Pence reverses position barring coronavirus task force members from appearing on CNN: report

Vice President Pence on Thursday reversed an earlier decision that had barred members of the White House coronavirus task force from appearing on CNN.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield appeared on the network's coronavirus town hall Thursday night, and leading infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE is booked for a Friday appearance, CNN reported Thursday.

It was the first time a task force member has been on the network since April 2, when Pence’s office began prohibiting the officials from appearing on CNN, reportedly in an effort to pressure the network to air the White House press briefings in full each day.

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CNN decided to stop airing the briefings live over concerns that Trump's remarks were regularly inaccurate or misleading and impossible to be fact-checked in real time. CNN has aired portions of the briefings, including some segments when Pence and public health officials are speaking and taking questions from the press.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence official told CNN on Thursday morning.

Pence's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Over the past week, the White House made other officials available to CNN, including Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Pentagon considers cutting coronavirus quarantines to 10 days MORE on "State of the Union" with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper slams 'Trump's unprecedented war on accountability' Ron Johnson says he's not 'crying big crocodile tears' over firing of State Department IG HHS secretary points to 'unhealthy comorbidities' when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US MORE and trade adviser Peter Navarro on "Anderson Cooper 360" and "New Day."