- He could stop appearing daily and make shorter appearances when he did, the sources said – a practice that may have started with Friday’s unusually short briefing.
Why it matters: Trump’s daily press conferences – televised to a largely homeless population – have dominated public discourse on the coronavirus.
In the wings: A number of Trump’s most trusted advisers – inside and outside the White House – have urged him to stop doing marathon TV briefings.
- They told him he was overexposed and these appearances are part of the reasons why the polls don’t look good against Joe Biden right now.
- “I told him it didn’t help him,” said an adviser to the president. “Seniors are afraid. And the spectacle of him fighting with the press is not what people want to see. “
But Trump defended practice, telling critics that briefings get good marks.
- A source warned that decisions like this are never final until they are final.
- A senior administration official involved in the talks said, “He should let everyone guess if he appears every day. And leave the technical briefings to others. Be there to announce victories. “
Another source close to the deliberations, said there simply were not enough new material to warrant Trump’s appearance in the press every day. “I mean, you’re wondering how we got to the point where you’re talking about injecting disinfectant? Wondered the source aloud.
- These conversations were ongoing before Trump suggested the researchers investigate whether doctors could cure the coronavirus by injecting people with disinfectant. But a source said he finally seemed to understand from Trump after the incident that these briefings did not help him. The CDC and other public health officials responded indirectly to this comment by telling people not to drink bleach.