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President Trump is scheduled to hold a briefing in the White House on Saturday as the country continues to fight the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said on Twitter that he plans to speak at 5 p.m.
Watch the briefing live.
The briefing comes as activists organize demonstrations against restrictions on social distancing in the country’s states with home maintenance orders, calling for a reopening of the economy. Protests have taken place in cities including Salt Lake City and Annapolis, Md. Trump on Friday appeared to openly encourage such protests in a series of tweets mentioning Michigan and Minnesota, two states ruled by Democratic governors who have imposed restrictions on social distancing. .
Asked about NPR about home protests, Ohio governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, said, “People have the right to demonstrate, that’s what I said to people protesting against me. … It is what it is. “
“We took very dramatic measures to protect the Ohioans very early on, and I will continue to do so,” he said. “But at the same time, I understand the protesters, they want to revive the economy. “
On Thursday, Trump released a set of guidelines for reopening the country, a plan that includes three phases of reopening states, with levels of social distancing gradually eased. It is not yet known how long it could take to put these measures in place in the United States, but these guidelines are broad and leave specific plans to governors.
Prior to Saturday’s briefing, Trump was on Twitter, weighing in on a variety of topics, including the November elections.
Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the coronavirus administration task force, traveled to Colorado on Saturday to deliver a speech in person at the launch ceremony for the US Air Force Academy.
It was a rare outing for Pence. He and Trump have avoided most trips, including campaign events, because health experts recommend that Americans avoid travel and rallies to stem the spread of the virus.
Trump said on Friday that he planned to deliver an opening speech to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point, saying he assumed there would be social distancing. It is not known when and if this ceremony will take place in the middle of the pandemic.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that the border with the United States would remain closed for non-essential travel for another 30 days.
“This is an important decision and one that will ensure the safety of people on both sides of the border,” said Trudeau.
The restrictions came into effect on March 21.
Trump spoke to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on the phone on Friday and, according to a White House statement, “discussed the need to maintain restrictions on travelers crossing their land borders for non-essential purposes,” while ensuring cross-border activities that are essential to trade, health security, security of supply and other essential industries remain unhindered.