19:17 GMT17 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas has apologised for giving an interview to Russian media outlet RT without knowing it was registered as a foreign agent in the country.

    "I recently did an interview with RT and was unaware they are a registered foreign agent. I regret doing the interview and apologize for allowing myself to be taken advantage of", Atlas wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

    The controversial healthcare adviser went on to apologise to the national security community "who is working hard to defend us".

    ​Atlas was featured in a 27-minute interview on the RT programme "Going Underground" where he discussed the White House's COVID-19 response and the widespread denunciation of his expertise. Atlas has been called a pseudo-expert and "off-the-rails" by Bill Gates, while the White House coronavirus point man, Anthony Fauci, has distanced himself from Atlas.

    RT was forced to register as a foreign agent in the United States in the wake of the 2016 presidential election when Washington was gripped by a bout of suspicion of Russian influence on US politics, something Moscow has denied.

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