According to a report from The Washington Post, President Trump is reportedly creating a second, smaller coronavirus task force to focus mainly on economic ramifications created by the virus.
The second task force will also focus on reopening the nation’s economy, according to MSN.
The task force will include Mark Meadows, Steven Mnuchin and Larry Kudlow.
According to one official, Kevin Hassett, Trump’s former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, may join the group as well.
The economic task force will not meet daily like the original task force, and it will be separate from the main task force, despite having some overlapping members.
Fox News host Dana Perino tweeted, “I think we need a 2nd task force assembled at direction of POTUS to look ahead to reopening of the economy.”
“Made up of a nonpartisan/bipartisan mix of experts across industry sectors, so that we have their recommendations & plan – let 1st taskforce focus on crisis at the moment.” She continued.
Trump responded to the tweet saying, “Thinking about it.”
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“Getting a group of people. And we have to open our country. You know, I had an expression: ‘The cure can’t be worse than the problem itself.’ Right? I started by saying that, and I continue to say it: The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”
“We’ve got to get our country open.” He concluded.
Good idea Dana! https://t.co/Vx7yfwfpIU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2020
More from The Washington Post:
An announcement could come as early as this week, although, within the West Wing, there were previous plans to announce this second task force earlier this week — and those were delayed.
The second task force adds yet another layer to an already unwieldy bureaucratic coronavirus response process within the White House; after becoming involved in the effort last month, Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser — has also formed his own working group, which some dismissively refer to as a shadow task force.
The idea of a group dealing solely with the economic impact of the virus has recently been under consideration.
After initially announcing an Easter deadline — which falls on April 12 this year — to reopen the country, the president reluctantly pushed the time frame back to April 30, amid strong urging by public health officials. But he has remained fixated on reopening the economy and has publicly mused about a second task force focused on this goal.