How Donald Trump Fights Coronavirus
US President Donald Trump hopes that his country will get rid of coronavirus by mid-April, even despite the statement by the Governor of New York that the disease spreads faster than a high-speed train.
While most countries in the world impose various quarantine restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump, on the contrary, is going to quarantine. Although, for example, on March 24, the United States became the leader in the number of infections per day, 11 thousand coronavirus cases were confirmed immediately. Over the past day, 40% of new infections recorded in the world are in the United States.
Trump is already criticized by opponents and the media, but what is the plan of the American president?
Currently, nearly 55 thousand cases of coronavirus and almost 800 deaths are registered in the United States. Almost half of all cases are reported in New York State, whose governor compared the spread of the virus with a high-speed train that travels across the country.
вЂњNew York is a canary in a coal mine, New York happens first, what happens to New York will happen to California and Illinois, it's just a matter of time,вЂќ he said.
According to the governor, the healthcare system in New York will soon reach a critical point if the US Federal Emergency Management Agency urgently does not send more medical equipment.
But Trump is calling the Americans to work.
вЂњWe are going to open soon ... I would like the country to be open and just beginning to recover by Easter. Easter is a special day for me ... and you will fill churches throughout our country,вЂќ Trump said.
Easter in the Western rite this year will be April 12th.
Trump also warned that if a country is not reopened for business, it could suffer from a вЂњmassive recession or depression.вЂќ
вЂњYou will lose people. You will receive thousands of suicides. Anything can happen, there will be instability,вЂќ he said about the consequences of a long crisis.
According to Trump, treatment cannot be allowed to become worse than the problem itself. The president believes that the number of deaths resulting from a protracted economic crisis may be higher than the number of virus victims in the United States. According to Trump, mortality from coronavirus is less than 1%, which is significantly lower than expected.
At a briefing at the White House, Trump insisted that вЂњAmerica will be open for business again and soon. Very soon. Much sooner than three or four months later, as someone suggested.вЂќ
вЂњOur country was not built in order to be closed. This is not the country that was built for this,вЂќ he said.
A few hours after Trump's statement, the Senate approved a $2 trillion White House plan to save the economy.
The package includes tax credits, loans, money for hospitals, and business assistance.
Most adults in the United States will be paid a one-time fee of $1,200, children вЂ” $500. The plan also includes a $367 billion program for small businesses that allows workers who are forced to stay home due to a coronavirus pandemic.
Some politicians, including Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, cautioned against easing restrictions.
вЂњThere will be no functioning economy if our hospitals are overloaded, and thousands of Americans of all ages, including doctors and nurses, will die because we did not take the necessary measures to stop the spread of the virus,вЂќ she said.
Politico notes that if Trump seriously intends to abandon measures to restrain the coronavirus, he needs to start with himself. The whole White House should move to New York, which accounts for almost a third of infections in the United States. And the presidentвЂ™s family should get a job as cashiers and bus drivers. But none of them will do this, the publication is outraged. вЂњWhy, then, is the president willing to sacrifice other Americans?вЂќ вЂ” asks Politico.
Also in the United States, it is suggested that Trump can pursue personal goals вЂ” all of his hotels and golf clubs have closed completely or partially due to the coronavirus, and they bring Trump about 500 thousand dollars a day.
Despite controversial claims, Trump's approval rating rose to 49%, CNBC reports, citing data from Gallup. A crisis is a time when political points can be earned, and the president is no exception, the channel claims. Back in early March, Trump's rating was 5% lower.
The improvement is due, among other things, to the fact that the president personally takes part in press briefings on coronavirus almost every day. However, according to CNBC, Trump is far, for example, from former President George W. Bush вЂ” the approval rating of his activities after the September 11 tragedy soared to a record 90%.