“Everything He Says is False”: CDC Director Calls Out Trump’s Pharma-Connected Advisor as Trump Favors Political Advisors Over Scientists, Experts
NBC: “[CDC Director] voices alarm over influence of Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser”
CNN: “Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages…” prefers “rosy assessments” from political staff like Atlas to “sober messaging” from experts
FLASHBACK: “The corporate conflicts of Trump’s new coronavirus advisor” Scott Atlas
Washington, DC – In case you missed it, below is some critical breaking coverage of the deeply damaging battle between the scientists and public health experts in the Trump Administration who want their public-facing communications to be based on truth and reflect the sober gravity of this crisis, and President Trump and his political team, including recent “favorite” advisor Scott Atlas, who want to present a rosier picture to make President Trump look good.
This comes as public confidence in the Administration’s vaccine approval process continues to be eroded and as Accountable Pharma calls on Congress to take action to restore it.
NBC: “Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser”
“Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.”
“’Everything he says is false,’ Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.”
“Redfield acknowledged after the flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., that he was speaking about Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no background in infectious diseases or public health. Atlas was brought on to the White House task force in August.”
CNN: “Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages”
“President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team because their sober messaging on the future of the pandemic clashes with his rosy assessments.”
“The ever-looming threat, Trump’s public undermining of the CDC chief and Redfield’s tendency to fold to the White House are taking a toll on CDC staff, from top to bottom, employees say. Some have questioned whether their work is making a difference and others have even considered resigning — and whether the sagging spirits may be hampering pandemic response.”
“Inside the White House, Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci have struggled to compete with the growing influence of Trump’s new favorite coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no public health or infectious disease expertise whose views are wildly out of step with leading public health experts. Birx has told people around her she is “distressed” with the direction of the task force and is uncertain how much longer she can continue to serve as the coronavirus task force coordinator.”
“… the endless work of public health experts combined with undercutting from the President and the White House has left many of the public health experts she worked with demoralized.”