Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to President Trump, a White House official said Monday. Over the course of four months, Atlas has repeatedly come into conflict with other members of the coronavirus response group, a source told Reuters.
“I am writing to announce my resignation as Special Adviser to the President of the United States,” Scott Atlas said in a December 1 letter to Trump posted on Twitter.
Public health experts including Anthony Fauci, a leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, criticized Atlas, a neuroradiologist, for providing misleading or misleading information about the coronavirus pandemic to President Trump.
In his letter, Atlas listed what he sees as achievements: reopening schools and increasing testing. He also responded to his many critics.
“Like all scientists and health policy researchers, I have studied new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world in an effort to provide you with the best information that will serve the common good,” he wrote.
Atlas’s views on the fight against the pandemic have been condemned by colleagues from the Stanford University Medical Department and other organizations.
Atlas has repeatedly downplayed the importance of wearing masks and said this month that isolation regimes were an “epic failure” in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
He also had to apologize this month for an interview with the Kremlin-funded Russian television channel RT. He stated that he did not know RT was a registered foreign agent in the United States.
Dr. Celine Graunder, member of President-elect Biden’s Coronavirus Advisory Group, was relieved to hear of the resignation. “I am delighted that in the future, qualified people, infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists like me will help lead this effort,” she told CNBC. “You wouldn’t go to an orthopedist for a heart attack, which is essentially what was happening.”