FACTS

    After discontinuing his daily coronavirus briefings in April, President Trump announced that they will resume, with his first appearance being Tuesday. He said it will be important for the American people to hear updates on vaccines and treatments as well as other vital virus-related information. Previously, his briefings were drawing 8.5 million viewers, an audience on parr with popular TV shows such as “The Bachelor.”

    LEFT

    The Left believes Trump is continuing briefings in an effort to garner attention and improve his ratings amid his rally flops. They don’t believe it will help. A Biden spokesperson said it will be the “exact scene from Donald Trump’s ongoing horror movie before when he hijacked the briefings and spread dangerous misinformation.” The New York Times wrote that this was the only way for him to “get his message out given his lack of success reviving his favorite campaign rallies.” CNN decided not to air the full briefing.

    “It’s pretty clear that the resumption of briefings is more about Trump feeding his own ego, in an absence of other forums, and sharing his own distorted version of history directly with his base than it is about sharing fact-based updates with the American public.”

    Jen Psaki, former White House communications director

    RIGHT

    Most on the Right support his move, but others from his administration have been hesitant due to some of his previous remarks and reviews following earlier briefings. Scott Reed, a senior political strategist for the US Chamber of Commerce, said he believes it is a “good move that the President is restarting the briefings” again, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) agrees. “It doesn’t have to be daily. It doesn’t have to be for two hours. But in my view, it has to be,” said White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway regarding the president’s public briefings.

    “The pandemic is the No. 1 topic of conversation around family dinner tables and Zoom conversations, so the president is smart to ensure his message is getting into those discussions.”

    Cliff Simms, former White House media aide
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