Embattled HHS spokesman Michael Caputo diagnosed with cancer

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Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo, who went on medical leave last week after making controversial statements, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to reports.

Caputo, 58, was diagnosed with a “metastatic head and neck cancer” after undergoing surgery for a lump on his neck last week at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, the Buffalo News reported.

“He is now home in Western New York, resting in the loving arms of his family, under the watchful eye of Jesus Christ,” state Assemblyman David DiPietro, an East Aurora Republican, said in a statement.

DiPietro said the “squamous cell carcinoma” originated in Caputo’s throat.

Caputo, an upstate New York political consultant and veteran of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, made headlines earlier this month when he accused scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of creating a “resistance unit” that would oust the president if he is re-elected.

“And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration the shooting will begin,” he said in a bizarre video posted on Facebook. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”

Caputo said his own life would be in danger, adding that “they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going.”