'Yippee!' Trump Officials Gloated After They Manipulated CDC Reports And Advice

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  4 weeks ago  •  3 comments

By:   Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost

'Yippee!' Trump Officials Gloated After They Manipulated CDC Reports And Advice

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'Yippee!' Trump Officials Gloated After They Manipulated CDC Reports And Advice












Mary Papenfuss

· Trends Reporter, HuffPost

Sat, April 10, 2021, 12:32 AM











Donald Trump  appointees with no experience in public health celebrated when they managed to wrangle changes in warnings and reports from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  in order to underplay the danger of COVID-19, according to emails obtained by a House  subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis .


Yippee!!! ” gushed Paul Alexander, science adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services, to HHS public affairs chief   Michael Caputo   after he   pressured the CDC to modify warnings   about coronavirus risks   to young people , according to   one of the emails .

Alexander also plotted with Dr.   Scott Atlas,   the controversial White House coronavirus adviser, to help him write an opinion article dismissing a   CDC report on risks to young people   as “ timed for the election .” Alexander added in the email that the point of the op-ed would be to “ blunt the edge ” of the CDC report.

More than 560,000 Americans have died   of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Trump’s COVID-19 task force leader,   Dr. Deborah Birx,   said last month that “ hundreds of thousands ” of those lives could have been saved had the Trump administration followed CDC advice and provided “consistent messaging” about social distancing, masks and business restrictions.

In another email correspondence, Caputo told Alexander last May: “I know the president wants us to enumerate the economic cost of not reopening. We need solid estimates to be able to say something like: 50,000 more cancer deaths! 40,000 more heart attacks! 25,000 more suicides!”

Caputo added: “You need to take ownership of these numbers. This is singularly important to what you and I want to achieve.”

Caputo, a onetime top official in Trump’s 2016 campaign, has no medical or scientific background. He claimed at the time that his   battle against CDC information   was a defense against the imagined “deep state” trying to undermine Trump.

His previous work in Russia   raised fears about his true motivations . Caputo, who lived in Russia for six years, was   an adviser   to   Boris Yeltsin   from 1995 to 1999 and helped him get elected president. He also served as an adviser to a subsidiary of the state-owned energy company Gazprom and reportedly   helped shore up   Russian President   Vladimir Putin ’s reputation.

Caputo’s Kremlin ties were so concerning that he became a target of former special counsel   Robert Mueller ’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Before he was appointed to his HHS role, Caputo   scrubbed nearly his entire Twitter history , which was riddled with graphic, offensive attacks, outlandish conspiracy theories and racist comments about the Chinese.

The strategies to downplay the risks of the pandemic and shore up Trump’s optimistic forecasts continued even as the president knew how serious COVID-19 was, he later told Washington Post editor and author Bob Woodward.

This is deadly stuff ,” Trump told the journalist more than a year ago in a quote in Woodward’s book “Rage.” But Trump added in another interview shortly afterward: “I wanted to always play it down.”

Rep.   James Clyburn   (D-S.C.), the subcommittee’s chair, wrote Friday to Alexander and Atlas complaining of “ political interference ” in scientific findings.

“Our investigation has shown that Trump Administration officials engaged in a persistent pattern of political interference in the nation’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, overruling and bullying scientists and making harmful decisions that allowed the virus to spread more rapidly,” Clyburn wrote.

Clyburn has called on Atlas and Alexander to be interviewed by his subcommittee early next month. He is also seeking more emails, noting that messages from officials were sometimes sent from personal accounts.









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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    4 weeks ago
"Donald Trump    appointees with no experience in public health celebrated when they managed to wrangle changes in warnings and reports from the    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    in order to underplay the danger of COVID-19, according to emails obtained by a House    subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis   .

  Yippee!!!   ” gushed Paul Alexander, science adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services, to HHS public affairs chief      Michael Caputo       after he      pressured the CDC to modify warnings       about coronavirus risks       to young people   , according to      one of the emails   .

Alexander also plotted with Dr.      Scott Atlas,       the controversial White House coronavirus adviser, to help him write an opinion article dismissing a      CDC report on risks to young people       as “   timed for the election   .” Alexander added in the email that the point of the op-ed would be to “   blunt the edge   ” of the CDC report.

More than 560,000 Americans have died       of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Trump’s COVID-19 task force leader,      Dr. Deborah Birx,       said last month that “   hundreds of thousands   ” of those lives could have been saved had the Trump administration followed CDC advice and provided “consistent messaging” about social distancing, masks and business restrictions.

In another email correspondence, Caputo told Alexander last May: “I know the president wants us to enumerate the economic cost of not reopening. We need solid estimates to be able to say something like: 50,000 more cancer deaths! 40,000 more heart attacks! 25,000 more suicides!”

Caputo added: “You need to take ownership of these numbers. This is singularly important to what you and I want to achieve.”

Caputo, a onetime top official in Trump’s 2016 campaign, has no medical or scientific background. He claimed at the time that his      battle against CDC information       was a defense against the imagined “deep state” trying to undermine Trump.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Tessylo    4 weeks ago
Gregg Gonsalves@ gregggonsalves
So this is thuggery, suitable for some tinpot dictatorship, where the great leader wants the science to say what he wants it to say. @SpoxHHS is a public health menace. #COVID19
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Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review CDC’s scientific reports to health professionals.
 
 
 
Ender
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3  Ender    4 weeks ago

So proof that they were actively trying to manipulate the data.

And the outcome of this will be nothing.

 
 
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