“The White House’s attempt to impose a more disciplined approach to communications about the virus was undermined by President Trump, who complained the news media was overstating the threat.”
“WASHINGTON — The White House moved on Thursday to tighten control of coronavirus messaging by government health officials and scientists, directing them to coordinate all statements and public appearances with the office of Vice President Mike Pence, according to several officials familiar with the new approach.
But on a day that the White House sought to display a more disciplined strategy to the administration’s communications about the virus, Mr. Trump used an evening event honoring African-American History Month to rail against the news media, claiming it is overstating the threat, and to congratulate himself for keeping the number of cases low.
“I think it’s an incredible achievement what our country’s done,” Mr. Trump said, noting that he had moved quickly to ban travel from China after the emergence of the virus. Even though a total of 60 people infected with the coronavirus are in the United States, he ignored all but the 15 who did not initially contract it overseas.”
Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman report for the New York Times February 27, 2020.
“Is The White House Starting To Censor Public-Health Officials?” (MSNBC)
“White House Wants Signoff on Coronavirus Messaging” (Wall St. Journal)
“Cool: Health Officials, Scientists Banned From Speaking About Coronavirus Without Mike Pence’s Approval” (Vanity Fair)
Opinion: “Pence’s New Mission On Coronavirus: A Controlled Message” (Washington Post)
“White House Gags Government Health Experts From Speaking About Coronavirus Saying They Must Have Mike Pence's Approval For Everything They Say About Mounting Crisis – Despite VP Having Zero Medical Qualifications” (Daily Mail)
“Top Virus Expert Told to Shut Up” (Daily Kos)
“White House Reportedly Ordered Infectious Disease Chief ‘Not to Say Anything’ About Coronavirus Without Clearance” (Mediaite)
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