Trump cited Pence’s experience as governor of Indiana as qualifying him to spearhead the growing threat of the global outbreak.
President Donald Trump appointed his Vice President Mike Pence to lead a task force to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the president announced Wednesday.
Speaking during a news conference, Trump cited Pence’s experience as governor of Indiana as qualifying him to spearhead the growing threat of the global outbreak. The White House had been weighing the appointment of a coronavirus czar in the lead up of the announcement as it faced criticism over its inconsistent messaging during the emerging crisis. Still, Trump said Pence would not be a “czar” because “he is a part of the administration.”
Trump said of the decision, “look at the Indiana model, they have been very successful there.” He added that the White House is “using Mike because he’s very good at doing what he does.”
Trump said that other states “really looked to” Indiana for guidance on health care “and changed their systems.”
Trump then called Pence to the podium. The vice president talked about his experience as governor of Indiana, where the first case of MERS, a viral respiratory illness, emerged in 2014. Pence said he would be working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, State Department and White House advisers to combat coronavirus. Pence added that he would continue coordinating with state and local officials to curb the spread of the virus.
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