Trump says coronavirus task force to continue ‘indefinitely’

President Trump reversed course on Wednesday and said the White House coronavirus task force would “continue on indefinitely.”

Just a day earlier, Trump had said the administration was moving toward winding down the task force and replacing it with another entity focused on restarting the economy.

Trump said that the task force would shift its focus to helping businesses restart and developing a vaccine, after an initial response largely dedicated to getting resources to hard-hit areas and providing guidance on policies to contain the outbreak, such as stay-at-home orders.

Democrats and other critics had harshly criticized Trump’s Tuesday remarks on disbanding the task force, saying such a move would be irresponsible given the danger that infections could spike again as states gradually allow businesses to reopen.

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