Trump’s Choice to Head CDC Draws More Fire

(Headline Health) Many of Donald Trump’s appointees have drawn intense criticism from the main stream media, and his choice to head the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no exception.

A recent column on CNN sharply criticizes new CDC boss Dr. Robert Redfield for having an inflated salary, despite his having taken an enormous pay cut to become a government employee, a fact not disclosed by the author until the eleventh paragraph of the column (below).

According to CNN, the author is “a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.”

In addition to Redfield taking a salary cut of several hundred thousand dollars, the Wall Street Journal reports:

“The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned positions at four entities, sold stock and forfeited options in two companies and is signing his share of future patent licensing fees and royalty payments over to his university to comply with government ethics rules, according to his financial disclosures.”

As previously reported by Headline Health, it’s Redfield’s opposition to the LGBT agenda that first drew attacks in the media (Trump Taps Conservative to Head CDC; LGBT Activists Furious) …

Why Trump’s new CDC director is an abysmal choice: CNN

(Laurie Garrett, CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new boss, Dr. Robert Redfield, who ignited controversy because of his dubious qualifications for the job and the over-the-top salary offer that came with it.

Initially slated to earn $375,000 a year, Redfield faced questions from Democrats, led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, and last week agreed to work for $209,700 instead.

“Dr. Redfield did not want his compensation to become a distraction from the important work of the CDC and asked that his salary be reduced,” Caitlin Oakley, spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Tuesday night.

Redfield’s original salary was unusually, astoundingly high. Redfield’s boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar makes only $175,300, and most scientists and physicians working in HHS make less than $170,000 a year.

I scrutinized nearly 1,000 pages of payroll listings at the Department of Health and Human Services, and found few CDC employees who earn more than $150,000 annually.

Some make considerably more than that, thanks to Title 42, a policy that gives federal agencies flexibility on salary limits in order to lure outstanding scientists and other professionals into government work.

Nearly all of those scientists are classified as Medical Specialists, 138 of whom earn more than $250,000. All but 13 work at the National Institutes of Health, engaging in basic scientific research.

Just two individuals make more than $350,000, ranking them the most highly paid federal employees after the President (who is paid $400,000): Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Rachel Sherman, deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. (Continue reading at CNN; Laurie Garrett is a former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.)

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