Emails Show Trump HHS Official Paul Alexander Tried to Stop Dr. Fauci and CDC From Warning Kids and Pregnant Women About COVID-19
Paul Alexander — a senior adviser to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo — sent emails to press officers and others at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about what Dr. Anthony Fauci should not say about COVID-19 during media interviews, reports POLITICO.
Alexander, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, told government press officials on Aug. 27 via email that he didn’t want Dr. Fauci to talk about testing kids and college students for COVID-19:
I continue to have an issue with kids getting tested and repeatedly and even university students in a widespread manner…and I disagree with Dr. Fauci on this. Vehemently.
Alexander told Dr. Fauci’s press team on Sept. 2 that Dr. Fauci should not promote mask-wearing by children during an MSNBC interview:
Can you ensure Dr. Fauci indicates masks are for the teachers in schools. Not for children. There is no data, none, zero, across the entire world, that shows children especially young children, spread this virus to other children, or to adults or to their teachers. None. And if it did occur, the risk is essentially zero.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 85 children have died from COVID-19, and the CDC recommends safety masks for children over two years old because of the coronavirus spreading.
After this report by POLITICO went viral, Dr. Fauci told Fox News on Sept. 9: “I would never be muzzled about anything when it comes to science and evidence and the facts,” reports CNBC.
HHS did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the POLITICO report.
The Washington Post reported that Alexander sent an email on June 28 warning the CDC about “undermining the President” by alerting the public about the potential risks of the coronavirus for pregnant women.
Alexander complained the CDC report “reads in a way to frighten women . . . as if the President and his administration can’t fix this and it is getting worse.”