- 18 Oct 2020
The United States is worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with death toll crossing over 47,900 mark and over 8,50,000 positive cases, the country is struggling to restore normalcy. The US President, Donald Trump said, “We were attacked and COVID-19 is not just a flu by the way”.
On Wednesday 22nd April, in the White House conference US President Donald Trump said, "We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn't just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time”. He said this while responding to a question about ‘the growing US national debt as a result of the multi-trillion dollars stimulus packages that his administration has come up with to help people and businesses in distress as a direct fallout of the pandemic'.
He further added, "We have no choice. Do we have a choice? I'm always concerned about everything. We had to fix this problem. We had the greatest economy in the history of the world. Better than China, better than any place. We built it in the last three years and then one day, they came and they said you have to close it. Now, we're going to open it again and we're going to be just as strong or stronger but you have to spend some money to get it back open". “We saved our airlines. We saved numerous great companies, that two months ago were having the best year they've ever had. Now all of a sudden, they're totally shut out of markets”, he mentioned.
President Trump said, “The number of new positive cases were on decline in the country and recent hotspots were appearing stabilized and going in right direction. Detroit has passed its peak, Chicago curve has also flattened and cases in the Boston area are now declining. It is very exciting to see the aggressive strategy of the administration working well”.
Mr. Trump said, “My administration is working closely with governors to ensure that they have the testing infrastructure in place to reduce further spread of the virus”. He also added that if they are so inclined to use the testing apparatus, they also must include strategies for older individuals, low income Americans, minorities, and Native Americans.
President Trump also said, “I'll not rest until prosperity has been fully restored. I really believe that we're going to lift those numbers higher than ever before, and it will be as long as people might think". The administration so far has directed more than USD 7 billion in federal funding to support the development of treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.
“The FDA, the NIH, and industry leaders are establishing master clinical trial protocols to test multiple promising new drugs at the same time. More than 1600 locations across the country have signed up to administer convalescent plasma to patients, infusing them with antibodies of those who have recovered”, added Mr. Trump.
US President, Donald Trump has also signed an executive order to temporarily suspend the approval of some green cards. The new order, which contains a number of exemptions, will last for 60 days and can be extended further. President Trump maintained, “By pausing immigration, we’ll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens. So important. It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad.”