“Mr. Caputo is a critical, integral part of the president’s coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic,” the Department of Health and Human Services mentioned in a press release.
Mr. Caputo’s Facebook feedback had been one other signal of the administration’s deep antipathy and suspicion for its personal scientific specialists throughout the forms and the rising political strain on these specialists to toe a political line favorable to Mr. Trump.
This weekend, first Politico, then The New York Times 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 Reports 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 Facebook in opposition to scientists, the information media and Democrats was additionally one other instance of a senior administration official stoking public nervousness concerning the election and conspiracy theories concerning the “deep state” — the label Mr. Trump typically attaches to the federal Civil Service forms.
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 stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he mentioned. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”
There had been no apparent indicators from administration officers on Monday that Mr. Caputo’s job was in peril. On the opposite, Mr. Trump once more added his voice to the administration’s science denialism. As the president visited California to point out solidarity with the fire-ravaged West, he challenged the established science of local weather change, declaring, “It will start getting cooler.” He added: “Just watch. I don’t think science knows, actually.”
Mr. Caputo’s remarks additionally dovetailed partially 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 take into account declaring martial regulation if he misplaced re-election.