President resumed his White House coronavirus briefings on Tuesday night for the first time since they stopped in April, touting progress but warning the pandemic will probably “get worse before it gets better.”
“I’m getting used to the mask. And the reason is, think about patriotism,” said. urged younger adults to avoid packed bars and wear masks in close quarters, saying he would wear one himself if he finds himself in an elevator.
“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. And we need everything we can get,” he said.
hailed his “tremendous moves” shutting down travel from China and the European Union early in the pandemic. And charts behind showed the US with a better case mortality rate than European countries and Canada.
The virus has infected nearly 4 million Americans and killed more than 140,000, resulting in millions jobless after schools and businesses closed in March.
The president was not joined on stage by any members of his White House coronavirus task force. The task force’s leader, Vice President Mike Pence, was traveling in South Carolina and task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a CNN interview about an hour before the briefing that he wasn’t invited. But said fellow task force member Dr. Deborah Birx was “right outside” the briefing room.
The president retook the stage after vowing to bring back the daily briefings that had ended about three months ago. returned to the stage as advisers reportedly urged him to reclaim control of messaging in the face of slumping polls.
“Our goal is not merely to manage the pandemic, but we want to get rid of it soon as we can. That is why getting a vaccine remains a top priority to vaccine candidates are entering the final stage clinical trials,” said.
He said “we’re trying very much” to pump out more machines that give rapid results. But still, he said, “per capita in the US is conducting 50 percent more tests than Europe.”
And he defended his own belated adoption of publicly wearing a mask, noting medical experts initially said they weren’t necessary.
“We have experts that have said in the recent past that masks aren’t necessary, you know that. Now they’ve changed their minds. If they’ve changed their mind, that’s good enough for me,” he said.