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Trump accuses 'deep state' at FDA of slowing vaccine, to hurt his election

The "deep state" is a term used by Trump to describe employees of government agencies that he believes are manipulating policy to work against his interests

US intelligence agencies say China and Iran want Trump to lose 2020 polls
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There’s no evidence that the scientists and staff of the FDA are delaying treatments or vaccines that would likely prevent tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. and across the world in service of a secret anti-Trump agenda.

Drew Armstrong and Anna Edney | Bloomberg
For most of President Donald Trump’s administration, science-driven health agencies have faced less of the criticism and mistrust aimed at the spy agencies, the Justice Department and other parts of the federal government.

But with Trump’s political future hinging on his response to the Covid-19 pandemic and his promise to bring forth a vaccine by Election Day on Nov. 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now facing the same sort of political pressure and rhetoric from the White House as those other parts of government.

On Saturday, Trump suggested that employees at the FDA are attempting to sabotage

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First Published: Aug 23 2020 | 6:50 AM IST

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