Dr. Deborah Birx was a central figure in the COVID-19 task force press briefings regularly given during the Trump administration’s response in the early days of the pandemic. She has now admitted in her own new book that she doctored pandemic data and altered guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) without authorization.
Birx was brought into the administration based on recommendations from Republican Party leaders, including Matt Mowers, who is running for Congress this year in New Hampshire.
In her newly released book, “Silent Invasion,” Birx said that she “devised a work-around” for recommendations made in various pandemic reports. She said that she moved recommendations and data around in summaries “where they wouldn’t be so obvious.”
Mowers had served as Birx’s chief of staff for nearly two years when she worked in the State Department. Although she was not personally well known by President Trump, she developed a close relationship with White House staffers in large part due to Mowers’ connections, who had become a Trump campaign official.
It was not long after becoming part of the administration’s team that Birx began acting against the will of the president and other staff, according to her own account. She acted to quietly place priority on the demands of persons sympathetic to China, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and several pharmaceutical lobbyists.
Birx admitted that she secretly worked with Bob Redfield with CDC to “quietly rewrite the guidance and post it to the CDC website.” She was referring to testing guidance originally posted in August 2020 that she and Redfield disagreed with.
She described the administration’s decision to limit testing among persons who were asymptomatic as a “dangerous message” that she was “committed to subverting.”
Birx expressed no concerns about her insubordination when she was challenged by Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. In September 2020, she said Meadows asked her “What the hell do you think you’re doing? You rewrote and posted the CDC testing stuff.”
She said that she explained why she did so but said that she “did what I needed to do.” When she said that she decided on her own that she disagreed with the established testing guidelines, Meadows warned her not to go “around the whole approval process” and make unilateral decisions again.
The revelations in the book are certain to raise questions about whether Birx or others violated federal law while working on the task force. They are also likely to affect Mowers in his run for Congress. His opponent is Karoline Leavitt, a former Trump administration official who has been successful at fundraising this year and attracting the endorsements of several Trump supporters.