President Trump is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday as dozens of states and the District of Columbia experience a rise in coronavirus infections.
The briefing is expected to be about the worsening crisis and comes the day after the president announced he would revive White House coronavirus task force briefings, which were a near-daily staple throughout much of March and into April before tapering off as White House events focused on resurrecting the ailing economy.
The president told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the briefings were likely to resume Tuesday around 5 p.m., which he said is a “good slot” that drew lots of viewers. His press conference Tuesday is scheduled to be held at that time.
“I think it’s a great way to get information out to the public as to where we are with the vaccines, with the therapeutics and, generally speaking, where we are,” he said.
It’s unclear whether Mr. Trump will be accompanied by other members of the White House coronavirus task force, such as Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci told CBS News Tuesday afternoon that he had not heard anything about attending the briefing. In an interview with CNN, Fauci said that he was “assuming” that he would not be invited to the briefing, but added that he had a long conversation with Mr. Trump last week.