Dr. Birx claims Pence gave her permission to publicly contradict Trump on COVID

A new Trump-era COVID-19 pandemic revelation is surprising many.

According to Breitbart News, a former Trump administration official just claimed that she got the green light to publicly contradict then-President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 remarks from then-Vice President Mike Pence. 

The official is Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response task force coordinator.

Birx, on Friday, made an appearance on MSNBC’s Katy Tur Reports, where she made the revelation.

“I did that”

Tur pressed Birx on why she didn’t do more, in the early days of the pandemic, to combat the so-called “misinformation” that liberals alleged was being put out by Trump.

Tur said:

What about when it became clear to you that he was dangerous, that he was saying to people inject bleach into your arms to clear out the virus. He said he was joking, but that’s not the way the American public takes him. The CDC had poison hotlines. Why didn’t you get out in front of a podium and tell the American public I am a White House health official, I am in charge of the response of the pandemic, and  you need to listen to doctors, I’m sorry, not the president of the United States.

That’s when Birx made the revelation that “I did that on local media,” while adding that she “was barred from doing that on national media.”

Birx went on to try to justify this decision, saying:

You have to do what you can to change the needle and the response. I think if you talk to governors, they’ll tell you I had that impact. I know that’s difficult to see from the national media perspective. But I think if you went in and looked at those local media hits, you would see that I was saying the opposite of what the president was saying.

Birx then revealed Pence’s involvement:

And, that was so important to me to be clear about that that I went to the vice president and said those very words in August. I said I am going out and saying exactly the opposite of what the president is saying. He said do what you need to do, and that’s what I did.

Background

This might not be that surprising to Trump supporters, many of whom have soured on Pence following Pence’s refusal to take a more active role in combatting the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Neither Trump nor Pence has responded to Birx’s latest comments.

Although Trump and Pence have disagreed about the 2020 presidential election, it appears that they are still on good terms. Trump, in fact, recently endorsed Pence’s brother for a seat in Indiana’s congress.

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