Republican senator: Trump's message on coronavirus recently has 'generally been better'

Republican senator: Trump's message on coronavirus recently has 'generally been better'
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Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general MORE (R-Pa.) said Sunday President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE's message on the coronavirus pandemic has recently been better. 

NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Dr. Tom Inglesby Gottlieb calls for CDC to have 'elevated' role in coronavirus fight Navarro: CDC 'really let the country down with the testing' MORE asked Toomey if he thinks Trump has "gotten in the way" of the administration's response at times. 

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"I mean his message has changed as our understanding of this has changed and sometimes it's been better than other times," Toomey responded. "I think more recently, it's generally been better."

Todd asked Toomey if he thinks at times Trump should have taken a step back to allow the coronavirus task force lead in White House briefings. 

"Well, you know, Chuck I think many of us have, have struggled to understand this and think about this. It's completely unprecedented," Toomey responded, adding that he thinks the president has stepped back "in many ways." 

Toomey highlighted several other leaders at the briefing, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who he said "has done a fantastic job helping people to understand what's happening here."

"I also think many other folks in the administration have been absolutely terrific from Seema Verma to Alex Azar and others. So I think the administration as a whole is, is responding well," Toomey added.