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JUST IN: White House Reportedly Pressured CDC to Downplay Risks of Reopening Schools to Align With Trump's Re-Election Agenda

Added 09-29-20 12:34:03am EST - “Multiple White House staffers pressured the CDC to relax its recommendations for reopening schools, because Trump wanted schools fully open before the election.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “White House Pressured CDC to Downplay Risk of Opening Schools”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

According to a report by the New York Times, multiple White House staffers spent this summer pressuring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to relax its recommendations about restarting schools in the fall and succeeded in getting several key documents and communications edited, because President Donald Trump wanted schools reopened before the election.

The staffers reportedly involved include Dr. Deborah Birx and Mark Short, Vice President Mike Pence‘s chief of staff. A key source for the Times article was Olivia Troye, a former Pence staffer and lifelong Republican who resigned last month and, since then, has come out in support of Joe Biden and vocally criticized the White House in interviews this month.

The battle within the CDC began in July, when the agency began drafting recommendations for parents to review regarding the options for sending their children back to school in the fall.

As the 2020 election loomed closer, Trump was openly calling for schools to “open quickly, beautifully, in the fall.” Meanwhile, the CDC was producing a “decision-making tool” that encouraged families to “consider the full spectrum of risks involved in both in-person and virtual learning options.”

Earlier drafts of this document, reviewed by the Times, noted that scientists were still learning about the coronavirus and while the limited data did seem to indicate children were less likely to contract the virus, they also warned there were still risks of ongoing severe illnesses, not to mention the risks posed to more vulnerable household members, like elderly or immunocompromised relatives.

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