FACT CHECK: No, Trump Did Not ‘Fire’ Pandemic Expert or ‘Defund’ CDC

FACT CHECK: No, Trump Did Not ‘Fire’ Pandemic Expert or ‘Defund’ CDC

CLAIM: President Trump “fired” the government’s pandemic professional, and “defunded” the Centers for Illness Control (CDC).

DECISION: Mainly incorrect.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared at the Democrat dispute in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump had actually “fired” the government’s pandemic expert and “defunded” the Centers for Disease Control:

Among the great issues today, you check out the infection, what’s truly taking place here is the president fired the pandemic professional in this nation two years ago, so there’e no one here to determine what the hell we should be doing. [Applause] And he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC so we don’t have the organization we need.

In truth, the pandemic expert– Back Adm. Timothy Ziemer– left the National Security Council (NSC) willingly after then-National Security Consultant John Bolton was appointed.

Bolton disbanded the system that Ziemer was supervising as part of an effort to downsize the bloated NSC staff. The purpose of the unit, which had overseen the global battle against Ebola, had actually mostly been fulfilled.

It holds true that Ziemer and his unit have actually not yet been replaced.

The Trump administration has actually undoubtedly proposed cuts to the CDC, but they have not been passed by Congress.

Trump has actually not “defunded” the company, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has said that the brand-new proposed budget would, in truth, focus on the fight versus coronavirus.

Just recently, the administration reversed course, requesting $2.5 billion in emergency financing for handling the coronavirus.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak

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