US Health Department’s Caputo has cancer, spokesperson says

A spokesperson says Trump health appointee Michael Caputo has metastatic head and neck cancer

ALBANY, N.Y. — Michael Caputo, who is on a 60-day leave from his role as spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after accusing government scientists of sedition, has metastatic cancer, a state lawmaker said Thursday.

Doctors have diagnosed cancer in the head and neck, David DiPietro, a Republican state assemblyman in western New York who said he was acting as a spokesperson for Caputo, told reporters. The Buffalo News first reported the diagnosis.

The squamous cell carcinoma originated in Caputo’s throat, DiPietro said. Caputo is now home in western New York with his family, the lawmaker said.

Caputo, who was born in Buffalo and has no health care background, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks over news reports that he tried to gain editorial control over a scientific weekly published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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