“He’s listening to us when we say we really got to reevaluate it, in real time, and any decision we make has to be based on the data,” Fauci said Thursday of the President on CNN’s Global Town Hall, “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears.”
With the number of cases increasing rapidly, “that’s not time to pull back,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“That’s when you got to hunker down, nail down, mitigate, mitigate, mitigate — get the people taking care of,” Fauci said. “That’s what you got to concentrate on. You have to go with the data.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading up the task force, echoed Fauci’s comments, downplaying Trump’s Easter timeline.
“The President expressed really an aspirational goal as we continue to follow the data,” Pence said Friday during an interview on CNBC. “He would love to see it around Easter but whenever that day is that we can responsibly open up portions of the country.”
As the 15-day window nears its end, Pence told reporters on Thursday that the task force would be presenting “a range of recommendations and additional guidance for going forward” to the President this weekend.