President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force will host a press briefing at the White House on Monday, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.
The president and his team continue to talk about the fight to contain the spread of the virus as well as support Americans suffering the economic effects of the global pandemic.
“I want America to understand this week it’s going to get bad,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Monday morning on the Today show about the rising number of cases and deaths.
Right now, all eyes are on the Senate as Democrats continue to block progress on a Senate bill while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is drafting her own legislation.
Senate Republicans spent the day fuming at Democrats for blocking a rescue bill while the economy continues to suffer historic setbacks. The Dow Jones closed down 582 points.
Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin continues to negotiate with Democrats on Capitol Hill, as Sen. Chuck Schumer has promised to reach a deal by the end of the day.
Media establishment reporters continue expressing concerns about the shortage of medical equipment and masks after first pressing the administration on the number of available coronavirus tests and whether the president is racist for using the term “Chinese virus” to describe the threat. They have also criticized the president for voicing optimism about anti-viral drugs being used to treat the virus.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will start implementing the trial drugs to treat Coronavirus after acquiring Hydroxychloroquine, Zithromax, and Chloroquine from the Federal Government. The trials begin on Tuesday.
Many White House reporters at the briefings complain that the president is criticizing them at a time when the public needs to listen to them the most. But Trump believes that many “dishonest” journalists are trying to spread sensationalism.
“This is a time to come together, but coming together is much harder when we have dishonest journalists,” he said on Friday. “It’s a very important profession that you’re in. It’s a profession that I think is incredible. I cherish it. But when people are dishonest, they truly do hurt our country.”
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were tested and found negative for the disease, even though a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for the coronavirus.