ProPublica: How the Trump Administration Tried to Destroy the CDC

How Trump set about destroying the CDC, the world’s best organization for stopping pandemics from breaking out.

COVID deaths in China where the pandemic started = 4,634 or 3 for every million population

COVID deaths in the US under President Donald Trump who set about politizing the CDC and destroying its ability to protect the country and the world from pandemics.

224,084 deaths in the US from COVID-19 or 676 for each 1 million in population. The USA has had more COVID-19 deaths than any other country. India is in 2nd place with 114,064 deaths.

This is all thanks to a malignant narcissist, sociopath, and mass murder by the name of Donald Trump. He doesn’t care how many Americans die on his watch that he will not take responsibility for.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A government agency that has long been trusted as nonpartisan relies on public trust for the information it releases. When that agency is the Centers for Disease Control, public trust is essential to persuading the public that its advisories represent the work of scientists, unaffected by political considerations. This article by ProPublica describes how the Trump administration persistently interfered in CDC guidelines in an attempt to convince the public that the pandemic was no big deal and that the administration was doing a fabulous job in handling it.

It begins:

At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Butler, then the head of the agency’s coronavirus response, and his team had been trying to craft guidance to help Americans return safely to worship amid worries that two of…

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