This was a job and a spotlight I would never have wanted to deal with.
You remember Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the COVID-19 task force formed during the Trump administration. She has written a book called "Silent Invasion," in which she says she was totally unprepared for the political atmosphere of the Trump White House as the nation dealt with the oncoming pandemic.
"I just wanted it to be 'The Twilight Zone' and all go away," Birx she said. "I mean, I just – I could just see everything unraveling in that moment."
"I was paralyzed in that moment because it was so unexpected," she added. "I could have gotten up and probably stood between the scientists and the president and said what I said later: not a treatment."
In the interviews below she talks about what that entire experience was like.