Two senior public relations experts advising the Food and Drug Administration have been fired from their positions after President Trump and the head of the F.D.A. “exaggerated the proven benefits of a blood plasma treatment for Covid-19,” reports The New York Times.
According to The Times, F.D.A. commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn removed Emily Miller, shown above, as the agency’s chief spokeswoman 11 days after she had been installed in the post. Miller had previously worked in communications for the re-election campaign of Senator Ted Cruz and as a journalist for the conservative cable network One America News. Miller, says The Times, could not be reached for comment.
Previously, Miller also was chief investigative reporter for Fox 5 DC and is the author of the book “Emily Gets Her Gun” about the national political debate over gun control. She also was senior editor of the opinion pages at The Washington Times and senior editor of Human Events.
The Times correspondents Sheila Kaplan and Katie Thomas report that Miller’s termination comes one day after the F.D.A.’s parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, terminated the contract of public relations consultant Wayne L. Pines, who had advised Dr. Hahn to apologize for misleading comments about the benefits of blood plasma for Covid-19. Pines is a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council and president of health care at APCO.