And the beat goes on. Sure right-wing activist Emily Miller only lasted 11 days at the FDA, but the fact she was appointed at all weakens the credibility of an important US government agency. She was an assistant commissioner, not just a PR spokesperson. Yet she had zero qualifications in science or medicine. For all the FDA's subsequent apology and promise to do better in future, this is how it's been across the board since Trump was sworn in and began undermining federal agencies in the name of "deregulation": appointment of sycophants or worse yet, appointment of former industry lobbyists with mission to go for the jugular veins of agencies' rules and regulations.
The political appointment of a right-wing activist at the FDA alarmed agency staff.
The White House installed Miller, a right-wing activist, to the FDA August 17. Though she has no background in science or medicine, she was appointed to the position of assistant commissioner and chief spokesperson for the regulatory agency, a position that is typically filled by non-political civil servants.
Miller’s previous work included directing communications for Senator Ted Cruz’s re-election campaign and reporting for One America News, a right-wing cable channel that often dabbles in conspiracy theories and prominently supports Trump.