Trump in MAJOR U-turn on his decision to dissolve coronavirus task force
Asked if Americans will have to accept the idea that by reopening there will likely be more deaths, Trump said: “You have to be warriors, we can’t keep our country closed down for years and we have to do something. “Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it could very well be the case.”
The Republican president admitted that he withdrew his efforts to dismantle the White House Coronavirus Task Force as the announcement sparked objection.
During an event with nurses held in the Oval Office, Trump said: “I thought we could wind it down sooner. But I had no idea how popular the task force is until actually yesterday when I started talking about winding down,
“I knew it myself, and it is appreciated by the public.”
He then likened the pandemic crisis to the the Japanese military strike on Pearl Harbor during World War II and the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
He said: “We went through the worst attack we’ve ever had in our country.
This is really the worst attack we’ve ever had. This is worse than Pearl Harbor.
“This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this.”
In the 1941, 2,403 people died in an attack against the naval base at Pearl Harbor.
In the September 11 attacks, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States were responsible for 2,996 deaths.
The current coronavirus death toll in the US is over 70,000, with more than one million confirmed cases of the deadly disease.
As well as backtracking, Trump took the opportunity to announce that he will be adding two or three additional members to the task force by next week.
He added that there was a “whole list of people” who would like to join the effort.
He said the White House will reveal the names by Monday.
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The US president said: “We have a whole list of people that want to be on and we have a whole list of people that we want, and nobody — I will say this.
“Nobody has ever turned me down to be on the task force. No one has turned me down for anything. And everybody wants to be on everything we do.
“It’s very important we will be announcing I would say by Monday, I would say two or three more members of the task force.”
He changed the course of action 24 hours after Vice President Mike Pence told journalists the task force was winding down.
The group’s next meeting is scheduled for 4pm on Wednesday, according to Mr Pence’s schedule.
Trump took to Twitter to praise the coronavirus task force’s efforts in fighting the coronavirus, as well as giving an update on the country’s available medical supplies.
He wrote: “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,
“Ventilators, which were few & in bad shape, are now being produced in the thousands, and we have many to spare. We are helping other countries which are desperate for them.
“Likewise, after having been left little, we are now doing more testing than all other countries combined, and with superior tests. Face masks & shields gloves, gowns etc. are now plentiful.”
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