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Trump mental health official accuses media of overblowing dangers of Covid-19

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The assistant secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, accused the media of being dishonest about the coronavirus pandemic and reiterated Trump talking points about Covid-19.

(CNN)The assistant secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, accused the media of being dishonest about the coronavirus pandemic and reiterated talking points about Covid-19 that President Donald Trump has pushed for months, including complaints that schools should reopen for in-person learning and that very few children are affected by Covid-19.

"I just wish that the media would get honest about its coverage of Covid," McCance-Katz told embattled Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo in the HHS "Learning Curve" podcast Friday.

McCance-Katz, who was appointed to SAMHSA by Trump in 2017, acknowledged that children do get severe symptoms from the virus "in rare cases," but said "with a great, great majority of children this is not a serious illness," something Trump has also repeated for months.

It just does," McCance-Katz said at another point in the interview, referring to media coverage of the pandemic.

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