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Thu Dec 31, 2020, 10:22 AM

How Trump warped HHS long before Covid-19

Political interference and tensions with scientists preceded and set the stage for the disaster of 2020.


12/31/2020 04:30 AM EST

They called it the "End of Science and Medicine" party a hastily organized, informal sendoff for a senior career health official, less than six months into the Trump administration.

Tom Novotny, the deputy assistant secretary for health, had refused to take a transfer to a lower-profile office. Now he was abruptly retiring. And Joshua Prasad, a then-29-year-old public health adviser who served as Novotny's aide, blasted out an email inviting colleagues to come say goodbye, the subject line intended as a joke on Novotony's "science and medicine" portfolio and the reality that his team was about to be disbanded.

But days after Novotny's abrupt departure in September 2017, Prasad was summoned by officials for a Sept. 13 meeting where he said he was grilled over his email subject line, told that it could embarrass the department, pushed to resign or be fired himself, and then swiftly marched out of the building by security. The scene shocked his colleagues and lingered with them for months especially because Prasad was instructed not to talk to anyone, even longtime teammates that saw him escorted out the door.

"Science and Medicine, in my opinion, has been a particularly important team in [our office] in recent years," Prasad wrote in a subsequent resignation letter, obtained by POLITICO, in which he pleaded with the office's acting leader to preserve his colleagues' efforts to protect LGBTQ health, improve tobacco control and gather data on racial disparities, among other public health priorities. "I hope that you and your new teams will find a way to keep the ideas, leadership and passions provided by our team alive."


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 10:27 AM

1. Starting now,

and especially after Jan. 20, I'm sure we're going to see a flood of stories about how our government and its agencies have been downgraded, disrupted, or even destroyed by this mis-administration.
Such a sad, sad situation - and what a challenge PE Joe has ahead of him, especially with Moscow Mitch still living in his den in Washington.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 11:05 AM

2. I agree, we will see hair curling stories about Trump's destruction of the US Gov't.

It won't be pretty.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 12:29 PM

3. republicans destruction of the US Gov't.

trumpy was just their shiny distraction.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 12:36 PM

4. Yes you are right. The GOP has destroyed the US government for personal gain and power.

America and its people are just collateral damage.

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