“You guys with all of your masks, you look very completely different than you used to,” he said, not carrying one himself.
“We’re simply making an attempt to not die,” replied Jake Sherman, a reporter for Politico.
Dr. Deborah L. Birx nonetheless coordinates the duty power from her workplace within the West Wing, recurrently updates senior workers members and nonetheless meets usually with Vice President Mike Pence, in accordance with one official, however seems solely often to current and focus on new virus information with reporters. Mr. Pence met Wednesday with Trump marketing campaign employees, who posed for a photo, huddling collectively, thumbs up, their faces naked.
And Adm. Brett P. Giroir, who has been the administration’s level individual overseeing coronavirus testing, advised colleagues in an e mail that he was resuming his common duties because the assistant secretary for well being.
“Whereas I stay dedicated to the combat in opposition to Covid-19, and can spend a portion of my time in direct assist of the pandemic response,” he wrote, “I really feel personally compelled to proceed our workplace’s management in childhood vaccination, combating substance misuse, ending the H.I.V. epidemic in America, and bettering the lives of all dwelling with sickle cell illness.”
For practically two weeks now, the nation has been convulsed by the twin crises of the coronavirus and the civil unrest that adopted the demise of Mr. Floyd, a black man who gasped for air along with his neck underneath the knee of a police officer. Congress continues to deal with the coronavirus disaster — along with Wednesday’s well being committee listening to, Mr. Mnuchin appeared earlier than the Senate Small Enterprise Committee, the place he defended the administration’s determination to reopen the economic system.
However the large information on Capitol Hill on Wednesday was the testimony of Mr. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee. “I’m right here to ask you to make it cease,” he mentioned, asking lawmakers to guarantee that his brother “is greater than one other face on a T-shirt.”
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chairman of the Committee on Well being, Schooling, Labor and Pensions, convened a digital listening to Wednesday on overcome obstacles — like creating social distance and a “mask-wearing tradition” — to getting kids again to highschool.