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- Scott Atlas served as former President Trump’s special adviser and member of the White House coronavirus task force.
- Atlas is releasing a book that pledges to reveal an unvarnished picture of the former administration’s efforts to fight the pandemic.
- The book specifically targets Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, well known experts that served under Trump’s task force.
Former President Trump’s special advisor and member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, Scott Atlas, is releasing a book that details his account of the early days of the White House’s coronavirus response and he targets well known medical experts.
Atlas’ book, titled “A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America,” is set to be released on Dec. 7. According to the book’s distributor, Simon & Shuster, Atlas attempts to reveal the reality behind the cameras, with revelations about the White House’s task force members, including physician Deborah Birx and National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci.
“The book includes shocking evaluations of the task force members’ limited knowledge and grasp of the science of COVID and details heated discussions with task force members, including all of the most controversial episodes that dominated headlines for weeks,” according to Simon & Shuster.
Considered a controversial figure himself at the time, Atlas is a radiologist and fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He was brought on by the Trump administration in December 2020 but resigned after four months into his role.
He spoke with Fox News about his upcoming book and said it, “provides a candid perspective on how our leaders functioned in the greatest health care crisis in the past century — the pandemic and its management —without the distorting sense of media and politics.”
The Trump administration’s White House coronavirus task force, headed by former Vice President Mike Pence, consisted of Birx, Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, among others.
According to The Guardian, Atlas focused on Birx and Fauci in his new book and essentially blamed the duo for not doing enough during the Trump administration’s gaffes, particularly the moment Trump suggested the idea of ingesting disinfectant, while on camera during a press briefing.
“Birx and Fauci stood alongside the president during headline-dominating debacles in the Brady Press Room about using hydroxychloroquine, drinking disinfectant, ingesting bleach and using UV light to cure the virus. They were there as the sole medical input into the taskforce, generating the entire advisory output to the states,” wrote Atlas, according to The Guardian.
Hydroxychloroquine was an especially contentious subject during the Trump administration, with the former president publicly disagreeing with Fauci over it, due to the drug being primarily used as an anti-malaria treatment and for people with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Trump went on to take hydroxychloroquine himself, with the White House physician saying, “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks”
Fauci later went on CNN and said hydroxychloroquine was not an effective drug to treat COVID-19.
According to The Guardian, Atlas also criticized Birx in his book, saying she had “volatile behavior,” and “interrupt[ed] all who challenged her.” However, then-Vice President Mike Pence decided removing her from the task force was, “simply not worth the risk to the upcoming election.”
Atlas’ revelations come just as Brix spoke with congressional investigators in October about the Trump administration’s failures in responding to the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in hundreds of thousands of American deaths.
According to The New York Times, Birx told investigators about her attempts to flag the controversial methods Atlas endorsed, like herd immunity, saying, “I was constantly raising the alert in the doctors’ meetings of the depth of my concern about Dr. Atlas’ position, Dr. Atlas’ access, Dr. Atlas’ theories and hypothesis, and the depths and breadths of my concern.”
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