President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a new effort Wednesday to help protect people and the environment from coronavirems, which are circulating in countries around the world.
“I have a vision,” Trump said in a video posted online by his transition team.
“We’re going to do this in a way that’s very efficient, and we’re going be so fast, and so clean, that it will save lives and we’ll be able to make sure that we have a big impact.”
The video is the latest indication of the president’s new strategy for preventing the spread of coronaviral diseases.
Trump announced in April that he would set up a task force to address the coronavirochies and other health threats in the coming year.
But the White House said in April it had no plans to establish a new agency, or any new functions, to protect the country’s citizens from the disease.
Trump has repeatedly said he would like to see the United States focus more on reducing the spread and eliminating barriers to public health, including policies that require testing for people at risk of developing coronavieres and requiring that people with a chronic illness be given a flu shot.
Trump also has sought to distance himself from his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who resigned from the campaign in August after being charged with misdemeanor battery.
The new initiative could give the president more control over his own cabinet and agencies.
The White House announced Thursday that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon would lead the effort, with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump leading a team of officials.
“The president will be working to get these coronavillae out of our country, because they’re wreaking havoc on people,” Trump’s transition team said in an email to reporters.
“He will be using the powers of his office to get rid of them as quickly as possible.”