June 27, 2020, 7:17 a.m.ET
Pence tries to give a positive spin to the pandemic despite the increase in cases in the South and West
Trump administration claimed Friday “remarkable progress” in fighting coronavirus pandemic, despite spate of cases in south and west and as several Republican governors allied with President Trump are under pressure to impose restrictions public health standards to control epidemics in their states.
Vice President Pence held the Coronavirus Task Force’s first public briefing in almost two months and sought to deliver an optimistic message that was at odds with the warnings of public health experts. The vice president dodged the question of whether people should wear masks in public, as recommended by his own administration, and said campaign rallies that bring people together, in violation of public health guidelines, will continue.
Pence did not come up with any new strategy to fight the fast-spreading virus and downplayed the record number of daily cases in several states as “epidemics in specific counties”.
“While we are here today, the 50 states and territories of the country are opening up in a safe and responsible manner,” said Pence, a point that was undermined by Florida and Texas On Friday, they began reducing or reversing their plans to reopen due to growing epidemics.
By Anne Gearan and Yasmeen Abutaleb