The administration of US President Donald Trump defended the government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and rejected the idea of appointing a czar to oversee efforts to stop the spread of the virus, as reported in Morningstar.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar currently leads a federal coronavirus task force, but some Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in calling for a coronavirus czar to oversee operations.
Administration officials have privately discussed appointing a czar to oversee the response, according to two people familiar with the conversations.
However, White House spokesman Judd Deere suggested Wednesday that Trump has no plans to name such a czar, tweeting that the president took "decisive action by creating the Coronavirus Virus Task Force a month ago and is pleased with the leadership of [Azar] to protect the public health."
Meanwhile, the Trump administration's proposal to spend at least $2.5 billion on combatting the novel coronavirus has disappointed members of both parties, according to the news source.
"This is shameful, it puts forth a proposal now that is meager, anemic," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the administration's plan Wednesday.