Trump seems to reverse plan to disband COVID-19 task force

A day after saying the task force would disband in the coming weeks, Trump said he had gotten “calls” and said, “I think it’d be better to keep it going.”
2:11 | 05/07/20

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in this country. The Brookings institute reporting more children have food insecurity than during the great recession. And president trump on the coronavirus task force, tonight the president saying he had no idea how popular it is. Here's Jonathan Karl. Reporter: One day after the white house said it would be winding down the coronavirus task force, a reversal from the president. So we will be leaving the task force indefinitely. Reporter: The news that the task force would be disbanding in the coming weeks prompted a backlash from those who pointed out the death toll continues to climb and many states are seeing higher rates of infection. I had no idea how popular the task force is. Until actually yesterday, when I started talking about winding it down, I'd get calls from very respected people saying, "I think it'd be better to keep it going." Reporter: The president made his comments at an event to mark national nurses' day. But he bristled when one nurse spoke about the availability of personal protective equipment. So ppe has been sporadic but it has been manageable. We do what we have to do. We are nurses and we learn to adapt. Sporadic for you but not sporadic for a lot of other I agree, Mr. President, absolutely. I have heard that they are loaded up with gowns now. Initially we had nothing. We had empty shelves. We had nothing. Reporter: In Arizona yesterday, David asked the president about that claim. You're three years into your first term. Yeah. You're now applying for the job again. What did you do when you became president to restock those cupboards that you say were bare? Well, I'll be honest, I have a lot of things going on. We had a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful. They wasted a lot of time on Russia, Russia, Russia. Reporter: The president said the focus of the coronavirus task force will be shifting to safety and reopening the country, developing a vaccine, and therapeutics. He said there may be personnel changes as well. But he said both Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci will remain. David? Jon, thank you. Another story is unfolding

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