Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties. Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth.
Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.
New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.
The Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals in April that reporting to the vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, was a “prerequisite to payment.”
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, has found herself a woman without a country, denounced by Democrats and called “pathetic” by the president.
Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.
She and other top health officials in the Trump administration warn states of a deepening spread of the coronavirus, in both rural and urban areas.
The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.
The president lamented that his poll numbers were lower than those of his top science advisers. “It can only be my personality,” he said.
What could possibly go wrong?
President Trump and his top aides sharply shifted their pandemic strategy in mid-April after seizing on optimistic data suggesting the virus would disappear, a Times investigation found.
The roots of the nation’s current inability to control the pandemic can be traced to mid-April, when the White House embraced overly rosy projections to proclaim victory and move on.
A reader calls on the infectious disease expert to speak up and to resign from the president’s task force.
Both President Trump and Vice President Pence seem oblivious to the new chapter in the pandemic.
As state and local governments confront a new wave of coronavirus infections, President Trump is sending mixed messages and Washington’s public health bully pulpit has gone silent.
On a private call with governors, the vice president played down new outbreaks, stressing that some states were seeing what he called “intermittent” spikes. Experts have warned it’s not that simple.
New cases are rising in almost half of the states. But in the capital, restless lawmakers and White House officials appear ready to focus on other subjects.
Like many areas around the country, Washington and its suburbs are embracing positive momentum in data on infections to push ahead.
Senior White House and health officials have sought new ways to find the extent of infections and deaths, questioning whether official counts are inflating the toll of the virus.
Remdesivir was shipped to small hospitals even as besieged medical centers were denied access.
Detailed guidelines for reopening drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were blocked from publication after Trump administration officials labeled them “overly prescriptive.”
The group had provided President Trump a backdrop for his daily briefings while working to coordinate the government response to the pandemic.
As people resume going out in public in the middle of a pandemic, to wear or not to wear a face mask has become a personal statement and sometimes a political one.
Democratic and Republican governors bristled at claims from the Trump administration that the supply of tests was adequate to move firmly toward reopening the country.
Some pastors plan to hold Easter services despite stay-at-home guidance. Many states will face daunting financial, logistical and personnel challenges to making mail balloting the norm.
An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.
“It is hard to put fully into words what we are all grappling with as we navigate our way through this pandemic,” a hospital official said.
President Trump, who had questioned the need for additional ventilators, pushes industry to make more. A new survey of mayors finds dire shortages of urgently needed medical supplies. And in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive.
Officials warned that New York is experiencing a virus ‘attack rate’ of five times that elsewhere in the United States. Lawmakers in Washington edged closer to a deal on a $2 trillion relief package.
Federal guidelines warned against gatherings of more than 10 people as a London report predicted high fatalities in the U.S. without drastic action.