HHS spokesman Michael Caputo blasts coronavirus test story, loses temper on call with reporters - 2020-06-24

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F0.png HHS spokesman Michael Caputo blasts coronavirus test story, loses temper on call with reporters June 24, 2020, Dan Mangan, CNBC

A top spokesman for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department angrily unloaded on dozens of journalists Wednesday, accusing them of getting "spun" by what he said was a misleading story about federal funding getting eliminated for 13 coronavirus testing sites.

The tirade by Michael Caputo, the spokesman, led to the abrupt termination of a conference call that HHS was hosting for the reporters with Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump administration's Covid-19 testing czar.

"The reason why we put this call together so quickly and why we have upwards of 75 reporters on this call is because you've been spun up," fumed Caputo, interjecting on the call for the first time after nearly an hour without speaking

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