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Birx says Trump was fed misleading ‘parallel data’ about coronavirus

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By Mike Murphy

Former coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said her job was hampered by misleading information and COVID-deniers within the White House.

In a wide-ranging interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Birx said “outside advisers” were feeding then-President Donald Trump a “parallel data stream.”

Birx said the flow of incomplete and misleading information to the president deeply troubled her.

“I’ve built my career on data transparency and accountability,” she said. “We don’t cut it in pieces and say, we’re only going to look at it in this six weeks because it makes us look better… You can’t do that. You have to use the entire database.”

Birx cited Dr. Scott Atlas as one of those pushing the “parallel data streams,” but said she doesn’t know who else was involved.

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She added that there were people in the White House “who definitely believed that this was a hoax.”

Birx said she was constantly under political pressure and understaffed, and “always” considered quitting, but the opportunity to do good outweighed the political tribulations. “I had to ask myself every morning, is there something that I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic?”

Birx announced her retirement in December.

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