A Trump administration appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services is trying to prevent Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, from speaking about the risks that coronavirus poses to children. Emails obtained by POLITICO show Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Michael Caputo, HHS’s assistant secretary for public affairs — instructing press officers and others at the National Institutes of Health about what Fauci should say during media interviews.
“I continue to have an issue with kids getting tested and repeatedly and even university students in a widespread manner…and I disagree with Dr. Fauci on this. Vehemently,” Alexander wrote in one Aug. 27 email, responding to a press-office summary of what Fauci intended to tell a Bloomberg reporter. And on Tuesday, Alexander told Fauci’s press team that the scientist should not promote mask-wearing by children during an MSNBC interview.
As a reminder, this guy’s boss, Michael Caputo, an associate of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, has been exposed for racist postings and for promoting batshit conspiracy theories.
Some unproven theories that HHS adviser Paul Alexander pressed to include in Dr. Fauci's talking points:
– There is "zero" risk for kids to get Covid
– Kids shouldn't wear masks
– Testing asymptomatic people "makes no logical sense."https://t.co/83qdJV5lZ8
— Sarah Owermohle (@owermohle) September 9, 2020