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Trump health aide Michael Caputo taking leave of absence after targeting CDC scientists

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Michael CaputoMichael Caputo, the top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services, will take a medical leave of absence for two months, the department announced on Wednesday, days after Caputo baselessly claimed that government scientists are withholding effective COVID-19 treatments to hurt President Trump's reelection bid.

"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. Mr. Caputo will be on leave for the next 60 days," the department said in a statement.

In a statement, Caputo said that he consulted with Mr. Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar before making his decision.

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