Leaked White House document projects COVID-19 deaths will skyrocket

He said 100,000 new cases per day were more realistic, though that figure hinges on political decisions.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushes back on reports the briefings may be scaled back amid the president's criticism of the media; reaction and analysis on 'Outnumbered'.

The undoing of the coronavirus task force comes as the president has turned his attention nearly entirely toward reopening the economy as more than a dozen states allow people to slowly return to businesses like hair salons and restaurants. 'For the month of May, no task force members, or key deputies of task force members, may accept hearing invitations, ' reads a White House memo outlining the updated guidance.

'We're doing a lot of mitigation, ' Trump said.

Why it matters: The task force, led by Pence, was formed in late January to help navigate the Trump administration's interagency response to the pandemic.

"We're having a conversation about that and about what the proper time is for the task force to complete its work", Vice President Mike Pence said at a briefing for reporters on Tuesday. The official said it would be an ongoing shift over the next several weeks.

The official told Fox News that doctors will continue to play an "important advisory role" in the process, as the administration has aimed to "make sure medical guidelines are kept up to date" and Americans are able to safely return to work.

He said that the report was based on "no mitigation" but that even as states began to reopen, social distancing and other measures would remain in effect.

Task force members are reportedly being informed of the change right now. Pence characterized the discussion of dissolving the task force as "preliminary".

The admonishing remarks from one of President Donald Trump's most senior aides came after House Democrats said last Friday the White House had blocked Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from testifying before the House Appropriations Committee this week.

Members of the White House coronavirus task force that has drawn worldwide attention amid the outbreak are being told it is "winding down" even as the number of USA deaths and infections are projected to rise.

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