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The White House planted two political officials with no public health experience at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep tabs on the agency and its scientists, according to The Associated Press.
Nina Witkofsky was appointed as senior advisor to CDC Director Robert Redfield at the agency’s Atlanta headquarters in June and within weeks had been promoted to CDC acting chief of staff.
The second political arrival, Chester “Trey” Moeller, is Witkofsky’s deputy.
Witkofsky, the AP said, played a small role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Her CDC profile also says she has worked in governmental affairs for 20 years, including at the State Department.
A White House official told the AP that the pair were placed at the CDC to control its messaging because leaks were “upsetting the apple cart.”
Their remit included keeping watch on Redfield and the agency’s scientists, CDC officials told the AP.
CDC staff had little warning that the pair were joining, an agency source told the AP, adding that no one knew their job titles and that they didn’t have assigned offices. “They just showed up on a Monday,” the official said.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics