President Donald Trump reportedly plans to trim down his televised coronavirus briefings.
Citing four unnamed sources, Axios reported the president may stop appearing daily and make shorter appearances when he does — a paring-down that may have started with Friday's short briefing.
The daily press conferences — televised to a largely homebound population — have dominated the public discourse about the coronavirus.
But a number of Trump's most trusted advisers have urged him to stop doing long televised briefings, Axios reported, adding the advisers have warned that he's overexposed — which may be reflected in less than favorable polling against presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recently.
"I told him it's not helping him," one unnamed adviser told Axios. "Seniors are scared. And the spectacle of him fighting with the press isn't what people want to see."
Another adviser said, "He should keep everyone guessing as to whether he appears day by day, and leave the technical briefings to others. Be there to announce victories."
Another unnamed source said there simply isn't enough new material to justify the daily news conference.
"I mean, you wonder how we got to the point where you're talking about injecting disinfectant?" another source told Axios.
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