US President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he would resume his televised coronavirus briefings and said he wanted to announce positive news even as the pandemic spreads across the country.
"I think it's a great way to get information out there," he told White House reporters. "We do it very well in so many different ways."
Trump said he would probably start on Tuesday.
The White House held dozens of coronavirus briefings in the early stages of the pandemic for over two months, but abandoned them in late April.
Trump often turned the opportunity to provide the fearful public with information into an irritated exchange with reporters in the room.
Then he angrily dropped the events after a briefing about the possibility of injecting household disinfectants into the air to combat COVID-19.
He later said that he spoke "sarcastically" even though there was no evidence at the time.
The president has consistently tried to downplay the severity of the health crisis and has said it will "go away" on its own.
But with the rebound virus pervading Florida and other major states, he is accused of not having led.
He also continues to fail in polls against his November president challenger, Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump said the briefings would provide good news about the development of vaccines and therapeutics.
"We think we're doing very well in this regard," he said. "I think I'm going to include some of the great companies that are doing very well."
"We really have some very good answers," he said.
Trump signaled that he is likely to dominate the process again at 5:00 p.m. as the television audience grows.
"We had very successful briefings. I made them and we had a lot of people watching and recording numbers. There has never been anything like it in the history of cable television."
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