UNDATED (AP) – President Donald Trump is set to once again take center stage in the government’s coronavirus response after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset – him – played out in public as his poll numbers falter.
One week after a campaign shake-up, the plan is for Trump to again become a regular public presence at the podium starting today as confirmed coronavirus cases spike nationwide.
Trump advisers have stressed the urgency of the president adopting a more disciplined public agenda in an effort to turn around his lagging poll numbers against Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“I think it’s a great way to get information out to the public,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office yesterday, saying he hopes to discuss progress on vaccines and therapeutics.
His once-daily turns behind the White House briefing room podium largely ended in late April after the president’s off-the-cuff suggestion that injecting toxic disinfectant could help treat the coronavirus.
White House aides said the format, venue and frequency of the president’s forthcoming appearances haven’t been finalized. And it wasn’t clear whether he would field questions or share the stage with others, including Vice President Mike Pence and Drs. Deborah Birx or Anthony Fauci.