The Trump administration is at it again. This time around, it cantered around misconstruing top immunologist Anthony Fauci’s words in a new commercial.

The ad, spanning 30 seconds, has a narrator stating that President Trump is recuperating from COVID-19, and so is America. “Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense,” added the narrator in the clip.

But, there seems to be a glitch. The ad which cuts to a short clip of Fauci stating that “I can imagine that anybody could be doing more” has reportedly been taken out of context, much to the annoyance of the top infectious disease expert. Fauci who expressed his disappointment, also reiterated that he’s not endorsing Trump in the upcoming presidential elections.

“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” read Fauci's statement, further adding. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”

Fauci has been at loggerheads with the President and his administration after Trump supported with Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who allegedly isn’t well-versed in infectious disease and is armed with little experience in regard to flattening the curve for pandemics. Atlas was onboarded into the White House coronavirus task force in August, as the reality continued to look grim with an uptick in cases and fatalities.

So, where did the White House procure the information from? Well, one of Fauci’s old interviews that aired on Fox News in March. The comments made by Fauci back then were in response to the government’s approach to the pandemic, and barely had anything to do with lauding Trump.

The ad was released soon after Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.

While Fauci seems to be in denial of the authenticity of his byte in the clip, President Trump has reportedly asserted that the words used are “accurate”. Siding with Trump’s stance was Tim Murtaugh, the Trump 2020 communications director.

“These are Dr. Fauci’s own words,” Murtaugh shot back, in a statement to NBC News. “The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth,” he added, suggesting that as Fauci had testified, Trump paid heed to the pandemic from the get-go, and proactively worked toward curtailing the outbreak in the U.S.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, with New York's case count doubling every three days according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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