President Donald Trump's approval numbers on his handling of coronavirus have gotten "maybe a little bit softer" after he quit presenting daily briefings with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and he should return to his briefings, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday.
"People were tuning in and it doesn't [need] to be two hours but it shouldn't be zero minutes either," Conway told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The president's numbers were higher when he was out there briefing everybody on his day-by-day basis about the coronavirus, just giving people the information."
The task force gave briefings "most days" back in March and April when the country "had at some point 2,500 deaths in one day, at the highest level," said Conway, but some people were "encouraging him to stop."
"He's got a task force and doctors and economists and of course the vice president leading the task force, but people want information and this country followed instructions," said Conway. "They stayed inside and socially distanced."
Trump does speak regularly with governors as they call him about hotspots and surges, said Conway, "but that's not everywhere."
Conway also said she thinks the president's numbers are negative because the polls do not question enough Republicans.
The Wall Street Journal poll was 26% Republican and the ABC News poll 24%, Conway said, so "it is ridiculous to think that likely voters are only 24%. If you have a 10% difference, plus 10 Democrats in your sample, and you're asking ballot tests or approval ratings between [Joe] Biden and Trump you're going to get a very skewed result."
However, she thinks if Trump talks about the medical and financial crisis, "it'll be much better."
"Look at what's happening with the economy," she said. "This president is bullishly leading for the country. We just have so much more job production. Yesterday the dereg event was incredible because this president said for years his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a great deal of wealth for middle-class Americans and got that business tax rate from 35% down to 21%."
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