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Publish Date: 8:50 - 17 September 2020
Thursday, 17 September 2020_Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary of public affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has apologized to the HHS staff ​​​​​​over his inflammatory comments about the scientists of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking a 60-day leave of absence.

Trump health official apologizes for attack on CDC scientistsIn a live video posted on Facebook on Sunday, Caputo claimed that the CDC has turned into a “resistance unit” against the US President Donald Trump, accusing the center's scientists of sedition.

“There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president,” he said, adding that the career scientists "haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump.”

Caputo also suggested that supporters of the US president should "buy ammunition" ahead of the 2020 election.

"When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he stressed. “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.”

The video came a day after a Politico report revealed that Caputo and his top aids had tried to change the CDC's weekly reports about the coronavirus pandemic to be more compatible with Trump's views.

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