Five Points On Scott Atlas, Trump's Favorite New COVID Source - 2020-08-13
The President's got a new top doc. His name is Scott Atlas, and in recent months, Atlas has cut a well-worn path arguing on television that America's COVID-19 fears were overblown — that, as he said in May, "the cure is bigger than the disease."
It's a familiar pattern by now. The scientific contrarian takes conservative media by storm, ultimately influencing tens of millions of people via prominent appearances on Fox News. But Atlas, unlike other celebrity doctors in the COVID-19 era, has managed to turn his success into a White House gig.
As Politico reported Thursday morning, Atlas — but not Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert — now meets with a smaller group of influential Trump advisers apart from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Others in the side group include Dr. Deborah Birx (the Task Force's leader), Jared Kushner, Adam Boehler (CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and Kushner's former roommate) and Stephen Miller.