Dr. Scott Atlas, who had been serving as Trump's special adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, has officially resigned from his position in a letter he posted to Twitter. In the letter he says he always maintained a "singular focus – to save lives and help Americans."
During his time advising the Trump administration, Atlas was both praised and criticized for his support of loosening restrictions and reopening economic activity. In his letter, Atlas referred to those lockdowns, saying that the science showed they harmed the "working class and the poor" disproportionately and that it buttressed the case for reopening.
"[Science] identified and illuminated early on the harms of prolonged lockdowns," Atlas wrote, "including that they create massive physical health losses and psychological distress, destroy families and damage our children."
Atlas, who prior to his work in the White House served as a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, had been officially designated a "special government employee" that included a 130-day tenure. That 130 days was set to expire next week.