Donald Trump's organization has supposedly banned the Center for Disease Control from utilizing seven words and expressions, including "science-based" and "transgender", in archives it is dealing with for one year from now's financial plan.
He claimed to CNN that the story was a "mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process", but did not specifically deny that the words and phrases were verboten.
"It's absurd and Orwellian, it's stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the CDC does", the former official said. In fact, there's a medical approach called "evidence-based medicine", which the National Institutes of Health describes as "conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients". Of the removal of the phrases "evidence-based" and "science-based", he added: "Simply choosing to ignore reality, science, medicine, will not make these things go away and will not really advance anyone's cause or lead to improved health outcomes".
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.
The CDC did not respond to a request for comment by BuzzFeed News. Other words included "entitlement", "diversity" and "evidence-based".
The analyst who provided this info to the Post also explained that they had been given some alternate phrases for some of the words.
At the CDC, several offices have responsibility for work that uses some of these words.
The analyst told the Post some terms, like "science-based" and "evidence-based", can be replaced with phrases like the "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes".
The administration's push to prevent the CDC from discussing "diversity" comes amid Omarosa Manigault Newman's highly-publicized resignation from her post as White House senior official. The Trump administration is full of risky science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC.