White House Cancels Then Uncancels Monday COVID-19 Briefing, Touting A ‘New Look’
Ever since United States President Donald Trump suggested that UV rays and ingesting disinfectants could possibly treat COVID-19 patients, there have been no daily coronavirus briefings following the predictable backlash to such a statement. The briefing was canceled again for Monday originally. However, there was to be a pool spray for Trump to take questions from reporters.
When giving reasons for the canceled briefings at such a crucial time, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the briefings would resume, but likely, they will now be a bit different from what we are used to seeing. She said of the upcoming renewed briefings:
“They might have a new look to them, a new focus to them.”
But an on the fly change of plans squashed McEnany’s statement. After the White House put out a statement canceling the 5 P.M. EST briefing, McEnany tweeted:
“UPDATE: The White House has additional testing guidance and other announcements about safely opening up America again. President @realDonaldTrump will brief the nation during a press conference this evening.”
UPDATE: The White House has additional testing guidance and other announcements about safely opening up America again. President @realDonaldTrump will brief the nation during a press conference this evening.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) April 27, 2020
This sort of mixed messaging and confusion is not unusual for the Trump White House. They often can change plans from hour to hour, depending on the president’s desires – and what they think is best for his reputation at any given moment. This is especially true right now, as Trump bungles the pandemic response, tens of thousands of people die, the economy tumbles, and the 2020 election looms.
The “pool spray” will happen just before the briefing, at around 4 P.M. Unless they change their minds again.