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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:21 PM

Caputo apologizes to HHS staff for making false accusations

Source: Politico

Top HHS spokesman Michael Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for leveling a series of false accusations on Facebook Live over the weekend, according to three people with knowledge of the meeting.

Caputo told staffers that his remarks — which included unfounded allegations the Centers for Disease Control was harboring a “resistance unit” — reflected poorly on HHS’ communications office. He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

Caputo also said he is scheduled to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar later Tuesday, the people with knowledge of the meeting said.

The session left some staffers with the impression that Caputo would soon step aside as the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, the three people with knowledge of the meeting said, though they cautioned that his fate remained in flux. During the meeting, Caputo made allusions to the fact that HHS had functioned for a long time in the past without a permanent top communications official.


Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/15/michael-caputo-apology-hhs-staff-415206

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Reply Caputo apologizes to HHS staff for making false accusations (Original post)
brooklynite Tuesday OP
soothsayer Tuesday #1
still_one Tuesday #2
brush Tuesday #3
winstars Tuesday #4
frazzled Tuesday #5
yaesu Tuesday #6
RainCaster Tuesday #7
Wellstone ruled Tuesday #8
Siwsan Tuesday #9
GentryDixon Tuesday #10
swag Tuesday #11
intheflow Tuesday #17
BlueIdaho Tuesday #12
Rebl2 Tuesday #13
BigmanPigman Tuesday #14
Grokenstein Tuesday #15
LanternWaste Tuesday #16
Lock him up. Tuesday #18
mahatmakanejeeves Tuesday #19

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:22 PM

1. US or Moscow staff?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:22 PM

2. How about resigning Caputo. You are not qualified to be in that position

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:24 PM

3. Another trumper nutjob.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:33 PM

4. Sorry, these fuckers always refer to "death threats" when making excuses...

I call BULLSHIT!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:42 PM

5. "I'm sorry I made false accusations"

That doesn’t even make sense. You can’t apologize for making crazy, false, defamatory allegations. Because that’s not a mistake, it’s intentional. Unless ... you’re batshit crazy. In which case, you wouldn’t have the wherewithal to apologize.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 02:54 PM

6. oh, that makes it all better

NOT!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:13 PM

7. Scum needs to resign. NOW

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:16 PM

8. Damage has already been done.

He is not the first to shoot first and deny ever doing it. Kind of a Rethug thingee.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:34 PM

9. I wonder how those shadows on his ceiling feel about his apology

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:48 PM

10. He needs to apologise on Facebook Live.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:56 PM

11. I like this part

"Caputo also disputed anonymous White House criticism about his mental health — saying that some of his comments have been taken out of context — and concluded the meeting by encouraging his staff to listen to music by the Grateful Dead."

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Response to swag (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:27 PM

17. Right?

Like, is he going off to drop some acid for the next decade to forget he ever supported Trump?

Is he admitting to driving the train(wreck of CDC pandemic communications) high on cocaine? Or admitting he's a friend of the devil?

Or did he just stomp out and accuse them all of being *gasp* hippies!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 03:57 PM

12. As long as he's got any of that kilo of coke in his desk drawer

He ain’t goin nowhere.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 04:51 PM

13. Can't take

the heat, then get out now idiot. You like many others in this administration are not qualified to be there.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 06:03 PM

14. Alexander and Azar need to go too!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 06:34 PM

15. LOUDLY ACCUSE!! quietly apologize.

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It is the gutless way of all republickscum.

He also blamed his recent behavior on a combination of physical health issues and the toll of fielding death threats against his family.

I believe the part about health issues! ...Death threats? That's horseshit. Cap'n Puto is such a relatively low-value trinket compared to the real movers-and-shitters in Trumpmerica that he only registers on people's radar when he goes out of his way to make himself news in front of a live mic.

Wonkette: "Can Somebody Please Find Trump Idiot Michael Caputo's Pacifier?"

Caputo also said, on Facebook, while presumably checking every five seconds to see if the shadows on his ceiling were still being cast by light coming in windows, or if they were ANTIFA DEMOCRAT BLACK LIVES MATTER MONSTERS, that there is a Deep State cabal inside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is hellbent on "undermining" Trump.

Ummm, "How?" you are asking. Well! Sane people might think it has to do with their commitment to science and refusal to barf out pandemic happytalk for Trump, who admitted back in February to Bob Woodward that he was lying to the American public about how serious COVID-19 was. We could see how fascist-supporting Trump assholes like Caputo might be a little P.O.-ed about that.

But no, it's not that, it is that the CDC is going to murder him! "You understand that they're going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that's where this is going," Mr. Caputo, a Trump loyalist installed by the White House in April, told followers in a video he hosted live on his personal Facebook page.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 06:44 PM

16. CBS News correspondent Paula Reid just reported that Caputo today said

he is going through a "mental health crisis."

I'm guessing that's the precursor to his next, probable quote "I need to spend more time with my family..."

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #16)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:47 PM

18. He's a disgusting repuglican henchman and should resign yesterday!

Incompetent Caputo Gestapo must resign or get fired.

Also has ties with the Kremlin... what a surpRise. Caput caputo!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:55 PM

19. UPDATE

JihadistEntsHat Retweeted

UPDATE

— Caputo has signaled his desire to take medical leave
— He claimed to staff he had never read a single MMWR, despite efforts to meddle w reports
— He concluded meeting by telling staff to listen to the Grateful Dead

https://politico.com/new


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