Trump Administration Officials Have Reviewed, Encouraged Alterations To CDC Communications, Weekly Reports Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

POLITICO: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
“The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals. In some cases, emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump’s optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to emails reviewed by POLITICO and three people familiar with the situation…” (Diamond, 9/11).

Additional coverage of Trump administration officials’ reviews of CDC communications and reactions from experts is available from The Hill (2), New York Times, and Washington Post.

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