She described the New York Times story about the pressure campaign as accurate.
Troy, who worked as Pence’s chief of staff with the White House Coronovirus Task Force for months before leaving the Trump administration last month, said the situation was a “nightmare”.
“Unfortunately, it was an attempt, you know, many times I go blind, where a junior employee would be tasked to find different data for charts to find out if the virus was for certain populations, ages or demographics. Wasn’t as bad., “Troy, a former security adviser to Pence’s homeland, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday.
Troy confirmed an incident in June in which he and those junior staff, pushed by Pence Chief of Staff Mark Short, tried to sidestep the CDC in finding data on Covid-19, which President Donald Trump’s staff Better support is that there is little danger to Kovid-19 Children and schools should be reopened.
“I think this put the task force members and doctors in a very challenging situation,” Troy said in describing “what was going on behind the curtain”.
“I think you have seen from the beginning that the president’s statement ‘Everything is fine. Everything is fine. Time to return to normal. Let’s move the economy forward again.”
Trump told the governors, “You need to open schools. You need to try to make everything seem right when it really isn’t.” I think it’s done because his reaction is so broken along the way, it was anything to tell but the truth, “Troy said.
Dean of Tropical Medicine and a Vaccine Specialist at the Baylor College of Medicine, Drs. Peter Hotz called it a “deliberate disinfection campaign”.
“It’s really a component of a very influential, in a nefarious way, a disinfection campaign put on by the White House and an anti-science disinfection campaign,” Hotz said.
More than 587,000 children in the United States have tested positive for the onset of the coronovirus epidemic earlier this year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association, with a 15% increase in children’s cases in September. 3 and 17 September.
Redfield is in a difficult situation
Troy said he believes the CDC chief Drs. Robert Redfield was particularly hard at trying to balance politics and what scientists were looking for about the coronovirus epidemic.
“I have noticed that Dr. Redfield is trying to figure out how he is going to navigate this political landscape, while the CDC and all the doctors are telling him what scientists and experts are, true evidence of what Represent. ”
Trump has publicly denied Redfield on several occasions just a week before Redfield testified at a Senate hearing about a potential Kovid-19 vaccine timeline. The president said Redfield had “made a mistake” and was “confused” when he said a vaccine would not be available until next summer.
Troy said she refrained from criticizing members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force as she struggled over the summer amid attempts to balance Trump’s agenda of reopening the economy and schools with communicating the deadly risks of the epidemic. saw.
“I think this put these task force members and doctors in a very challenging situation. I saw them struggling first on a daily basis,” she said.
The CDC abruptly changed its guidance on testing for asymptomatic coronovirus patients, noting that they did not need to be tested before the guidance a week later.
US health and human services communications officials recently pushed to change the language in weekly science reports released by the CDC so as not to undermine Trump’s political message, a federal health official told CNN several weeks ago. Redfield later responded that the agreement “does not have scientific integrity at any time” was compromised in these reports.
But she refused to say if she told Pence about the problems she saw. Cuomo asks her if Pence was also told to keep the children quiet about the risks if the schools were opened soon.
“Everyone has a boss and unfortunately for Vice President Pence, his boss is Donald Trump,” she said.