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Deborah Birx, who served as White House coronavirus response coordinator under former President Trump, described on Sunday disarray, a lack of communication and the spread of misinformation inside Trump's White House as it attempted to handle the Covid-19 crisis.

Driving the news: Birx told CBS' "Face the Nation" that she was censored by the Trump administration, and blocked from appearing on national news media, forcing her to go "out on the road" to work with state and local officials on their pandemic response.

  • Birx, who was tasked with coordinating the federal response to the virus, said she believed Trump received coronavirus data in his briefings that she did not provide, and that some in the building believed the pandemic was a hoax.
  • She revealed during the interview that the White House did not provide her a full-time staff, and that she instead had "one incredible support person" helping her.

The intrigue: The former diplomat said she "always" considered quitting her role, partly because of longtime colleagues labeling her as a political actor, and because of the stress that public scrutiny put on her family.

Asked if she believed the Trump administration suppressed vital information on the pandemic to win the election, Birx responded: "I don't know what their motivation was. I know that I was so frustrated that I realized that the only way — that if I could not get a voice internally, that I could get a voice out at the state level."

Birx suggested the president's description of the coronavirus as a "hoax" hurt the response to the virus.

  • "When you have a pandemic when you're relying on every American to change their behavior, communication is absolutely key," Birx said. "And so every time a statement was made by a political leader that wasn't consistent with public health needs, that derailed our response."

Go deeper: Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

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U.S. will give Russians written response to NATO demands, Blinken says

Blinken and Lavrov shake hands in Geneva. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed after a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. will provide written answers to Russia's security demands next week.

Why it matters: Russia claims to be waiting for "concrete answers" to its demands that NATO rule out further expansion and roll back its presence in eastern Europe before deciding its next steps on Ukraine. But the U.S. and NATO have called those proposals "non-starters," and Friday's meeting offered no breakthroughs, so it's unclear how written answers might change the equation.

More surprises await scientists at Antarctica's "Doomsday Glacier"

Cliffs along the edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Photo: James Yungel/NASA

Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.