Return of Coronavirus Task Force briefings may not feature Birx or Fauci — just Trump: report
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks at a coronavirus update briefing Sunday, March 15, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Donald Trump intends to restart coronavirus briefings, but they may not include any medical experts.


"President Trump’s announcement Monday that he would resurrect the White House coronavirus task force briefings is the culmination of weeks of debate among his aides about how best to turn around — or explain away — his administration’s failed response to the pandemic," The Washington Post reported Monday. "As the number of infected Americans surges and as Trump’s coronavirus-related approval ratings plummet, the president is pledging to 'get involved' in the daily messaging campaign in a more direct way by returning to the stage where he headlined controversial news conferences in March and April."

"Officials are hoping to prep the president for shorter briefings," the newspaper reported. "Many of the briefings are likely to feature just the president — a departure from previous events where public health officials also appeared, administration officials said."

The newspaper interviewed an unnamed senior administration official about the plan.

“The plan is for them to be the president and to keep them short and tight,” the official said.

Trump had previously argued the briefings were a waste of time.