Surgeon General Gets Pushed to Sidelines, Sparking Questions

Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks during a White House coronavirus news briefing with President Donald Trump. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

by Dan Diamond  – The Trump administration took Surgeon General Jerome Adams off television last week after his controversial remarks on Covid-19’s threat to minorities, silencing the White House’s loudest voice on racial disparities even as concerns mount about risks to communities of color.

Adams made just one TV appearance last week, a steep decline from the 10-plus TV appearances he made the prior week on programs like ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’ “This Morning” and NBC’s “Today Show.” The surgeon general received multiple requests for high-profile media appearances last week that the White House didn’t accept, said two people with knowledge of some of those requests. Adams also hasn’t made an appearance at a White House press briefing since April 10.

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