White House GAGS government health experts from speaking about coronavirus saying they must have Mike Pence’s approval for EVERYTHING they say about mounting crisis – despite VP having zero medical qualifications
Clampdown comes a day after Donald Trump put Pence in charge of response Even NIH virus expert Anthony Fauci is muzzled without prior approvalNews comes after White House unveiled ANOTHER coronavirus coordinator amid market selloffPence said she would oversee the effortHHS Secretary Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical exec, leads a coronavirus task force Concerns California patient contracted disease without coming into contact with a known traveler or infected person Pence himself is appearing on ‘Hannity’ to discuss the coronovirus
The White House sought Thursday to gain control over an undisciplined communication response to the coronavirus – requiring even top government health experts to run all media appearances through Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
The move comes hours after President Donald Trump put Pence in charge of the nation’s coronavirus response, drawing immediate attacks from Democrats who scrutinized his record dealing with the spread of AIDS in his home state of Indiana.
Government scientists and health experts must now clear all media appearances in advance with Pence’s office, the New York Times reported.
First meeting: The coronavirus taskforce, chaired by Mike Pence, held its first meeting late Thursday
Government health experts need to run media appearances by the Vice President’s office in a new effort to gain control of the narrative. His first public appearance however was at the CPAC conference of Trump ultra-loyalists
Even NIH virus expert Anthony Fauci, a staple on TV who has spoken about the challenges of the outbreak and precautions people can take, must get permission to appear. He told associates about the White House directive, according to the report.
Amid the bid to gain control over coronavirus messaging, Pence himself sat for an interview with Fox News Host Sean Hannity for his show on the outbreak Thursday, the White House told a pool reporter.
The move comes amid continued uncertainty about the government flow chart for mitigating an outbreak that led to the hospitalization of a newly identified patient in California who had no known contact with people who had the disease.
Dr. Deborah L. Birx will serve as the ‘White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator,’ the White House announced Thursday. She oversees the administration’s response to global HIV / AIDS issues.
The National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci is among those who must run media appearances by the White House