Daily Beast: The Trump administration has appointed two political operatives to posts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an attempt to control the messaging on the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports.
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The appointees arrived on the job without clear assignments or even offices before Nina Witkofsky was named acting chief of staff and Chester “Trey” Moeller became her deputy. Neither have any public-health background and are tasked with keeping Robert Redfield, the CDC director, and other top scientists in line, according to sources inside the agency and Trump administration who spoke to the AP.
NEW: The Trump administration in June installed two political appointees to CDC headquarters who have no public health background.— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 16, 2020
They have instead been tasked with keeping an eye its scientists and Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director https://t.co/grWIlMCr3s
The appointments of the “politicals” are meant to control leaks coming out of the agency that the sources said were “upsetting the apple cart” within the Trump White House.