As the US has passed 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and a trusted model is projecting a steep increase in the fall, Vice President Mike Pence will lead a White House coronavirus task force meeting today.
The task force will meet at 2:30 p.m. ET in the Situation Room, according to Pence’s schedule. This will be the second meeting this week – the group last met on Tuesday.
The meeting also comes as President Trump is moving full-steam ahead with reopening and packed campaign rallies, returning to the campaign trail next week for a rally in Tulsa, his first since March 2.
Pence is also set to return to the campaign trail for the first time since he was tapped to lead the task force, attending an event for the Trump-aligned America First super PAC tomorrow in Pennsylvania.
As CNN reported last month, the task force has been sharply curtailed, meeting about once a week. Task force members have been on conference calls with governors weekly, but there has not been a briefing from the task force since April 27.
And Pence, the task force leader, openly flouted CDC guidelines yesterday, posting a photo with a large group of tightly-clustered campaign staff at headquarters with no masks. The cap on gatherings is 10 people in Virginia. The tweet has since been deleted.