Sunday, May 3, 2020

President Trump Prepares for Sunday's 'America Together: Returning to Work' Town Hall and Other Coronavirus Updates

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President Donald Trump has never viewed Camp David with the same reverence as his own properties.
But after 34 days confined to the West Wing, the Maryland retreat Trump once called “rustic” suddenly seems like a stellar weekend getaway.
Over nearly two days, Trump is expected to meet with his chief of staff Mark Meadows and other top advisers like Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to plan for his televised coronavirus town hall at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday night and weigh various tax policy and regulatory proposals to boost the economy, according to interviews with half a dozen senior administration officials and Republicans close to the White House. It’s all part of the White House’s broader strategy of shifting its coronavirus message to an economic one — a move the president’s political advisers believe plays more to his strengths as a former real estate developer.
“States that wait until June to reopen are wiping out all of the economic gains they would have made in 2020,” said Stephen Moore, an informal economic adviser to the Trump administration dating back to the 2016 campaign. “If I were the president, I would be talking a lot more about that — that these states are doing severe damage to societies and citizens if they keep businesses without revenue and people without paychecks for another month.”
At the White House, health officials like Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci are no longer expected to make regular briefing appearances. At Camp David, Trump had no public events scheduled for Saturday, but insisted the trip was a “working weekend.” An aide did not respond to an inquiry about whether the president would golf during his stay, as he has often done during past weekend getaways.
“We’re going to be spending a lot of time with meetings and phone calls and some foreign leaders,” Trump said on Friday. “So, we look forward to that, and we’ll be back very soon. I guess we’re doing something pretty big on Sunday night at the Lincoln Memorial.”
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