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Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listen during a briefing on the White House coronavirus on 9 April.
Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listen during a briefing on the White House coronavirus on 9 April. Andrew Harnik / AP

Members of the coronavirus task force had to convince President Trump to change his view on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen companies in his state later this week, a source close to the source told CNN. work group.

At a meeting just before yesterday’s briefing on the coronavirus working group, working group members discussed the likelihood that some of the panel doctors would be interviewed by reporters about Kemp’s controversial decision to opening many businesses in Georgia, such as nail salons and bowling alleys, the source added.

During the meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other members of the task force noted that there would be a glaring inconsistency if scientists did not agree with Trump on the question of Georgia during the press conference.

“I cannot defend this publicly,” Fauci told others at the meeting, the source said. Group members agreed that there was a need to change Trump’s opinion on the subject.

The task force members then asked Ms. Deborah Birx, the panel coordinator, to try to convince Trump in a more private meeting she had with the president just before the press conference.

Much to the relief of the other task force members, Trump went on to say that he did not agree with Kemp’s decision.

Task force scientists, however, disagreed with Trump on Washington Post interview with CDC director Robert Redfield in which he warned of the difficulties of a second wave of coronavirus during cold and flu season. This could not be avoided, the source said.

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