CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield is pictured during a hearing for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on September 23 in Washington, DC. Alex Edelman / Pool / AFP / Getty Images
NBC News reported Monday that the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, overheard on a public phone call from a commercial airline, said, “Everything he says is wrong.”
NBC News, who heard the comment, said Redfield had confirmed after flying from Atlanta to Washington DC that he spoke about Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who joined the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force in August, spoke.
NBC said that speaking with a colleague on Friday, Redfield suggested that Atlas was providing President Trump with misleading data on the effectiveness of masks, young people’s susceptibility to coronavirus and herd immunity.
In a statement to CNN, a CDC spokesman did not deny the conversation took place:
“NBC News reports on a page of a private phone call by CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield that was overheard on a plane at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. Dr. Redfield had a private discussion on a number of points he made public about Covid has. 19. “
A federal health official tells CNN in a broader sense: “The bottom line is that the story is correct.”
CNN has asked the White House for comment.
CNN has reported that Atlas – a severe bans critic who has supported herd immunity strategies against the coronavirus – with other medical experts on its administration, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, conflicted.
On Friday, Fauci said during an interview that the Trump administration had turned away from the daily guidance of the White House’s coronavirus task force to focus more on the economy. “We now meet on average once and at most twice a week,” said Fauci.