Last weekend during a Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, the president was asked about Fox News’ Dana Perino’s suggestion that there should be a second Coronavirus Task Force focused on the economy. “I’m thinking about it — getting a group of people. We have to open our country,” President Trump said. “We got to get our country open”.
On Monday, the Commander in Chief took to Twitter to announce that he would make a decision “in conjunction” with “governors and input from others” on reopening the economy “shortly,” as the White House forms a second Coronavirus Task Force.
“For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governor’s decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government,” the president wrote on Twitter Monday.
“Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect,” he continued. “It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue.”
“A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!” the president announced.
The second task force is set to be formally introduced Tuesday and will be chaired by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Fox News reported. Continued Below
The task force, according to Fox News, will also include members of President Trump’s Cabinet, including:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Labor Secretary Gene Scalia, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought.
The task force is also expected to include acting chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Tom Philipson and White House advisers Larry Kudlow, Peter Navarro, Chris Liddell, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump. Video Below
“I would say without question it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” President Trump said during Friday’s Coronavirus Task Force. “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I’ll say it always — it’s been my great honor to have been their President. I have a big decision coming up and I only hope to God it’s the right decision.”
President Trump’s official tweets:
….It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
President Trump on “the biggest decision” he’s “ever had to make”:
"The American people have been so disciplined. It's been my honor to be their President…
I've said it before, I'll say it again, I'll say it always – it's been my great honor to have been their President."pic.twitter.com/MWYH1440lN
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) April 12, 2020
Fox News’ John Roberts reports: