Trump had parallel info about virus: Health aide

Cheryl Sanders
January 26, 2021

(CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx "always" considered quitting then-President Donald Trump's White House coronavirus task force and was troubled by colleagues' perceptions that she had become political, she said in an interview clip released Friday.

Defending her tenure, Birx tells CBS's "Face the Nation" that she was at times censored by the Trump administration, but denies ever withholding information.

But on Monday, CNN's Brianna Keilar went on a tear against Birx and said she's engaging in a "reputation rehab tour". "So, I know that someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president".

Birx said, "There was one full-time person in the White House working on coronavirus response".

"I had very little exposure to President Trump", she said.

Birx said she had chosen not to do the interview until after President Joe Biden's inauguration.

In an extensive interview on CBS Sunday morning, Birx claimed that there was a "parallel data stream coming into the White House that were not transparently utilized".

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said terrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics.

"You have to figure out how to get that message out when you can't get it out from the head of the country", Birx said.

Birx, 64, who expects to retire within weeks, said she "always" considered quitting Trump's task force as she anxious she'd been viewed as a political person.

"I didn't know all the consequences of all of these issues".

"You mean he knew that you were telling the governors privately to do things that the president publicly was making light of?" "I'm just saying I didn't know how far I could push the envelope".

On social media, many criticized Birx for only recently repudiating some of the efforts of the task force and the previous administration.

Of course she won't, because she was more committed to keeping her job than actually doing it well.

"Whatever reason Dr. Birx had for going along with misinformation, failing to forcefully discredit medical advice that could kill people, only she really knows. Maybe not in my lifetime".

"I'm not looking to be vindicated", Birx said.

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