Donald Trump made Vice President Mike Pence responsible for leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus. And according to The New York Times, Pence has instructed a top expert on viral infections to keep quiet until he has given him the order to speak about the virus.
The Times reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has “told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance” about the disease.
According to the Times, the White House is ordering all statements to be cleared by Pence’s office before being released. This comes days after the White House released contradicting statements about the virus being both “contained” and also likely to spread throughout the country.
Pence also welcomed economic adviser Larry Kudlow to his coronavirus task force. Kudlow said earlier this week that the virus had been “contained,” contradicting the experts’ statements that the virus’s spread “might be bad.”