New book suggests Birx wanted Trump to lose presidential election
June 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A new book written by one of President Joe Biden's top coronavirus advisers suggests Dr. Deborah Birx hoped former President Donald Trump would lose the 2020 presidential election.
(CNN)A new book written by one of President Joe Biden's top coronavirus advisers suggests Dr. Deborah Birx hoped former President Donald Trump would lose the 2020 presidential election.
In "Preventable," his new book detailing the federal government's failures on mitigating the pandemic, Andy Slavitt writes that he met with Birx last August in Minnesota after she briefed local officials.
Slavitt advised several officials while Trump was in office, including in phone conversations with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, where he urged them to take it more seriously and place greater emphasis on testing.
"Fighting the virus and Scott Atlas together is the hardest thing I've had to do," Birx said as she briefed officials with Slavitt in the room last August, he writes.
Slavitt writes that when he met with Birx in August, "her early optimism was long gone. " According to him, "at the end of October 2020, she was beyond all of that; she was downright scared. "
Slavitt was also familiar with several of the most prominent health officials in the Trump administration, including then-US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who had reached out to Slavitt ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing in 2017.
Slavitt writes that Azar oversaw "a series of unforced errors," including the early troubles and restrictions within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over tests, and quotes a former senior administration official who told him Azar was almost fired and replaced with CMS administrator Seema Verma.