The US Health Department’s top spokesman claimed the government’s own disease prevention agency was running a “resistance unit” to undermine Donald Trump and accused its scientists of “sedition”.
Michael Caputo, a public affairs official at the Department of Health and Human Services, also suggested that he was potentially personally in danger from opponents of the administration.
“You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going,” he said in a video on his personal Facebook page, seen by the New York Times.
Mr Caputo, who has leads the Health department’s messaging, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency which leads the US response to the pandemic, was harbouring a “resistance unit” which was determined to use the coronavirus to undermine Mr Trump, even if it led to more deaths from the virus.
The official said the CDC’s scientists had done nothing except meet to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next”.