HHS Office of Inspector General spokeswoman Tesia Williams told CNN in a statement that the agency began “preparing transition materials to assist a new Inspector General appointee over a year ago, when the previous presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed Inspector General first announced his intention to retire from government service.”
“We will continue to work conscientiously to support a smooth leadership transition,” Williams said.
HHS referred CNN to the White House when reached for comment, and CNN has reached out for that additional comment.
The assessment was based on interviews with administrators from more than 300 hospitals across 46 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The report was not a review of HHS’ response to the coronavirus crisis, but to help the agency in its efforts to support hospitals.
When asked about the report after its release, Trump dismissed it as “wrong” and attacked Grimm.
“Did I hear the word ‘inspector general’? Really? It’s wrong,” Trump said during an April 6 coronavirus task force briefing.
He also questioned whether politics tinged the findings and falsely described Grimm as an Obama appointee.
Weida has been an assistant US attorney in Boston since 2016 and had previously worked at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. According to the White House, Weida has “overseen numerous complex investigations in healthcare and other sectors.”
This story has been updated with comment from the HHS Office of Inspector General and to reflect HHS referred CNN to the White House for comment.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez, Kaitlan Collins, Maegan Vazquez and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.