Michael Caputo, a top Trump administration communications official who in a private online social media video accused government scientists of “sedition” and called on the president’s supporters to arm themselves ahead of the election, announced in a statement Tuesday that he’s taking temporary medical leave from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Also leaving HHS is Caputo’s senior advisor, Dr. Paul Alexander. HHS confirmed the departures in a separate statement, noting that Caputo’s leave would last 60 days.
Caputo tells ABC News he will continue collecting a paycheck and health insurance from his HHS post while on leave.
The staff departures follow media reports that Caputo and Alexander had pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to alter scientific reports.
On Sunday, in a private Facebook Live video, Caputo — a one-time 2016 Trump campaign aide who does not have any prior experience in public health — accused