Medical workers treat patients in the COVID-19 ward at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare system campus and medical center in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2022. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP)
WASHINGTON – A US congressional panel released a new report on Monday detailing efforts by the Trump administration to politicize federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis accused the White House under Donald Trump of undermining "public health to benefit the former president's political goals".
This prioritization of politics, contempt for science, and refusal to follow the advice of public health experts harmed the nation's ability to respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis and put Americans at risk.
Congressman James Clyburn, chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis
Trump and his top aides repeatedly attacked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's scientists, compromised the agency's public health guidance, and suppressed scientific reports in an effort to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus, Congressman James Clyburn, chair of the panel, said in a statement.
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"This prioritization of politics, contempt for science, and refusal to follow the advice of public health experts harmed the nation's ability to respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis and put Americans at risk," Clyburn alleged.
The investigation uncovered that Trump's appointees sought to influence CDC's scientific reports – attempting to change the publication process, manipulate the content, or block the dissemination of at least 19 different reports that they deemed to be politically harmful to the administration.
The subcommittee has been investigating the Trump administration's "political interference" across the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic since June 2020.
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