Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump will not be part of the White House council focused on getting Americans back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.
The president also said he plans to unveil the council soon. Members of the committees are expected to be announced this week.
Fox News earlier Monday reported Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president's son-in-law and daughter, would serve on The Council to Reopen America. Fox also reported the council will include new White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and a number of other Cabinet heads.
Trump, who first announced the task force Friday, has suggested he would like to open at least parts of the country back up by May 1.
The president Friday said the council will be composed of a mix of business leaders, medical experts, executives, and governors representing both political parties.
"I'm not going to have all of the governors, but I'd like to put some representative governors on the council," Trump said.
Some governors have started discussing reopening plans, though Trump has pushed back against the idea.
The president tweeted:
"For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect.
"It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!"
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