Pence postpones Florida, Arizona campaign events as coronavirus cases spike

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

"We say to every American, particularly those in counties and states being impacted by rising cases, that now is the time for everyone to do their part". "They reopened nearly two months ago".

Dickerson challenged the White House's stance, saying that many believe the CCP virus pandemic is "a problem that requires a coordinated national result, which is what these outbreaks are showing".

Pence added that the White House believes masks should be worn in public "wherever social distancing is not possible" and in situations where authorities deem it is necessary to do so.

Trump has rarely been in sync with his health officials on delivering important messages to the public about COVID-19.

Dr. Deborah Birx listens during a briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020.

After the Tulsa event, which failed to meet high expectations for attendance, the Trump campaign began reassessing what the president's signature rallies would look like amid coronavirus fears and racial justice protests, both of which officials blamed for the anemic turnout. Two of them attended the event, though, according to the campaign, they wore masks.

This is a moment when Trump's power to reach the country could be helpful in reversing the virus' unsafe new trend.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the COVID-19 virus without feeling sick. Texas told hospitals they had to suspend elective procedures that systems have been slowly restarting. "We have an advantage over other states that had outbreaks early on".

Pence said Friday during a briefing by the White House's coronavirus task force that he would visit Florida, Texas and Arizona this week to receive a "ground report" on spiking cases of COVID-19 across the sunbelt.

The single-day count reached about 5,600 in the southern state of Texas, and about 3,400 in the western state of Arizona. He has also resumed campaign rallies, despite warnings by health experts on his own task force that the events could be super spreaders of the virus.

Contrasting some of the optimistic messaging coming out of the Trump administration in recent days, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said it may be time to "drop back a few yards" to think about the original reopening guidelines.

America has since accelerated testing to 500,000 tests a day, which has contributed to the increase in reported new cases, Pence said.

Pence says he stands against racism and that George Floyd's death was inexcusable, but that "all lives matter". "All 50 states are opening up safely and responsibly", Pence said.

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