Birx says Trump was fed deceptive ‘parallel information’ about coronavirus
The former coordinator of the coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx said her work has been hampered by misleading information and COVID deniers at the White House.
In a comprehensive interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Birx said “outside advisors” fed then-President Donald Trump with a “parallel stream of data.”
“I’ve seen the president come up with graphics that I’ve never done. So I know someone out there or someone inside created a parallel set of data and graphs that were shown to the President. . . . I know what I sent up and I know what was in his hands was different. ”
Birx said she was deeply concerned about the flow of incomplete and misleading information to the president.
“I’ve built my career on data transparency and accountability,” she said. “We don’t cut it in pieces and say we won’t look at it for six weeks because it makes us look better … you can’t. You must use the entire database. ”
Birx quoted Dr. Scott Atlas, as one of those pushing the “parallel data streams”, said she didn’t know who else was involved.
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She added that there were people in the White House “who definitely believed this was a joke”.
Birx said she was constantly under political pressure and understaffed and “always” thought about quitting, but the opportunity to do good outweighed the political difficulties. “I had to ask myself every morning, is there anything I think I can do to respond to this pandemic?”
Birx announced her resignation in December.