Donald Trump’s controversial coronavirus consultant Scott Atlas resigns: report

The outlet also reported that Scott Atlas’ contract is already due to expire later this week.

Washington:

U.S. media reported on Monday that one of President Donald Trump’s favorite coronovirus advisers sparked controversy with his comments against wearing masks and other issues.

Fox News received the resignation on December 1 of Scott Atlas, who lacked relevant experience or qualifications in public health or infectious diseases.

The outlet also reported that Atlas’s contract was already due to expire later this week.

“I am writing to resign from my post as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas said in his resignation letter.

He thanked Trump for the honor and “best wishes” for President-elect Joe Biden’s next administration.

“I worked hard with one particular goal – to save lives and help Americans get through this epidemic,” Atlas said, adding that he “always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political policy. . Of thought or influence. “

Atlas sparked a lot of controversy while working for his outgoing president, and his resignation comes with a nationwide rise in Kovid-19 cases.

The scientific community and public health have strongly contested his expertise and qualifications for his role.

In October, he tweeted: “Do masks work? No ”, despite the immense scientific evidence proving the benefits of wearing masks. Twitter hid the post as misinformation.

He also gave an interview to Russian state-controlled television station RT, in which he reduced the severity of the US coronavirus.

In November, he urged Michigan residents to “stand up” against Kovid-19’s measures, such as engaging in a total effort to defeat the pandemic, rather than blocking the spread of the virus.

As of Monday evening, the United States had recorded 13,522,247 coronavirus viruses and 267,844 deaths, both being the worst tolls in the world to date.

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