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Dr. Birx spoke out against Trump's COVID response. Too bad she's a year late.

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The coordinator of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response made a shocking revelation during a recent CNN interview — many of the 550,000 Americans lives lost to the pandemic could have been saved with better leadership.

In other words, managing the response to the pandemic under President Donald Trump — Dr. Deborah Birx’s responsibility — was a failure of historic proportions.  

“I look at it this way,” Birx, a renowned HIV researcher and diplomat, told CNN, “The first time we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original (coronavirus) surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”

Why is she telling us now? And why did Birx persist in her high post, delivering a business as usual message, while she knew of so much needless death? 

Former response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx.

Similar questions might be asked of other health officials under Trump who also griped to CNN. Among them Robert Redfield, who ran the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Stephen Hahn, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration; and Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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