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Fauci says he was taken out of context in new Trump campaign ad on coronavirus response

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(CNN) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci is speaking out about a new Trump Campaign ad, saying he did not consent to being featured in it, and his words were taken out of context.

The Trump Campaign released the ad last week after the President was discharged from the hospital.

The 30-second ad touts President Trump's recovery from COVID-19 and his administration's response to the pandemic.

It includes a quote from Fauci in which he says, "I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more."

When asked if he agreed to be featured in the ad, Fauci released a statement to CNN saying:

"In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials."

The clip used in the ad is from a March interview with Fox News.

During that interview, Fauci praised the White House Coronavirus Task Force's round-the-clock effort to respond to the pandemic, which he says included numerous White House meetings and late-night phone calls.

Fauci explains he was not refering to President Trump's overall handling of the pandemic.

In a tweet, President Trump responded to Fauci's complaint about being taken out of context.

He says the quotation uses Fauci's own words.

Trump adds that he thinks his team has done a phenomenal job with the pandemic.

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