More shocking reports on the Trump administration continue to come out even after he left Washington, DC for retirement in Florida.
"As the first American evacuees from Wuhan, China, touched down at a California military base a year ago, fleeing the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, they were met by U.S. health officials with no virus prevention plan or infection-control training — and who had not even been told to wear masks, according to a federal investigation. Later, those officials were told to remove protective gear when meeting with the evacuees to avoid 'bad optics,' and days after those initial encounters, departed California aboard commercial airline flights to other destinations," Dan Diamond of The Washington Post reported Thursday.
"Those are among the findings of two federal reports obtained by The Washington Post, supporting a whistleblower's account of the chaos as U.S. officials scrambled to greet nearly 200 evacuees from Wuhan at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif., on the early morning of Jan. 29, 2020. The handling and quarantining of those evacuees — the nation's first up-close confrontation with a virus that has now sickened more than 25 million Americans — and the resulting whistleblower complaint prompted internal reviews by the Health and Human Services Department and an investigation overseen by the Office of Special Counsel," the newspaper reported.
Special Counsel Henry Kerner wrote the administration's handling of the situation "increased the risk of infection transmission not only to deployed [government] personnel, but also to the American public as a whole."
"In a notable rebuke, the special counsel criticized the general counsel's office, led by Trump appointee Robert Charrow, for its 'attempts to shame the whistleblower,' such as by publishing a nine-page supplemental report that repeatedly highlighted inconsistencies in her account and circulating it with members of Congress," the newspaper noted.
SCOOP: The Trump administration's chaotic handling of the first Wuhan evacuees “increased the risk of infection transmission … to the American public as a whole," federal watchdog concludes in documents obtained by the Post. https://t.co/C1AfEGCV2H
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 29, 2021