"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," Fauci said in a statement to CNN.
"Since the beginning, that we even recognized what this was, I have been devoting almost full time on this. I'm down at the White House virtually every day with the task force. ... It's every single day. So I can't imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more."
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh defended the use of Fauci's words, saying his remarks were in reference to the administration's COVID-19 response.
"These are Dr. Fauci's own words. The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci's mouth," Murtaugh told CNN.
“I believe so. ... I think in the context of what we’re being challenged with, I think everybody’s doing really well,” Fauci replied.