Scott Atlas, who has emerged as one among US president Donald Trump’s chief advisers on the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday apologised for accepting an interview with a broadcaster funded by the Russian authorities.
“I just lately did an interview with RT and was unaware they’re a registered international agent,” Dr Atlas wrote on Twitter.
“I remorse doing the interview and apologise for permitting myself to be taken benefit of. I particularly apologise to the nationwide safety neighborhood who’s working exhausting to defend us.”
Dr Atlas, a neuroradiologist who joined the White Home in August, has emerged as a public face of the US response to the pandemic, rivalling Anthony Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments.
He has contradicted Dr Fauci over mask-wearing and different measures designed to stem the unfold of coronavirus. Final month, Twitter deleted a put up by Dr Atlas, pictured, arguing that masks are ineffective.
The interview with RT, previously Russia As we speak, was aired on Saturday.
In August, a high US intelligence official warned that Russian media would search to intrude within the presidential election.
William Evanina, director of the Nationwide Counterintelligence and Safety Heart, stated Moscow was attempting to “denigrate” and “undermine” the Democratic celebration’s candidate Joe Biden and what it sees as an “anti-Russia institution”.
He additionally stated in a press release that pro-Russia forces have been searching for to “enhance President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian tv”.