“We are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector,” Trump began. ‘We will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus”
The president took a somber tone as he addressed the nation tonight about the coronavirus outbreak of the steps and his administration are taking to protect Americans.
First, President Trump temporarily suspended travel from Europe to the US for the next 30 days.
The restrictions will not apply to the UK, he said. The travel restriction will start Friday, and last for 30 days amid virus outbreak.
Trump also encouraged older Americans to avoid all travel if possible.
He reviewed other measures his administration is taking to address the pandemic.
“The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low,” he said. But he said that older Americans should avoid travel, and endorsed social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. “Every community faces different risks,” he noted and encouraged Americans to listen to local officials.
We made a life-saving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe,” Trump said, referring to earlier restrictions on travel between China and the US.
He also downplayed warnings of a potential recession: “This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome as a nation and as a world,” he said.
The president also said he’ll take “emergency action” to provide relief to workers who are affected. He said he’s asking Congress for $50bn for small business loans. He called for “immidiate” payroll tax cuts.