Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases

Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases
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The sharp spike in coronavirus cases across the country is set to dominate the Sunday talk show circuit this weekend, with lawmakers and health officials sounding the alarm that drastic action may be needed.

The U.S. set records this week with its number of new daily COVID-19 cases, with the bulk of the surge occurring in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.

To try to blunt the spread of the coronavirus further, the states have enacted a series of measures including closing bars and, in the case of Texas, ordering people to wear masks in public.

However, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE has taken a different tact, expressing optimism that the pandemic will eventually “disappear” and still declining to wear a mask while in public.

"I have no objection to masks whatsoever," Trump told Fox News's Eric Bolling in a pretaped interview this week, adding that he rarely wears one personally because "I have a different kind of life."

Administration officials including the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaWhat's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Business groups shudder at thought of Sanders as Labor secretary Why millennials will win Trump's war on socially responsible investing MORE will discuss the ongoing fight against the pandemic and the White House's efforts to rebuild the economy, while mayors from cities including Houston, Phoenix and Miami will be asked about local responses.

A slate of other issues is expected to come up in the Sunday show circuit, including the ongoing debate over Confederate statues and reports that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to target U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. 

Below is the full list of guests who will appear on this weekend’s Sunday talk shows. 

ABC's “This Week" — Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the FDA; Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego; Miami Mayor Francis Suarez; Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County, Texas.

NBC's “Meet the Press” — Govs. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation MORE.

CBS's “Face the Nation" — Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Hahn; Sens. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Ill.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MORE (R-Iowa); Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler.

“Fox News Sunday" — Scalia; Dr. Ashish Jha, director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute; Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper | Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon | Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up | Pelosi says Esper firing shows Trump intent on sowing 'chaos' Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up MORE (D-R.I.). 

Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Twitter CEO next week MORE (R-Tenn.); columnist Gordon Chang.

"America This Week With Eric Bolling" — Trump; Sen Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah); GOP operative and Trump associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE; Raz Simone

—Updated at 9:55 p.m.