Trump’s Monday White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

Trump’s Monday White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

Republican governors in three Southern states - Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee - announced Monday that they would lift some social-distancing orders, allowing some businesses and recreation sites to reopen, including South Carolina's beaches. "We hope to be able to help him out", he said.

The call with the country's governors, which included several officials on the White House coronavirus task force, was focused primarily on testing, according to multiple sources familiar with the call.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said at Friday's White House press briefing that states have enough testing capability, and that the U.S.is "fully sufficient" to begin opening up the country "totally".

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), one of the governors who Trump has targeted, said on CNN that "this is not the time for protests, this is not the time for divisiveness".

"When it comes to testing, we're here to help", Pence told governors during a videoconference from the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Associated Press obtained audio of the call.

Protests flared in parts of the United States on Sunday against stay-at-home orders while governors disputed President Donald Trump's claims they have enough tests for the novel coronavirus and should quickly reopen their economies.

Crete gave two examples of errors in the document: a statement that Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory has testing equipment that it does not have, and its failure to list a large laboratory that conducts testing.

Mr Trump said Monday that two of his most vocal critics among the governors - Mr J.B. Pritzker of IL, a Democrat, and Mr Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican - didn't understand their own labs.

"What you need is a federal government that's deeply engaged, helping states", Ashish Jha, one of the Harvard researchers behind that estimate, said Monday on CNN. Pence agreed to open up federal labs to help states.

But Trump, who has claimed he has "ultimate authority" over when the nation's economy reopens, repeated his argument Monday that testing is for states to manage.

"No matter what I do, where we go, if I came up with a tablet and this thing was gone, they would say 'Trump did a bad job.' That's the political soundbite".

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker agreed that he wants to reopen recreation for summer, but to do so, the state needs additional lab technicians, more reagent and more RNA extractors to analyze specimens taken.

He said the projection that the US will need 500,000 tests a day is itself a "very conservative" estimate. Hogan, he added, "could've saved a lot of money. he needed to get a little knowledge, that would've been helpful". Kansas has among the lowest testing rates of any state, about half of the national rate.

"We will make a point today and going forward to continue to reiterate that", Mr Pence said.

"If I have to have another swab conversation, I'm going to scream", Dr Melissa Miller, director of the microbiology laboratory at the University of North Carolina Medical Centre, said in a phone interview.

During a White House briefing, the president was asked why he views the issue as a "political attack", despite governors on both sides of the aisle and health experts emphasizing the importance of testing.

The FDA also did not allow private labs to develop their own tests until February 29 - nearly six weeks after the first case was confirmed.

"It's important that patients and their families have the information that they need, and they need to understand what's going on in the nursing home", she said.

President Donald Trump and USA governors have sparred for days over who is responsible for expanding testing for coronavirus infections, which public health experts say isn't sufficient to begin relaxing the social-distancing practices adopted to curb the outbreak.

USA legislators are nearing an agreement on approving extra money to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and could seal a deal as early as Sunday, congressional and Trump administration officials said. In turning to the Defence Production Act, the Trump administration is taking a page out of its strategy on ventilator equipment.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that the country is now running about 1.5 million to 2 million tests per week.

"We really need help". The deal is expected to add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, as well.

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