Trump says he will have a press conference at White House on coronavirus at 6 pm ET
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will discuss the deadly coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at 6 p.m. ET with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the administration works to respond to the fast-spreading disease — the first case of which was just confirmed in Latin America — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified before House lawmakers that Trump asked him to make the evening briefing public in order to be transparent.
Hours before the presser was scheduled to begin, Politico reported that the White House was considering appointing a coronavirus czar. Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb was among a handful of officials being discussed for the role, according to Politico’s report, which cited two people familiar with the matter.
But Azar pushed back on the report. “I don’t anticipate” a czar being appointed, Azar said during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. “This is working extremely well.”
The White House also denied Politico’s report.
Trump said that “others” would also be attending the conference, but did not specify who they would be. The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for additional information on the president’s announcement.
Trump revealed the news conference on Twitter after attacking media for “panicking markets” through their coverage of the virus.