Amid a rumble of discontent in his own party that the daily briefings were becoming a farce, Friday's briefing lasted only 25 minutes with no questions taken, compared to the more than two hours he held forth each day earlier in the week.
Worry and criticism continues to reverberate over Donald Trump's comments from late last week in which he seemed to suggest that Americans could inject themselves with-or otherwise consume-household disinfectant products as an intervention against COVID-19.
But after more than 53,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus, the briefings, opinion polls suggest, have not bolstered Trump's popularity among voters as he gears up to battle Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election in November.
The president will be talking in "tighter more controlled' settings, according to the report, compared to the coronavirus task force briefings, which the president has been accused of seeking to turn into campaign rallies".
What's really unsafe about Trump's comments is that there is a percentage of Americans who take his statements seriously, according to Eli Stokols, White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
'Look, I think the president's got to focus on the message, stick to the message and make sure that these press conferences are fact-based, ' Hogan advised on ABC's 'This Week'.
But two others who spoke to Trump the same day about his press conferences said he was still insisting his performances were helping him, as evidenced by the ratings.
"They get listing evaluations, & the American men and women do nothing but Fake News".
"Social distancing will be with us through the summer to ensure we protect one another as we move through the phases", Dr. Birx said.
The reassessment in strategy has come after the president's Thursday briefing where he pondered aloud whether disinfectants could be injected into patients. "The briefing is a key component of that", she said.
McEnany told reporters at the White House on Monday the briefings "might have a new look to them, a new focus to them".
"And then I see the disinfectant".
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Saturday, the media was quick to irresponsibly take Trump out of context and "run a story with negative headlines". Trump on Sunday evening was forced to deny he was going to fire Azar after a series of news reports Saturday night quoted anonymous sources saying White House officials were looking at the possibility of replacing the health chief.
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