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Story 1: President Trump Addresses The American People — 30-Day Ban on Travel From Continental Europe To Stop Spread of Coronavirus To United States — Request Congress For Additional $50 Billion Funding For Small Businesses — Videos

Trump addresses the nation calling on Congress for $50B in funding

Pence joins ‘Fox & Friends’ to detail Trump’s Europe travel ban

Trump says markets are ‘going to be just fine’ as Dow slides 2,000+ points

Will Democrats block coronavirus stimulus?

Ingraham: Contain the virus but protect our freedom

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Donald Trump BANS visitors from Europe from entering the US for 30 days starting at midnight on Friday – but excludes the UK and Ireland – in effort to staunch coronavirus pandemic. But how will it slow spread of virus ALREADY inside US?

  • Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday at 9pm to announce the ban on travel from ‘continental’ Europe
  • It will go into effect on Friday at midnight but he did not specify which timezone that refers to 
  • The UK and Ireland are exempt from the ban for reasons yet to be explained by the White House 
  • Americans coming back from Europe will be allowed to enter but it is unclear how or if they will be screened
  • There was a mad dash for tickets home at European airports where passengers paid up to $20k to get home
  • Vice President Pence said on Thursday those Americans, or residents, will be asked to voluntarily quarantine
  • There remains confusion over how the ban will affect trade and imports; Trump said in his speech that the ban applied to goods, then tweeted that it did not 
  • The ban has been met with criticism from health officials and industries who say it will not stop the spread 
  • There are already 1,327 cases of coronavirus in the US, more 22,000 in Europe and 125,000 worldwide 
  • Pandemic is wreaking havoc on global markets and has thrust the entire travel industry into bleak uncertainty
  • SCROLL DOWN FOR THE CDC’S GUIDANCE ON HOW TO HELP BEAT CORONAVIRUS AND TO READ THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS IN FULL 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

President Donald Trump announced he was ordering an immediate shut-down of all travel from Europe to the United States from midnight on Friday to try to stop the spread of coronavirus in the US in an extraordinary address to the nation on Wednesday night.

‘We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,’ Trump announced, conceding that world health officials had now declared the health crisis a pandemic after insisting for days that it would ‘go away’ and urging Americans not to panic.

The ban will apply to travelers who have visited 26 countries in the EU’s Schengen border-free area in the last 14 days, but not travelers from the UK or Ireland, or to US citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members.

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday morning that all Americans returning from Europe would be asked to quarantine when they return.

The move caused immediate confusion for Americans within Europe who immediately began scrambling to airports in an effort to get home. The State Department also warned Americans against all non-essential travel abroad, raising the prospect of mandatory quarantines and further bans that could leave people stranded. CNN reported that all travelers returning from Europe would face mandatory quarantine, though did not make it clear where that information came from.

The move was so sudden the acting Homeland Security secretary said he would issue full guidance on how to carry it out within 48 hours.

Trump’s address also made no mention of measures being adopted by other countries to stop the spread of the virus within their borders – like closing schools, banning public gatherings and restricting travel between cities.

While he did announce co-payment wavers for coronavirus treatment he made only a brief mention of test kits and did not say whether the waver would apply to testing.

The emergency measures also include:

  • Tax deferments without interest or penalties for businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus;
  • A demand for $50 billion in low-interest loans to small businesses to help them overcome the crisis;
  • A call for Congress to enact ‘immediate payroll tax relief’;
  • Financial ‘relief’ for workers who are ill, quarantined or caring for others.

Oval Office address: Donald Trump finally addressed the nation about the coronavirus crisis from the White House on Wednesday and banned all travel to Europe

 

Dr Margaret Harris from the World Health Organisation was among those criticizing the travel ban, warning that it focuses resources on borders rather than stopping the virus spreading through communities.

‘We are not keen on travel bans generally because it makes the country concerned focus on managing their borders rather than focusing on what we’d like to see.

‘[We need to] focus on the spread within the community and stopping the spread within the community and really supporting the health system to be able to look after the people that are and do get severely ill,’ she said during na appearance on Good Morning Britain.

The move also drew immediate criticism from senior Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who urged Trump to back their move to offer free testing kits, and to focus on fighting the spread of the virus within the US.

‘We have a public health crisis in this country and the best way to help keep the American people stay safe and ensure their economic security is for the president to focus on fighting the spread of the coronavirus itself,’ they said in a joint statement.

The Association of Flight Attendants was also quick to criticize Trump, branding his travel ban ‘irresponsible’ and saying it is ‘about politics, not public safety’.

‘There is no explanation for how this will help fight the spread of the virus,’ a statement said. ‘It makes little sense when the virus is already in the United States.

‘The President expressly stated the United Kingdom is not included in the travel ban and yet the UK health minister herself has the virus.’

COUNTRIES WHOSE PEOPLE ARE BANNED

WHO THE BAN APPLIES TO 

Most foreign nationals who have been in these countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States*

AND WHO IT DOESN’T 

‘Legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.’*

according to Department of Homeland Security

The president did not announce any ban on public gatherings, or declare any travel restrictions within the U.S., although he did urge older Americans to avoid crowded places if possible.

He also caused confusion after appearing to announce that trade from Europe was also banned, only to clarify later on Twitter that ‘the restriction stops people not goods’.

Trump urged elderly Americans to take great caution, urged cutting off visitors to nursing homes, and told Americans to wash their hands diligently.

‘The virus will not have a chance against us – no nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States,’ he said.

He explained the new measure as a matter of protecting the nation from the rapidly spreading virus – which he called ‘foreign.’

‘This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,’ he said. ‘I will always put the well-being of America first.

‘We are mobilizing the full power of the federal government and private sector to protect the American people,’ he said.

European Council chief Charles Michel said European countries were assessing the ban today, warning that ‘economic disruption must be avoided’.

About 4,600 people have died so far worldwide. In the US there are over 1,300 cases of coronavirus and 37 deaths as of Thursday morning. Some 366 of those cases and 29 deaths were reported in Washington state. Numbers are expected to skyrocket in the United States once more testing is done.

After Trump spoke;

  • the NBA announced it had called off the rest of its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gorber tested positive for the virus just before tip-off
  • the State Department told Americans to immediately reconsider any plans to travel abroad because of the danger of the virus 
  • Tom Hanks and his actress wife Rita Wilson revealed they had it too
  • Wall Street braced for more selling Thursday as the futures pointed to a loss of as much as 1,000 points on the Dow
  • Joe Biden prepared to deliver his own coronavirus crisis plan to go head-to-head with his presidential election rival
  • An aide to Democratic Washington senator Maria Cantwell became the first person on Capitol Hill to be confirmed as having the virus, while six other lawmakers remain quarantined over possible exposure
  • And Trump followed his own advice and canceled a campaign swing to Colorado and Nevada after being slammed for refusing to stop shaking hands and holding rallies. 

Many states have moved ahead of the White House on preventing the spread of the virus, and have already started limiting travel and putting in place ‘social distancing measures’ to limit contact between people.

VP MIKE PENCE: ALL AMERICANS RETURNING FROM EUROPE WILL BE ASKED TO SELF-QUARANTINE

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday morning

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday morning

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said all Americans returning from Europe will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to try to stunt the spread of the coronavirus.

Pence spoke on Good Morning America, among other shows, on Thursday, hours after President Trump stunned the world by suspending flights from Europe to the US for 30 days from midnight on Friday.

The UK and Ireland are not included in the ban, for reasons he is yet to explain.

It was a dramatic change in tone from the president who, up until Tuesday, had been telling the public not to panic and claiming the virus – which has claimed thousands of lives now worldwide – would go away on its own.

Vice President Pence said on Thursday that the administration had been taking the threat seriously from the beginning but that the unprecedented move to ban European travel was taken as the number of cases there exploded.

He also repeated that the president had asked private laboratories, Lab Corp and Quest Diagnostics – both of which have developed tests that can be used despite not yet being FDA approved because they comply to certain guidelines – to ‘spin up’ production of them.

One of the consistent criticisms of the government’s response to the emergency is how slow it has been to produce and make tests for the virus widely and readily available.

‘We have all have known from the beginning that the coronavirus would continue to spread across this country, it’s one of the reasons president trump took decisive action to put the health of the American people first not only declaring a public health emergency in January but that same month, suspending all travel from China and quarantining everyone returning from the region.

‘Since then, we’ve issued travel advisories to Italy, South Korea… but frankly as we watched the epicenter of the coronavirus shift from China and South Korea to Europe, the president thought it was proper for us to impose a 30 day suspension on all travel from continental Europe,’ he said.

There are already 1,327 cases of the virus in the US and 38 people have died.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has limited large gatherings statewide and ordered schools to temporarily close for deep cleaning and so that staff have time to plan for longer-term shutdowns.

All 12 of Florida’s state universities are closing their dormitories and presenting classes online, following in the wake of institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Princeton Cornell, Stanford and Yale which have either shut down campuses or cancelled in-person classes and moved online.

In Wisconsin, all residents have been told to avoid all non-essential travel while Washington Governor Jay Inslee has banned gatherings of more than 250 people in and around Seattle, with social distancing measures such as mandatory distance between customers in place in bars.

Oregon and California have also banned gatherings of more than 250 people state-wide, with smaller gatherings only permitted if a minimum distance of 6 feet can be guaranteed between people.

Washington state has also closed all public schools in Seattle starting Thursday, with 50,000 children told to stay at home.

In New York, the suburb of New Rochelle was placed in containment in an attempt to isolate a cluster of cases.

After Trump spoke:

The epicenter of the disease in Europe is in Italy, where the government ordered the shutdown of virtually the entire economy as the number of people diagnosed soared and overwhelmed hospitals had to decide who to save from death.

Health officials have warned in recent days about the risk of further spread of the virus from European travelers visiting the U.S. or Americans returning from trips there.

‘These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,’ he said. He said there would be exemptions for Americans who underwent ‘appropriate screenings.’

On television, he said the prohibitions would apply to the ‘tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.’

Trump also spoke to trade between Europe and the U.S. ‘Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing,’ he said.

But then the White House had to issue an astonishing clarification – that the president had misspoken and the ban in fact only applies to humans.

He said the restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom. The Department of Homeland Security said Ireland was also exempt.

The UK had 460 cases when Trump spoke, an infection rate higher than the 1,315 cases in the U.S. when adjusted for population.

Britain’s infection rate is around 1 in 144,000 people, worse than the current U.S. figure of around 1 in 249,000 people.

Read the full text of Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the coronavirus crisis

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world.

Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.

We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.

This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.

I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.

From the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges, including large-scale and very dangerous health threats.

This is the way it always was and always will be. It only matters how you respond, and we are responding with great speed and professionalism.

Our team is the best anywhere in the world.

At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years.

We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection.

And taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.

The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots.

As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe.

After consulting with our top government health professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans.

To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.

The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.

There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings, and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.

 Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing.

These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom.

At the same time, we are monitoring the situation in China and in South Korea.

 And, as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.

Earlier this week, I met with the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing.

We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time.

These treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus.

 Additionally, last week, I signed into law an $8.3 billion funding bill to help CDC and other government agencies fight the virus and support vaccines, treatments, and distribution of medical supplies.

Testing and testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day. We are moving very quickly.

The vast majority of Americans: The risk is very, very low. Young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly if they should get the virus.

The highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions.

The elderly population must be very, very careful. In particular, we are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits.

In general, older Americans should also avoid nonessential travel in crowded areas.

My administration is coordinating directly with communities with the largest outbreaks, and we have issued guidance on school closures, social distancing, and reducing large gatherings.

Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow.

Every community faces different risks and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts — and they are the best.

For all Americans, it is essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene.

Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus.

Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all, if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home.

To ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented, to provide financial relief.

This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus.

I will be asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.

Because of the economic policies that we have put into place over the last three years, we have the greatest economy anywhere in the world, by far.

Our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalized and incredibly strong. Our unemployment is at a historic low.

This vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility, reserves, and resources to handle any threat that comes our way.

This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.

However, to provide extra support for American workers, families, and businesses, tonight I am announcing the following additional actions: I am instructing the Small Business Administration to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus.

Effective immediately, the SBA will begin providing economic loans in affected states and territories.

These low-interest loans will help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus.

To this end, I am asking Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.

Using emergency authority, I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.

This action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy.

Finally, I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief.

Hopefully they will consider this very strongly.

We are at a critical time in the fight against the virus. We made a life-saving move with early action on China.

Now we must take the same action with Europe. We will not delay.

I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people.

I will always put the wellbeing of America first.

If we are vigilant — and we can reduce the chance of infection, which we will — we will significantly impede the transmission of the virus.

The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States.

We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world. We are all in this together.

We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family.

As history has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.

Our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine.

Acting with compassion and love, we will heal the sick, care for those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before.

God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you.

Trump blasted the EU, with whom he has sparred in the past, after praising his own decision to cut travel with China early in the outbreak.

NOT A WORD ABOUT TESTING: PELOSI AND SCHUMER BLAST TRUMP’S ADDRESS

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer blasted Trump for glossing over the issue of how get more Americans tested as the outbreak spreads.

‘We have a public health crisis in this country and the best way to help keep the American people stay safe and ensure their economic security is for the president to focus on fighting the spread of the coronavirus itself,’ they said in a joint statement. 

‘Alarmingly, the president did not say how the administration will address the lack of coronavirus testing kits throughout the United States.’

‘Tomorrow, we urge Republicans in the House and Senate to help immediately pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

‘The bill will include free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for workers, food security assistance, help to states overburdened by Medicaid costs, and strengthened Unemployment Insurance, among other much-needed measures to keep the American people safe,’ they said.

‘The European Union failed to take the same precautions,’ Trump said. He called his measures ‘strong but necessary actions.’

The UK is not a member of the European Union, having left on January 31 through Brexit.

But Trump, who has clashed the Europeans over trade and tariffs throughout his tenure, also dangled the possibility of a ‘possible early opening.’

On health matters, Trump said:, ‘We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time.’

He did not repeat his earlier claims that a vaccine might be available far earlier than the year and a half estimates of health professionals.

On testing capability, Trump said simply: ‘We are moving very quickly.’ He earlier took heat for saying every American who wanted a test could have one, even as the U.S. lags South Korea and other nations on testing.

Trump said the risk was ‘very, very low’ for the vast majority of Americans.’

However, he said: ‘The highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions.’

‘The elderly population must be very, very careful. In particular, we are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits,’ Trump said.

The VA has already done that in its more than 100 nursing homes for the elderly, the only ones under direct federal control.

Trump was seated with his hands folded for the event. He took a somber tone, even as he repeatedly praised his own administration’s handling of the deadly outbreak that has caused financial markets to tumble amid the mounting death toll and infection rate.

Addressing the prospect of a worldwide recession due to the virus, Trump added: ‘This is not a financial crisis. This is just a temporary moment in time that we will overcome as a nation, and as a world.’

Power of the office: Donald Trump spoke from behind the Resolute desk, in front of the United States flag, the presidential seal, and pictures of (from left) his mother Mary Anne, father Fred, and a picture of himself with a young Ivanka in front of him

Power of the office: Donald Trump spoke from behind the Resolute desk, in front of the United States flag, the presidential seal, and pictures of (from left) his mother Mary Anne, father Fred, and a picture of himself with a young Ivanka in front of him

Moment of history: How Donald Trump addressed the nation from behind the Resolute desk, with a single camera and stills photographer allowed in the room

 

Moment of history: How Donald Trump addressed the nation from behind the Resolute desk, with a single camera and stills photographer allowed in the room

NBC SUSPENDED SEASON AFTER VIRUS-MOCKING GOBERT TESTS POSITIVE

The NBA has cancelled its season, it was announced Wednesday night, after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Utah Jazz was postponed with no explanation and it was later announced a player had contracted coronavirus.

The player was the Jazz’s Rody Gobert.

The league confirmed in a statement that ‘the test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game’ and ‘the affected player was not in the arena’.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert recently tested positive for COVID-19, a source said. Gobert got sick after touching the microphones and recorders of reporters

Jazz center Rudy Gobert recently tested positive for COVID-19, a source said. Gobert got sick after touching the microphones and recorders of reporters

‘The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,’ a statement read. ‘The NBA will use this hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.’

Jazz center Gobert who tested positive had joked about the virus, touching the microphones and recorders of reporters.

He paused and took deep breaths at times during his remarks.

Democrats and other have criticized the president for minimizing the outbreak and repeatedly telling the nation everything would be fine, and even encouraging people to buy stocks.

White House aides did not allow a press pool to be present, only a single camera and still photographer for the address.

The famously germophobic Trump offered health tips in keeping with what the nation’s health officials are providing. He referenced new administration guidance on social distancing and large crowds, but gave no firm instructions.

‘Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow,’ Trump said.

‘For all Americans it is essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene,’ Trump advised.

‘Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus. Wash your hands. Clean often-used surfaces. Cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough.

‘And most of all, if you’re sick and not feeling well: stay home,’ he said, speaking with emphasis.

In the first sign of Trump following his own advice, the White House canceled a planned trip to Las Vegas.

Trump had been due to address the Republican Jewish Coalition in the city and raise funds for his re-election campaign.

Trump said he was taking ’emergency action’ which he called ‘unprecedented’ to provide ‘financial relief’ to American workers.

It would be for ‘workers who are ill, quarantined or caring for others due to coronavirus,’ Trump said.

He listed both actions he said he had authority to take on his own, and those requiring congressional action.

‘Using emergency authority I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.’

He said the move would provide $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy. He did not say which businesses or individuals would get it or how.

Trump did not repeat his call to bail out specific industries such as airlines or cruise ships, an idea he pitched this week.

TOM HANKS AND RITA WILSON: WE HAVE THE VIRUS – AND WE’RE OK

Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, they revealed Wednesday evening. 

The Forrest Gump actor and his wife, both 63, announced the positive test results on Instagram urging the public to ‘take care’. 

Hanks revealed he and his wife experienced symptoms including the common cold, body aches and chills before they decided to get tested. 

‘Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.’ 

The Trump Organization is a real estate and hotel empire with golf property holdings that is closely linked to travel and tourism.

Two of the European countries exempt from the travel ban have Trump properties – two golf courses in Scotland, which is part of the UK, and one in Ireland.

The president said he is calling on Congress to provide Americans with ‘immediate payroll tax relief – an idea he has pitched.

‘Hopefully, they will consider this very strongly,’ he said. Trump’s economic team has said he wants to suspend the entire 12.4 percent employer and employee payroll tax.

Trump said he will be ‘asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.’

The president met with Senate Republicans this week but has not sat down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi since the crisis began.

His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, met with Pelosi for talks.

Trump called his decision to cut off travel with China while the outbreak was raging there a ‘life-saving move.’

‘Now we must take the same action with Europe,’ he said.

A day after telling Americans while at the Capitol: ‘Just stay calm. It will go away,’ Trump attended to rally the nation as prior White House occupants have during war and other perils.

‘We will not delay. I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health and safety of the American people,’ Trump said.

‘I will always put the well-being of America first.’

‘The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States,’ Trump said, hailing U.S. medical professionals.

‘We are all in this together. We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship and unify together as one nation and one family,’ said Trump, who earlier Wednesday attacked Democrats and accused them of politicizing the outbreak.

The address to the nation was hurriedly – and chaotically – announced on Wednesday afternoon as Trump met the nation’s top bankers in the White House cabinet room.

Even amid new economic anxiety, Trump talked up the U.S. economy’s potential.

‘Prior to the coronavirus it was it was just all go, the numbers were fantastic,’ Trump told bank executives.

‘We don’t even know what the numbers are now, we’ll have to see. The numbers from a week ago were great, from two days ago were great.’

View from outside: Donald Trump seen through the Oval Office window as he addresses the nation on the coronavirus crisis and claims it is not a financial crisis in the making

View from outside: Donald Trump seen through the Oval Office window as he addresses the nation on the coronavirus crisis and claims it is not a financial crisis in the making

Trump continued: ‘Now we’re hitting a patch and we’re going to have to do something with respect to getting rid of this virus as quickly as possible and as safely as possible.’

He predicted problems would be a short term, after he and advisors encouraged investors to buy in the stock market.

‘We think it’s going to be a short term period,’ Trump said. ‘If we get rid of it quickly, everything solves itself,’ Trump said.

‘We’re having to fix a problem that four weeks ago nobody ever thought would be a problem. You read about them. You read about them from 1917 and from lots of other times. But nobody thought that we would be seeing … This came out of nowhere. Actually came out of China, which is the way it works,’ Trump said.

Trump was most likely referencing the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed millions and is estimated to have infected up to a third of the world population. However various government medical officials have warned about the risk of a pandemic, including during the outbreaks of diseases like SARS and MERS in recent years.

He didn’t reveal any details of how to get rid of the virus. The nation’s top infectious disease expert spoke Wednesday about the process of developing a vaccine and a focus on therapeutic treatment.

Trump continued to make up-beat economic predictions. ‘I think there’ll be a pent up demand when this is gone. I think that everything maybe where it’s tamped down now people aren’t leaving their homes, you’re going to see a tremendous pent up demand which hopefully won’t be in the too distant future,’ Trump said.

He preceded his remarks with new calls to action on Twitter, after getting hammered by Democrats for failing to take the outbreak seriously enough.

‘I am fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with our current challenge of the CoronaVirus!’ Trump wrote.

Trump’s PR pushback came as tensions rose inside the White House, with hand sanitizers placed in strategic locations, a drop of more than 1,000 points on the Dow, and the World Health Organization labeling the outbreak as a pandemic.

‘This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus,’ said the WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Politico reported that Trump was reluctant to declare a state of emergency, to avoid stoking panic. That would involve a role for Federal Emergency Management Agency and freeing up money for states.

More limited ideas being floated have included tax relief for hourly workers, delaying the April 15 filing deadline, and actions to push out more small business loans.

‘Someone needs to tell the Democrats in Congress that CoronaVirus doesn’t care what party you are in. We need to protect ALL Americans!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

‘America is the Greatest Country in the world. We have the best scientists, doctors, nurses and health care professionals. They are amazing people who do phenomenal things every day,’ Trump wrote in another tweet. ‘Together we are putting into policy a plan to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against CoronaVirus to save lives in America and the world. America will get it done!’ he wrote.

Hours earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified that the coronavirus was ten times more deadly than the flu – a disease Trump has previously tweeted about while urging calm and saying the nation would prevail.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who chairs the House oversight committee, told a panel of expert witnesses during a hearing on the disease: ‘This morning we were informed that President Trump and Vice President Pence have called our witnesses to an emergency meeting at the White House. We don’t know the details, just that it is extremely urgent.’

She later cited reports that the gather was not an emergency meeting, adding: ‘However that’s not what your staff just told us.’

Fauci issued dire warnings at the House committee hearing.

‘Bottom line, it’s going to get worse,’ Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. He warned millions will be affected.

‘If we are complacent and don’t do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions. If we contain we could flatten it,’ he noted, pushing back when asked to pin down how many might be infected.

He also recommended large sporting events be banned.

He said that the WHO estimated it to be lethal in 3.4% of recorded cases so far, a figure he expects to drop to 1% – ‘which means it’s 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.’

‘We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it,’ he said.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee prohibited gatherings of over 250 people in counties around Seattle, in just the latest move to restrict interactions to contain ‘community spread.’ Basketball games, classes, and festivals were being cancelled and postponed. The NCAA announced that division one college games would be played in arenas without crowd during the famed ‘March Madness’ tournament.

The NBA’s Golden State Warriors announced the team will play its next home game without fans, in a part of the country where the Diamond Princess was moored offshore after an outbreak.

Additional new government actions were not immediately clear. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was to ‘take all appropriate and necessary steps’ so health care workers could get respirators needed when treating coronavirus patients. Shortages are a concern, as is the manufacture of many face masks for industrial rather than medical use.

The administration continues to assemble possible tax ideas to address the market drop and economic impacts. House Democrats are readying legislative action on their own ideas.

‘Things will get worse than they are right now,’ said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government top infectious disease expert, said at a House hearing Wednesday.

Trump also lobed an attack at Vanity Fair magazine for what he termed a ‘hit piece.’

The story cast him as a germaphobe who is ‘terrified’ of getting the virus, and describes the administration’s response and PR handling of the crisis as out of control.

‘Vanity Fair Magazine, which will soon be out of business, and their third rate Fake reporters, who make up sources which don’t exist, wrote yet another phony & boring hit piece,’ Trup wrote. ‘The facts are just the opposite. Our team is doing a great job with CoronaVirus!’

Among other things, the article quotes an unnamed prominent Republican saying: ‘Donald is a famous germaphobe. He hates it if someone is eating nachos and dips a chip back in after taking a bite. He calls them ‘double dippers.’

It also reports that last week, Trump told aides he fears journalists will get the disease on purpose in order to give it to him on Air Force One.

On Monday, it was revealed that Trump loyalist GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz flew on Air Force Once with Trump only to learn he had come in contact with a man who had it at CPAC, Gaetz then put himself under quarantine.

Desperate Americans spark ‘bedlam’ at European airports: Fliers pay up to $20,000 for flights from Paris to get back to the US before Trump’s travel restrictions begin

Hundreds of travelers, confused as to whether they will be let back home and face quarantine, rushed to El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Spain, after Trump announced the restrictions to start this Friday to slow the progression of the coronavirus.

Tourists from the U.S., who were left shrouded in confusion by the details of the proposal, scrambled to the Spanish and French airports in the early hours of Thursday morning uncertain about how the ban would impact their attempts to fly back home.

Brussels International Airport: People wait to check in to a flight to Chicago at the United Airlines counter in the main terminal of Brussels International Airport in Brussels on Thursday

Brussels International Airport: People wait to check in to a flight to Chicago at the United Airlines counter in the main terminal of Brussels International Airport in Brussels on Thursday

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: People wearing protective face masks line up at the Air France ticketing desk inside Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy on Thursday

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: People wearing protective face masks line up at the Air France ticketing desk inside Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy on Thursday

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to impose a 30-day ban on most Europeans entering the United States has sparked 'bedlam' at airports across Europe

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France: President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to impose a 30-day ban on most Europeans entering the United States has sparked ‘bedlam’ at airports across Europe

With President Trump declaring the ban would come into effect at ‘midnight’ on Friday, confusion reigned over exactly how it would be implemented – including how the cut-off would apply across time zones and which routes Americans would be allowed to use to get home.

Questions also remained as to whether travelers returning from Europe would face screening or quarantine.

Journalist Mike McIntire tweeted from Charles de Gaulle airport: ‘Bedlam at U.S.-bound airlines at CDG in Paris early this a.m., as Americans pay as much as $20,000 for last-minute flights.’

The State Department also warned Americans against all non-essential travel abroad, raising the prospect of mandatory quarantines and further bans that could leave people stranded.

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Coronavirus bailout bill to give sick pay to sufferers is in disarray as Donald Trump says he objects to Nancy Pelosi’s plans saying it’s ‘goodies they’ve been trying to get for 25 years’ and Senate Republicans hold it up over abortion

  • Donald Trump said Thursday that he is completely against the Democrat’s economic stimulus packages 
  • ‘There are things in there that have nothing to do with what we are talking about,’ Trump said of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposed plan 
  • ‘It’s not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven’t been able to get for the past 25 years,’ Trump continued
  • Republicans have also expressed they are not happy with Pelosi’s proposal 
  • White House officials claim her new plan includes measures that would provide federal funding for abortions, which is prohibited by the Hyde Amendment 
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said Thursday that Democrats are using the coronavirus crisis to create a ‘wishlist’ of policies
  • He is insisting they are trying to get certain issues passed with an economic stimulus package meant to address fallout from the coronavirus outbreak
  • ‘It appears … House Democrats instead chose to produce an ideological wishlist that was not tailored closely to the circumstances,’ he said Thursday
  • ‘One is reminded of the famous comment from President Obama’s first chief of staff: ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,’ the GOP leader recited
  • His comments come as Democrats, Republicans and the White House are calling for bipartisanship on the measure 
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Donald Trump is opposing the Democrat’s stimulus package, claiming Thursday that they are trying to pass other measures hidden within the bill that he says has nothing to do with relief for those affected by coronavirus.

‘It’s not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven’t been able to get for the past 25 years,’ Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

‘Do you support the House Democrat Bill?’ a reporter asked the president at the White House.

‘No, because there are things in there that have nothing to do with what we are talking about,’ he asserted.

Multiple Senior White House officials told the Daily Caller that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to include a stipulation that would include general funding for abortion in the coronavirus economic stimulus package.

Donald Trump said Thursday that he is completely against the Democrat's economic stimulus packages

'There are things in there that have nothing to do with what we are talking about,' Trump said of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposed plan

'It's not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven't been able to get for the past 25 years,' Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with the Irish Prime Minister

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been in talks to strike a bipartisan bill that includes measures proposed by Democrats and potentially Trump’s desired payroll tax cut.

Officials claimed that during those talks, Pelosi lobbied for provisions that they said stalled bipartisan commitment to the effort, including mandating up to $1 billion to reimburse laboratory claims.

These White House officials claim that would set a precedent of health spending without barring any of that from going towards abortions.

Mitch McConnell was on the same page as the president Thursday morning, accusing Democrats of using the coronavirus crisis to get unrelated policies passed through their economic stimulus package.

The Senate Majority Leader asserted Democrats are using their plan, which the House is supposed to vote on later in the day Thursday, in order to create a ‘wishlist’ of policies.

‘It appears at this hour that the Speaker and House Democrats instead chose to produce an ideological wishlist that was not tailored closely to the circumstances,’ McConnell said from the Senate floor.

He then invoked the words of former President Barack Obama’s then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

‘One is reminded of the famous comment from President Obama’s first chief of staff: ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,’ the Kentucky Republican recited.

McConnell is claiming Democrats are using the coronavirus crisis to their advantage in trying to get things passed through Congress that otherwise may not have been considered.

Despite both sides calling for an end to partisanship, Democrats, Republicans and the White House appear to be weeks away from passing a bipartisan stimulus package.

‘Instead of focusing on immediate relief to affected individuals, families and businesses, the House Democrats chose to wander into various areas of policy that are barely related – if at all – to the issue before us,’ McConnell continued.

Trump is pushing for a stimulus plan that includes a payroll tax suspension, but Democrats, and many Republicans, are against including that measure.

‘I happen to think it would be a great thing even beyond this,’ Trump said during his remarks at the White House Thursday afternoon. ‘So we’re looking at the payroll tax cut.’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Democrats are using the coronavirus crisis to create a 'wishlist' of policies they are trying to get passed with an economic stimulus package

'It appears at this hour that the Speaker and House Democrats instead chose to produce an ideological wishlist that was not tailored closely to the circumstances,' McConnell said from the Senate floor

‘It appears at this hour that the Speaker and House Democrats instead chose to produce an ideological wishlist that was not tailored closely to the circumstances,’ McConnell said from the Senate floor

He admitted that the cut wouldn’t be immediate because it’s a ‘strong measure,’ and would likely only be implemented if the economic situation were to worsen further.

U.S. markers have suffered their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis with some big sell-off days as investors’ concerns over the economic impact of coronavirus escalates.

Trump finally began tweeting advice from the Centers for Disease Control Thursday after starting the morning bashing Nancy Pelosi as the U.S. death toll from coronavirus nears 40.

The president posted around two dozen tweets from the CDC, Health and Human Service, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services advising Americans on how to avoid and respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

He only made the post, however, after kicking Thursday morning off by bashing House Speaker Pelosi, insisting she is a hypocrite for supporting payroll tax cuts under former President Barack Obama, but opposing the measure now.

”Nancy Pelosi all of a sudden doesn’t like the payroll tax cut, but when Obama proposed it she thought it was a brilliant thing that all of the working families would benefit from because if you get a paycheck, you’re going to take home more money.’ @kilmeade @foxandfriends,’ Trump tweeted, quoting Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade.

The president attack against the California Democrat comes just hours after he addressed the nation and called for bipartisanship in the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pelosi is planning to bring her rivaling relief plan to the House floor today for a vote.

Donald Trump took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday for opposing the payroll tax cut as a measure for an economic relief plan

Donald Trump took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday for opposing the payroll tax cut as a measure for an economic relief plan

The attack came just hours after he addressed the nation and called for bipartisanship. 'We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family,' Trump said Wednesday night

The attack came just hours after he addressed the nation and called for bipartisanship. ‘We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family,’ Trump said Wednesday night

Pelosi is preparing to bring her own economic relief package for a vote on the House floor Thursday that does not include Trump's proposed payroll tax cut

Pelosi is preparing to bring her own economic relief package for a vote on the House floor Thursday that does not include Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut

In a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office Wednesday evening, Trump called on Democrats, Republicans and the administration to ‘unify’ in the response to the fallout from the virus.

‘We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family,’ Trump said toward the end of his remarks.

Previously, Trump had not canceled any events or taken any publicly-known precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

But Wednesday night, the White House revealed that Trump is no longer making his campaign swing through Colorado and Nevada.

‘Out of an abundance of caution from the Coronavirus outbreak, the President has decided to cancel his upcoming events in Colorado and Nevada,’ White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham announced.

Instead of heading to the west coast Thursday, Trump spent the morning advising people through his agencies and the CDC’s tweets on how to avoid contracting and spreading coronavirus.

The president took to the airwaves Wednesday night as the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus spread as a ‘pandemic’ and as global and U.S. markets continued to plummet as the government has failed to agree on an economic stimulus package.

Trump is pushing for a stimulus plan that includes a payroll tax cut, but Democrats – and a handful of Republicans – have expressed they are not interested in passing a package with this measure included.

‘The administration seems to believe that the answer to any problem is another tax cut,’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of the proposal from the White House.

A payroll tax refers to taxes dedicated to Social Security and Medicare.

One of Trump’s most staunch defenders, Senator Lindsey Graham, also expressed hesitation in supporting the package.

‘It really is about sustaining the economy and controlling the spread of the virus,’ Graham said.

‘The payroll tax as a general stimulus, I’ve got to think about that,’ the South Carolina Republican continued. ‘The money that that costs, could it be better applied to sectors of the economy that are hit.’

He instead said he wanted to focus on a plan that will ‘help people that are going to be laid off’ and industries that will be affected by the virus, like hospitality and tourism.

Even though Trump is calling for bipartisanship, it doesn’t appear he is willing to budge on passing a plan that does not include the payroll tax cut.

Lawmakers have slammed that proposal, insisting it focuses too much on economic relief and not enough on helping individuals and businesses that will be affected by the outbreak.

Markets have experienced one of their worst weeks yet, experiencing the biggest-ever one-day drop on Monday, declining 2,000 points.

While there was a quick reprieve on Tuesday when the hope of a swift, bipartisan relief package was in sight, things took a turn for the worst Wednesday after it became obvious the White House and Congress were not on the same page.

On Wednesday the Dow saw more than a 1,000 point drop.

The president has continued to downplay the threat of coronavirus, even as the confirmed cases in the U.S. surpasses 1,300 and the death toll nears 40.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also calling for a bipartisan measure to stimulate the economy as coronavirus continues to rock the nation.

But he made it clear to reporters after a meeting with Trump on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he wasn’t going to be the one spearheading that effort.

Instead, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is taking the charge by facilitating talks with Pelosi.

The two have struck a deal in the past and are known to have a good working relationship.

According to a top Pelosi aide, the Democratic leader spoke with Mnuchin early Wednesday morning to discuss a more bipartisan coronavirus package.

‘I wouldn’t say it’s a negotiation. We’re having discussions about various different policies,’ Mr. Mnuchin said after meeting with Pelosi for about 30 minutes on Tuesday. ‘There’s a lot of interest on a bipartisan basis to get something done quickly.’

Read the full text of Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the coronavirus crisis

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world.

Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.

We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.

This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.

I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.

From the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges, including large-scale and very dangerous health threats.

This is the way it always was and always will be. It only matters how you respond, and we are responding with great speed and professionalism.

Our team is the best anywhere in the world.

At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years.

We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection.

And taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.

The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots.

As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe.

After consulting with our top government health professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans.

To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.

The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground.

There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings, and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval.

 Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing.

These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom.

At the same time, we are monitoring the situation in China and in South Korea.

 And, as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.

Earlier this week, I met with the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing.

We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time.

These treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus.

 Additionally, last week, I signed into law an $8.3 billion funding bill to help CDC and other government agencies fight the virus and support vaccines, treatments, and distribution of medical supplies.

Testing and testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day. We are moving very quickly.

The vast majority of Americans: The risk is very, very low. Young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly if they should get the virus.

The highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions.

The elderly population must be very, very careful. In particular, we are strongly advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits.

In general, older Americans should also avoid nonessential travel in crowded areas.

My administration is coordinating directly with communities with the largest outbreaks, and we have issued guidance on school closures, social distancing, and reducing large gatherings.

Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow.

Every community faces different risks and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts — and they are the best.

For all Americans, it is essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene.

Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus.

Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all, if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home.

To ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented, to provide financial relief.

This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus.

I will be asking Congress to take legislative action to extend this relief.

Because of the economic policies that we have put into place over the last three years, we have the greatest economy anywhere in the world, by far.

Our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalized and incredibly strong. Our unemployment is at a historic low.

This vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility, reserves, and resources to handle any threat that comes our way.

This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.

However, to provide extra support for American workers, families, and businesses, tonight I am announcing the following additional actions: I am instructing the Small Business Administration to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus.

Effective immediately, the SBA will begin providing economic loans in affected states and territories.

These low-interest loans will help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus.

To this end, I am asking Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.

Using emergency authority, I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.

This action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy.

Finally, I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief.

Hopefully they will consider this very strongly.

We are at a critical time in the fight against the virus. We made a life-saving move with early action on China.

Now we must take the same action with Europe. We will not delay.

I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people.

I will always put the wellbeing of America first.

If we are vigilant — and we can reduce the chance of infection, which we will — we will significantly impede the transmission of the virus.

The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States.

We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world. We are all in this together.

We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family.

As history has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.

Our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine.

Acting with compassion and love, we will heal the sick, care for those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before.

God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8105193/Mitch-McConnell-slams-Democrats-coronavirus-bailout-plan-ideological-wishlist.html

 

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Fed to pump in more than $1 trillion in dramatic ramping up of market intervention amid coronavirus meltdown

KEY POINTS
  • The Fed announced a bold new initiative in an effort to calm market tumult amid the coronavirus meltdown.
  • In all, the new moves pump in up to $1.5 trillion into the financial system in an effort to combat potential freezes brought on by the coronavirus.
  • This was the second day in a row and the third time this week the Fed has stepped in.
  • Stocks staged a sharp turnaround from earlier losses, though some of those gains were pared.

New York Fed to conduct purchases across range of maturities

The Federal Reserve stepped into financial markets Thursday for the second day in a row and the third time this week, this time dramatically ramping up asset purchases amid the turmoil created by the coronavirus.

“These changes are being made to address highly unusual disruptions in Treasury financing markets associated with the coronavirus outbreak,” the New York Fed said in an early afternoon announcement amid a washout on Wall Street that was heading toward the worst day since 1987.

Stocks were off their lows following the announcement though some of the gains were pared as the market digested the moves. Some in the market were skeptical that the move was enough, and even whether the the Fed itself had the proper tools to reverse the current market downtrend.
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We continue to emphasize that this Fed will act aggressively and in particular that central banks are focused on safeguarding market functioning at this point, and will continue to provide liquidity in scale,” Ebrahim Rahbari, director of global economics at Citi Research. “However, despite the sharp initial risk rally, we think these measures will still not be sufficiently to durably stabilize market sentiment yet in light of credit concerns and escalating health concerns.”

One part of the announcement saw the Fed widen the scale for its $60 billion worth of money the Treasury purchases, which to now had been confined to short-term T-bills.

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Under the new regime, the Fed will extend its purchases “across a range of maturities” to include bills, notes, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and other instruments. The central bank will begin purchasing coupon-bearing securities, something market participants have been clamoring for since late 2019.

The purchases start Thursday and will continue through April 13.

The second part of the new operations will see the New York Fed desk offer $500 billion in a three-month repo operation and a one-month operation. The offerings will happen on a weekly basis through the remainder of the program.

In addition, the Fed will continue to offer at least $175 billion in overnight repos and $45 billion in two-week operations. Repos are short-term operations in which financial institutions provide high-quality collateral in exchange for cash reserves they use to operate.

The extraordinary moves came amid extreme market turmoil created by uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Government bond yields earlier this week cascaded to record lows amid reports of liquidity issues in the market and fears of a global recession.

However, questions remain whether the Fed can arrest the market’s issues on its own. Wall Street has been looking for an aggressive fiscal response and has yet to get it from Washington lawmakers.

“The virus was the catalyst but it’s not the cause,” said Christopher Whalen, founder of Whalen Global Advisors. “Both bonds and equities were inflated rather dramatically by our friends at the Fed. You’re seeing the end game for monetary policy here, which is at a certain point you have to stop. Otherwise you get grotesque asset bubbles like we saw, and the engine just runs out of fuel.”

Markets have been looking for action by the Fed, which instituted an inter-meeting interest rate cut last week that did nothing to quell concerns. The Fed on Monday increased the limits for its ongoing repo operations, then Wednesday expanded the limits an announced a $50 billion term offering that attracted heavy interest earlier in the day Thursday.

Along with the announcement, the Fed pledged that “the terms of operations will be adjusted as needed to foster smooth Treasury market functioning and efficient and effective policy implementation.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/12/fed-to-pump-more-than-500-billion-into-short-term-bank-funding-expand-types-of-security-purchases.html

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