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The 60-page reopening guidelines crafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US were junked by President Trump and his senior aides even as CDC chief Robert Redfield approved the same document, putting the lie to the White House claim on May 7 that Redfield did not approve the document sent to Trump.

In an Associated Press report written by Jason Dearen and Zeke Miller, the decision to dump the CDC guidelines was made by the White House without consulting with Redfield and his staff for weeks, shattering the narrative of Trump that Redfield had not vetted the guidelines, which would have covered all states bent on reopening their economies.

Only the key parts of the document remained, with 43 pages of specific guidelines for companies, churches, schools and other venues for mass assemblies struck out in the 17-page White House document that passed through Trump, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Trump counselor Kellyane Conway, with Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McAnany insisting that Redfield had not approved the draft contrary to the stream of emails that showed he did.

To satisfy Trump’s erroneous story, Redfield admitted, contrary to the facts, that the guidelines were still a draft prepared by CDC.

The story came as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Redfield himself and the director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to be quarantined after testing “positive” for COVID-19, but Fauci is not expected to keep his mouth shut on the raging pandemic. #coronavirusimpact #COVID19