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Politics Deborah Brix Says Some Donald Trump White House Staff Believed COVID Was a Hoax

17:31  24 january  2021
17:31  24 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Dr. Deborah Birx has said there were some staff in former president Donald Trump 's White House who believed COVID -19 was a hoax . In an interview with on CBS News' Face The Nation, Birx spoke about the challenges she faced while working with the Trump White House on combatting the

Dr. Deborah Birx "always" considered quitting then-President Donald Trump 's White House coronavirus task force and was troubled by colleagues' perceptions that she had become political, she said in an interview clip released Friday.

Dr. Deborah Birx has said there were some staff in former president Donald Trump's White House who believed COVID-19 was a hoax.

a man wearing a suit and tie: White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

In an interview with on CBS News' Face The Nation, Birx spoke about the challenges she faced while working with the Trump White House on combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There were people who definitely believed that this was a hoax," Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, told Margaret Brennan when asked if there were coronavirus deniers in the Trump White House.

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Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, said she was When asked if Birx was still on Biden's COVID -19 response team, White House Newsweek reached out to the White House for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

In an interview, Dr. Deborah Birx says she "always" considered quitting then-President Donald Trump 's White House coronavirus task force and was troubled by colleagues' perceptions that she had become political.

Pressed on why, Birx said: "I think because the information was confusing at the beginning, I think because we didn't talk about the spectrum of disease... they saw people get COVID and be fine, and then they had us talking about how severe the disease is and how it could cause these unbelievable fatalities of our American public."

Birx claimed Trump "appreciated the gravity" of the pandemic in March last year, but said the president was being fed information that wasn't coming from her.

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He said he - and other scientists - were pressed into "a situation where science was distorted and/or At the onset of the pandemic, Dr Fauci was a very visible member of the White House response and Covid -19 vaccine ID cards and passports have been debated and discussed since before a workable

"It took a while after I arrived in the White House to remove all the ancillary data that was coming in," she told Brennan.

"There was parallel data streams coming into the White House that were not transparently utilized and I needed to stop that."

She added: "I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made...Someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president."

Birx said she "censored" by the Trump administration and wishes she had been more outspoken, particularly on the issue of testing. "I didn't know how far I could push the envelope," she said.

Birx also insisted that her role on the Trump task force was not political. "I thought that I could be helpful, which is the only reason I go and do anything," she said.

She also said she believes the former president's language had played a significant role in "derailing" the response to the pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 400,000 lives in the U.S.

"When you have a pandemic where you're relying on every American to change their behavior, communication is absolutely key," she said.

"And so every time a statement was made by a political leader that wasn't consistent with public health needs, that derailed our response. It is also why I went out on the road because I wasn't censored on the road."

Birx announced last month that she would retire, after it was reported that she had traveled out of state over Thanksgiving weekend, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was urging Americans to avoid family gatherings and travel over the holiday.

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In a statement last month, Birx said she was accompanied by family members to her property in Delaware, but insisted the purpose of the visit was to winterize with property and not to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Birx told Brennan she plans to retire from her current role at the CDC in the next four to six weeks.

"It hurt my family... all of this," Birx added. "This tested my resilience because it tested my family."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, has also spoken about how he was kept from speaking about the pandemic on national media by the Trump administration.

He told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Friday that he was "blocked" from going on her show. On Thursday, he told reporters that Trump often put him in an "uncomfortable" position, and that the new administration felt "liberating."

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