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CLAIM: President Trump “fired” the government’s pandemic specialist, and “defunded” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

VERDICT: Mostly false. The specialist quit, he was not fired. Some cuts to the CDC were presented but not implemented.

During the Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina, 2020 democratic hopeful, Michael Bloomberg claimed that Trump had fired the government’s pandemic expert. He also continued to spew claims that Trump had “defunded” the Centers for Disease Control.

“One of the great problems today, you read about the virus, what’s really happening here is the president fired the pandemic specialist in this country two years ago, so there’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. [Applause] And he’s defunded Centers for Disease Control, CDC so we don’t have the organization we need.”

Although the former New York City mayor made these claims, in reality, Timothy Ziemer – the pandemic expert – voluntarily left the National Security Council after then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was appointed.

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Bolton disbanded the unit that Ziemer was supervising as part of an effort to downsize the bloated NSC staff. The purpose of the unit, which had overseen the global fight against Ebola, had largely been fulfilled.

It is true that Ziemer and his unit have not yet been replaced.

The Trump administration has indeed proposed cuts to the CDC, but they have not been passed by Congress.