A special adviser to President Donald Trump who joined the White House coronavirus task force team mid-way through the pandemic has tendered his resignation amid near-constant controversy. The White House confirmed his decision on Monday, according to the AP.
Just the News reported that Dr. Scott Atlas had been designated as a “special government employee” on a temporary 130-day detail that was set to expire this week, necessitating his resignation from the task force.
His brief tenure as an adviser to the president was marred from the start by incessant criticism from Democrats and the media alike, due to his opposition to lockdowns and insistence that schools be reopened, both of which contradict the preferred narratives and mitigation measures of the ideological left.
Atlas’s resignation letter
“I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas wrote in a letter to President Trump, dated Dec. 1. “I thank you for the honor and privilege to serve on behalf of the American people since August, during these difficult months for our nation.” Altas shared the letter on Twitter:
— Scott W. Atlas (@ScottWAtlas) December 1, 2020
“I worked hard with a singular focus — to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic,” he continued.
“As you know, I always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence,” Atlas wrote. “As time went on, like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater public good. But, perhaps more than anything, my advice was always focused on minimizing all the harms from both the pandemic and the structural policies themselves, especially to the working class and poor.”
Dr. Atlas noted that his views on how best to deal with the pandemic are shared by a number of other “top epidemiologists and medical professionals” as well as “thousands of medical and public health experts from around the world.” He wrote, “Although some may disagree with those recommendations, it is the free exchange of ideas that lead to scientific truths, which are the very foundation of any civilized society. Indeed, I cannot think of a time where safeguarding science and the scientific debate is more urgent.”
Atlas said it was an “honor” to work with the president’s team and praised its accomplishments, including identifying the “harms of prolonged lockdowns.” He ended his letter by wishing the team the best of luck in continuing to guide the nation through to the eventual conclusion of the pandemic.
Media gloats over his departure
Mainstream media outlets like NBC News, of course, chose to highlight the “controversial” nature of Dr. Atlas’ tenure as an adviser to President Trump, and pointed out that he is not an epidemiologist but is a neuroradiologist from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution that has “no background in infectious diseases.”
Just as the bulk of the media has done since Atlas joined the task force in August, NBC played up the purported tension and dissenting opinions between him and other members like Drs. Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx, and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield.
The outlet further falsely accused Atlas of having downplayed the severity of COVID-19 — something he never actually did — by twisting his words or taking him out of context, and all but cheered the fact that he would no longer be advising the president.