Trump to resume coronavirus briefings after hiatus

Trump to resume coronavirus briefings after hiatus

US President Donald Trump on Monday took to his social media account to post an image of himself wearing a face mask and indirectly called the act "patriotic".

It is not yet known whether the President will answer questions from reporters during briefings, as he has done in the past, or whether Vice President Mike Pence and health experts will answer questions from the press along with Trump.

"He's the right person to give the information to the American people", White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. 'And so I think we'll start that probably starting tomorrow'.

His once-daily turns behind the White House briefing room podium largely ended in late April after the president's off-the-cuff suggestion that injecting toxic disinfectant could help treat the coronavirus.

In a surprise move, the US President also said he meant to restart the daily coronavirus briefings from Tuesday.

Trump curtailed his regular coronavirus briefings in April.

Advisers to Mr Trump and congressional Democrats are set to discuss the next steps in responding to the COVID-19 crisis today, with congressional Republicans saying they were working on a $1tr relief bill.

"So, I assume what we are likely to do is I'll get concerned and we'll begin undertaking briefings", he claimed.

"There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favourite President!", Trump further tweeted.

Some pointed to the surging U.S. cases of COVID-19 in connection with Trump's past disdain for masks.

"President Trump's Executive Order on Excluding Illegal Immigrants From the Apportionment Base is another decisive step toward fulfilling his solemn pledge to ensure only American citizens have congressional representation, not illegal aliens", a senior administration official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared to be caught off guard by the briefings' return during an interview with Maria Shriver on Instagram Live on Monday.

"And we were doing very well, and I thought it would be sort of, automatic and a lot of positive things were happening and frankly, a lot of the country is doing well", he said. "I think masks are good".

But the president himself had not abandoned the idea of reviving them in some form, telling aides he missed the early evening window in which he would dominate cable television ratings.

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