Covid advisor Dr Birx says someone within administration was giving Trump ‘parallel data’ about pandemic

FORMER Trump White House's Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Deborah Birx said that Former President Donald Trump had been reviewing “parallel” data sets on the pandemic from someone inside the administration.

The claims come after Dr. Deborah Birx said she "always" considered quitting her job after feeling "censored," but promised she never withheld information to the public.

Talking to Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ Face The Nation, she said: “I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made,”

“Someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president.”

She also added that there were Covid-19 deniers within the Trump administration.

“There were people who definitely believed that this was a hoax,” she said. 

“I think the information was confusing at the beginning. I think because we didn’t talk about the spectrum of the disease, everyone interpreted what they knew.”

Birx did not identify the COVID-19 deniers and said she did not know who was presenting the parallel data to Trump.

However, she realizes now that Trump coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas was providing some of it.

Dr. Birx, retired on Wednesday after four decades of public service, said nothing prepared her for the chaotic handling of the pandemic under the Trump White House.

"I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?" Birx said in the Face The Nation interview.

"Colleagues of mine that I had known for decades,"Birx said, "decades in that one experience, because I was in the White House, decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever."

Birx, who acted as the coordinator under former President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, references her former colleagues working in the White House for years prior conducting research on the AIDS virus.

"I had to ask myself every morning, is there something that I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic and it's something I asked myself every night," she continued.

When asked whether she would consider quitting, she said she questioned whether she could ''do anything helpful'', in response to the pandemic.

Birx was appointed by former President Barack Obama as PEPFAR Administrator, or the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

She then joined the Trump Administration in March 2020 to help with the Covid-19 response.

"When it became a point where I wasn't getting anywhere and that was like right before the election, I wrote a very detailed communication plan of what needed to happen the day after the election and how that needed to be executed," she said. "And there was a lot of promise that that would happen."

The doctor said in the interview that the 2020 election was a clear factor in the task force's reduced communications about the virus.

She said she felt "censored" by the White House, adding she was blocked from appearing on national media – but promised she never withheld information from the public herself.

Birx addressed the criticism she received nearing the end of her White House tenure – including spending time with her family at a vacation home for Thanksgiving despite the CDC urging folks not to travel – saying she plans to retire "within the next four to six weeks."

When asked if Birx would be on Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it was up in the air.

"I'll have to circle back on that one," said Psaki. "That's an excellent question."

Over 400,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and millions still remain unemployed as the nation recovers from a falling economy.

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