Dr. Birx Says US Government’s Biggest Pandemic Blunder Was Lack Of ‘Consistent Messaging’

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Former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx said the U.S. government’s biggest mistake during the pandemic was a lack of “consistent messaging.”

Birx made the comments in “COVID War: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out,” a documentary with Dr. Sanjay Gupta that aired on CNN Sunday night. “The Federal government did not provide consistent messaging to the American people,” Birx said, according to The Hill. She claimed it was “the biggest mistake made.”

“I’m very self-reflective on what could I have done better because I don’t ever want us to make the same mistakes,” Birx told Gupta. Birx also noted there was friction between her former President Trump after an appearance on CNN in August.

“It was a CNN report in August that got horrible pushback. That was a very difficult time, because everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic,” Birx said. “I got called by the President. It was very uncomfortable, very direct and very difficult to hear.” (RELATED: Deborah Birx Says She’s Retiring After Criticism Of Thanksgiving Weekend Trip)
Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared in the documentary as well and stated he and Birx were forced to play “good cop” and “bad cop” in the Trump administration, according to the Hill.

“She had an office right there in the West Wing,” Fauci said. “So I am very, very reluctant to condemn anything … though there are people who feel that she should have pushed more, she probably should have.”

“But boy, she did a lot of good,” Fauci continued. “She knocked herself out getting up at 3 o’clock in the morning putting that data together presenting it every day.”