Susan Collins urges Trump to “step back” from coronavirus messaging

Speaking to reporters in Maine, Senator Susan Collins urged President Trump to “step back” from coronavirus messaging and criticized him as being “inconsistent.”

Per Yahoo, Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled, soared, and then closed with a gain of 1,900 points after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday.

The Dow, which had surged by around 1,200 points earlier in the day, sank by around 500 points as the president began his address from the White House Rose Garden, flanked by health officials and members of the coronavirus task force.

The blue-chip index then rallied as key details of the White House response to the viral outbreak were revealed, with the S&P 500 notching up a gain of over 6 percent and the Nasdaq spiking by 5.5 percent.

Trump also announced he was implementing a series of “decisive” measures to address the coronavirus pandemic, including a close collaboration with companies such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Google.

The Hill reports Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said public health officials, not President Trump, should lead the administration’s messaging on the coronavirus.

Collins, speaking to reporters in Maine, said the president should “step back” from the administration’s public coronavirus messaging, which she characterized as “inconsistent” so far.

“I would like the president to step back and appoint one of our public health officials to be the spokesman as we go through dealing with this novel virus,” Collins told reporters, according to the Portland Press Herald.

She added that “it is very important that health professionals be out front and that there be a consistent message.”

Collins suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, be appointed to lead the administration’s messaging. Fauci has testified publicly and met with lawmakers privately, and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle.