White House calls for $2.5bn urgent coronavirus funding

Darnell Taylor
February 27, 2020

"I think Speaker Pelosi is incompetent. I hope so. We are working very hard, we are spending a tremendous amount of money also. about $2.5 billion on getting everything ready just in case something should happen and also helping other nations who are unequipped to do it", Trump added.

She suggested that officials in the US will likely be forced to implement numerous same preventive steps other countries have taken to contain the spread of the virus.

The Trump administration is not considering whether to appoint a coordinator to lead the United States' response efforts to the novel coronavirus, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement on Wednesday.

Federal health officials held a classified briefing with lawmakers on Tuesday.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is one aide who encouraged Trump to downplay the latest developments, at least publicly, one person says.

Public health officials on Wednesday warned Americans to prepare for more coronavirus cases and New York City announced plans to provide up to 1,200 hospital beds if needed as US stock markets fell for the fifth consecutive day.

And behind the scenes, Trump is pushing for more travel restrictions on countries where the virus is spreading to, administration officials tell CNN, but so far no decisions have been made.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday said the United States has 59 coronavirus cases, including 42 American passengers repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan.

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Trump Administration Asks for $2.5 Billion to Battle Coronavirus

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has asked for $8.5 billion. Meanwhile, some wondered if it was true because the video showed many vacant seats, but when the rally was shown on TV, the stadium was filled with people and they didn't see anyone walking out while Trump was speaking.

Initially, insiders on Capitol Hill said the request would be for $1 billion, but sources told FOX Business' Blake Burman that some within the administration were pushing for more money.

Since then Trump has gained four more pounds (1.8 kg), the Times reported.

After two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to blame the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets. "But nothing's inevitable." He also said he had recently learned that thousands die from the flu each year, contrasting that to the coronavirus.

Earlier this month, the White House released the annual overly flattering report on Donald Trump's health.

The president, who is on a visit to India, tweeted earlier Monday that "the coronavirus is very much under control in the USA".

But Fauci stressed that a vaccine will not be available in the near future, and that it would likely be useful only if the Covid-19 outbreak returns in a year's time.

"In the White House today, we have a self-described great genius - self-described - and this great genius has told us that this coronavirus is going to end in two months,"Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) stated ofTrump "April is the magical date that this great scientist we have in the White House has determined - I wish I was kidding".

Penneys warns of potential supply shortages due to the coronavirus
The firm said United Kingdom sales were "particularly good" in November and December but have "weakened" in January and February. Coronavirus is a potential headwind, but as a dynamic situation it's too early to say how things will turn out, ' she added.

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