“Trump loyalists” tried to “intimidate” health officials and “water down” reports in midst of an ongoing pandemic
ATLANTA — After new reports emerged this weekend about Trump administration political appointees’ attempts to interfere with CDC reports amid an ongoing public health crisis, both Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins remain silent on these disturbing revelations.
While “Trump loyalists” tried “to intimidate the reports’ authors” in an attempt to turn critical weekly public health reports “into a political loyalty test,” Georgia families continue to struggle with the widespread coronavirus outbreak. Trump’s political appointees even tried to “stop the reports altogether,” threatening to deprive public officials of a critical source of data at a time when they need it most — and went as far as to attack public health officials over a “report that found the coronavirus spread among young attendees at an overnight camp in Georgia.”
This isn’t the first time that Georgia Republicans have refused to hold the Trump administration accountable for spreading misinformation and trying to play down the facts about the pandemic. Just last week, both Loeffler and Collins were similarly silent on reports that President Donald Trump “often ignored” warnings about the virus before later privately admitting that it was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus” and that he “wanted to always play it down.”
“As Georgians are looking for guidance during the coronavirus outbreak, Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins are too focused on scoring points with the White House to stop political interference in public health reports,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Political intimidation at the CDC is completely unacceptable, yet once again, both Loeffler and Collins remain silent about misconduct during a national public health emergency.”