One of President Donald Trump’s favored coronavirus advisors who sparked controversy over his comments against mask-wearing and other issues has resigned, US media reported Monday. After a controversial four months during which he clashed repeatedly with other members of the coronavirus task force.
“I am writing to resign from my position as special adviser to the president of the United States,” Mr. Atlas said in a letter to Mr. Trump dated December 1 that he posted on Twitter. He thanked Trump for the honor and wished “all the best” to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration.
Voters’ unhappiness with Mr. Trump’s response to the global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands helped propel his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, to victory in the November 3 election.
Public health experts, including Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert, have sharply criticized Mr. Atlas, a neuroradiologist, for providing Mr. Trump with misleading or incorrect information on the virus pandemic.
Dr. Celine Grounder, a member of Mr. Biden’s advisory panel on the crisis, greeted the news of the resignation with relief.
“I’m relieved that in the future, people who are qualified, people who are infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists like me will be helping to lead this effort,” she told broadcaster CNBC. “You wouldn’t go to a podiatrist for a heart attack and that was essentially what was happening.”