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Maryland Senators Blast Trump COVID Response

August 31st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration for their continued political interference in the COVID-19 response. Along with 30 of their colleagues, the Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts will erode public trust and hamper efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“The timing of this interference is particularly troubling, as people across the country are waiting anxiously for a safe and effective vaccine to COVID-19. More than ever, public trust in our core public health agencies must be fiercely protected. We will not beat this pandemic without that trust, and allowing political interference in these processes is harmful to the trust in our world-class scientific institutions and ultimately the health of our population. As such, the Administration’s actions this week have set off alarms among experts and former leaders of these agencies. It is your responsibility, as head of the Department that researches, approves, and disseminates diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines, as well as critical information about the pandemic, to safeguard the integrity of the agencies under your control,” wrote the Senators. 

 

In the letter, the Senators discussed several recent episodes where the Trump Administration took actions that appeared to put political pressure on public health experts. Last week, President Trump baselessly accused officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of wanting to impede progress on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines until after the election. Recent reports also indicate that Administration officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to alter testing guidelines to suggest fewer people need to be tested—a move that has since been walked back. 


The letter notes that these recent steps are part of a larger pattern of putting politics over public health in the Trump Administration. Earlier this year President Trump insisted on authorizing hydroxychloroquine, an unproven treatment for COVID-19, and even removed officials who insisted it be scientifically vetted. The Administration also blocked previous CDC guidance for reopening.

11 Responses to “Maryland Senators Blast Trump COVID Response”

  1. August 31, 2020 at 6:13 pm, DPM said:

    Not the Orange Clown’s fault. It was all that darn testing caused the virus!!

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    • September 01, 2020 at 10:09 am, Jay said:

      I wish my doctor would stop taking my blood pressure. If it’s too high I might have to go on medication.

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  2. August 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm, DAVE said:

    And the Dems insisted that the drug was harmful to the public even though it has been in the market for over 75 years. A gaggle of Dems disagreeing with the Prez, boy now that is a news flash. If Obama was the Prez they all would be gushing over the very same decisions, so political it makes my hindquarters tired. When a republican, like McCain disagrees with Trump they are praised as independent, free thinking, and more concerned about the country than politics, however when is the last time a Dem stepped out of line? Joe Lieberman, and look what his party did to him.

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    • August 31, 2020 at 8:25 pm, Jay said:

      Dave, the Dems didn’t insist that the drug was harmful to the public. Medical science said that it was ineffective and possibly harmful. You seem like a smart guy. You have to know that Trump will say or do anything to remain in office. He gets most of his talking points from Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingraham, or the idiot Tucker Carlson.

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      • September 01, 2020 at 12:31 pm, DAVE said:

        Jay, my point being if it is “possibly harmful“, I would think that Medical Science would know after it being used for over 75 years world wide. I‘m no doctor so I don’t know if it is effective, but after that many people taking it for that long, my guess is it’s pretty harmless. Thanks for the compliment but I’m not that smart just logical and observing. As far as Trump saying anything to stay in office, be it right or wrong, don’t they all. He is not the “pick of the litter” but how did systemic racism hide for the 8 years of Obama/Biden? They had complete control of Congress for 2 years, yet they said and did nothing about it, why? My heart aches for Biden, there is something wrong with the man. Either age is catching up with him or he is more incompetent than any one realized. First the rioters were expressing their first amendment rights, now they should be arrested. He does and says what he is told, and if elected he will step down when he is told. Just my thoughts.

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  3. August 31, 2020 at 11:00 pm, MARTIN D FORNWALT said:

    WELL! ISN’T THAT NICE! THE GOOD LITTLE LIBERAL MORONS IN MARYLAND MARCHING TO THE PELOSI DRUM! WHO! OF THESE SCUMBAGS SAID ANYTHING! TILL AFTER THE LIBERAL’S SAID! I QUOT PELOSI! “COME ON DOWN TO CHINA TOWN! THERE’S NOTHING TO FEAR!” RAISED WHOLEY HELL WITH THE PRESIDENT! WHEN HE STOPPED TRAVEL FROM CHINA? WERE I STILL SAY IT WAS GEM WARFARE THEY USED ON THE ENTIRE WORLD! JOE BIDEN AND PELOSI BOTH JUMPED ON THE PRESIDENT WITH BOTH FEET! YOU HOLLER A HISSIE FIT, THEN THROW AFTER THE FACT, PUT SICK IN WITH THE ELDERLY! HAVING MASSIVE DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES! WHICH RIGHT AWAY! CUOMO BLAMED TRUMP FOR! LIBERAL MORONS! BE GOOD SOCIALIST COMMUNISTS AND DO US A FAVOR! GO TO YOUR HOME LAND RUSSIA WITH THAT BLACK MUSLIM OBAMA! LEAVE OUR COUNTRY YOU SCUMBAGS! AND THEN THESE RIOTS NATIONWIDE! IN CITIES RUN BY LIBERAL SCUMBAGS! GET BURNED AND LOOTED! THEN MURDERING PEOPLE! OF ALL COLORS! THEY EVEN RAN THE FEDERAL TROOPS OUT! THAT THE PRESIDENT SENT IN TO STOP THEIR INABILITY TO STOP! EITHER UNWILLING TO STOP! LIBERALS SUCK! THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA SUCKS! NATIONWIDE! THEIR BRAINWASHING OF STUDENTS NATIONWIDE! THE PUSH TO KILL UNBORN CHILDREN IN THE MOTHER WOMB! YOUR PARTY IS THE MOST DEPLORABLE SHAMEFUL THING THIS EATH HAS EVER SEEN! I WISH YOU ALL A TREASONOUS OUT COME! WITH PUBLIC HANGS!

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    • September 01, 2020 at 8:11 am, Jay said:

      Wow Martin. Get some help.

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  4. September 01, 2020 at 4:21 am, Joe Nichols said:

    RESIGN SAVE MARYLAND AND THE USA TRUMP 2020

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    • September 01, 2020 at 10:09 am, Jay said:

      I agree Joe. Trump should resign immediately if not sooner.

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      • September 02, 2020 at 4:18 am, Joe Nichols said:

        > I mean the TWO IDIOT SENATORS IN MARYLAND TRUMP WILL BE PRESIDENT AGAIN TRUMP WINS IN 2020

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  5. September 01, 2020 at 10:53 am, Carolyn said:

    OK, HERE’S A FEW:
    How about illegals voting in our country…

    Inflammatory rhetoric is outrages but the demo.s harasses Repub. in public and that’s OK
    5 Billion for border security is to expensive but 1.5 million for free health care is not

    How about medicare for all…who’s going to pay for it.

    If you cheat to get into a college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the USA you go to college free

    We see other countries going socialist and failing but its OK with the demo’s for the USA to go socialist

    Criminals are caught and release to go out and hurt more people, but stopping them is a violation of THEIR rights.

    See any problems there. Why is it that the Republicans are harassed but the ??protesters never bother the Demo.

    See any problems with the Demo’s…I can go on with how about their LAST TERM Abortions. Argue that one

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