Trump says he won’t shut down White House coronavirus task force

President Donald Trump took the nation by surprise on Tuesday, May 5, saying the country should now be ushered into phase 2 of reopening, and he will dismantle the coronavirus task force that has worked daily to lead the country’s response to the pandemic by May 25, Memorial Day.

But the very next day, Trump seemed to pull back and made some clarifications.

“So we’ll be leaving the task force indefinitely. We’ll see. You know, at a certain point that will end like things end, but we’ll be adding some people to the task force and there’ll be more in the neighborhood probably of opening our country up, because our country has to get open again and the people want it to be open, but we have to open it up safely.

Trump admitted that he listened to people who warned him after his announcement of shutting the task force down.

“I thought we could wind it down sooner, but I had no idea how popular the task force was until actually yesterday. When I started talking about winding it down, I’d get calls from very respected people saying I think it’d be better to keep it going, it’s done such a good job.”

Meanwhile, Republican-led states are pushing through with reopening efforts — while Democratic-led states have taken more caution, heeding health experts’ calls to slow down.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Trump did admit that there would be possible deaths with states lifting restrictions.

“It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or, or a house or whatever it is. But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re gonna be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time and we have to get our country back.

Meanwhile, a government scientist fired by Trump has filed a whistleblower complaint.

Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and development authority, said he was reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug favored by Trump.

He said the Trump administration wanted to “flood” hot spots in New York and New Jersey with the drug.

Bright added the Trump administration rejected his warnings on COVID-19.

Bright said wants to be reinstated — and wants a full investigation conducted.

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  • Mario
    7 May 2020 at 12:40 am - Reply

    TRUMP announce to end TFVirus, his poll rating accomplishments are high, 55Million viewers during the lockdown, and 100K Tweeter followers daily. The Democrat has to do something to destroy TRUMP even it can cause more death as long as TRUMP will FAIL. DR FAUCI and DR BIRX are scheduled to testify on Congress this week, and ending TF Virus means they lose their Gov’t immunity. That is the leadership of TRUMP he will protect you all the way, he extended TFVirus. ADAM SCHIFF and Nancy Pelosi are preparing a dossier to come out for another impeachment after Dr. Birx and Dr.FAUCI testimony, they already started with a whistleblower. That how desperate the DEMOCRAT is until now they don’t have a sure Dems Presidential Candidate. Stopping, distracting Fauci, and Birx to help TRUMP means less concentration on their job, which will result to more death, and it will be blamed for TRUMP. Then they will pressure TRUMP to delay the election until Pres and VP term end on Dec 31. Nancy Pelosi dream to be the President on Jan 1st and it will never happen.