The top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence, the agency announced Wednesday, days after he promoted dangerous conspiracy theories during a Facebook Live video.
In the video, first reported by The New York Times, Michael Caputo, HHS' assistant secretary for public affairs, charged that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "don't want America to get well." He also urged supporters of President Donald Trump to load up on ammunition in preparation for a violent left- wing rebellion if the president wins re-election.
Caputo also said in the video that he has been having health issues and that his "mental health has definitely failed."
In the announcement, HHS said Caputo "has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family."
"Mr. Caputo will be on leave for the next 60 days," it said.
Caputo issued a statement a short time later saying he was receiving treatment for a recently discovered "lymphatic issue." He made no mention of his Facebook screed but said the health issue "contributed to my stress level, along with the increasing number of violent threats leveled at me and my family back in Buffalo."
The White House named Caputo, a longtime Trump loyalist, to HHS in April, following reports that painted HHS Secretary Alex Azar as having raised early concerns about the coronavirus.
In the months since, Caputo, who has no science background, has been accused of trying to interfere with the CDC's messaging about the virus, but never as spectacularly as he did in the Facebook rant......
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How do you like that hateful headline? Shouldov been "HHS honcho spills the beans on the entire Covid-19 racket". A shame he's got those problems, admirable he's so forthright about it. The DC Post calls his remarks 'incendiary' -- GOOD, the lies and hoaxes definitely need the torch!
This is a huge breakthrough, another red-letter day -- a shame it will just sink beneath the churning waves of establishment and jewsmedia diarrhea. He shouldov condemned HHS too, but who could blame him -- like the few good Israelis speaking up for the Palestinians but not the Lebanese, Syrians etc.