President Trump: Coronavirus task force will now focus on reopening country

Daniel O’Day, CEO of Gillead Sciences Inc., second from right, speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 4:10 PM PT — Wednesday, May 6, 2020

According to President Trump, the White House coronavirus task force will operate indefinitely to focus on safely reopening the country’s economy.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president discussed imposing changes to the task force following weeks of its daily briefings on the status of the pandemic. He highlighted the success of the task force by saying it’s brought “together highly complex resources that have set a high standard for others to follow in the future.”

He noted “ventilators, which were few and in bad shape, are now being produced in the thousands” and “that face masks, shields, gloves and gowns are now plentiful.”

President Trump went on to say the U.S. has so many of these supplies, it’s now helping other countries. He added recent conversations with “governors have been conclusively strong.”

“Because of this success, the task force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on safety and opening up our country again,” stated the president. “We will also be very focused on vaccines and therapeutics.”

He added, “We may add or subtract people to it as appropriate.”

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, left, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, listen during an event in honor of World Nurses Day in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

This came after President Trump responded to reports the White House was considering disbanding the task force.

“Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form,” he said. “That form is safety and opening, we’ll have a different group probably set up for them.”

Later on Wednesday, he confirmed the White House will be adding more people to the task force in the near future. He previously stated that the task force would be winding down, but he’s since received positive feedback about its performance.

“I had no idea how popular the task force is 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. It’s a respected task force, I knew it myself. I didn’t know whether or not it was appreciated by the public, but it is appreciated by the public.”

– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

According to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx will remain on the task force.

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White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., about the coronavirus response, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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