WH Adviser Berated FDA Officials For Not Approving COVID-19 Therapeutics ‘On Trump Time’

White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro speaks to members of the press outside the West Wing of the White House on June 18, 2020. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly blew up at Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials during a meeting last Monday for not producing a drug for COVID-19 quickly enough for President Donald Trump.

“You are all Deep State and you need to get on Trump Time,” Navarro told them, according to Axios.

According to a conspiracy theory peddled by Trump and his allies, a shadow group of government actors have formed a “deep state” to actively undermine the President from the inside.

On Saturday, Trump baselessly accused via Twitter “the deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA” of deliberately prolonging the process of developing a COVID-19 drug until after the November elections.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: