The Donald TrumpAdministration intervened multiple times to block critically important warningsTo the public starting at the Centers for Diseased Control and PreventionAs COVID-19Top health officials told Congress investigators that the epidemic was spreading across the nation. According to new testimony and records reported Friday by The Washington Post, this is according to congressional investigators.
A furious Trump immediately curtailed CDC officials’ media appearances after agency health expert Dr. Nancy MessonnierShe warned the House Select subcommittee about the pandemic that COVID-19 would soon spread.
“Our intention was certainly to get the public’s attention,” Messonnier told investigators, but she was later reprimanded for the warning, including by then-Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
As the pandemic was advancing, and despite numerous requests from the agency to do so, the CDC didn’t hold news briefings in the period between March 9th and May 31st last year.
Trump Appoints Also pressured the agency to change its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to align with the White House’s optimistic messages about COVID-19, health officials said.
Trump frequently complained publicly that U.S. statistics looked bad because too many tests were revealing the nation’s high number of cases. To minimize the problems, Trump stopped testing.
“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” Trump insisted in June last year.
Birx informed the subcommittee about Atlas’s influence on CDC testing recommendations 2 months later. These recommended that people with no visible symptoms be excluded, even if infected.
“This document resulted in less testing and … less aggressive testing of those without symptoms that I believed were the primary reason for the early community spread,” Birx told investigators.
Birx, in information obtained by the subcommittee last week, stated she believes that the COVID-19 death toll could have been cut as much as 40%With better decisions from the Trump White House
Trump told Bob Woodward, Washington Post journalist, that he was aware COVID was “deadly stuff,”However, he downplayed this risk for the public.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward, the journalist reported in his book “Rage.” “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Trump claimed that only 15 COVID-19-related cases were reported in the United States, which he stated would be reduced to 15. soon be “close to zero.” He also said that “like a miracle” the virus would “disappear,” and congratulated himself on doing a “pretty good job.”
Since then 762,000 Americans have died of COVID.
Take a look at more of the latest revelationsThe Washington Post article here about the House subcommittee inquiry