The president’s political aides have successfully demanded to review and, in some cases, modify weekly Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on the coronavirus to better align scientific reports with Trump’s upbeat messages, Politico reported.Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official who became spokesperson at the Department of Health and Human Services this spring, and his team have led the effort to review the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, the news outlet reported, citing three sources familiar with the situation and email exchanges. The reports are written by scientists to update the public health community on the coronavirus’ spread.While CDC health professionals have resisted the most sweeping changes, they have increasingly allowed reviews of the reports, and in some cases edits and delays. Emails obtained by Politico show the political communications team at HHS concerned the CDC was “writing hit pieces on the administration” and scientists were trying to “hurt the President.”The CDC did not immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment from Fox News.TWITTER DINGS TRUMP TWEET ON VOTING IN NORTH CAROLINA: ‘VOTING TWICE IN NORTH CAROLINA IS ILLEGAL’Caputo and aides have called to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated coronavirus’ risk to children and undermined Trump’s push to reopen schools.


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