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Trump Tries to Silence CDC Director After He Warns of a Second, More Devastating Outbreak

In an interview published Tuesday in The Washington Post, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warned that a second coronavirus outbreak could rear its head this winter alongside flu season, resulting in an even more devastating situation.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” the CDC chief noted. “And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”

So who might be the “others” referred to in the director’s statements? Thanks to a Wednesday morning tweet from the president, we may have our answer.

The president, always trying to bend reality to whatever suits his political ends, tweeted, “CDC Director was totally misquoted by Fake News @CNN on Covid 19. He will be putting out a statement.”

Did the president seriously threaten the director of the CDC to revise his statements to the press? Is he opening up his metaphorical sharpie to draw a line through these statements because they sound bad?

In his final coronavirus briefing in March, Trump said he is a “cheerleader for the country.”

At a time of such peril and consequence, America does not need a cheerleader, but rather a leader. We need the facts to ensure that once the next wave hits, we are adequately prepared.

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