The decision to shelve advice from the nation’s top disease control experts for reopening the US during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House.

  • Associated Press has received emails which shows the decision to bury the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report came from top White House officials.
  • The document, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen.
  • The White House said on Friday that the document had not been approved by CDC Director Robert Redfield. The new emails, however, show that Redfield cleared the guidance.
  • After the story first ran on Thursday, the White House called the CDC and ordered them to refile all of the decision trees, except one that targeted churches. An email obtained by the AP confirmed the agency resent the documents late Thursday, hours after news broke.