U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday (March 22) said that the United States is "enduring a great national trial," with nearly one in three Americans under orders to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump sought to reassure Americans that he was taking tough action and stepping up resources to tackle the coronavirus on Sunday (March 22).
Trump called himself a wartime president again, and declared the US was: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "We're at war, in a true sense, we're at war and we're fighting an invisible enemy, think of that." After a number of US state governors called for more help in the fight against the virus, Trump announced he was mobilizing the National Guard in New York, California and Washington and that the governors will retain command, but the costs will go under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
He also again referred to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" despite health experts saying the term was wrong and inappropriate.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "As we continue to marshal every resource at America's disposal in the fight against the Chinese virus, we are profoundly grateful to our nation's state and local leaders, doctors, nurses, law enforcement and first responders who are waging this battle on the ground." Trump's speech comes after a $1 trillion relief bill failed to pass through the Senate after Democrats decried the proposal as prioritizing the needs of wall street over the average American.
The president then rambled through a wide range of topics including the challenges of being rich and running for office: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I think it's very hard for rich people to run for office, it's far more costly, it's just a..
It's a very tough thing.
Now, with all of that being said, I'm so glad I've done it." Cases of infection nationwide have now topped 32,000, with more than 400 dead, according to a Reuters tally.
Trump also reacted to one case of self-quarantine - Senator Mitt Romney, who went into isolation after fellow lawmaker Rand Paul tested positive for COVID-19.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Romney's in isolation?
Gee, that's too bad." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER SAYING: "Do I detect sarcasm?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "None whatsoever."
[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump defied requests to stay away and visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, not to urge racial healing after a white officer shot a Black man in the back but to express support for law enforcement in a city rocked by civil unrest. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
[NFA] About 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace" as National Guard units stood by to prevent a resurgence of violence that rocked the lakeside city earlier in the week. Freddie Joyner has more.
President Donald Trump voted in his adopted home of Florida before hitting the campaign trail for rallies in three swing states on Saturday, joining more than 54 million Americans who have cast early ballots at a record-setting pace ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Dr. Anthony Fauci went head to head on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the issue of 'herd immunity' and the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Insider reports that Paul argued that the 210,000 Americans who have died from the novel coronavirus had nothing to do with public health. Instead, Business Insider reports he argued that the same number of Americans would've died of COVID-19 even if states hadn't enforced any shutdown measures.
At a Senate hearing on the U.S. response to the coronavirus Wednesday (Sept. 23), infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back at Republican Senator Rand Paul's claim that social distancing measures did little to prevent deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S.
First lady Melania Trump offered sympathy for victims of the coronavirus pandemic and a plea for racial understanding in a Republican convention speech on Tuesday aimed directly at the women voters who have abandoned U.S. President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump has cast his ballot in the US election, tellingreporters afterwards: “I voted for a guy named Trump.” Mr Trump voted in WestPalm Beach, Florida, which is near his private Mar-a-Lago club. He used tovote in New York but changed his residency to Florida last year.
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According to Reuters, Americans will have to stay indoors a bit longer. President Donald Trump extended a national stay-at-home order through April 30, to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Initially..