The spread of the Coronavirus has not been lost on Trump, his team, and the businesspeople at this press conference. At one point vice president Mike Pence said “The truth is, we now have coronavirus cases in 46 of the American states.”
The Guardian has a regularly updated map tracking the spread of Coronavirus cases across the country.
It’s important to note that Trump, during a question and answer session following his remarks, was asked whether he or his staff were taking any precautions to make sure they get tests for Coronavirus. Trump stressed repeatedly that he and his staff did not have any exposure.
“I don’t if I’ve had any exposure but I don’t have any symptoms,” Trump said.
Back at the podium, Trump stressed the importance of local governments to stay consistent in their steps to fight coronavirus. A number of governors around the country have issued bans of large gatherings at varying levels.
“We must take all precautions and be responsible for the actions we take,” Trump said.
Then Trump made a small tangent to note all the major sporting events that have been postponed, canceled, or dramatically scaled back to prevent transmission of the virus.
“It’s incredible with what’s happened to the sports of the world,” Trump said. “They’ve done a great service.”
Trump continued: “We can learn and we will turn a corner on this virus. Some of these doctors say it will wash through, it will flow through. Interesting terms. And very accurate. In a number of weeks I think you will find it’s a very accurate term.”
Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, the top Democratic senator in Congress, released a statement welcoming Trump’s invocation of the Stafford Act. His response, blasted out before Trump’s presser ended, is below:
“I’m pleased the president heeded our calls to invoke the Stafford Act to extend vital financial assistance to help keep communities safe from the coronavirus outbreak. I urge New York and other states to immediately request these newly available funds and for the Trump administration to approve these requests without delay.
“As other steps are considered, the president must not overstep his authority or indulge his autocratic tendencies for purposes not truly related to this public health crisis.”
Trump’s national emergency declaration is already coming under heavy criticism, and not just because he was about 30 minutes late to deliver it.
First of all, his decision to announce it by saying “national emergency, two very big words” hasn’t gone unnoticed