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White House fires back at NYT assertion that admin is predicting 3,000 daily deaths by June

White House says leaked CDC document wasn't vetted internally, or by the coronavirus task force

Published: May 4, 2020 2:40pm

Updated: May 4, 2020 9:17pm

The White House is pushing back against a New York Times report that the Trump administration is privately projecting the coronavirus death toll will rise over the next several weeks and hit 3,000 daily by early June. 

Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere said the data is "not reflective of any of the modeling" done by the White House Coronavirus Task Force or "data that the task force has analyzed."

"The President’s phased guidelines to open up American again are a scientific-driven approach that the top health and infectious disease experts in the federal government agreed with,“ Deere said in a statement. "The health of the American people remains President Trump’s top priority and that will continue as we monitor the efforts by states to ease restrictions.

The Times based it assertion off of an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that the White House is now saying was not vetted within the agency and not presented to the task force.

The document is reportedly based off modeling compiled in chart form by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

On Sunday, President Trump said that the United States should expect to lose 75,000 to 100,000 people to the coronavirus.

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