Politically appointed members of the HHS communications teams were allowed to review, change and delay reports authored by the CDC, according to a Politico exposé.
HHS officials pressured the CDC to conform with President Donald Trump’s public statements about the coronavirus.
Health Department public affairs and former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo called pressure on scientists a defense against the "deep state."
President Trump's political aides have successfully demanded to review and, in some cases, modify weekly Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on the coronavirus in an effort to better align the scientific reports with the president's upbeat messages on the pandemic, Politico reported.
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