Schuchat’s testimony also confirms the previous administration’s political pressure on another senior CDC official, Dr. Martin Cetron. The AP he had reported that when Cetron refused to sign Title 42, the White House ignored him and lobbied former director Robert Redfield directly. He gave in. While Schuchat said during his testimony that he didn’t know exactly how the policy was instituted, he knew that Cetron had refused to put pen to paper.
“Dr. Cetron takes the quarantine regulator very seriously and evaluates – you know, the typical problem is that the least restrictive means of protecting public health is when a quarantine order is exercised compared to other measures. And most of the evidence at the time did not support this policy proposal, “Schuchat She said in testimony. He added that “his opinion was that the facts on the ground did not require it for public health reasons.”
Schuchat said he did not know the thinking behind Redfield’s decision making, but told the committee that “he was put in many impossible situations in the course of his position. “
“By impossible situations, do you mean pressure from a political perspective?” she was asked. “I’d agree with that,” Schuchat replied.
Such pressure would have been exerted by former interim official Chad Wolf, by Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and by Pence himself, who “intervened in early March “when CDC experts refused to approve the order. The AP reported that those experts said that” there was no evidence that the action could slow the coronavirus. “So the men jumped on a call together over some good old gang bullying and instructed Redfield “to use the agency’s special legal authority in a pandemic anyway,” the report continues.
Mark Summer of the Kos newspaper writes that other documents released last week shown “both the extent to which members of the Trump White House have interfered with efforts to protect the public, and how they have consistently worked to minimize the threat, leading to disaster. “This includes the order to eliminate e- mail from a political appointee, Paul Alexander, who asked for a break in relations that negatively reflected the previous president.
Although that president is gone, all of his policies certainly aren’t. The Biden administration has shamefully continued to enforce Title 42, even defending it in court. The administration had a way out when a court in September ordered a stop over the deportation of families seeking asylum in the context of politics. But the administration appealed and I won. Numerous administration officials, including the Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, they continued to defend the 42 title as a public health issue. Schuchat’s testimony continues to confirm that this is complete bullshit. Politics it has since also been called “illegal” by a former senior State Department official.
Administration it has since eased restrictions as well for fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico, but continues to refuse to move regarding Title 42 and asylum seekers. Why not just vaccinate them, you might ask? Plans to do this as part of a Title 42 liquidation were briefly thought out but then “eliminated by top White House officials, including Susan Rice, who feared that the dissolution of border policy would increase political pressure on the administration,” CBS News reported.