Friday, May 15, 2020

WH to 'reconfigure' Coronavirus Task Force; McEnany Touts Pandemic Preparedness Plan, and Other Coronavirus Updates

The White House will add more figures to its coronavirus task force before the end of the week, according to senior administration officials, as it enters the crucial phase of trying to reopen the country safely.
The decision follows President Trump’s announcement last week that he would keep and expand the task force after officials and Vice President Mike Pence said its work would be winding down.
The president has been under pressure from conservatives to reduce the influence of scientists on the panel, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s leading infectious disease experts, who are accused of being too cautious in lifting social distancing restrictions.
A senior administration official said the additions would mark a “reconfiguring” and a new step in the White House response.
LINK: Trump, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tout 
administration’s pandemic preparedness plan
“There was an initial phase that was more focused on border elements and what are you doing with flights, what are you doing with cruise ships, and how do we do the best to delay its arrival here? The second phase was really more defined by healthcare experts and the strategy to mitigate it and slow the spread,” said the official.
“And now, I think we are sort of entering a new phase, which is, 'How do you now safely reopen?'”
The members of the task force have become less visible in the past two weeks since Trump ended the daily coronavirus briefings.
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