President Trump To Re-Start Daily Coronavirus Briefings On Tuesday

( The White House coronavirus briefings will return Tuesday after a nearly three-month hiatus.

President Donald Trump made the announcement to reporters on Monday from the Oval Office. The first briefing will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m.

“Well, we had very successful briefings,” he said. “I was doing them and we had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching in the history of cable television — television, there’s never been anything like it. And we were doing very well, and I thought it would be sort of, automatic and a lot of positive things were happening and frankly, a lot of the country is doing well.”

Critics of the president have already surmised that he is re-igniting the coronavirus briefings as an effort to boost his re-election effort. This is especially pertinent as recent polling numbers show Trump fairly far behind his presumptive challenger, Democrat Joe Biden.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed that 60% of people disapprove of how the president is handling the pandemic. Americans also distrust Trump’s words about the pandemic by a margin of two-to-one, according to the poll.

Trump did say that this new version of the daily coronavirus briefings would likely take a slightly different focus than in the spring. This time, a big focus will be on treatments for COVID-19 as well as the development of vaccines.

“I’ll be discussing the, as I call it, the China virus, the China plague. I’ll be discussing it and I’ll be discussing perhaps some other things.

“Part of the briefing I think much more so than last time, because last time we were nowhere with vaccines or therapeutics and let’s say that ended six weeks ago. We’ll start them again, and 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.”

Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, will continue giving briefings on a periodic basis at an earlier time than the coronavirus briefings.

The White House was holding coronavirus briefings daily from the start of the pandemic until late April. They stopped abruptly following a long rant by Trump, and then his idea that people might inject disinfectants to ward off COVID-19.

After that, the daily briefings weren’t held as often. The White House had plans to completely dismantle the White House Coronavirus Task Force, but Trump administration officials changed their minds a day later.

Despite the president not meeting with the task force every day as he had been before, the members of the task force still met. The efforts were just scaled back and not as frequent.

The next public meeting of the task force was June 26, but Trump was absent from that meeting, which was led by Vice President Mike Pence. The last one was held July 8 to discuss the re-opening of schools in the fall, but Trump was not present at that one, either.