Jul 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he'll resume coronavirus briefings

President Trump told reporters at the White house Monday that he plans to resume his daily coronavirus press briefings sometime this week, "probably starting" Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president ended the briefings in April after aides urged him to scale them back given their length and penchant for drawing controversy, such as when Trump suggested that disinfectants, like bleach, could be used to treat coronavirus.

  • Aides told the president he was overexposed and that these appearances were part of the reason polls weren't looking good for him against Joe Biden.
  • Since Trump stopped the daily briefings, his poll numbers have only gotten worse.

What he's saying: "We had very successful briefings. I was doing them and we had a lot of people watching, record numbers watching. In the history of cable television, there's never been anything like it," Trump told reporters.

  • "And we were doing very well, and I thought it would be automatic and a lot of positive things were happening and frankly, a lot of the country is doing well. A lot of people don't say it," he continued.
  • "But we have had this big flareup within Florida, Texas, couple of other places, and so I think what we are going to do is I'll get involved and we'll start doing briefings."
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