星期二, 3月 17, 2020


The White House • March 17, 2020

🇺🇸 24 hours of all-American teamwork

When President Trump took the podium at yesterday’s Coronavirus briefing, he asked Americans to unite behind a single goal. “We’re announcing new guidelines for every American to follow over the next 15 days as we combat the virus,” he said.

And in just 24 hours, the selflessness and patriotism on display all across our great country has been astounding.

The new guidelines released yesterday deliver a nationwide game plan. Each one of us has a role to play in stopping transmission of this virus. Simple steps taken now will have a massive impact down the road, saving many lives in the weeks ahead:
  • Avoid crowds of more than 10 people
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Work from home if that’s an option for you
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Isolate yourself if you feel sick
While every American does their part, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is coordinating a nationwide response to protect the health and safety of every community.

🎬 NEW: FDA is empowering states to expedite testing

To cut red tape and avoid bureaucratic delay, “we are putting in place a policy for states to take responsibility for tests developed and used by laboratories in their states,” the President announced today. “States can set up a system in which they take responsibility for authorizing such tests and the laboratories will not engage with the FDA.”

The President also announced that Medicare telehealth services will be dramatically expanded. “Medicare patients can now visit any doctor by phone or videoconference, at no additional cost, including with commonly used services like FaceTime and Skype—a historic breakthrough,” he said.

Our seniors, as well as others most vulnerable to contracting the virus, shouldn’t have to travel to a doctor’s office or a hospital if another solution is available. Now, the extra fees typically associated with telehealth services have been removed.

🎬 WATCH: Medicare will dramatically expand telehealth services

True to an “all-of-America” response to the crisis, President Trump is continuing to combine the full resources of the Federal Government with the innovation of America’s world-leading private sector. This morning, he spoke by phone with restaurant executives from the fast food industry, who intend to keep feeding their communities through drive-through, pick-up, and delivery service options in the weeks ahead.

A few hours later, he held a phone call with industrial supply retailers and wholesalers to discuss how to ensure supply chains are able to meet the demands of healthcare providers, first responders, and the American people at this critical time.

🎬 WATCH: We applaud stores for creating seniors-only shopping times!

In addition to public health concerns, President Trump understands the serious challenge this virus presents to American businesses, workers, and families. In addition to steps already taken, such as declaring a National Emergency to free up Federal resources, the Trump Administration is working with Congress on a significant economic stimulus plan to provide relief to American workers and industries.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also shared today that President Trump has authorized the deferral of $300 billion in tax payments to the IRS, helping American workers and business affected by closings and other economic effects of the pandemic.

“The world is at war with a hidden enemy,” President Trump tweeted. “WE WILL WIN!”

🎬 Relief for American workers, industries, and families is on the way!

STAY INFORMED: For the next 2 weeks, we can all do our part

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President Trump delivers remarks at a Coronavirus briefing | March 17, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, a Model of Bipartisanship

“This week, one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, said this about the president and his team’s response to the cruise ship in Oakland: ‘Every single thing [Trump] said, they followed through on. Every single thing. His administration—and it starts at the top, including the vice president—has been consistent,’” Reps. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Brian Babin (R-TX) write.

“What a fantastic report and an example of true public service. Both conservatives and liberals should look at that situation objectively and realize that in an era of total polarization in politics, two opposing executives put their differences aside to solve a crisis and save lives.”

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MORE: Do your part—15 days to slow the spread!

“It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, ‘dissolved the office’ at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission . . .  I know the charge is specious,” Tim Morrison writes in The Washington Post.

During a crisis, it’s more important than ever that journalists share accurate information about the Federal Government’s response. Yesterday, a member of The New York Times editorial board shared a partial quote from President Trump “with the explicit intent of misleading people,” Becket Adams writes in the Washington Examiner.

By slashing red tape, “the president and his task force have changed the way we respond to viral and pandemic events . . . The strength of America lies in her ability to innovate and problem-solve. The best ideas and solutions come from a government and a private sector that come together for the common good,” Bradley Blakeman writes in The Hill.

15 days to slow the spread

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

🎬 President Trump: Taking action now will keep America ahead of the curve

The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:
  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung disease—stay home and away from other people.

Today’s guidelines build on the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home regularly.

Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part.

There’s no better way to protect your family and your community than by arming yourself with accurate, up-to-date information.

A massive, unprecedented nationwide response

President Trump declared a National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus on Friday, freeing up more than $42 billion in resources for states and localities.

The emergency declaration will give healthcare providers on the front lines of this pandemic the flexibility they need to respond. President Trump continues to cut through every piece of unnecessary Washington red tape that may hinder response efforts, and he is continuing to make every Federal resource available to those who need it.

“I know I speak on behalf of the President and our entire team when I say how grateful we are for governors all across the country and the seamless partnership that we have forged with them and with state health officials,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday.

“We also want to express great appreciation to the American people. Not surprisingly, it is inspiring to see the way tens of millions of Americans are responding with compassion [and] with common sense.”

Kay Coles James: President Trump’s declaration helps mobilize our nation

🎬 VP Pence: No higher priority than the health of the American people

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President Trump, joined by Vice President Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks at a Coronavirus briefing | March 15, 2020

Trump’s Coronavirus National Emergency Declaration Allows US to Escalate War on Virus

“History condemns generals who plan to fight the last war, rather than anticipate the challenges ahead. Effective leaders strive to get in front of the problem,” the Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano writes for Fox News.

“In his Rose Garden news conference Friday outlining the federal government’s next steps to get in front of the advancing coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was much more forward-looking than his critics.”

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MORE: 'Moved quickly': Gov. Cuomo praises President Trump's Coronavirus response

President Trump called out false reporting on Sunday about “a nationwide Wuhan coronavirus website that Google is creating in partnership with the federal government. Several news outlets erroneously accused the president of lying and misleading the public about the existence and scope of the project,” Bronson Stocking reports for Townhall.

The Trump Administration’s proposal to waive the payroll tax is the best way to provide Americans with financial relief. “Members of Congress should put aside their partisan and ideological differences now and immediately pass this strategic initiative, or American workers and businesses will bear the brunt of any coronavirus economic pain,” White House Trade & Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro writes for Fox News.

FACT CHECK: Critics of President Trump falsely claimed that “the Trump administration gutted the National Security Council counter-pandemics effort. It did not. While the Trump administration has rightly reorganized the NSC away from the bureaucratic behemoth it became under the Obama administration, NSC bio-defense efforts have continued,” Tom Rogan writes in the Washington Examiner.