President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House on October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will discuss the deadly coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at 6 p.m. ET with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trump said that “others” would also be attending the conference, but did not specify who they would be. The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for additional information on the president’s announcement.
Trump revealed the news conference on Twitter after attacking media for “panicking markets” through their coverage of the virus.
The rapid spread of the virus, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected tens of thousands more, has rattled governments and markets around the world. Stocks plunged Monday and Tuesday plunged in one of the worst two-day trading sessions in years.
The president’s tweet also included a mocking reference to MSNBC, which on Wednesday morning played a clip of CNBC’s interview with White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow from a day earlier.
Kudlow said in that clip that the U.S. has “contained” the coronavirus. “I won’t say [it’s] airtight, but it’s pretty close to airtight,” he said.
Those comments, which came just hours after the CDC warned Americans to start preparing for the possibility of a pandemic, quickly garnered criticism and failed to contain the hemorrhaging markets.
Trump in his tweets also lashed out at Democrats, who have criticized the administration’s response to the coronavirus so far, for being “all talk, no action” on the outbreak.
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., slammed the Trump administration’s $2.5 billion coronavirus budget request as “too little too late.”
Schumer took the Senate floor Tuesday to lambast Trump. “The harsh fact of the matter is, the Trump administration has shown towering and dangerous incompetence when it comes to the coronavirus,” Schumer said.