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Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

The White House Coronavirus Task Force renewed calls for vigilance on Friday, acknowledging rising cases across Southern states and in parts of California.

Updated at 7:44 p.m. ET

President Trump and Vice President Pence will be "maintaining their distance in the immediate future" on the advice of the White House Medical Unit, a senior administration official told NPR. They were last seen together at the White House on Thursday.

At a Monday White House briefing, which the president attended but the vice president did not, Trump suggested that he might be keeping his distance from Pence for the time being.

"We can talk on the phone," Trump said.

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President Trump and White House officials deliver remarks and take questions regarding coronavirus testing. The briefing comes as states continue to debate when and how to relax restrictions and reopen their economies. The briefing will begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 3:11 p.m. ET

Kayleigh McEnany did something on Friday that her predecessor at the White House never once did: She briefed reporters from behind the lectern in the cramped confines of the James S. Brady briefing room.

McEnany, President Trump's fourth press secretary, took over the job less than a month ago from Stephanie Grisham, who had chosen to work behind the scenes, saying that Trump was his own best spokesman.

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

The White House released a blueprint for states on coronavirus testing on Monday at a daily news conference it spiked and then revived.

The document presents "key strategic considerations" for states, including their roles, the roles of the federal government and local governments, the private sector and monitoring systems, officials said.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 6:05 p.m. ET

At a short briefing Friday afternoon at the White House, President Trump touted the federal government's "aggressive strategy," saying "we are getting through this challenge together as one American family."

Trump earlier on Friday signed the latest economic relief package, as a handful of Republican-led states prepared to re-open their states' economies — with or without the president's blessing.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

More than a dozen states have unveiled formal plans to move from coronavirus disaster response and toward reconstruction, the White House said Thursday, but officials also didn't rule out the need for more mitigation.

Vice President Pence said that 16 states have released formal plans about progressing out of the crisis. Many are pursuing a "phased approach" county by county, he said, pointing specifically to Missouri, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Idaho.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET

President Trump vowed to sign the latest coronavirus relief legislation nearing the finish line in Washington on Tuesday after it was passed by the Senate.

Members of Congress have reached an agreement on about $484 billion more in relief funding to help small businesses and others hurt by the mitigation measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

The House could vote as soon as Wednesday.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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White House coronavirus briefing for April 14

Apr 14, 2020
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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 9:00 p.m. ET

President Trump and the leading immunologist on the White House coronavirus task force attempted to present a united front Monday, following speculation of a shake-up within the federal pandemic response effort.

Dr. Anthony Fauci — one of the more recognizable faces on the task force — and Trump pushed back on the notion that Fauci was on the outs with the president.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 4:36 p.m. ET

President Trump plans to appoint a council to advise him on how best to reopen America after much of the nation went dormant to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump said Friday that he plans to announce on Tuesday whom he has named to make recommendations about some kind of path to normalcy.

"I'm going to surround myself with the greatest minds," he said in another marathon news conference at the White House. "We're going to make a decision, and hopefully, it's going to be the right decision."

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 7:30 p.m.

President Trump said more oil producers are "getting close to a deal" to try to put a floor under prices as demand for energy plummets amid the global pandemic.

Trump said at his daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday that he'd just finished a conference call with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Russia and that he hoped they'd agree on a cut or another solution that would stabilize the cost per barrel.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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White House coronavirus briefing for April 8

Apr 8, 2020
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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 7:18 p.m. ET

President Trump acknowledged that he learned only recently about a warning earlier this year from a top adviser about the risks of the coronavirus — but he defended his actions on Tuesday at a news conference.

"I couldn't have done it any better," Trump said about his and the administration's handling of the pandemic.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET

President Trump said "we certainly want to try" to lift restrictions on life in the U.S. by April 30 but he made no definitive commitment at a news conference on Monday at the White House.

Trump sought to walk a tightrope between grim warnings about a new spike in fatalities forecast for the coming weeks and upbeat exuberance about how well he said the response is going.

"Tremendous progress has been made in a very short period," Trump said.

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST. 

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The White House is expected to hold a Coronavirus Task Force press conference with the latest updates on the coronavirus response. The briefing will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST. 

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Updated at 7:57 p.m. ET

Just days after the White House coronavirus task force warned Americans to brace for sobering death tolls, the administration is vowing to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients infected with the coronavirus.

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