The White House Coronavirus task force is going to stay for now and new members would be added to it relatively soon, Mr President Donald Trump said it on Wednseday, a day after he had said it would be closed down.
We are keeping the COVID19 task force for a period of time, I look forward to when we can close the COVID19 task force, becaus then the job will be essentially hopefully over, said Mr President, who established the COVID19 task force, headed by Mike Pence vice president in Jan.
The COVID19 task force has done a great job and I had a meeting yesterday, I had a meeting this morning probably even more importantly, and so we will be leaving the COVID19 task force indefinitely,'' Donald Trump told reporters a day after he and Pence said it would be closed by the next month.
But there was a general opposition to this move," I thought we could wind it down sooner, but I had no idea how popular the COVID19 task force is until actually yesterday, when I started discussing about winding it down. I would get calls from every respected people, saying I think it would be better to keep it going, it has done such a good job, it is a respected task force," Mr President Trump said.
You know at a certain point it will end like things end but we will be adding some people to the COVID19 task force and they will be more in the nighbourhood probably of opening our country up, but our country has to get open again and the people wanted it to be open. But we have to open it up safely, so we will be adding two or three additional members to the COVID19 task force," he said at a White House event recognising National Nurses Day.
There may be one or two that wiil be less involved that were more involved with the original formation of the ventilator and ventilator systems, but if they want to stay, they can stay, because they really did a fantastic job.
So, at a certain point of time, we will not need the COVID19 task force, but we are going to leave that. We are going to add a couple of people to it and that will lead again before the opening of our country," the president said.
Two of it's top health officials, Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, would continue to be the members of the COVID19 task force, Trump told reporters at another White House event with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
The COVID19 task force, he said, will be around until the administration feels it is not necessary.
I will say that I learned yesterday, even after I spoke that the COVID19 task force is something you know, is very respected. People said we should keep going, so let's keep it going and so we will be doing that but we will be adding some people to it, the president said.
Source credit PTI News.