“We Could Have Done Something and We Didn’t” Says White House Whistleblower
Donald Trump has claimed that he found out about COVID-19 too late to properly tackle the pandemic. Dr. Rick Bright disagrees. Bright, who formerly worked in the administration sent January emails raising red flags about the severity of the illness.
The Doctor was removed from his role within the Department of Health and Human Services back in April. Bright, who filed a whistleblower complaint against the White House, recently sat down for a 60 minutes interview with Norah O’Donnell. In a preview of the Sunday interview, he claimed, “we could have done something and we didn’t.”
Trump has been critical of the Doctor, saying that he was a disgruntled employee. Bright told O’Donnell, “I am not disgruntled. I am frustrated at a lack of leadership. I am frustrated at a lack of urgency to get a head start on developing life-saving tools for Americans. I’m frustrated at our inability to be heard as scientists. Those things frustrate me.”
The Doctor continued, “We see too many doctors and nurses now dying. And I was thinking that we could have done more to get those masks and those supplies to them sooner. And if we had, would they still be alive today? That’s a horrible thought to think about the time that passed where we could have done something and we didn’t.”
Bright then explained his role within the administration. “I’m the director of Barda, he said. “To take me out of our organization focused on drugs and vaccines and diagnostics in the middle of a pandemic, the worst public health crisis that our country has faced in a century, and decapitate the Barda organization, to move me over to a very small focused project of any scale, of any level of importance is not responsible, didn’t make sense.”
Watch a preview of O’Donnell’s interview with Bright below:
In his 1st interview since his removal as director of BARDA, Rick Bright says the US waited too long to acquire PPE & N95 masks.
He tells @60Minutes: "It's a horrible thought to think about the time that passed where we could've done something and we didn't."
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