Trump appears to be asking the owner of CBS to fire a 60-minute host after talking to the whistleblower
Donald Trump on Sunday seemed to ask CBS owner Shari Redstone to fire 60 minutes of reporter Norah O’Donnell after her interview with the whistleblower who claims the president’s coronavirus response has cost lives.
Dr. Rick Bright told a conference hearing on Thursday that the United States could go through the “darkest winter” of recent times if it does not improve the response to the pandemic.
He told 60 minutes: “I am frustrated with a lack of leadership. I am frustrated with the lack of urgency to get a head start in developing life-saving tools for Americans. I am frustrated because we cannot be heard as scientists. ‘
Trump took to Twitter shortly after the segment, airing on Sunday, claiming that the show “ does everything in its power to humiliate our country, to the great benefit of the radical left-wing Democrats. ”
The president called Bright “a creep” that “fabricates stories and spits out lies” and wrote, “I don’t know this man, never met him, but I don’t like what I see.
How can such a creep come to work tomorrow and report to @SecAzar, his boss, after posting him on T.V. destroyed? “
Picking host O’Donnell Trump also called her a “third-place anchor.”
He added: ‘@ 60Minutes report was incorrect, which she didn’t care. Fake news! I also hope that Shari Redstone will check out her underperforming gang. She knows how to make it right!
“This whole whistleblower racket needs to be looked at very closely, it causes a lot of injustice and damage. I hope you listen to @SenSusanCollins. ‘
Dr. Rick Bright spoke to 60-minute reporter Norah O’Donnell on Sunday for an interview
After the interview, Donald Trump shot a series of tweets that asked CBS owner Shari Redstone to fire 60 minutes of reporter Norah O’Donnell
The president also hit the show last week. He then wrote: ‘@CBS and their show, @ 60 minutes, are doing everything in their power, which is far less today than it was in the past, to defend China and the terrible virus pandemic that had hit the US and the rest of the world.
“I think they want to do business in China!”
Bright says he was removed from his government post because he had raised concerns about coronavirus preparedness.
He was removed last month as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for developing drugs to fight the coronavirus.
“What we do must be done carefully under the guidance of the best scientific minds. Our chance closes. If we don’t improve our response now, based on science, I fear the pandemic will get worse and continue, ”said Bright during his testimony.
The pandemic infected more than 1.5 million people in the United States, eroding the economy, and killing more than 90,000 people.
Bright testified to the health subcommittee that he would never “forget” an email he received in January from a US medical face mask supplier warning of a serious shortage.
He said “we are deep in the ***. The world is. We have to do something, ”said Bright. “And I pushed that to the highest level I could from HHS and got no response.”
Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to ask CBS owner Shari Redstone to fire 60 minutes of reporter Norah O’Donnell in a series of tweets on Sunday evening
Trump, pictured, took to Twitter shortly after the segment, which aired on Sunday, claiming that the show “ does everything in its power to humiliate our country, to the benefit of the radical Left Democrats. ”
Trump had already referred to Bright as a ‘dissatisfied employee’ on Twitter last Thursday.
In a whistleblower complaint filed with a government watchdog last week, Bright said he warned of the virus in January and was received hostile by HHS leaders.
Bright, who was transferred to a new government job last month, said he was fired from BARDA for opposing efforts to push the drugs hydroxychloroquine and the related chloroquine as remedies for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
Bright said in the statement last month that the U.S. government has promoted the drugs as a “panacea”, although they “clearly have no scientific merit.”
Bright, pictured, told 60 Minutes, “I’m frustrated with a lack of leadership. I am frustrated with the lack of urgency to get a head start in developing life-saving tools for Americans. I am frustrated with our inability to be heard as scientists’
Handpicked host O’Donnell, pictured, also called Trump a ‘third place anchor’
HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley has contested Bright’s account and said in a statement on Tuesday that he was being transferred to a job where he was entrusted to spend about $ 1 billion to develop diagnostic tests.
“We are deeply disappointed that he has not turned up to work on behalf of the American people and to run this crucial venture,” said Oakley.
Bright testified that he did not start his new job in government because he has hypertension and has taken medical leave.
The House subcommittee also heard Thursday from Mike Bowen, co-owner of Prestige Ameritech, the largest U.S. producer of surgical masks.
It was Bowen who sent Bright an email in January warning that the United States would run out of medical masks if production were not to be stepped up, according to documents in Bright’s whistleblower complaint.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says HHS whistleblower, who warned of ‘the darkest winter’ ahead, ‘should show up for the work he has’ despite the fight against stress and hypertension
White House press chief Kayleigh McEnany said the HHS whistleblower, Dr. Rick Bright, “should show up for the job he has,” after telling Congress that hypertension and stress have taken him away from his job since his controversial demotion.
“He takes a salary of $ 285,000 – which is extraordinary for a federal government salary – and he still has taxpayer-funded medical leave so he can work with partisan lawyers who slander the president,” McEnany said at the news conference of Friday.
Bright had previously headed the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, but was moved to an undefined role at the National Institutes of Health on April 21.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked if the administration wanted HHS whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright would return to his new position at the National Institutes of Health. McEnany replied that he ‘had to show up for the job he has’
An HHS press release at the time and McEnany on Friday characterized the transition as a standard feature change.
“He was transferred to lead a bold new $ 1 billion test program,” McEnany said Friday.
Her comments were almost literal in relation to a press release sent to HHS press service journalists on Thursday.
Rick Bright was transferred from his role as BARDA Director to lead a bold new $ 1 billion testing program at NIH, critical to saving lives and reopening America. Mr. Bright has not yet showed up for work, but continues to collect his $ 285,010 salary while using his taxpayer-funded medical leave to work with partisan lawyers who are politicizing the response to COVID-19. said the press release.
His lawyers made a statement on Thursday explaining that “in contrast to the discussion points of the administration, Dr. Bright has never refused to report to the NIH, and now that his position has been established there, he plans to be next week. ‘
Dr. Bright is fully prepared to step into this new role, unless [Health and Human Services] Secretary Azar honors [the Office of Special Counsel’s] request and postpone his reassignment, ‘said the statement.
Bright did not start at the NIH and has told lawmakers he was on medical leave first, then vacationed to testify before Congress.
“I had a conversation with my doctor about my hypertension and we’ve been keeping it under control for the past three weeks because it was very stressful to be suddenly removed without explaining my role and position. It’s been a life change for me, ”said Bright.
Representative Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma Republican, said he was “confused” by how Dr. Rick Bright was able to testify before Congress, but did not show up for his new position at the NIH. Bright testified that he has been dealing with hypertension and stress since he lost his job at BARDA
Representative Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma republican, challenged Bright about how he could be on sick leave, but still sit in front of Congress.
“I think I’m quite confused here because you say you have hypertension, yet you were able to do these interviews, you made the report, and you prepared for this hearing,” said Mullin. “Still, you’re too sick to go to work, but you’re good enough to get here while you’re still being paid by the United States government.”
Bright replied, “Sir, I have been on medical leave.”
When Mullin asked him why his hypertension was acting now and not when he was in charge of BARDA, Bright replied, “I wasn’t stressed about being removed from my job while at BARDA, sir.
“This was very stressful,” added the doctor.