- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield allegedly instructed staff members to delete an email sent by a Trump loyalist interfering with the agency’s reports regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- Politico reports that Charlotte Kent, an editor of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, told congressional investigators this week that the deleted email instructed the CDC to “water down” its reports to “match President Donald Trump’s efforts to downplay the virus.”
- “The agency’s MMWR reports, authored by career scientists, are typically free of political interference, and revelations that Trump officials had sought to alter their findings alarmed public health experts who depend on them,” writes Politico. “Democrats later announced a probe into the Trump administration’s interactions with the federal science agencies.”
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