The Trump Administration is planning to wind down its coronavirus task force in the foreseeable future as it shifts focus to reopening the economy.
It has become more and more evident in recent weeks that President Trump and his team have been shifting their attention towards the country’s finances and vaccine development while the virus continues to spread throughout the country and the overall caseload keeps rising. On Tuesday, the president said that an advisory groups of “a different form” will replace the task force.
“That form is safety and opening,” Trump told the press during a trip to Arizona. “We will have a different group probably set up.”
Efforts to counter the coronavirus outbreak will ultimately be shifted to agencies like the FEMA, according to Vice President Pence.
“We’re having a conversation about that and about what the proper time is for the task force to complete its work,” Pence said at a briefing on Tuesday. “We’ve already begun to talk about a transition plan with FEMA.”
He also called the discussions to dissolve the task force, “preliminary.”
This week Trump’s economic officials are projected to unveil new ideas for tax policy and regulatory changes to bolster the nation’s economy in the third and fourth quarters of the year.
The future of the task force will be based on the health conditions, aides said.
“I believe we can be in a very different place in late May or early June,” Pence said. “We’re going to start to look at the Memorial Day window to transition back to having our agencies manage our response in a more traditional manner.”
A senior official in the trump administration said that the task force could resume its daily meetings if there was a significant resurgence of the Covid-19 cases in the fall, which health have predicted and warned about. Until then, the official added, the White House will be focusing its messaging on the economy.
On Tuesday Trump vowed Birx and Fauci will remain a powerful voice within the administration.
“Oh sure, yeah, they will be,” he said. “And so will other doctors, and so will other experts in the field.”