Trump Announces Preparing the Defense Production Act to Combat Coronavirus

Trump Announces Preparing the Defense Production Act to Combat Coronavirus

The U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at White House made a statement in response to the coronavirus or Covid-19 crisis that he was signing the Defense Production Act, which allows him performing the power directly to civilian businesses to help meet orders for products necessary for the national defense, furthermore deploying two Navy hospital ships.

“We’ll be invoking the Defense Production Act, just in case we need it,” Trump stated during the statement and later clarified on Twitter that he would only “invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future.”

“Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!,” he tweeted.

A day earlier on White House has addressed that the Senate GOP was discussing on additional a $1 trillion stimulus package, including money checks of at least $1,000 that would send to all American families. On Wednesday, Trump stated as well that the amount of money has yet to determine.

The new measures come after the Covid-19 infection cases jumped overnight to nearly 6,000 across all 50 states

In addition to the Food and Drug Administration in response to Covid-19, Trumps said he will hold a conference later on Thursday.

Trump also said that he planned to cite a provision of the federal legal law that would allow the federal government to prohibit the entry of asylum seekers at southern border amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, he added that he did not plan to close the border with Mexico like he did with Canada.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday mentioned on the conference that Covid-19 could lead an unemployment rate to 20% if the government did not take any action. On the latest statement, Trump rejected the aforementioned prediction as the U.S. is somehow “nowhere near it”.

“Well, I don’t agree with that. No, I don’t agree” he said. “That’s an absolute, total worst-case scenario. No, we don’t look at that at all. We are nowhere near it.”

According to the latest report, a number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. soared past 9,458 with 155 deaths. New York is now a state with the most infected cases of more than 3,000.

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