The White House’s Coronavirus Task Force will hold its latest press briefing Saturday evening, where President Donald Trump is expected to announce updates on the federal government’s role in curbing the coronavirus pandemic – here’s how to watch.
The Saturday press briefing is set to take place at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be broadcast from the White House’s James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. The official White House website will feature the livestream as well as its official YouTube channel.
Although the president is not a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, he announced he would be speaking at the Saturday presser–a move that has repeatedly angered critics who say he is using the information session to rail against political opponents.
On Friday, the president boisterously offered his support for “Open Up America” and “You Can’t Close America” rally-goers who are challenging coronavirus stay-in-place orders in several states with Democrat governors. “LIBERATE Minnesota!” Trump proclaimed on Twitter Friday evening, offering at least tacit support for the coronavirus lockdown protesters in Midwest swing states.
“The last thing I want to do is to have a second wave here,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer responded to Trump’s criticism. Protesters defying her stay-in-place orders chanted “lock her up” outside the Michigan Capitol last week. The phrase was previously used to refer to Trump’s 2016 presidential election rival, Hillary Clinton.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s latest COVID-19 statistics, the United States has over 716,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Saturday afternoon. There have been also been more than 37,600 deaths tied to the coronavirus since it first emerged earlier this year.
On Saturday morning, the president lashed out on Twitter against the “Lamestream Media” and demanded that news outlets reveal the identities of anonymously quoted sources — a frequent argument made by Trump against negative reports. Talks between Trump, the federal government and state governments broke down again Friday as members of both parties in the U.S. Senate accused each other of blocking stimulus payments to millions of Americans.
“Republicans tried to pass more money for Americans’ paychecks last week. Democrats blocked it. Speaker Pelosi said she saw ‘no data as to why we need it.’ She said ‘we have time to negotiate.’ Democrats did nothing and now the program has shut down,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remarked Thursday, in a tweet shared by the president.