Saturday, April 11, 2020

'Hope to God it's the right decision': Trump to name new coronavirus task force focused on 'reopening' and Other Coronavirus Updates

As he faces a litany of questions over how to ease social distancing guidelines without sparking a reemergence of coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Friday he is creating a second task force to focus solely on how to "reopen" the country.
The president, whose senior aides have sent conflicting signals about whether or how federal guidelines should be changed when they expire at the end of April, said the second task force would be made up of "very great doctors" as well as business people and potentially members of Congress and state governors.
"This is beyond economic," Trump said at the White House on Friday as he explained the group's focus. "I call it the 'opening our country task force' or 'opening our country council,' so we don't get it confused with" the primary White House task force.
"I don't know that I've had a bigger decision," Trump said.
"I'm going to have to make a decision," he said, "and I only hope to God it's the right decision."
Trump has acknowledged an eagerness to ease social distancing guidelines that has at times run counter to the advice of public health officials. The makeup of the second group, which Trump said he would announce Tuesday, could signal which direction he is heading.
The president created a coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence in late January, a group that includes some of the nation's best-known public experts such as Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Deborah Birx, who is the White House coronavirus response coordinator.
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