President Donald Trump is attempting to tarnish the image of Dr. Rick Bright, the scientist who wrote a recent whistleblower complaint about the White House’s coronavirus response, reports The Independent. Dr. Bright had led the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) since 2016 before he was demoted in April to a position at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Bright maintains that this demotion occurred when he cautioned the White House against endorsing the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for treating the virus.
On Tuesday, after Dr. Bright had been ousted, he filed a complaint to expose what he experienced during his time working with the White House.
He alleged that he “encountered resistance from HHS leadership, including Health and Human Services Secretary [Alex] Azar, who appeared intent on downplaying this catastrophic event”.
"His efforts to prioritize science and safety over political expediency and to expose practices that posed a substantial risk to public health and safety, especially as it applied to chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, rankled those in the Administration who wished to continue to push this false narrative," Dr. Bright continues.
In true Trump fashion, he geared up to discredit and attack the scientist:
"I never met Dr. Bright. I don't know who he is. I didn't hear good things about him. I did not hear good things about him at all. To me, he seems like a disgruntled employee that's trying to help the Democrats win an election," Mr Trump said on Wednesday, "They didn't think he did a very particularly good job, as I understand.”
Trump does not delve into specific on why he thinks Dr. Bright did not do a “particularly good job”.