White House task force tracks coronavirus spikes even when Trump says virus is “disappearing”: report

However, the White House task force has been closely following coronavirus spikes from new infections in several states across the country. President TrumpDonald John Trump: Trump rally triggers quarantine of dozens of Republican Secret Service agents: Trump needs new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political terrain changes MORE has publicly stated that the danger posed by the virus is receding, NBC News reported.

The president declared Tuesday during an event in Phoenix that the virus was “disappearing.”

However, that same day, an internal document of the White House task force documents obtained by NBC News allegedly showed significant spikes in infections in Arizona city. NBC reportedly had the highest number of infections among the 10 metropolitan areas that reported spikes week after week.

The coronavirus task force documents also recorded increases in several Texas cities, including San Antonio, Houston, Lubbock, and College Station, as well as several high-population centers in the state of Florida, including Jacksonville and Orlando, among others, according to the report.

The documents also pointed to rapid increases in Newton County of Missouri and the San Joaquin Valley of California.

The findings of the internal document reflect the public reports of the respective states. The states of Texas, California, Arizona and Florida, in particular, have suffered record spikes in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

The news also comes after local leaders in these some of these states have reopened economies at a faster rate.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has paused the state’s plan to reopen, citing an increase in coronavirus cases.

Despite recent waves, Trump seemed optimistic about the coronavirus, touting the stock market’s economic rebound during his visit to Arizona on Tuesday.

“The stock market in the last 50 days is the best stock market in history, and it went up again today, by the way,” Trump said. “This is during, hopefully, the end of the pandemic.”

Trump has been accused of minimizing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic for months, as well as pushing unproven forms of treatment for the disease, including hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug.

According to a Reuters-Ipsos poll, fifty-five percent of registered voters across the country said earlier this month that they disapproved of the president’s handling of the pandemic, while 40 percent said Trump was doing a good job managing the crisis.