White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas has abruptly resigned from his post, Fox News reported on Monday afternoon.
Fox News reported that an official resignation letter, dated December 1st, was exclusively obtained ahead of Atlas’s public announcement of his intention to step down from his position.
A controversial figure since Trump first tapped him as a special adviser to his efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in August, Atlas’s term as a Special Government Employee (SGE) in the White House was set to expire this week.
“I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas reportedly wrote in his letter of notice. Atlas went on to thank President Trump for “the honor and privilege to serve on behalf of the American people.”
“I worked hard with a singular focus—to save lives and help Americans through this pandemic,” Atlas wrote. “I always relied on the latest science and evidence, without any political consideration or influence.”
Atlas has been relentlessly attacked by the media ever since first joining Trump’s COVID-19 team due to his anti-lockdown stance and refusal to comply with the mainstream media narrative in regard to best practices for addressing COVID-19 challenges.
Atlas even came under fire from members of the White House coronavirus task force during his term. One run-in with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield reportedly ended with Redfield declaring that “everything [Atlas] says is false.”
The longtime physician concluded his letter by wishing the Biden administration success in their efforts to combat the virus, writing:
I sincerely wish the new team all the best as they guide the nation through these trying, polarized times.With the emerging treatments and vaccines, I remain highly optimistic that America will thrive once again and overcome the adversity of the pandemic and all that it has entailed.
At the time of this publication, neither Atlas nor President Trump have issued public statements regarding the resignation letter obtained on Monday.