President Trump did not attend the coronavirus news conference Tuesday, despite telling reporters Monday that he would return to brief this afternoon.
“We'll be coming back from the Senate, and we have a lot of very important meetings set up. And we'll have a press conference sometime after that, and we'll explain what we're doing on an economic standpoint and from an economic standpoint,” he told reporters in the briefing room Monday, adding, “I will be here tomorrow afternoon to let you know about some of the economic steps we're taking, which will be major.”
Instead, Vice President Mike Pence is leading Tuesday's briefing with other members of the coronavirus task force.
As for the President, he is tweeting about unemployment, posting during the briefing, “Best unemployment numbers in the history of our Country. Best employment number EVER, almost 160 million people working right now. Vote Republican, unless you want to see these numbers obliterated!”
He did briefly address reporters on Capitol Hill after his lunch with Republican senators earlier Tuesday.