Disinfectant furore: Trump mystified by sharp rise in hotline queries

White House officials said future briefings will shift more toward economic reopening.

'We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that, ' Trump told a coronavirus press briefing Monday in Washington DC.

Trump's aides had been attempting to maneuver the president onto extra acquainted and, they hope, safer, floor: speaking up the financial system in additional tightly managed settings. Yet the political commentariat ruthlessly proceeded to take the president's comments out of context. What had been his greatest asset in the reelection campaign, his ability to blanket news headlines with freewheeling performances, has become a daily liability.

"It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn't have spread all over the world", he added.

The testing blueprint for states provides details missing from the administration's guidelines for them to return to normal operations, which were released more than a week ago. She said briefings would be held later in the week, but, "they might have a new look to them, a new focus to them".

At a White House news conference Monday, Trump acknowledged that there's little time left in the school year, even as he said many states are thinking about getting kids back into the classroom. It would be a symbolic show that the nation is beginning to reopen.

Trump has come under withering scrutiny for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, particularly testing missteps early on that hampered the country's ability to detect outbreaks. We should still social distance.

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"Our industry has been united by the unique role we can play in addressing the pandemic and protecting people's health", said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. It was an effort to restore confidence in the response so that the public would be comfortable resuming more normal activities. "There'll be a press avail later this afternoon with CEOs the president's meeting with", she told Fox News, referring to a session Trump will host with businesses involved in the fight against the pandemic.

"We're not tracking a briefing for today because there will be a press avail at 4 p.m. with the president and retail CEOs".

Why it matters: Governors have urged the federal government to be more involved in expanding testing and coordinating a national strategy, but it's unclear whether these new documents, obtained by Axios, will allay their concerns. "I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?"

"I've had really, very good conversations with a series of governors, and they've really been very insightful of how they're looking at this", Birx said. Areas which were tougher hit by the virus would have the ability to take a look at at double that fee, or larger, the White House stated. The Trump administration has noted that the country has conducted more than 5 million tests and recently issued maps to states with detailed information on where testing machines were located that weren't being used to capacity.

Yet another tweet on Saturday fed rumors that Trump was going to shut down the briefings altogether.

On Thursday, he mused about the potential use of disinfectants as a treatment for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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