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Top Trump Coronavirus Adviser Scott Atlas Resigns His Post

Dec. 1, 2020, 1:14 AM

White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas, who won President Donald Trump’s favor by advocating the loosening of social distancing restrictions during the pandemic, resigned his post on Monday, according to a White House official.

His departure closes a controversial tenure in which the neuroradiologist without a background in infectious disease prevention or public health drew the ire of other members of the coronavirus task force for urging the president to abandon lockdowns, describing such efforts as harmful to Americans.

Scott Atlas
Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

In a resignation letter obtained by Fox News, which first reported his departure, Atlas said he was leaving...

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