Trump Cancels CDC Visit To Protect ‘Health And Welfare’ Of Workers There, Administration Says

Earlier this week, White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, announced that President Donald Trump would sign an $8 billion bill from Congress, authorizing research and other measures to combat coronavirus, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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However, the White House abruptly canceled that visit, with an official stating the cause for the cancelation was an interest in not interfering with the health or work of CDC officials there, CNN reported.

“The President is no longer traveling to Atlanta today,” the official said. “The CDC has been proactive and prepared since the very beginning and the President does not want to interfere with the CDC’s mission to protect the health and welfare of their people and the agency.”

It was not made clear how Trump’s travels to the CDC would potentially harm the health of workers there, but it’s likely that the administration is attempting to prevent large crowds, and thus, increased odds of the spread of the disease itself.

At least 225 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States as of Friday morning, with 14 individuals counted as having died from the disease. The president had previously claimed, when just one fatality had been reported, that the number of cases would be going down soon, but as health officials had predicted, just the opposite has occurred.

If the president wants to make certain that the public and health workers are protected against the disease, he might try to start with making sure what comes out of his mouth about COVID-19 is more accurate. Trump has made other errant and misleading claims about coronavirus since it has become a topic of concern across the globe.

In early February, for instance, he suggested that the disease might die out after warmer temperatures came about in the spring. Officials with the CDC later stated that not to be the case, and that coronavirus might be around for several months or even a year (or more) from now.

Trump also heavily implied earlier this week that individuals who get the virus could go to work and be finea notion that health experts strongly urge people against doing.

“A lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “They don’t even call a doctor….we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.”

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