Washington – President Donald Trump’s coronovirus epidemic dr. Scott Atlas’s top medical adviser, according to two administration officials, has not personally attended White House task force meetings since late September, as he continues to spread information about the worsening health crisis.
Following the growing division the group’s leading medical experts – Drs. Deborah Birks and Drs. Anthony Fauci indicated that he did not appreciate Atlas’s controversial input or contribution to situation room gatherings.
“This was done in relation to Fauci and Birex because they originally said they would not work with them,” a senior administration official said of the absence at the meetings.
Atlas, who became the group’s newest member in August and works frequently from the White House campus, has been elevated by the president in recent weeks as his views reduce Trump’s severity and question the efficacy of Trump. Are more closely associated with. Mask.
Atlas has repeatedly criticized statewide sanctions and argued that the isolation caused by them would, unlike most public health officials, cause more permanent damage from the disease.
And in an interview on Fox News this week, he appeared this season claiming to encourage big holiday celebrations: “For many people, this is their final thanks, believe it or not. What we’re doing here Huh?”
The neuroradiologist has no background in infectious diseases and his recent provocative statements have also influenced Stanford University – where he is on leave from a fellowship at the Hoover Institution – to distance himself from the public.
“We use masks, social disturbances, and support surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health officials. Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the epidemic, ”the university said in a statement on Monday.
The White House declined to comment on why Atlas has continued media interviews from North Lawn when he is not part of recent task force meetings or whether he is receiving government salaries.
Over the summer, Atlas frequently appeared on Fox News and eventually caught sight of the president, who invited him to join the group managing the epidemic response. Once, he quickly clashed with Birx and Fauci, as well as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Also Robert Redfield.
Redfield was heard on an airplane in September complaining of the expansion of Atlas’ effects, claiming that “what he says is all wrong.” Redfield was voicing alarm in a conversation with an aide that the president made relations with Atlas as the epidemic continued to worsen.
When Atlas tweeted “Rise” this week in response to the new Michigan Health and Safety Guidelines, the subject of his Democratic governor plotting to kidnap and kill him, he later had to clarify that he didn’t mean to impose violence. .
Fauci responded during an interview on the “Today” show on Monday: “I completely disagree with this and I have made no secret of it. I mean, I as a person have nothing against Dr. Atlas Want to say, but I completely disagree with the stand they took. I’m done right now. “
The Beerks and Fauci did not appear in the briefing room with the president for months, after becoming an almost daily presence in the first months of the federal response. Instead, when the president resumed sporadic press conferences on the virus in August and September, he would sometimes invite Atlas to come with him and answer some questions or make brief remarks.
In all of October and yet in November, however, there has been no press briefing at the White House from any medical expert of the task force for the spread of the virus or skyrocketing cases and hospitalization. An event was added for Thursday afternoon, but it is unclear who will attend.
The administration has encouraged the development of the vaccine in recent weeks, but did not question reporters on how it would work with the Biden team coming up on the distribution plan in the months ahead. A smooth transition continues by the General Services Administration, which is yet to certify the outcome of the election.
According to an administration official, the president, for his part, has not attended a task force meeting since April or May and has no plans in the coming weeks. He has left that responsibility to Vice President Mike Pence, who has chaired the group since February.
Neither Trump nor Pence have publicly acknowledged the severe milestone marked this week of the more than 250,000 Americans who lost their lives with the virus.
Pence has held more frequent meetings on coronoviruses in the weeks before the election. For the first time in months, the vice president is leading two task force meetings in a week’s time. In late summer and early fall the gatherings had become weekly events only.
Consent from the group, in a recent report, was shared privately with the states but was not publicly released in recent times, with an extremely serious warning.
The task force wrote, “Now the aggressive, untrustworthy, broad community is expanding, spreading across corners of the country, with most counties without evidence of improvement, but rather getting worse.” Mitigation efforts are inadequate and Kovid-19 and non-Kovid-19 must be increased to level the curve to maintain the health system for emergencies. “