The Trump administration’s handpicked team to respond to the coronavirus pandemic cut their testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee short to return to the White House for a meeting on the virus’ spread and growing dangers. (The Hill)
Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said at the start of the hearing that it would end an hour and a half early because President Trump called an “emergency” meeting with the witnesses, who are leading the government’s coronavirus response.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were testifying at the hearing. Both are members of the coronavirus task force.
“This morning we were informed that President Trump and Vice President Pence have called our witnesses to an emergency meeting at the White House,” Maloney said. “We don’t know the details, just that it is extremely urgent.”
At about 11:30 a.m., she ended questioning from lawmakers, saying she received notice from the White House that the witnesses needed to leave “now.”
Before adjourning, Maloney reiterated that she had no idea what would be discussed at today’s meeting.