Members of Donald Trump's team when he was in the White House blocked health officials from providing certain information on COVID-19, in order to support the optimistic vision of the former American president, says a parliamentary report published on Monday.
Senior officials from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the main federal health agency in the United States, have told investigators that members of the Trump administration intimidated staff and tried to rewrite their reports. to bring them into line with statements by the president, who downplayed the epidemic crisis.
Investigators interviewed about a dozen former and current CDC officials, as well as senior government officials, for this 91 pages published by a congressional committee examining the COVID-19 crisis.
In it, the House panel describes how Health Department officials, designated by Donald Trump, attempted to take control of the CDC's weekly scientific journal, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, by editing or censoring articles they considered harmful to the Republican president.
These officials sought to “alter the content, contradict or delay the publication” of 18 of these weekly reports, as well as a health alert, and this was successful at five occasions, according to the parliamentary report.
The commission's investigation “showed that the previous administration embarked on an unprecedented campaign of political interference in the federal government's response to the pandemic, which undermined public health in favor of the political goals of the former president,” said committee chairman, Democrat Jim Clyburn, in a statement.
Previous reports have highlighted attempts by the Trump administration to censor senior health officials or yet to press the United States Medicines Agency to re-issue emergency authorization for hydroxy chloroquine. This anti-malaria drug was touted by Donald Trump as a cure for COVID-19, despite evidence to the contrary.
Republicans dismissed the findings of Monday's report, calling it partisan, and vowed to conduct their own investigation if they were to regain the majority of one of the houses of Congress in the November elections.
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