The Donald Speaks

Breaking: Trump Addresses U.S. on Coronavirus Europe Restrictions and Stimulus

Just the highlights, right here.

3. 12. 20 / Foster Kamer
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This post has been updated several times to reflect developments and clarifications from the speech.

On Wednesday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump spoke from the Oval Office for only the second time since 2017, when his administration entered office in the White House. The following are the highlights from his coronavirus remarks:

– Travel suspension from Europe: Beginning Friday, March 6th, at midnight, the United States will be suspending all travel from Europe for the next thirty days. There will be exceptions for Americans who have undergone screenings.

The British Exception: Travel from the United Kingdom, however, will be excepted from this travel suspension. According to the Hopkins map, the United Kingdom has 456 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Ireland (43), Poland (31), Estonia (16), Latvia (10), Belarus (9), Ukraine (1), Belgium (314), Austria (246) and several other countries in Europe land below the United Kingdom’s count of 456 confirmed cases.

– Health Care Stimulus: He spoke about insurers waiving all co-payments on coronavirus diagnoses and treatment procedures and that he would be “cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available.”

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Economic Stimulus: He’ll be asking Congress to take legislative action to provide emergency relief, instructing the Small Business Administration to provide liquidity and economic loans to affected states and territories low-interest loans, asking Congress for $50B to do so. Furthermore, he’ll be using “emergency authority” in asking the Department of Treasury to defer tax payments for affected individuals, as well as calling on Congress for payroll tax relief.

– Other Notes: Trump asserted that the risk is “very very low” for most people, while the highest risk is for elderly populations with underlying health conditions. He noted that the government was highly advising nursing homes to suspend all visits, while elderly populations needed to avoid large gatherings. Finally, the President advised that everyone wash their hands, and stay at home if they’re not feeling well.

The full speech is here:

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We’ll update here with a transcript when one becomes available

UPDATE, 9:47 P.M. EST: Also, there’s this.

Relatable? Surreal? Take your pick: The full speech and remarks are up at C-Span here.

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UPDATE, 10:18 PM EST: Trump spoke about banning cargo from Europe. He apparently misspoke.

UPDATE, 10:35 PM EST: Trump also misspoke on the nature of the European travel ban and on the nature of insurers waiving co-pays on COVID-19 testing and treatment. They’ll only be waiving it for testing.

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