CNN 5 May 2020

White House coronavirus task forces to be 'phased down' around Memorial Day


The White House coronavirus task force will start to wind down later this month, a senior White House official told CNN.
The official said the task force "will be phased down around Memorial Day. We will continue to have key medical experts advising (President Donald Trump) daily and accessible to press throughout the coming months ahead."


President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force's daily press briefing for April 18, 2020.

President Trump has tweeted that he expects the White house coronavirus task force to continue "indefinitely" to assist with relief efforts. NBC's Hans Nichols reports from the White House. Aired on 05/06/2020.
President Trump announced Wednesday that the White House Coronavirus Task Force would continue "indefinitely" following reports that it was set to begin winding down. CBS News' Natalie Brand and Politico White House reporter Meridith McGraw join CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss.
Trump administration officials announced today that the U.S. military would send naval ships and aircraft to the Caribbean as part of an enhanced counternarcotics operation.

President Trump and other top officials discussed the operation at the top of a White House coronavirus briefing Wednesday evening. Trump said it was important not to let drug cartels "exploit the pandemic to threaten American lives."

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the Pentagon would deploy additional ships, aircraft and security forces to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility as part of the operation.

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