In a shocking, yet unsurprising decision, the Trump administration issued new guidance Monday instructing coronavirus task force member to decline any invitations to testify in front of congress without the express approval of the White House.
Throughout the pandemic, the administration has been weary of experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Birx, and right wing groups and talking heads have painted them as enemies from the “deep state.”
The White House denies that this is yet another action of hiding information when Americans need it most. Instead, they claim that they need to experts to stay focused on the task at hand.
“The demands on agencies’ staff and resources are extraordinary in this current crisis. Agencies must maximize their resources for COVID-19 response efforts and treat hearing requests accordingly,” the guidance says.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not buying it.
In an appearance on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the Speaker billed the move as “business as usual,” adding that the administration “might be afraid of the truth.”
As the death toll rises and Trump continues to raise his projections by the day like some sort of grim reaper auctioneer, we remain in dire need of information.
How is it that it’s now May and we still don’t have an adequate testing strategy? Heck, even the 100 members of congress are unable to get tested.
Why are so many small businesses unable to secure loans while large corporations such as Ruth’s Chris and Shake Shack received millions (they have since returned the funds after scrutiny)?
How many strains of the virus are there? What are the real projections? What measures need to be taken to prevent the spread? Why aren’t unemployment insurance checks getting to workers?
We need answers. Not from staged Fox News “town halls,” but from experts who can present us with the truth.