Former Trump official Dr. Brett Giroir took time out to respond to the accusations made by a House subcommittee that the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 was one of “neglect” and “failure.”
The former Trump official penned what some are calling a “fiery” letter on Wednesday to the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, who called on Giroir and Dr. Robert Kadlec to testify before the committee, according to Fox News.
The pair spoke about what the committee called failures within the administration about pandemic response on Monday. Both Giroir and Kadlec served as assistant secretaries in the Department of Health and Human Services under former President Trump.
“Trump Administration officials neglected early warnings, failed to adequately prepare for or develop a coordinated national plan to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and engaged in a persistent pattern of political interference in the nation’s pandemic response,” the Democrat-controlled committee alleged. “These failures undermined the nation’s ability to respond effectively to the pandemic.”
Additionally, the committee accused Giroir of intentionally weakening testing guidance in an effort to artificially reduce case numbers.
The committee went on to accuse Giroir of intentionally weakening testing guidance in an effort to artificially reduce case numbers and Giroir states in his letter, sent Thursday, that he is prepared to argue against that accusation before the committee.
“The Democrat-controlled subcommittee is again engaging in partisan accusations with no (basis) and belittling everyone they can in the Trump Administration,” Giroir told Fox News Digital in an email.
“If America’s COVID deaths were due to a failed response under the Trump Administration, why have 560,000 Americans died during the Biden Administration, far more than died under the Trump Administration?” Giroir wrote in the letter. “And how could so many deaths occur under the Biden Administration when it was provided with 900 million doses of safe and effective vaccines and 70,000 vaccine administration sites the day President Biden took office?
“From the moment I was selected to coordinate testing, I endeavored to increase testing across the nation – and that effort was supported by both the Administration in general and the President in particular,” the letter adds.