“Mr. Caputo is a essential, integral a part of the president’s coronavirus response, main on public messaging as Individuals want public well being info to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic,” the Division of Well being and Human Providers mentioned in an announcement.
Mr. Caputo’s Fb feedback had been one other signal of the administration’s deep antipathy and suspicion for its personal scientific consultants throughout the paperwork and the rising political stress on these consultants to toe a political line favorable to Mr. Trump.
This weekend, first Politico, then The New York Occasions and different information media organizations printed accounts of how Mr. Caputo and a prime aide had routinely labored to revise, delay and even scuttle the core well being bulletins of the C.D.C. to color the administration’s pandemic response in a extra constructive gentle. The C.D.C.’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Studies had beforehand been so completely shielded from political interference that political appointees solely noticed them simply earlier than they had been printed.
Mr. Caputo’s 26-minute broadside on Fb in opposition to scientists, the information media and Democrats was additionally one other instance of a senior administration official stoking public nervousness in regards to the election and conspiracy theories in regards to the “deep state” — the label Mr. Trump typically attaches to the federal Civil Service paperwork.
Mr. Caputo predicted that the president would win re-election in November, however that his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., would refuse to concede, resulting in violence. “And when Donald Trump refuses to face down on the inauguration, the capturing will start,” he mentioned. “The drills that you simply’ve seen are nothing.”
There have been no apparent indicators from administration officers on Monday that Mr. Caputo’s job was at risk. Quite the opposite, Mr. Trump once more added his voice to the administration’s science denialism. Because the president visited California to point out solidarity with the fire-ravaged West, he challenged the established science of local weather change, declaring, “It’s going to begin getting cooler.” He added: “Simply watch. I don’t assume science is aware of, truly.”
Mr. Caputo’s remarks additionally dovetailed partly with these of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime confidant of each Mr. Caputo and Mr. Trump. Mr. Stone, whose 40-month jail sentence for mendacity to Congress was commuted by the president in July, advised the conspiracy web site Infowars on Friday that Mr. Trump ought to think about declaring martial regulation if he misplaced re-election.