One of President Donald Trump’s preferred coronavirus advisors, who caused controversy over his comments against wearing masks and other issues, has resigned, US media reported on Monday.
Fox News received the December 1 resignation letter for Scott Atlas who lacked relevant public health or infectious disease experience or qualifications.
The outlet also reported that Atlas’ contract should expire later this week.
“I am writing to resign from my position as special advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas said in his resignation letter.
He thanked Trump for the honor and wished the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden “all the best”.
“I’ve worked hard with a unique focus – to save lives and help Americans with this pandemic,” said Atlas, adding that he “always relied on the latest scientific knowledge and evidence, without political deliberation or interference. “
Atlas has been controversial for much of his tenure for the outgoing president, and his resignation has been linked to rising Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Both the scientific and public health communities vehemently contested his expertise and qualifications for his role.
In October, he tweeted, “Masks work? NO,” despite overwhelming scientific evidence to show the benefits of wearing masks. Twitter hid the message as misinformation.
He also gave an interview with the state-controlled Russian television broadcaster RT, in which he downplayed the severity of the spread of the U.S. coronavirus.
In November, he urged people of Michigan to “stand up” against Covid-19 measures such as lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus, rather than just going out on deck to try to beat the pandemic.
As of Monday evening, the US had recorded 13,522,247 coronavirus cases and 267,844 deaths, both of which are by far the worst tolls in the world.
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