“I just wanted it to be ‘The Twilight Zone’ and it all go away,” said Birx, who was the Trump White House coronavirus response coordinator.
One CDC official said he was "haunted" by the administration's guidance for faith communities, which was not based in science.
“Our intention was certainly to get the public’s attention," said CDC expert Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who said she was reprimanded for doing so.
The election year “just took people’s time away from and distracted them away from the pandemic in my personal opinion,” Birx told a House subcommittee.
The Fox News host and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson had a kooky discussion about the coronavirus pandemic.
In a CNN interview, Anthony Fauci said critics of Birx should "cut her some slack" and remember that Trump put her in a difficult position regarding COVID-19.
She was an "officer on the bridge" of the Titanic, not a passenger, one critic said.
"The federal government did not provide consistent messaging to the American people and that is fault number one," Birx said.
“Frankly, I didn’t know how to handle that episode,” said the former White House coronavirus official.
The doctor's excuses are too little, too late, Keilar said of the COVID-19 misinformation that flowed from the White House under Birx's watch.