Departure Of Tim Ziemer, Elimination Of NSC Global Health Security Office Leave Experts Concerned Over U.S. Preparedness
HuffPost: Sudden Departure Of White House Global Health Security Head Has Experts Worried
“Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, the head of global health security on the White House’s National Security Council, left the Trump administration on Tuesday. The news was announced one day after an Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The departure comes amid a reshuffling of the NSC under newly named National Security Adviser John Bolton, which includes a change in organizational structure that eliminates the office Ziemer led. Ziemer’s staff has been placed under other NSC departments. … Ziemer’s exit follows the departure last month of White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, who was another champion of investment in global health security. Bossert left the day after Bolton began as national security adviser. Ron Klain, the former Ebola ‘czar’ under President Barack Obama, told HuffPost the combination of their departures was a blow to global health security…” (Weber, 5/9).