The Biden administration spent $25,750 and authorized an additional $30,500 for media training and executive coaching for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ROCHELLE WALENSKY, according to internal CDC expense authorization filings obtained by West Wing Playbook.
Starting in October 2021, Walensky enlisted longtime Democratic political consultant MANDY GRUNWALD for media training, conducted virtually, at a cost of about $500 per hour, according to the filings. In total, the CDC has paid Grunwald’s firm $16,000, with authorization to spend $14,000 more.
In addition, Walensky has also regularly seen a coach to improve her management skills. The CDC haspaid Boston-based TIM SULLIVAN’sfirm, Wellesley Partners, $9,750 beginning in March 2021 with authorization to pay $16,500 more. Those sessions also run at $500 an hour.
The spending is allowed under the Government Employees Training Act (GETA) which gives agencies discretion on paying for employee training.
The message was the problem, not the delivery. If @CDCDirector had delivered an honest message:
▶️on the existence of immunity after covid recovery,
▶️on the futility of mask mandates,
▶️on the fact that the vax doesn’t stop transmission
No one would care about poor delivery. https://t.co/OgDd32iL8x
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) July 28, 2022
Yesterday, Kim announced she had left Rising, in part because they wouldn’t let her interview Dr. Fauci. She’s been very skeptical about COVID orthodoxies.
I don’t know if Fauci or Hill management banned it, but she did the only respectable thing: quit.https://t.co/JfmpnUGby5
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 28, 2022
Biden refuses to sit for an interview with one of the journalists who most effectively questioned Trump: https://t.co/78MSTAh6Gp— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 28, 2022