* President Donald Trump held his first coronavirus briefing on Tuesday evening since he stopped showing up for the daily events in April
* Admitted: ‘[COVID] will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better’
* Noticeably absent from the briefing was the nation’s top immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force
* The daily briefings have now continued after they were stopped when Trump suggested people inject bleach to treat COVID-19
* Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the task force, said he would ‘leave that to the White House’ on whether Fauci would appear at the briefings
* The White House press secretary said briefings will be ‘short’ and ‘very newsy’
President Donald Trump conceded Tuesday that the worst of COVID-19 is yet to come as he held his first White House coronavirus briefing since April.
‘It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better – something I don’t like saying about things,’ Trump said of the continuing global health crisis. ‘But that’s the way it is, that’s the way – that’s what we have.’
‘You look at the world, it’s all over the world,’ he said, deflecting from the severity of the pandemic in the U.S., adding viruses ‘tend’ to worsen before improving.
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Trump concedes pandemic to ‘get worse before it gets better’ — BBC
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Trump warns U.S. coronavirus outbreak will probably ‘get worse before it gets better’ — CNBC
Trump says coronavirus crisis will ‘get worse before it gets better,’ pleads with Americans to wear masks — FOX News
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