Dr. Deborah Birx, Trump’s top official to co-ordinate the COVID epidemic, “failed to do her job,” according to Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University.
That is very obvious. Dr. Reiner said about 250,000 Americans could be alive today if Birx did her job.
In August 2020, Bloomberg News posted a news item that questioned the veracity of Birx’s scientific updates about the Trump administration’s progress against fighting the COVID virus.
In the Bloomberg article, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she “doesn’t trust information” from the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force (Birx), the latest political skirmish over the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“President Donald Trump has been spreading disinformation about the virus and Deborah Birx “is his appointee, so I don’t have confidence there, no,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.'”
Dr. Birx has had her credibility questioned before. Birx famously looked at her shoes when Trump said people could ingest a disinfectant or have an ultraviolet light inserted into them that would cure the COVID virus “in a minute.” Rather than immediately object to Trump’s witchdoctor advice, Birx said nothing. She looked into her lap, but never said a word to correct Trump’s dangerous and deranged medical advice.
Birx is the Symbol of the Ethically Compromised Executive
Birx is the posterchild for the ethically compromised people who worked in the Trump White House. In the past three-and-a-half years, top officials and cabinet members have either resigned or been fired for disagreeing with Trump. Others have chosen to work there, collect their paychecks, and ignore Trump’s uninformed advice and abusive behavior.
Yet this raises the question about whether Trump’s largest corporate financial supporters would encourage and tolerate these examples of compromised ethics, racial insults, anti-female behaviors, and comments inside of their own companies?
Since Trump has lost the election, no publicly-listed U.S. corporation will hire Trump as an executive or become a board member, yet they continue to give his presidential campaign millions.
So, as we see in the Birx video where she looks at her shoes while Trump dispenses dangerous and unproven medical advice, corporations have to start addressing how to react to unethical behavior inside of their ranks after the Trump administration is dismantled.
A version of this article was published on Aug. 3, 2020.