Food and Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn rebuffed President Trump’s weekend claim that his agency is “deep state” controlled in an interview with Reuters on Monday.
“I haven’t seen anything that I would consider ‘deep state’ in the FDA,” Hahn told Reuters. “I appreciate a very good relationship with the President and have discussed our decisions with him, and I feel very comfortable and continue to feel comfortable with this relationship. ”
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On Saturday, Trump accused the FDA’s “deep state” of making it difficult for drug companies to test coronavirus treatments – and suggested the agency try to delay them until election day.
“The deep state, or whoever, at the FDA, makes it very difficult for drug companies to get vaccines and therapeutics tested,” he wrote on Twitter. “Obviously they hope to delay the response until November 3. You have to focus on speed and save lives! ”
He also tagged Hahn in the tweet. Trump then re-tweeted an article on Twitter’s June Moments that reported on the FDA’s decision to revoke the emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine – a drug Trump has promoted as a “game changer. In the pandemic.
“Many doctors and studies do not agree with this! ” he said.
Trump has repeatedly urged agencies to move forward with experimental treatments as part of efforts to get past the virus and reopen the country. But some members of these agencies and other federal officials have been more cautious.
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Trump’s tweet appears to be partially in response to an FDA decision to halt the planned emergency use authorization for blood plasma as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.
Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.