Trump Taps Pence to Lead Coronavirus Response, Says Infection Spread Seems to Have ‘Gotten Smaller’ in China

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President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be in charge of the United States coronavirus response at a news conference Wednesday.

Pence will be in charge of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and report directly to Trump.

The task force will be comprised of members of the Centers for Disease Control, Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation and the State Department. HHS Secretary Alex Azar has been tapped as the task force’s chairman.

“I’m going to be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge,” Trump said, “and he’s going to be working with the professionals, doctors and everybody else that is working. The team is brilliant.”

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Vice President Mike Pence was tasked by President Donald Trump on Wednesday to lead the U.S. response to the spread of coronavirus.
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Trump said that the threat of a full pandemic in the U.S. is still low, the situation in coronavirus epicenter China seems to be getting better.