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Trump had parallel info about virus: Health aide

Dr. Birx at White House coronavirus briefing

She recalled Birx "buttering up President Trump even as he denied science", showing a clip of Birx last March saying of the former president, "He's been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data, and I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues".

Pressed on who was responsible for spreading disinformation in the White House, Birx reiterated that she doesn't know, but that Scott Atlas, who often touted Trump's politically polarizing and scientifically unsound pandemic response as his adviser on COVID-19, "brought in parallel data streams".

Birx said, "There was one full-time person in the White House working on coronavirus response". "And so they saw people get COVID and be fine", Birx said.

So courageous of her to speak up now, when in real time she was telling audiences that the President was great at analyzing data. So.

Dr. Deborah Birx made public appearances throughout 2020 as an advisor to the Trump Administration on pandemic response. She was faulted for not countering Trump's misinformation on the severity of the pandemic, or his promotion of certain bogus treatments, and for not adequately addressing the conflicting messages and approaches coming from the White House as the virus raged out of control.

Dr. Birx reacts to Trump at White House briefing
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"I know what I sent up, and I know what was in his hands was different from that", she said. "The other thing that was very important to me is, I was not going to go outside of the chain of command". Birx said she would assist with the Biden administration's transition before leaving.

Birx told CBS that she was "censored" by the White House but she refuted that she ever purposefully withheld information.

Birx went on to admit that there were people in the White House who believed that COVID-19 was a "hoax" because "the information was confusing at the beginning". Dr. Birx legacy is one of failure, sycophancy and failure.

Birx, a career civil servant and an immunologist who worked extensively on worldwide AIDS relief, is now a special adviser to the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Birx agreed that she wishes she would've "pushed harder".