HHS coronavirus communications chief takes leave of absence after rant

The Department of Health and Human Services’ communications chief, Michael Caputo, will be taking a two-month leave of absence after accusing government scientists of “sedition” in a Facebook rant.

HHS on Wednesday announced that Caputo, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, would be taking 60 days to “focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

Caputo on Sunday promoted false conspiracy theories on Facebook Live, baselessly accusing government scientists of “sedition” and accusing them of belonging to a “resistance unit” of scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is plotting “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump next.”

He reportedly apologized to his staff on Tuesday for bringing negative attention to the department.

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