“This is causing panic that compromises our economic recovery,” Biggs said. “We can protect our most vulnerable from the COVID-19 outbreak while still protecting lives and livelihoods of the rest of the population. It’s time for the COVID-19 task force to be disbanded so that President Trump’s message is not mitigated or distorted.”
The demand from a leading Republican lawmaker and fierce ally of the president comes after the U.S. reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections Wednesday, surpassing 50,000 cases for the first time.
Biggs’ own home state of Arizona is among those across the South and West contributing to the precipitous climbs in caseloads. The Arizona Department of Health Services logged record numbers of daily coronavirus cases and additional deaths Wednesday, and the three most populous states — California, Florida and Texas — have also seen spikes.
And although Biggs echoed the president in touting Thursday’s jobs numbers, the Labor Department’s mid-month survey did not account for the latest wave of shutdowns ordered by governors now halting their states’ reopening plans. Americans filed 1.4 million new applications for unemployment benefits last week, the department reported.
Still, Biggs insisted the U.S. economy “is roaring back as we predicted,” arguing the “pro-growth foundation that President Trump set over the past 3+ years is paying dividends in one of our nation’s most-uncertain times.”