WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVO) — President Trump stressed the importance of social distancing. He emphasized that the more people practice it, the sooner everyone can return to work. Trump announced that he has approved national disaster relief for California, New York, Iowa, Florida, Washington, Texas, and Louisiana.
The president also voiced support for the decision to delay the Summer Olympics in Japan until 2021, citing that he will be there.
He also gave details on the National Diaster Relief Fund set to pass through congress, while US Secretary of the Treasurey Steve Mnuchin called it a successful bipartisan effort.
The measure is the largest economic relief bill in history, and both parties’ leaders were desperate for quick passage of a bill aimed at a virus that is costing lives and jobs by the hour.
Senate leaders raced to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Insistently optimistic, President Donald Trump said of the greatest public-health emergency in anyone’s lifetimes, “I don’t think its going to end up being such a rough patch” and anticipated the economy soaring “like a rocket ship” when it’s over. Yet he implored Congress late in the day to move on critical aid without further delay.
The package is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession or worse and a nation facing a grim toll from an infection that’s killed nearly 20,000 people worldwide.
Underscoring the effort’s sheer magnitude, the bill finances a response with a price tag that equals half the size of the entire $4 trillion annual federal budget.
Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 20,000, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The number of dead in the U.S. topped 800, with more than 60,000 infections.
New York State alone accounted for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most of them in New York City.
The press conference got heated momentarily when Trump was pressed about his tweets, implying that mainstream media is hoping to keep the country closed in order to hurt his re-election in November.
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