President Trump slams media and Democrats, defends his response to coronavirus

29 Février, 2020, 05:10 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Trump slams media and Democrats, defends his response to coronavirus

"The reason you're seeing so much attention to [the coronavirus] today is that they think this is going to be what brings down the president".

On Tuesday, Messonnier, who directs the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, had warned that it was inevitable that more Americans would contract the virus, much to the chagrin of senior White House officials. It could represent the first such case of the illness spreading in the U.S. He said bipartisan discussions were already underway among leaders and members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and that he expects they "are fully capable of handing this quite well".

More immediately, with the Dow seeing its worst week since the financial crisis, the Trump administration is reportedly discussing plans to address growing worries about the economic effects of the coronavirus.

But prominent Democrats accused the White House of botching its efforts and preventing health officials and scientists from properly informing the public about the extent of the threat.

"The Trump Administration has left critical positions in charge of managing pandemics at the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security vacant", she said in a statement. "That's what this is all about".

"What I might do today to calm the markets is tell the people to turn their televisions off for 24 hours", he said. There's no question about it.

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He pointed out the fatality rate of the coronavirus is about 1.2 percent, which he said was serious, but not "a death sentence". "It's not the same as the Ebola crisis", he said. On Wednesday, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Trump was "right" to advise people to take preventive measures against the coronavirus similar to those against the flu, but he added COVID-19 is not influenza and with the right measures it can be contained.

Since Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the response on Wednesday, his office has tried to take control of the administration's public message, requiring federal officials to get permission from his office before granting interviews.

As other countries hard hit by coronavirus cancel public activities and shutter schools, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar such measures could be part of the containment toolkit here, if needed. "That doesn't mean you will see (them)". Criticism of the administration's preparations has risen as the outbreak, which started in China late previous year, has worsened.

The news conference came as Trump was criticised for earlier suggesting in a tweet that the media had fanned unnecessary alarm over coronavirus "to make the Caronavirus [sic] look as bad as possible".

Inc AMZN.O , the world's largest online retailer, said all its employees should defer non-essential travel including within the United States.

Global markets have continued to fall as the virus infects over 50 countries. While speaking at CPAC 2020, he claimed the mainstream media ignored the threat of the virus early on due to their focus on the "impeachment hoax".

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