Former CDC directors blast Trump for 'partisan potshots'

President Trump retweeted a message that accused the CDC, doctors and others of lying to the public about COVID-19 in order to keep him from winning re-election.
2:28 | 07/14/20

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To the latest on president trump taking on the nation's top health officials including Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC. Now some former CDC directors are firing back. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega has Cecilia, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning to you. This is unheard of. Four former CDC directors sounding the alarm and while they say it is not too late to give the CDC a proper role in this pandemic, they say the clock is ticking. This morning, four former CDC directors who served in both Republican and democratic administrations taking the extraordinary step of publicly blasting the president for what they say has been a, quote, tragic indictment of science. They didn't mention president trump by name but their message was clear, the doctors saying sound science is being challenged with partisan pot shots, sewing confusion and mistrust at a time when the American people need leadership, expertise and claritity, the consequence, willful disregard for public health guidelines is unsurprisingly leading to a sharp rise in infections and deaths. It comes after president trump retweeted former game show host turned conservative commentator chuck Woolery accusing the CDC doctors and others of lying to the public about the coronavirus in order to keep the president from winning re-election. And after the administration sidelined Dr. Anthony Fauci. He hasn't briefed president trump in more than two months and administration officials made the remarkable move of sending reporters information criticizing the top infectious disease expert as if he was a political rival rather than a member of the president's team and president trump also publicly accusing Fauci of making a lot of mistakes, but now -- I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci. I have had for a long time. Right from the beginning. I find him to be a very nice person. Reporter: But from Dr. Fauci himself a steady drumbeat delivering a dire warning. We haven't even begun to see the end of it yet. Reporter: Take a look at this. A Facebook post by a high ranking west wing staffer, the assistant to the president, the deputy chief of staffer communication calls Fauci Dr. Faucet, the cartoon depicts him as a faucet delivering bad news as the economy goes down the drain. Robin, this as the press secretary just yesterday said there is no behind the scenes campaign to treat him as a political rival. All right, Cecilia, thank you very much.

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