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President Donald Trump slammed the latest critic of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Rick Bright, after the “creep” immunologist was featured Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

Bright, who was removed last month as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, was part of the effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, and has since become a “whistleblower” claiming that the administration was slow to respond to the pandemic and was more concerned with politics than science.

Taking to Twitter late Sunday, Trump claimed “60 Minutes” and “third place anchor” Norah O’Donnell “are doing everything in their power to demean our Country, much to the benefit of the Radical Left Democrats.”

“Tonight they put on yet another Fake “Whistleblower”, a disgruntled employee who supports Dems, fabricates stories, & spews lies,” he tweeted.

The president slammed the report for being “incorrect,” and labeled it “Fake News.”

“I don’t know this guy, never met him, but don’t like what I see. How can a creep like this show up to work tomorrow & report to @SecAzar, his boss, after trashing him on T.V.?….” he added.

Given the track record Trump-hating Democrats have had with whistleblowers — the last one was the catalyst to their failed impeachment ploy against Trump — Bright is just what they need to further exploit the pandemic for political gain.

On that note, the president denounced the “racket,” while calling on Shari Redstone, the chairwoman of ViacomCBS, to “take a look at her poorly performing gang.”

“This whole Whistleblower racket needs to be looked at very closely, it is causing great injustice & harm. I hope you are listening @SenSusanCollins,” Trump tweeted.

Bright dismissed the assertion that he was a disgruntled employee, while presenting himself as “the only person in the room” sounding the alarm early on. Bright said his boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, did not heed early warning about the virus.

“I am not disgruntled. I am frustrated at a lack of leadership,” the doctor claimed. “I am frustrated at a lack of urgency to get a head start on developing lifesaving tools for Americans. I’m frustrated at our inability to be heard as scientists. Those things frustrate me.”

Hindsight is 20/20, which makes it easy for Bright to look smart playing the role of armchair quarterback, criticizing those left to do the work as he sits on the sideline.

Bright’s legal team claimed he was removed from his role because he “resisted” when Trump touted hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as a possible “game changer” for Covid-19.

“In our filing, we will make clear that Dr. Bright was sidelined for one reason only — because he resisted efforts to provide unfettered access to potentially dangerous drugs, including chloroquine, a drug promoted by the administration as a panacea, but which is untested and possibly deadly when used improperly,” a statement from the doctor’s lawyers said.

Bright told O’Donnell Sunday, “I believe my last-ditch effort to protect Americans from that drug was the final straw that they used and believed was essential to push me out.”

Last week, Azar responded to Bright testifying before the Democrat-led House to say “everything he’s complaining about was achieved,” and to point out that Bright is the “sponsor” of the effort to authorize the drug.

( With Speaker Nancy Pelosi seating a House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, you can expect to see plenty of Bright in the days ahead.)

Appearing with the president on the White House lawn, the secretary ripped Bright for “not showing up for work.”

 

“He said we needed a Manhattan Project for vaccines; this President initiates a vaccine Manhattan Project,” he said. “Oh, and by the way, whose job was it to actually lead the development of vaccines? Dr. Bright.  So while we’re launching Operation Warp Speed, he’s not showing up for work to be part of that.”

Azar likened it to somebody who was in a choir now trying to say he was a soloist.

“On hydroxychloroquine, Dr. Bright literally signed the application for an FDA authorization of it,” Azar insisted. “Literally, he’s the sponsor of it.  So, this just — his allegations do not hold water.”

Tom Tillison

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