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June 23, 2020

CNN Politics: White House task force members testifying on Capitol Hill have not recently spoken to Trump

By Ali Main, CNN

Washington (CNN): Each member of the White House task force testifying Tuesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was asked when they last spoke to President Donald Trump about the administration’s pandemic response.



Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Barragán it’s been “some time” since he last spoke with the President about the pandemic response. Asked if it had been more than a month, he said no.

Giroir also clarified Barragán’s statement that he was “stepping down as the administration’s testing czar.” He said he remains the task force lead on testing, but will be turning some of his attention to his other responsibilities at HHS.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield would not directly answer the question, saying “interactions and discussions I have with the President I’ll keep to myself.”
Further pressed by Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA) to simply give a time frame for when the conversation occurred, Redfield again did not answer, adding that he continues to talk to the task force and attend meetings at the White House.
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