The acting inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department staunchly defended her work on Tuesday amid attacks from President Donald Trump.
During an appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, acting HHS inspector general Christi Grimm said that her office’s damning report on pandemic preparedness release last month was valuable in helping HHS officials identify problems and deficiencies in their approach.
“The report provided quick and reliable data from the ground,” she said. “HHS, its operating division, is responsible for oversight and support of hospitals… it also shares practical strategies that hospitals reported to us that other hospitals could use of their own response.”
In a report released earlier this year, the HHS IG’s office documented the Trump administration’s chaotic early response to the COVID-19 pandemic that left hospitals scrambling for protective equipment and key supplies. The report also found that many of the supplies that the government was shipping to hospitals were either defective or expired.
Trump publicly attacked Grimm last month after her report dropped and then quickly moved to push her out the door by nominating a new HHS IG.
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Florida governor finally releases the true numbers of people hospitalized with coronavirus
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally caved in to pressure to release the actual numbers of coronavirus cases in the state's hospitals.
Until Friday, DeSantis had refused to reveal the true numbers, leaving many in the state unaware of just how bad the cases were. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a whopping 7,000 Floridians are in hospitals hoping they survive the virus.
"The data, which for the first time breaks down the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus, was promised by the state two weeks ago," the report explained.
‘It’s back-to-back 9/11s’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace blasts Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus pandemic
Speaking to physician Dr. Kavita Patel on Friday, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace noted that the coronavirus crisis, along with the Russian bounty scandal, the recession and increasing unemployment numbers are like a bunch of little "back-to-back 9/11s."
Wallace, who served in the White House communications department under President George W. Bush saw 9/11 and the aftermath first hand. Under Trump's leadership, there have been several little crises one right after another. While 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 people and nearly that many have died due to injuries and illnesses connected to 9/11, nearly 135,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
As coronavirus spikes break new records Dr. Fauci reveals Trump doesn’t even speak to him anymore
President Donald Trump tried to claim the mantle of a "wartime president," battling the "unseen enemy," but as it turns out one of the people who could best help him with the coronavirus battle is who's really "unseen."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and probably the most respected public health expert on the government's payroll, reveals the President of the United States no longer talks to him.
In fact, Trump hasn't talked to Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in over a month – and hasn't been able to update Trump in at least two.