White House plots breakup of coronavirus task force

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

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The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

"We've already begun to talk about a transition plan with FEMA", Pence said.

"Listen, if the president has no problem with that, there's no executive privilege attached to that based on the task force conversations, then I'll leave that to the lawyers and to the different testifiers", she said.

The task force, which was put under the domain of Vice President Mike Pence only to have President Donald Trump take over signature press briefings, has been meeting for months as the outbreak spread and US deaths have climbed.

"But we are beginning-as states are reopening, we're seeing progress that we're making, we're beginning to have those discussions about winding down the work of the task force". The models also predict that by June 1, the USA will log about 200,000 new COVID-19 cases every day, compared with about 25,000 new COVID-19 cases each day now.

Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday: 'We did everything right.

Lessler told the Post that he wasn't sure how these numbers were turned into slides by the government and shared with news outlets. The focus will now be on therapeutics, vaccines and other treatments, the Times reported.

The task force, according to the official, was always meant to be a temporary arrangement.

The official told Fox News that members of the task force will continue to provide input, but the group will not be meeting as regularly as they had been at the outset of the pandemic.

The admonishing remarks from one of President Donald Trump's most senior aides came after House Democrats said last Friday the White House had blocked Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from testifying before the House Appropriations Committee this week.

The White House is having conversations about when to wind down its coronavirus task force, and is looking at the possibility of starting to move coordination of the US response to federal agencies around the Memorial Day weekend, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

But, those briefings also became a source of controversy.

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