Senior White House officials have lobbied leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize the risk of coronavirus for children since President TrumpDonald John Trump’s Bureau of Census Intends to End Count on Oct. 5, Despite Judge’s Order, Upper House Republican Calls to Investigate Source of NYT Trump Tax Documents New Yorkers Report Received Wrongly Named Cards , voters turn to OTHERThe administration pushed schools to reopen this fall, according to a new report.
Citing documents and interviews with current and former government officials, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the push included an effort to find data that suggested the pandemic was weakening and the coronavirus was not threatening children.
A former member of the vice president Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump Announces Plan to Distribute 100 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests to States Growing Issues of Chaotic Elections Former Pence aide: White House staffers have discussed Trump refusing to leave office OTHERThe staff, who have since stepped down, told the Times that they have been asked on more than one occasion by Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, to persuade CDC leaders to find and present evidence that the virus has little effect on children.
The Times’ new report comes on the heels of this week’s CDC study which reports teens are twice as likely to contract the coronavirus as younger children. Separately, a study commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases among children in recent weeks.
Earlier this summer, the CDC was forced to revise its guidelines for school reopenings after Trump rejected them, saying they were too “expensive” for the districts and “tough”.
“The president said today that we don’t want driving to be too harsh,” Pence said at a press conference in July. “This is why, next week, CDC will release a new set of tools, five different documents that will give even more clarity on driving in the future.”
On Monday, NBC News reported that Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, was overheard during a disparaging phone call from Dr. Scott Atlas, a new member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, who he accused of feeding Trump bogus science. on the pandemic.
“Everything it says is false,” Redfield said of Atlas.
Neither the White House nor the CDC immediately responded to a request for comment.