Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing

Donald Trump
Posted at 12:19 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 12:19:57-04

WASHINGTON — One day after saying that the COVID-19 task force would be winding down, President Donald Trump says it would continue on indefinitely but focus on rebooting the economy.

Trump’s reversal in a tweet Wednesday comes as deaths in New York, the epicenter of the virus, are declining, but rising in the rest of the United States.

A White House official acknowledged that signaling that the task force was preparing to shut down sent the wrong message and created a media maelstrom.

The official said the membership in the group would change as the nature of the crisis evolves.