Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic, the US CDC has been under pressure from the Trump administration and has been repeatedly despised and suppressed. Now the US media has exposed another “severe material”, claiming that the Trump administration is still placing “political informants” in the CDC to control information about the epidemic.
According to a report by the Associated Press on October 16, six anonymous US government and CDC officials broke the news that the Trump administration had planted two “politicians” to the CDC to monitor the director of the CDC Reid. Field and other scientists, and control the epidemic information released by the CDC.
The two persons who were “revealed” were Nina Witkofsky and Chester Moeller. They were assigned to the headquarters of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in June this year. . According to people familiar with the matter, the arrival of the two people surprised CDC officials. The two did not even have an office, and no one knew what they were doing. “The two of them showed up like this on Monday.”
These two “informants” with no background in the public health field were promoted quickly after joining: Witkowski first became a senior consultant, and eventually became the acting director of the CDC, a position equivalent to Redfield’s Deputy. And Moeller, as Witkowski’s assistant, frequently attends scientific meetings of the CDC.
According to an anonymous official’s revelation, the White House arranged for the two of them to help control information release and monitor Redfield and other CDC experts. And promote the placement of more “political personnel” to the CDC.
According to the report, it is unclear how much influence the two people have had on the work of the CDC. However, there is constant evidence that some of the CDC’s scientific publications, guidance documents, and online announcements have been subject to their political interference.
According to the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Witkowski University studied finance and business administration and held senior positions in the government, private enterprises, and academia. However, the Associated Press also disclosed that she is also a long-term supporter of the Republican Party and served as the campaign director of George W. Bush during the 2000 election.
Witkowski is actually completely unfamiliar with the CDC and how it operates. Several CDC officials revealed that at a meeting, she didn’t even know that the CDC had a supporting foundation.
According to reports, Moeller’s name has never appeared on the website of the US Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control, but he is also a supporter of the Republican Party. During the 2004 election, Moeller worked for the Bush Jr. campaign and is now a big fan of Trump. The reason he was able to participate in the CDC scientific conference was that he was arranged to “listen to the opinions of scientists.”
Two anonymous US government officials revealed that Witkowski has been in contact with Caputo, a spokesperson for the US Department of Health since taking office. And on September 11, the “politician” news network just broke the news that Caputo and his team modified the CDC report, even by threatening the report authors and weakening their communication with medical experts to achieve their goals.
The Associated Press analysis stated that the Trump administration did so to downplay the impact of the epidemic. The epidemic information released by the CDC based on scientific evidence clearly hindered the White House’s attempts.
This incident has now alarmed the US Congress. The Special Committee on the New Coronavirus Epidemic Crisis of the US House of Representatives is in contact with these informed officials to investigate the specific intervention of Witkowski and Moeller in the information of the CDC. The report pointed out that investigators suspected that the two men might also be involved in Caputo’s action to modify the CDC report.
The White House refused to make any response to this “hard material”. Moeller said in an email to the Associated Press: “I work for Dr. Redfield, who is fully committed to science, thousands of CDC employees, and the American people.”
Now, the United States is still the country with the worst epidemic situation in the world. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, as of 5:23 on the 16th Eastern Time, there were a total of 7,980,572 confirmed cases of new coronavirus in the United States, and a total of 217,702 deaths.