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President Donald Trump slammed a “whistleblower” former government doctor as a “disgruntled employee” and his press secretary accused him of “not paying attention” as the immunologist testified before Congress about the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
“It sounds like Mr. Bright hasn’t been paying much attention at all,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News Thursday, reacting to testimony Thursday from Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who claimed the “pandemic playbook” was ignored by Trump. (Source: Fox News )
“Initially our nation was not as prepared as we should have been, as we could have been,” Bright told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in his opening statement. “Some scientists raised early warning signals that were overlooked and pages from our pandemic playbook were ignored by some in leadership.”
McEnany blasted Bright for making recommendations about actions the Trump administration had already taken, including having a pandemic plan in place even before the coronavirus outbreak which originated in China.
“It sounds like this is someone who’s reacting and making suggestions that have long been put into play,” she said, also criticizing Bright’s complaint that scientists are not being allowed to speak out, pointing out how medical experts from the administration’s team – such as Dr. Anthony Fauci – regularly make the media rounds.
“We have the world’s greatest scientists. Let us lead, let us speak without fear of retribution,” Bright said during his opening remarks before Congress.
The president tweeted that he “never met” or “even heard of” Bright, who alleged he was fired from his job and filed a whistleblower complaint last week.“I don’t know the so-called Whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of […]