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Reports: HHS official, Trump ally Michael Caputo apologizes after accusing CDC scientists of traitorous acts - 2020-09-15

F367.png Reports: HHS official, Trump ally Michael Caputo apologizes after accusing CDC scientists of traitorous acts September 15, 2020, William Cummings, USA Today

Health and Human Servies official Michael Caputo, who has been accused of trying to manipulate COVID-19 data for political purposes, apologized for espousing conspiracy theories according to multiple media reports.

Without offering evidence, Caputo, assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS, accused scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of "sedition" and falsely claimed they had formed a "resistance unit" against President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times. The Times first reported the contents of the video stream on Caputo's Facebook page, which has since been made private. Caputo later related what he said in the video to The Washington Post and CNN.

Politico reported that Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for embarrassing HHS Secretary Alex Azar and the agency, while also drawing negative attention to the administration's health care strategy.

According to New York Times, Caputo also signaled he might be departing his role soon.

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{{cite news | first = William | last = Cummings | title = Reports: HHS official, Trump ally Michael Caputo apologizes after accusing CDC scientists of traitorous acts | url = https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/15/michael-caputo-election-violence-conspiracy-theories/5802225002/ | work = USA Today | date = September 15, 2020 | accessdate = September 16, 2020 }}