Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, President Trump indicated that the White House coronavirus task force would not be eliminated completely, but would evolve over time. He said it would remain in place “indefinitely” but that he may “add or subtract” officials to or from it.
The original goal of the task force was to educate the public, but will now emphasize safety and reopening the United States. This echos comments from remarks he made on Tuesday while in Phoenix, AZ. He also indicated the task force would be “very focused” on vaccines.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, the president said “The White House CoronaVirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, has done a fantastic job of bringing together vast highly complex resources that have set a high standard for others to follow in the future.”
Vice President Pence said Tuesday that it was in the early stages of winding down the coronavirus task force. This comes as states execute plans to loosen coronavirus restrictions that were implemented to slow the spread of the virus so that businesses can begin reopening.
The president has been eager for states to reopen in order to jumpstart the U.S. economy, which has been ravished by the business closures across the country.
Trump told reporters that “we can’t keep our country closed for the next five years, you know. you could say there might be a recurrence, and there might be. And, you know, most doctors or some doctors say that it will happen and it’ll be a flame and we’re going to put the flame out.”