A senior official with the CDC stated that the criticism of the agency by White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro is actually a denunciation of Trump.
According to The Hill:
A senior official for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro’s criticism of the agency’s initial coronavirus testing response is actually a denunciation of President Trump.
“We should remind Mr. Navarro that the CDC is a federal agency part of the administration. The CDC director is an appointed position, and Dr. (Robert) Redfield was appointed by President Trump,” the unidentified CDC official told CNN Sunday.
“If there is criticism of the CDC, ultimately Mr. Navarro is being critical of the President and the man who President Trump placed to lead the agency,” the official added.
“Early on in this crisis, the CDC which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing. Because not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test. And that did set us back,” Navarro said.
Many reports have indicated a growing feud between the White House and the CDC and this new accusation is sure not to help. It will be something to watch as the response to the virus drags on.