This Wednesday, President Trump said that the coronavirus task force would continue “indefinitely” but would now shift its focus to reopening the economy. The message delivered in a series of tweets from Trump comes after news reports that the White House planning on “winding down” the task force’s duties.
“The White House Coronavirus Task Force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, has done a fantastic job of bringing together vast highly complex resources that have set a high standard for others to follow in the future,” Trump tweeted.
“Ventilators, which were few & in bad shape, are now being produced in the thousands, and we have many to spare,” he added. “We are helping other countries which are desperate for them. Likewise, after having been left little, we are now doing more testing than all other countries combined, and with superior tests.”
“Because of this success, the Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN,” Trump wrote in a later tweet. “We may add or subtract people to it, as appropriate.”Trump added that the task force “will also be very focused on Vaccines & Therapeutics.”
….gloves, gowns etc. are now plentiful. The last four Governors teleconference calls have been conclusively strong. Because of this success, the Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN. We may add or subtract people ….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2020
In the comment threads that opened up beneath Trump’s tweets, many wondered why he’d ramp down the role of the task force as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc throughout the U.S.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 6, 2020
The key sentence here, “We may add and subtract people”
Trump wants Fauci gone, he refused to lie, did interviews to get the facts straight.
That’s a no no in Trump fantasyland.
— Rhonda (@RhondaBarket) May 6, 2020
Fantastic job my ass! Administration knew dangers of COVID19 in January and failed to act till mid-March. Administration is prematurely pushing release of lockdowns for no apparent reason other than personal political gain. We should have put this fire out, now we let it burn
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) May 6, 2020
Trump is lying.https://t.co/cbWZedSrb3
— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesMore) May 6, 2020
Trump finally succeeded….at being the grim reaper. His madness knows no bounds.
— Original.planksta (@OPlanksta) May 6, 2020
He can’t wait to get Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx out of there.
— Joshua Slinkard (@josh_slinkard) May 6, 2020
Today’s Lessons from The Task Force:
– Don’t complete your work
– Lie to your class
– Fail your tests
*All 3 must be completed before summer vacation starts.
The Task Force
— You're Fired 2020 (@youre_fired2020) May 6, 2020
Safety = 80 Thousand Patriots Deaths
— BLEACHpresident2020 (@Bleachpresident) May 6, 2020
Again, you lie. I am a hospital RN. Physicians, nurses and frontline staff continue to have to reuse PPE. N95’s, surgical masks, face shields ALL reused. Protective Gowns are in low supply. Our lives are at risk daily as you lie to Americans. We are living the truth!
— HannaMich (@HannaMich) May 6, 2020
You already "subtracted" more than 65,000 people……….
— Angie from NOLA (@angenola) May 6, 2020
The 'task force' will 'be there' but really 'do nothing'.
Sort of like you!!
— Antonio Aguiar (@AntonioAguiar3) May 6, 2020
Over 70,000 Americans dead. There are no successes. You are a failure. Resign.
— Antony (@smithant) May 6, 2020