WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speaks during a news briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Meadows spoke on the new COVID-19 stimulus package that is being negotiated on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Source:  Tim Pearce

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said President Trump’s accusations of a “deep state” at the Food and Drug Administration were meant to push bureaucrats for solutions to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meadows appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday to discuss the president’s Saturday tweet and efforts to come up with treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. Meadows said that the tweet, and an announcement from Trump expected on Sunday afternoon, is about cutting red tape that is slowing the approval process.

“It’s not just the FDA, it’s NIH and others,” Meadows said. “We’re not cutting any corners. But what we have is a China virus that came here. We’ve got to deliver answers, and the president each and every day is saying, ‘Why don’t we have an answer today? Why don’t we have an answer tomorrow?”

On Sunday morning, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that the president would be unveiling a “major therapeutic breakthrough on the China Virus” on Sunday evening in a press conference.

“We continue to look at some of the trials and what’s happening, and we want to wear a belt and suspenders the way that some of these bureaucrats want to look at it. They want to do things the way they’ve always done it,” Meadows continued. “This president is about cutting red tape. That’s what the tweet was all about.

“He had to make sure that they felt the heat. If they don’t see the light, they need to feel the heat because the American people are suffering. This president knows it and he is going to put it on wherever whether it is the FDA or NIH or anybody else to make sure that we deliver on behalf of the American people,” Meadows said.

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