Kyle McGowan, the chief of staff, and Amanda Campbell, the deputy chief of staff, resigned efficient Friday, leaving to start out a consulting agency, the official stated. Both left voluntarily, the official added.
“The CDC is filled with dedicated public health professionals that come to work every day with one purpose: to save lives. Particularly during the response to COVID-19, they have continued to work tirelessly, often unrecognized, to protect the health and safety of Americans. Amanda and I are honored to have had the opportunity to serve alongside each and every one of them. I’m grateful that they are on the front lines fighting to make our nation and world a healthier and safer place to live,” McGowan stated in a press release. “Amanda and I spent more than two years serving at the CDC and chose to leave to start our own business.”
McGowan was the primary ever CDC chief of staff who was a political appointee, the official stated.
CNN noticed the letter despatched by Campbell Friday morning saying her departure and thanking the CDC for her time on the agency.
As the US battles the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a rift between the White House and the CDC and a disconnect in messaging.
This story has been up to date to incorporate extra background data.