A federal immunization specialist, who testified against the Trump administration’s efforts to contain the deadly Asian virus, should be dismissed according to the president.
President Donald Trump is disappointed in a former director from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who publicly criticized the nation’s response to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic, and expressed his desire for the former official to leave the government altogether.
“I do not know the so-called whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of him, but to me he is a disgruntled employee, not liked or respected by people I spoke to and who, with his attitude, should no longer be working for our government,” he said on Twitter.
The remarks came after Bright testified for hours at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 14 about how the current administration had been allegedly unprepared for the CCP Virus outbreak and deliberately spread misinformation about the nation’s response.
“Our population is being paralyzed by fear, stemming from a lack of a coordinated response and a dearth of accurate, clear information about the path forward,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
Bright claimed the Trump administration’s lack of planning would cause the end of the year to bring the “darkest winter in history,” more economic turmoil, and further strain the health care system. He suggested the only way the nation could be saved is through following a scientific approach.
“First and foremost we need to be truthful with the American people,” he said. “Americans deserve the truth, the truth must be based on science, we have the world’s greatest scientists. Let us lead, let us speak without fear of retribution. We must listen.”
He also dismissed public protests for social distancing measures to be lifted, saying that scientists should decide when it is time for the nation to reopen.
“Americans yearn to get back to work to open their businesses and provide for their families, I get that,” he said. “However, what we do must be done carefully with guidance from the best scientific minds.”
However, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar revealed many of the problems Bright raised had already been resolved.
“Everything he is complaining about was achieved,” Azar said according to Politico.
The president recently commended U.S. primary health professionals on administering the world’s highest number of CCP Virus tests.
“In any event, we have great testing capacity, and have performed 6.5 million tests, which is more than every country in the world, combined,” he said on Twitter.