Trump gave his first coronavirus briefing since April and none of the other members of the Coronavirus Task Force were in the room

  • President Donald Trump held his first coronavirus-focused briefing in months by himself on Tuesday. 
  • He told reporters that Dr. Deborah Birx was right outside the door but Dr. Anthony Fauci was not present.
  • Fauci told CBS News that he wasn't told anything about attending the press conference. 
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President Donald Trump held his first coronavirus-focused briefing in months on Tuesday, the only thing missing were members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Trump was only accompanied by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and he told reporters that Dr. Deborah Birx was right outside the door. He refused to answer why he was not accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the US. 

During his relatively short Tuesday briefing, Trump talked about testing, ventilators, mask usage, and even made a bizarre detour to say that he wishes accused sex trafficker and Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell "well."

Public health officials, however, were not present. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said to CBS News that he wasn't told anything about attending the press conference. 

Trump's relationship with Fauci is reportedly more distant, and there was an effort by a White House official to undercut Fauci, which the White House has since distanced itself from.

The president recently called Fauci "a little bit of an alarmist" over his stark warnings about the coronavirus pandemic. Cases and deaths in the US have continued to surge, and the country has repeatedly hit new records of single-day new cases.

Fauci has advised that states reopen slowly and reconsider imposing restrictions as cases continue to rise. He's also in support of wearing masks. Trump did advise people to wear masks during Tuesday's briefing but has stopped short of calling for mask mandates and has previously refused to wear a mask himself. 

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