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CBS News 5 May 2020

White House discusses "winding down" coronavirus task force by Memorial Day


The White House is considering winding down its coronavirus task force by Memorial Day, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Politico White House correspondent and associate editor Anita Kumar discusses the news and the rest of the day's political headlines.

Vice President Mike Pence says the White House coronavirus task force could start winding down in coming weeks. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid was on the phone with a top member of the task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, when this news broke. She spoke to CBSN's Lana Zak about what he told her.
The decision, according to Vice President Pence, is due to the "progress we've made as a country." This comes as ousted HHS official Dr. Bright, in a new whistleblower complaint obtained by NBC News, says he was retaliated against for resisting "efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections."
President Donald Trump defended his administration's plans to wrap up the work of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, saying Friday while some Americans may be "affected badly," it's time for the country to move to the next phase and reopen. (May 5)
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed it was "nonsensical" that every American needs to be tested for the coronavirus in order to reopen businesses.

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