The relationship between Dr. Deborah Birx and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have sourced as Birx has become increasingly frustrated with the agency and its data, CNN reported.
Officials at the CDC have become irritated with Birx, believing she doesn’t do enough to combat misinformation shared by the president, according to CNN.
While Trump has publicly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci — as recently as Wednesday — he has steered clear of criticizing Birx, who “has his ear,” an administration official told CNN.
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While the relationship between Dr. Deborah Birx and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reportedly soured, Trump’s pandemic adviser has remained in good favor of the president who has privately praised her, CNN reported Saturday.
Birx — the coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force — has grown critical of the CDC, and in recent meetings has said she is frustrated with the agency, two senior administration officials told CNN. She has reportedly taken issue with the way in which the agency gathers data on COVID-19, and believes its data is inaccurate and involves delayed figures on deaths and cases of COVID-19, according to the report.
The CNN report Saturday echoes similar reporting from The Washington Post earlier in May. Birx, who has served as the global AIDS Coordinator for the US since 2014, reportedly told CDC Director Robert Redfield that there was “nothing” that she could trust from the agency.
According to the May 9 Washington Post report, Birx and other administration officials worry the CDC’s data-tracking system is inflating coronavirus statistics by up to 25%.
Multiple officials and a source close to the White House task force told CNN said that Birx’s tone toward Redfield has recently “shifted dramatically” since she in March defended the CDC for its issuing of faulty COVID-19 tests to states.
Still, Birx has maintained a good working relationship with Trump even when other health experts have drawn public criticism from him, according to the report.
“She is charming and listens to him,” a senior Trump administration official told CNN. “She has found a way to shut down his bad ideas without making him feel diminished, unlike Fauci and some of the others.”
According to the Saturday report, Trump on multiple occasions has praised Birx.
“It is clear that she has his ear,” the official said, according to CNN.
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