Aug 12, 2020 by

8.11.20 – The Daily Mail

“Trump unveils new coronavirus task-force doctor to rival Dr. Fauci: President introduces ‘very famous man’ Dr. Scott Atlas who warns against ‘hysteria’ of closing schools’”

Dr. Scott Atlas on new role advising White House, fate of college sports  amid COVID pandemic [Video]

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U. S. Political Editor for Daily Mail

Excerpts from this article:

President Donald Trump signaled a new shift in his public health posture to the coronavirus pandemic Monday at the White House when he announced the presence of Dr. Scott Atlas – who has warned of the costs of school closings…

he [Pres. Trump] briefly pointed to Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and mentioned him to the press.  He said Atlas, who has appeared on Fox News, ‘will be working with us on the coronavirus’ and ‘he has many great ideas.’

The shout-out came after Trump has spent weeks occasionally clashing with national health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on lockdowns and school closings…

‘Scott Atlas is a brilliant guy and he thinks by early October that we could well be burned out of COVID…

…Atlas in his speakers’ bureau bio says he has advised presidential candidates, and has been identified as an advisor to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign.

“…I [Pres. Trump] get thousands of e-mails a week from all over the world, from professors, teachers, mothers in the United States and elsewhere, they are stunned that we are willing to just simply destroy our children out of some bizarre notion that is completely contrary to the science,’ he said.

…White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has frequently quoted Atlas, as she did in July from the White House podium when she said: ‘Children under 18 have virtually zero risk of death from COVID, virtually zero risk of serious illness.’

Trump on Monday voiced support for Atlas’ views. ‘I think schools have to open,’ the president said. ‘I think it’s a very important thing for the economy to get the schools going.’

Atlas offered up-beat information in a July interview even as cases rose.

“If cases go up, that’s okay, the key thing is to prevent a big outbreak of deaths and serious complications and the way we do that is by protecting the high risk group,” Atlas said. “Actually, we have been protecting the high risk group much better now, because we see that there’s a huge increase in cases but there’s actually a decrease in the rate of hospitalizations and a continuing decrease in the rate of deaths.”

Trump also defended an executive order he referenced over the weekend that would provide healthcare protections for Americans with preexisting medical conditions. He was asked an order was needed, when a ban on denial of preexisting conditions is one of the centerpieces of Obamacare.

Trump regularly rails against the law and helped take down its individual mandate, but those provisions remain in force.   

Trump said his order was ‘just a double safety net and just to let people know that the Republicans are already strongly in favor of’ protections for preexisting conditions.

‘It’s a signal to people. It’s a second platform,’ Trump said, acknowledging the move was symbolic.

Donna Garner

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