Fighting the virus in the US

Vice President Mike Pence chaired a meeting of the Interagency Task Force on Thursday.
1:50 | 02/28/20

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Amid the fears and the financial concerns, the white house in the last 24 hours, the president announcing, vice president Mike pence is the new point person for the government's response, meeting with the intraagency task force today. One of the first moves, a new way of controlling what information reaches the public. On that tonight, ABC's Kyra Phillips. Reporter: And stocks swan-dive and coronavirus fears grow, president trump today praising his administration's response, now being led by vice president Mike pence. The president has no higher priority than the health and safety of the American people. Reporter: The vice president, now moving to control what information gets to the public. According to senior white house sources, all statements about coronavirus from the CDC or the health department must now be vetted by the vice president's office. The CDC warning the coronavirus will spread, saying it's not a matter of if, but when. However, 24 hours ago, the president saying this -- I don't think it's inevitable. I think that there's a chance that it could get worse. There's a chance it could get fairly substantially worse. But nothing is inevitable. Reporter: The senate's top Democrat says trump isn't being straight with the American people. The president must stop trying to minimize the nature of the coronavirus threat. His attempts at spinning the facts are just not credible, and they are harmful to the federal response. So, let's get to Kyra Phillips, with us live from the white house tonight. And we know just moments ago, president trump speaking on the coronavirus again and he said tonight that Democrats should be praising his response. Reporter: Exactly right, David. President trump just now declaring that the administration's response has been incredible. According to pool reports, the president saying, quote, it's going to disappear. One day, it will be like a miracle and go away. David? All right, Kyra, thank you.

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