Published: Sat, February 29, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trouble ahead for Trump if coronavirus grips America

Trouble ahead for Trump if coronavirus grips America

"Thank goodness the markets are closed", a former Health and Human Services official who's close to the White House said during the briefing. "That is an authority that we have, and we will use it to acquire anything we need to acquire".

On Thursday, two USA officials told Reuters the Trump administration was considering invoking special powers to rapidly expand domestic production of protective masks and clothing to help combat the coronavirus in the United States.

The number of confirmed US cases of the respiratory disease is still relatively small at around 60, majority repatriated American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan, but there are growing fears that the country is on the cusp of wider outbreak.

Former vice president Joe Biden, former NY mayor Mike Bloomberg, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar all criticised Mr Trump during town hall events broadcast on cable news channel CNN on Wednesday night.

Senior officials said Japan and South Korea were likely targets for the new restrictions. Criticism of the administration's preparations has risen as the outbreak, which started in China late previous year, has worsened.

The virus has stricken more than 83,000 people around the world and led to about 3,000 deaths.

President Donald Trump has appointed Vice-President Mike Pence to coordinate the United States government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fauci warned lawmakers the country did not have enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. She said the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was "failing to provide them".

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"The goal of my administration is for every American to know the dignity of work, the pride of a paycheck, and the satisfaction of a job well done", Trump said while garnering support for the legislation.

A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said. All but 3,664 cases and 57 of the deaths have been reported in China.

The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 800 points at mid-afternoon, continuing a weeklong selloff that is now the worst in more than a decade.

He downplayed the likelihood of a widespread US outbreak, even though public health officials, including the CDC, have said such an outbreak is pretty likely. Public health experts say the president should let the scientists in government take the lead.

Democrats were quick to continue to criticised Trump's response to the outbreak.

"Lives are at stake - this is not the time for name-calling or playing politics", they said.

He also pointed out that health officials still do not know vital information about the deadly virus, which has also affected at least 60 people in the United States. Probably. May you see impacts on public transportation? It's a challenging sell for a president who has lashed his fate to Wall Street like no other.

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