The White House COVID-19 Task Force is set to hold a press briefing on Friday afternoon. This most recent briefing will mark the first time the task force has spoken to press in roughly two months.
Friday’s press briefing will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services and will be led by Vice President Mike Pence. It is unclear if President Donald Trump will also take part in the briefing.
Trump, a day after the U.S. recorded its single biggest one-day COVID-19 caseload:
"If we didn't test, we wouldn't have cases. But we have cases because we test."
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 25, 2020
Recently, Trump has remained steadfast in his denial of the pandemic’s growing destruction. At a rally in Tulsa last Friday, the New York native told supporters that the pandemic was dying down.
“We have cases because we test. Deaths are down. We have one of the lowest mortality rates. We’ve done an incredible, historic job,” Trump told the Oklahoma crowd.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true. The return of the task force comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has hit a new high within the United States. On Wednesday, the country recorded its largest single-increase of new cases since the pandemic began in March. As the July 4th holiday nears, the country hurdles towards 2.5 million confirmed cases.