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Trump Appointee: Let's Infect Kids With COVID

Paul Alexander's emails emerge at a House subcommittee

(Newser) - A top Trump appointee argued this summer that "infants" and "kids" should be infected with COVID-19, CNBC reports. In a July 4 email brought to light by a House subcommittee, former Health and Human services advisor Paul Alexander wrote to senior officials that Washington should let "non-high...

Michael Caputo, Who Blamed Rant on Health, Has Cancer

HHS spokesman undergoes surgery and urges Americans to not ignore health during pandemic

(Newser) - A Trump administration spokesman who blamed an online outburst —in which he advised Americans to buy ammunition to prepare for the aftermath of the November election—on stress and health problems is battling cancer. A spokesman said Michael Caputo had surgery at the National Cancer Institute, Politico reports, and...

Top HHS Aide Takes Leave After Facebook Rant

Caputo 'has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health'

(Newser) - A top Department of Health and Human Services aide who aired numerous conspiracy theories in a Facebook Live rant will be on leave for the next 60 days, the department says. Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official appointed as chief HHS spokesperson in April, "has decided to take...

Caputo Blames Facebook Rant on Stress, Health

He has hinted at stepping down, sources say

(Newser) - Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo has apologized to staff for his bizarre Facebook Live rant on Sunday and has hinted that he might step down, sources tell Politico . The insiders say Caputo—who claimed Sunday that a "resistance unit" of government scientists was plotting against...

HHS Spokesman: People Should 'Buy Ammunition'

Michael Caputo claims CDC scientists are conspiring against Trump

(Newser) - The former Trump campaign employee appointed in April as spokesperson for the Health and Human Services department on Sunday issued warnings that had little to do with the coronavirus. In a Facebook Live video, Michael Caputo said "his mental health has definitely failed" and outlined multiple conspiracy theories, reports...

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