"But the nights of 'infomercial" programming and parties appeared to be both a health and political risk to Trump and his advisers, who feared that going forward with the event, set to draw more than 10,000, would ultimately backfire on the president.
The president then asserted that his announcement was not about politics.
During their first in-person meeting since Biden became presumptive Democratic nominee, they spoke about the need to expand on the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare", their administration's signature programme that vastly expanded USA healthcare coverage. "It seems to be working out very well", he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 30, 2020.
The nation's top medical authorities, backed by several leading Republican figures, say wearing masks is crucial to halting the disease.
The Trump administration has petitioned the US Supreme Court to invalidate the ACA.
"It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better", he said.
Trump and his administration is pressuring schools to reopen in fall, threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that do not comply.
"Everybody wants it. The mums want it, the dads want it, the kids want it".
The White House has also still not explained Trump's mysterious trip to Walter Reed Military Hospital last November - as his campaign has focused on questioning presumptive Democratic nominee Biden's fitness for office.
He wrote on Twitter: "I disagree with the CDC".
"They are briefing me". "They're very much involved".
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has surpassed the 4 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 144,000, as President Donald Trump pushes to reopen schools across the country. The tweet also included another clip from the conversation. They were not socially distanced, and he had his mask pulled down.
The pandemic has delayed the census schedule beyond the presidential inauguration in January. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser implemented her strict mask mandate earlier this week, only allowing for minor exemptions such as children under 2 years old and people engaging in exercise outdoors.
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