President Donald Trump waited until late Friday night to announce that he was replacing a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services who embarrassed him with a report pointing out supply shortages and testing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic weeks ago, reports the New York Times.
According to the report, "The White House waited until after business hours to announce the nomination of a new inspector general for the department who, if confirmed, would take over for Christi A. Grimm, the principal deputy inspector general who was publicly assailed by the president at a news briefing three weeks ago."
The move, although not entirely unexpected due to the president's penchant for firing anyone who in critical of his actions, set off a firestorm on Twitter, with commenters pointing out that this is just another example of the president's desire to hide his failures.
You can see some responses below:
@peterbakernyt Sounds so much like Russia. Only difference is a few fell out the window recently. The rest being fi… https://t.co/tAmLAiodSo— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman) 1588392225.0
@Chris39962442 @peterbakernyt https://t.co/1c4iiPNiz3— Grateful Gram (@Grateful Gram) 1588388803.0
@theloganshow @peterbakernyt @morgfair Another Friday night assassination— Dan (@Dan) 1588396366.0
@peterbakernyt @MaxBoot Why is he still president? The whole world is laughing at him.— 💙Ide Holt💙 (@💙Ide Holt💙) 1588395594.0
Trump fires Christi Grimm Deputy Inspector General of HHS for releasing report of inadequate supplies for hospitals… https://t.co/iE8rBXQF1a— Carol W (@Carol W) 1588393080.0
@peterbakernyt @SykesCharlie He embarrasses me daily. Can we please remove him?— Debbie Hemenway (@Debbie Hemenway) 1588390064.0
@peterbakernyt Of course he did. Trump can’t stand anything he perceives as criticism— Anne Hemelt (@Anne Hemelt) 1588392983.0
@peterbakernyt REPUBLICANS!!!!!! It's time to do your damn job, this man Trump is endangering every American it's t… https://t.co/sKgOyFqflh— patty manley (@patty manley) 1588391450.0
@peterbakernyt Trump removes everyone anyone that says something to safe Americans life, this guy is the threat to… https://t.co/Ucjr9p07V7— Jimisk🇳🇬🇮🇪✌🏿 (@Jimisk🇳🇬🇮🇪✌🏿) 1588388288.0