Michael Caputo, the Health and Human Services spokesman who accused government scientists of leading a rebellion against President Trump, will take a 60-day medical leave, the department announced Wednesday.
“Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has decided to take a leave of absence to focus on his health and the well-being of his family,” the department said in a statement.
The longtime GOP operative was forced to apologize on Tuesday after he made a series of bizarre and troubling comments in a live video on his private Facebook page.
Without providing evidence, Caputo claimed that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were harboring a “resistance unit” to undermine Trump, and warned of an armed uprising if the president lost the election.
The former Trump campaign official said scientists at the agency “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops”