Deborah Birx, who coordinated the White House anti-covid-19 task force during the past Donald Trump administration, admitted that she “always” considered resigning and feared that the movement of troops for the recent inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden may pose a focus of supercontagion.
“Did you ever consider resigning?” asked Margaret Brennan, host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” of Birx, who responded with a resounding “always.”
“I mean,” the pundit continued in an excerpt from the interview that will air in full this Sunday, “why would you want to go through that every day? Colleagues of mine, who I had known for decades, in that experience, because I was in the White House, decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever.”
Birx admitted that he asked himself every morning, “Is there anything I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic?” and that he had the same question every night.
“And when it got to a point where I wasn’t getting anywhere and that was just before the election, I wrote a very detailed communication plan of what needed to happen the day after the election and how it should be executed. And there were a lot of promises that that would happen,” he added.
In August last year, Birx pointed out that the virus, of which the United States reported the first contagion in January last year, was “extraordinarily widespread.”
“No matter where you live in the United States, you have to wear a mask,” he said at the time, which earned him a rebuke from Trump on Twitter.
In addition, Birx warned that Biden’s recent inauguration ceremony, which was heavily guarded by more than 20,000 National Guard members, could amount to a supercontagion event, after warning that among those in uniform there could be asymptomatic individuals who lived and ate without masks with their peers.
Also on Saturday, a statement from the U.S. government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, came out, who warned that during the past Trump administration a lot of pressure was put on scientists.
“I didn’t want to disagree with the president because I have a lot of respect for the office of the presidency, but there were conflicts at different levels with different people and different organizations and there was a lot of pressure being put on to do things that are just not compatible with science,” Fauci said Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” local media picked up today.
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 24.8 million cases and 400,000 deaths.