Politicization of the CDC

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President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (left), Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephan Monroe, associate director of the CDC (right), speaks with reporters during a visit to the CDC on March 6, 2020, in Atlanta. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield testified before Congress on Wednesday, imploring the public to wear masks. However, President Trump went out of his way to reject Redfield’s claims in a White House briefing later in the day. Trump also disputed a vaccine timeline Redfield laid out. It’s all part of a broad trend of the politicization of the CDC and public health in general.