Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook - 2020-08-17
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Atlas' elevation inside the White House comes at a time when Trump aides are trying to give the perception of doing everything they can to fight the virus and find a vaccine roughly 80 days from the election, as the rate of infection climbs and the United States' testing capacity falls short. Trump has sidelined or lashed out at many of his top health professionals, including Fauci and Birx, and has welcomed the different medical perspective Atlas provides, one senior administration official said.
Atlas declined to comment when reached by phone.