Whistleblower Reveals Trump’s Dangerous Incompetence On Coronavirus
February 28, 2020
The Trump administration’s incompetent coronavirus response is putting Americans at riskc. When a whistleblower tried to raise the alarm, she faced retaliation.
First, the Trump administration evacuated infected Americans from China against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control.
Washington Post: “The State Department and a top Trump administration health official wanted to forge ahead. The infected passengers had no symptoms and could be segregated on the plane in a plastic-lined enclosure. But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disagreed, contending they could still spread the virus. The CDC believed the 14 should not be flown back with uninfected passengers.”
Then Trump’s HHS sent more than a dozen workers to receive evacuated Americans without proper training or gear.
Washington Post: “Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint.”
When a whistleblower raised the alarm to HHS officials about potential coronavirus exposure, she was retaliated against.
Washington Post: “The whistleblower is seeking federal protection, alleging she was unfairly and improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of these workers to HHS officials, including those within the office of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.”
Now, the first coronavirus case in the U.S. from someone with no travel record was confirmed near an Air Force base where the workers were sent.
Washington Post: “About 14 personnel from the Administration for Children and Families, or ACF, were sent to March Air Force base in Riverside County, Calif., and another team of about 13 ACF personnel were sent to Travis Air Force in Solano County, Calif., according to the complaint and the whistleblower’s lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld. In Solano County this week, the first U.S. patient was confirmed to be infected with coronavirus who did not travel to a region where it is spreading or have known contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.”