I hope the quotes gathered here by the Times are accurate and *fair,* not ripped from some context that might make them seem more sensible. Because if not, they’ve done Michael Caputo a grave disservice by making him sound nuttier than squirrel turds.
Caputo, a Trump campaign veteran, is the chief spokesman for HHS. He was installed in that role in April, but even from the start his job had less to do with his own communications than policing the communications of others. “The move is designed to assert more White House control over Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who officials believe has been behind recent critical reports about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic,” sources told Politico at the time, noting that Caputo is known as an “intense Trump loyalist.” To all appearances, the president was installing a devoted crony to ride herd on the CDC’s COVID science six months out from an election that may well end up turning on perceptions about how well Trump has handled the pandemic.
Ever since, reports have been trickling into the media about Caputo and his aides meddling with the CDC to make sure that the agency’s message on the virus doesn’t conflict too strongly with the president’s. Go figure.