President Donald Trump taps Vice President Mike Pence to lead the coronavirus response. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies to Congress about the budget and efforts to contain the virus. And climate activists protest a pipeline outside the U.S. Supreme Court, among the highlights of the week of February 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump prays with African-American community, business and faith leaders in the Cabinet Room prior to the national African-American history month reception at the White House on Thursday. Photo by Shawn Thew/UPI
Trump holds up a map showing the United States as number one in preparedness as he makes remarks on the global coronavirus outbreak in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Wednesday. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Trump appointed Pence to lead the United States' response to the virus. Behind him are, left to right, Robert Kadlec, assistant HHS secretary for preparedness and response; Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Pence; Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC; Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner for food and drugs at the Food and Drug Administration. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI