Dennis Quaid and CeCe Winans to Appear in Trump Ad Campaign That Will Play Down COVID-19 Pandemic That Has Killed 203,000 Americans: Report

POLITICO reports that actor Dennis Quaid and singer Cece Winans will appear in a $300 million taxpayer-funded “Defeat Despair” ad campaign — for Trump’s Health and Human Services (HHS) department — will play down the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has infected 7 million Americans and killed 203,841:

The public awareness campaign, which HHS is seeking to start airing before Election Day on Nov. 3, was largely conceived and organized by Michael Caputo, the health department’s top spokesperson who took medical leave last week and announced on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with cancer...

Brought on board as the health department’s top spokesperson in April, Caputo spent months touting his vision for the campaign to staff, saying that he helped conceive the idea after seeing how coronavirus economically devastated his hometown near Buffalo, N.Y. He added that he wanted to “restore hope” amid the media’s fixation on bad news, according to three HHS officials.

Caputo’s team in June requisitioned $300 million that Congress had previously appropriated to the CDC. According to three people with knowledge of the deliberations, the request was abrupt and HHS offered minimal detail to CDC officials on how the money would be spentfor the upcoming campaign...

Caputo’s team in June requisitioned $300 million that Congress had previously appropriated to the CDC. According to three people with knowledge of the deliberations, the request was abrupt and HHS offered minimal detail to CDC officials on how the money would be spent for the upcoming campaign.

(Source: POLITICO)

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