White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Earlier today, the White House press pool was informed that multiple new staffers in the White House had tested positive for COVID-19, though Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to give out any further information.
The White House stopped its daily testing of staffers and members of the press pool for COVID-19 earlier in the summer. This comes as Pres. Trump said at a town hall last night that he wouldn’t have done anything differently to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and praised his own actions in handling the virus.
When asked if there was anything else he could have done, Trump responded, ‘I don’t think so. I think what I did by closing up the country, I think I saved two, maybe two and a half, maybe more than that, lives. I really don’t think so. I think we did a very good job.’
He went on to say that he never downplayed the severity of the threat of the virus, adding that he ‘actually, in many ways, up-played it in action,’ despite audio recordings of him admitting to Bob Woodward that he downplayed it on purpose. Trump also again asserted that the virus will just ‘go away’—a phrase he has continually used since March—even without a vaccine, citing ‘herd immunity.’