NIH director: Crowded Trump rally left him 'pretty puzzled and rather disheartened'

NIH director: Crowded Trump rally left him 'pretty puzzled and rather disheartened'


National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said the latest Trump rally left him feeling “disheartened.”

During a Thursday evening interview on CNN, the top health official discussed the lack of precautionary measures taken by people who were in attendance at President Trump’s crowded campaign rally in Michigan at that same time.

“It just deeply puzzles me, Sanjay,” Collins said to CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta before criticizing the politicization of coronavirus prevention.

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“Imagine you were an alien who landed on planet Earth, and you saw that our planet was afflicted by an infectious disease and that masks were an effective way to prevent the spread,” he said. “And yet, when you went around, you saw some people not wearing them and some people wearing them. And you tried to figure out why, and it turned out it was their political party. And you would scratch your head and think, ‘This is just not a planet

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