're going to have to kill me, and, unfortunately, I think that's where this is going", he said.

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

The Times, Politico and others have reported that Caputo led efforts to alter CDC bulletins to better fit the Trump administration's narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is under control. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the significance of the virus, sometimes contradicting his own White House task force doctors.

Ontario premier confirms new measures are coming for COVID-19 hotspots
The OHA echoed the same sentiment, saying Ontario's economy may be forced to shut down again if case numbers continue to rise. The majority of cases are from three regions - Peel, Toronto, and Ottawa and the five-day rolling average is 249 new cases.

Following the explosive reporting, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Monday launched an investigation into the Trump officials' reported interference with the CDC's work, declaring that the "public needs and deserves truthful scientific information so they can keep themselves and their families healthy". CNN previously reported that the contract, which was advertised over the summer to help the administration "defeat despair and inspire hope" surrounding coronavirus, according to the performance work document sent to communication firms, is valued at $250 million.

"Mr. Caputo has claimed that the president personally put him in charge of his $250 million advertising campaign meant to help America to get back to normal".

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

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

During his Facebook Live broadcast, Mr Caputo alleged, without providing any evidence, that career health experts at the CDC had formed a "resistance unit" against Mr Trump.

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

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