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BUT THE MOVE HAS SET OFF ALARM BELLS TO SOME WHO THINK THIS COULD COME AT THE COST OF THE TRANSPARENCY. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SAYING THE INFORMATION WILL GO TO A CENTRAL DATABASE IN WASHINGTON STARTING TODAY. BYPASSING THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYING THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD BE FASTER THAN GOING DIRECTLY TO THE CDC. BUT SOME HEALTH EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED. THE INFORMATION COULD BE POLITICIZED OR EVEN WITHHELD FROM THE PUBLIC. ON TUESDAY, FOUR FORMER CDC DIRECTORS RELEASED AN OP-ED IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ENTITLED WE RAN THE CDC. NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER POLITICIZED ITS SCIENCE THE WAY TRUMP HAS. IT COMES AS THE PRESIDENT IS SPARKING A NEW CONTROVERSY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CBS NEWS CALLING THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD TERRIBLE. GIVING THIS RESPONSE WHEN PRESSED ON THE BROADER ISSUE OF DEADLY FORCE BY POLICE. >> WHY ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS STILL DYING AT THE HANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY? >> AND SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE. SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE. WHAT A TERRIBLE QUESTION TO ASK. SO ARE WHITE PEOPLE. MORE WHITE PEOPLE, BY THE WAY. MORE WHITE PEOPLE. >> Reporter: AND WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE OF DISPLAYING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG. >> PEOPLE LOVE IT AND I KNOW PEOPLE THAT LIKE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND THEY'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT SLAVERY. WHETHER IT'S CONFEDERATE FLAGS OR BLACK LIVES MATTER OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT, IT'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP LARGELY SIDELINED FROM THE CAMPAIGN RALLIES BY THE PANDEMIC THEN TAKING THE 2020 FIGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN. >> THERE'S PROBABLY NEVER BEEN A TIME CANDIDATES ARE SO DIFFERENT. >> Reporter: THE EVENT THAT WAS INITIALLY BILLED AS A PRESS CONFERENCE STARTED WITH AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON CHINA AND QUICKLY SHIFTED GEARS TO A FREE WHEELING UNSCRIPTED CAMPAIGN STYLE ATTACK ON JOE BIDEN. >> SO BIDEN WAS HERE FOR 47 YEARS. THE LAST EIGHT YEARS NOT LONG AGO AS VICE PRESIDENT, HE DIDN'T DO ANY OF THE THINGS. BUT HE SAYS HE'S GOING TO BE PRESIDENT AND AS PRESIDENT HE'S GOING TO DO ALL THE THINGS HE DIDN'T DO. >> Reporter: THE ROSE GARDEN EVENT WAS ANNOUNCED JUST BEFORE BIDEN TOOK THE STAGE IN DELAWARE UNVEILING A CLEAN ENERGY PLAN AND SLAMMING THE PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF THE PANDEMIC. >> IT'S GOTTEN BAD ENOUGH THAT EVEN DONALD TRUMP FINALLY DECIDED TO WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC. QUIT PUSHING THE FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN PROTECTING OUR HEALTH AND PROTECTING OUR ECONOMY. >> Reporter: NOW, THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS IN THE ROSE GARDEN AND ABOUT POLICE DEATHS AIMED AT ENERGIZING HIS BASE. WE DO WANT TO GIVE YOU ONE FACT CHECK ON HIS ASSERTION THAT MORE WHITES ARE KILLED BY POLICE. WHILE STATISTICS SHOW MORE WHITE AMERICANS ARE KILLED BY POLICE OVERALL BECAUSE THEY MAKE UP MORE OF THE POPULATION, PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE KILLED AT HIGHER RATES. >> KRISTEN, ONE OTHER TOPIC AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY. THIS CAMPAIGN OF SORTS AGAINST DR. FAUCI WHO'S THE HEAD OF THE NIH. HE WHITE HOUSE SAYING THEY WEREN'T SENDING OUT OR SAYING THEY WEREN'T TRYING TO DISPARAGE HIM. NOW THERE'S AN OP-ED FROM A TOP ADVISER. CAN YOU EXPLAIN? >> Reporter: THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO UNDERCUT DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, BUT IT DOES COME DAYS AFTER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HAVE PRIVATELY BEEN UNDERCUTTING THE TOP DOCTOR ON THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE. AND THEN THIS ESCALATION OVERNIGHT. TRADE ADVISER PETER NAVARRO WROTE THIS OP-ED SAYING ANTHONY FAUCI HAS BEEN WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING I HAVE INTERACTED WITH HIM ON. SO SOME STRONG LANGUAGE THERE, SAVANNAH. FAUCI HAS LONG BEEN AT ODDS WITH TRUMP OFFICIALS BECAUSE HE'S OFFERED MORE BLUNT ASSESSMENTS AND DIRE WARNINGS ABOUT COVID-19. ON TUESDAY BEFORE THIS NAVARRO OP-ED CAME OUT, FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE CRITICISM OF HIM, AND HE RESPONDED, QUOTE, I BELIEVE FOR THE MOST PART YOU CAN TRUST