The Associated Press issued a bombshell report on Saturday evening that the White House had overruled public health officials on whether to issue a coronavirus warning to America's seniors.
"The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the plan this week as a way of trying to control the virus, but White House officials ordered the air travel recommendation be removed, said the official who had direct knowledge of the plan," the AP reported.
"On Friday, the CDC quietly updated its website to tell older adults and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to 'stay home as much as possible' and avoid crowds. It urges those people to 'take actions to reduce your risk of exposure,' but it doesn’t specifically address flying," the AP noted. "Some experts this week said clearer and louder guidance should be made to vulnerable people, so they take every possible step to avoid settings where they might more easily become infected."
President Donald Trump was harshly criticized following the report's publication, here's some of what people were saying:
They care about one thing; the president’s re-election. And they think that depends on the economy. And so they wan… https://t.co/7NDVGhI7Es— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1583636053.0
There should be no 'overruling' of health officials. None. Ego is not science. And political motives are not altrui… https://t.co/rvnV53Y9dj— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown)1583634756.0
Lots of people are literally going to die because of Trump https://t.co/C9adOrJsEU— Meena Harris (@Meena Harris)1583635513.0
My understanding is congressional Democrats are investigation-wary. Impeachment took a lot of effort & didn't move… https://t.co/BNi3XjRYLL— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1583636726.0
Your public health decisions are being made by some of the dumbest people in the world, and not doctors. That goes… https://t.co/YXn1JXgAA2— Grant Stern (@Grant Stern)1583636649.0
Here we go. Protecting Trump from negative publicity is the prime directive. If people have to die they’re fine wit… https://t.co/pZ1Gxbf9mI— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson)1583635524.0
This is scandalous. Let the professionals do their jobs in a dangerous situation. https://t.co/blrsrqMcA1— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@Sasha Samberg-Champion)1583634521.0
On what else has Trump overruled health officials, in order to play down the growing crisis? https://t.co/fb8jGosA2f— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich)1583636488.0
Trump's obsession with cultivating a false perception that #cornoravirus isn’t a threat has actually cultivated an… https://t.co/nLa5Zjj9i6— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1583636915.0
The upshot here is, DON'T put yourself OR your loved ones in danger simply because this vile human being in the Whi… https://t.co/cpWYGEONS0— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1583635261.0
TRUMP’S CALLOUS BORDER DETENTION PLANS: “I haven’t killed THAT MANY people!” TRUMP’S CALLOUS CORONAVIRUS CONTAIN… https://t.co/D0IpRh6qcV— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1583637047.0
Every congressional Republican who voted to make the Senate trial an evidence-less sham & voted against removing Tr… https://t.co/gbv2YrVGdh— Stephen Wolf (@Stephen Wolf)1583635507.0
Trump people shouldn’t worry about losing an election. If this turns out significantly worse than it could have had… https://t.co/nbwLyAJh6u— Dana Houle (@Dana Houle)1583635073.0