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Trump’s White House on purpose to sabotage Covid response: Report

Donald Trump’s White House repeatedly ignores public health and testing guidance from the nation’s top health officials to advance its own agenda (Image: Getty Images)

Donald TrumpA congressional report released on Friday concluded that the administration’s administration made ‘deliberate efforts’ to undermine the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for political purposes.

According to the report, the White House has repeatedly rejected the public health and testing guidance of the nation’s top infectious disease experts and silenced officials to advance the political agenda. President Donald Trump at that time.

The report was prepared by the House select committee, which is investigating the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first example, according to NBC News, in August 2020 while Trump was promoting a herd immunity strategy to fight the virus. Ahead of the meeting with advocates for straying, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House response coordinator, emailed the vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short, about the meeting.

The report shows the efforts that officials in the Trump administration have made to downplay the severity of the virus in order to advance their own political agenda (Image: Getty Images)

In that email, Birx said the advocates were a ‘marginal group that has no basis in epidemic, public health, or common sense’.

She added that she could ‘go out of town or whatever makes the WH cover’ on the day of the meeting.

In an interview with the subcommittee, Dr. Birx said that when she arrived at the White House in March 2020, more than a month after the United States declared a public health emergency, she learned that officials Federal authorities have yet to contact some of the largest U.S. companies. can provide Covid testing.

She also told the committee that White House special counsel Dr. Scott Atlas and other officials intentionally undermined the CDC’s August 2020 coronavirus testing guidelines to conceal the extent of the spread. rapidity of the virus across the country. ‘

The Trump administration is said to have undermined Covid guidance aimed at masking how quickly the virus is spreading (Image: Getty Images)

The changed guidance states that people without symptoms should not be tested, which is advice ‘contrary to consensus science-based recommendations’, the report said.

The report said: ‘Dr Birx stated that these changes were made specifically to reduce the number of trials being conducted.

The report also found that Trump’s White House blocked requests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct public briefings for more than three months. That move follows a briefing in late February 2020, in which a top CDC official ‘precisely warned the public about the risks posed by the coronavirus,’ it said.

Trump’s White House also denied CDC officials held an April 2020 briefing to recommend wearing face coverings for protection from Covid-19.

The Trump administration also banned the CDC from holding Covid briefings (Image: Getty Images)

CDC officials also said media requests to interview them were denied during that time, the subcommittee report said.

During that time, Trump’s political appointees also tried to pressure the Food and Drug Administration to allow ineffective Covid treatments, including hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma. disease, against the objections of scientists.

Another senior CDC official who spoke to the subcommittee, Dr Jay Butler, said the Trump administration pushed for guidance for communities of faith in May 2020 to ‘soften some of the health recommendations’ public health is important’, including the removal of all references to face coverings, a proposal to pause choirs and language related to the virtual service.

Butler told the subcommittee that his ‘worries about Americans getting sick and potentially dying because they rely on this drip guide’ will haunt me for some time,” according to the report.

The panel’s report comes as Covid cases rise across the US. The CDC predicts a 55% increase to 1.3 million a week by Christmas Day.

There could be 15,600 deaths per week in early January. The US passed 800,000 Covid-related deaths earlier this week, more than any other country.

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