INSIDER: White House did NOT Dissolve Pandemic Response Office

A White House insider has written an article to rebut reports that the White House shuttered the pandemic response office.

According to The Washington Post:

It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, “dissolved the office” at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.

When I joined the National Security Council staff in 2018, I inherited a strong and skilled staff in the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate. This team of national experts together drafted the National Biodefense Strategy of 2018 and an accompanying national security presidential memorandum to implement it; an executive order to modernize influenza vaccines; and coordinated the United States’ response to the Ebola epidemic in Congo, which was ultimately defeated in 2020.

It is true that the Trump administration has seen fit to shrink the NSC staff. But the bloat that occurred under the previous administration clearly needed a correction. Defense Secretary Robert Gatescongressional oversight committees and members of the Obama administration itself all agreed the NSC was too large and too operationally focused (a departure from its traditional role coordinating executive branch activity). As The Post reported in 2015, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration’s second term, the NSC’s staff “had quadrupled in size, to nearly 400 people.” That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.

The reduction of force in the NSC has continued since I departed the White House. But it has left the biodefense staff unaffected — perhaps a recognition of the importance of that mission to the president, who, after all, in 2018 issued a presidential memorandum to finally create real accountability in the federal government’s expansive biodefense system.

Tim Morrison the former senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense on the National Security Council wants answers as to China’s involvement in this outbreak and a solution to the problem. This will come from bipartisan work, not political gamesmanship.

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Patsy
Patsy
4 months ago

Wapo please teport the truth or don’t write anything at all.

Adelle
Adelle
4 months ago

As usual, either the DEMS lie through their teeth or the media does. its sad we finally have the greatest p president in history and he gets no credit for the un believbly great things he is doing for America. I can;t wait until justice is served against all the corrupt, demon possessed DEMS and media. I pray daily for our president and all the wonderful patriots he has working with him like Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Steve Manchin, etc. GOD bless them all for taking on the most evil DEEP STATE of ALL TIME.
May GOD be with them to carry out the plan for America and GOD bless TRUMP and the others for having the courage to do this.TRUMP takes a hit in his back daily for the AMERICA he so loves.

Nr
Nr
4 months ago

Bella Pelosi, better known as Dracula. Sneaked in a 1 billion Dollar funding for Plan Parenthood (The abortion factory) in the Coronavirus bill. Never let a crisis go to waste is one of the Demoncrat 10 Satan Commandments.

Wuhan Virus AKA: Coronavirus weaponized by China and their treasonous Godless demoncratic Commie party and cohorts the fake media, academia, Hollywood,…to crash the greatest US economy ever! And to take down the greatest president ever, President Trump!! Keep up the great work President Trump! 2020 and beyond! From the Patriots of a Commie Demoncrat free America!

Lea
Lea
4 months ago

I second Nr’s comments. He/she said it all.

Keith S. Clark
Keith S. Clark
4 months ago

Just call it a Democrat Lie.
The Democrats are just stupid enough to believe this garbage anyway.
Can’t win, EXCEPT in November.

Cheryl
Cheryl
4 months ago

We are literally crashing our own economy & mindlessly panicking over a virus that is fatal to less than 1% of the population. QUIT eating up the corporate media/leftist globalist billionaires LIES, QUIT hoarding toilet paper & groceries, you are HARMING your elderly, disabled & poor neighbors, pull your heads out of your a $$ es, tell these media & political WHO RES to go FV C K themselves & get on with your lives.