In early September, as many school districts were still deciding whether to hold in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention altered the title of a scientific report on the coronavirus and removed words like “pediatric” from its text, days after a Trump administration appointee requested similar changes, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.
That request — issued by then-public affairs official Paul Alexander — came amid President Donald Trump’s broader push to reopen schools, with the president issuing demands on Twitter the prior day that “Democrats, OPEN THE SCHOOLS ( SAFELY),” and holding a press conference that touted data on the relatively low risk of Covid-19 for children. “On schools, as part of our science-based approach, we want schools to safely open and stay open,” Trump told reporters on Sept. 10.
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Amid Trump’s push to reopen schools, Michael Caputo’s science adviser asked that the CDC alter its warning about a study of pediatric coronavirus https://t.co/uB2inYwRJi
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