President Trump’s most senior health officials leapt to his defense against allegations that he mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting he based his decisions on the best scientific advice and saved lives.
Trump has been under intense pressure ever since it emerged in Bob Woodward’s book Rage that the president knew the virus was airborne and highly contagious even as he sought to reassure the public that its risk was limited.
The result was a slew of claims that he lied to the country and failed to meet the basic responsibilities of his office.
However, his secretary of health and human services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told the Washington Examiner that Trump had used to up-to-the-minute evidence to make crucial decisions.
CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said: “President Trump has sought the counsel of the White House task force doctors throughout the COVID-19 response. He has relied on the data