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..."Scott is a very famous man, who is also highly respected," Trump said. "He's working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus. And he has many great ideas."
Speaking at a White House event Wednesday highlighting Trump's push to reopen schools, his ideas sounded much like Trump's.
"We know that the risk of the disease is extremely low for children, even less than that of seasonal flu. We know that the harms of locking out the children from school are enormous. And we also know, as we all would agree, that educating America's children is right at the top of the list for our nation's priorities," Atlas said. "So, I thank the president and everyone here for acknowledging these truths, and to get kids back to school safely."
"We've been working with him very closely, all of the task force, all of the White House," Trump responded.
A senior fellow at Stanford's conservative Hoover Institution, Atlas is a neuroradiologist and not an expert on infectious diseases or pandemics.
But he is a frequent contributor to Fox News where he has called on schools to open, endorsed the return of college football, raised questions about mask wearing and spoken out against lockdowns and the "frenzy" of mass testing -- all stances Trump has taken.
"You know that there's no real good science on general population widespread in all circumstances wearing masks," Atlas told Fox News host Tucker Carlson....