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The White House • March 31, 2020
Together, America has mounted a full-scale response to the pandemic. In the Rose Garden yesterday, a number of CEOs joined the President to explain how they’ve transformed their own companies to help fight the virus:Honeywell is multiplying its production of N95 masks several times over.Jockey plans to deliver 30,000 to 50,000 hospital gowns per week.United Technologies donated 90,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to FEMA last week–with 1 million more on the way.As great American businesses step up, citizens across the country are doing their part to slow the spread, too. “The choices and sacrifices we make will determine the fate of this virus and, really, the fate of our victory,” President Trump says.
 
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POLL: Americans want better from their news media
A majority of Americans—60 percent, according to Gallup—support the President’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. A slightly smaller majority, 59 percent, approve of Congress’ handling of the crisis. The poll was conducted before President Trump signed the bipartisan CARES Act, which is supported by 77 percent of U.S. adults.  
 
In fact, nearly all of the institutions surveyed by Gallup earned high marks from the public. Americans approve of the efforts by hospitals, state governments, schools, daycares, Federal agencies, and employers to confront the global outbreak together.
 
There was one exception: the news media. A majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how the media has handled the Coronavirus response.
 
Facts and results matter, especially during a crisis. Leaders across the country are putting politics aside to get to work. President Trump and Congress have joined forces on several major emergency-relief bills. Governors are implementing crucial public safety measures. Businesses are repurposing factories to make more masks and other medical supplies available. 
 
Many in the media, however, continue to put ratings before country. Last month, Politicoand others spread the false story that President Trump called the Coronavirus “a hoax.” This misinformation came after the Administration had already taken crucial steps to combat the pandemic, including travel restrictions on China in January.
 
Other pundits have actively rooted for the American response to fail. “On Friday March 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said President Trump was lying when he said the U.S. Navy hospital ships would arrive in Los Angeles and New York City in the near future” to help treat patients, Chrissy Clark wrote for The Federalist yesterday.
 
“Exactly a week later, the USNS Mercy arrived in the Port of Los Angeles.” And yesterday, the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 in New York City.
 
Washington pundits and reporters must start listening to the American public more and to each other less. As the country fights this Coronavirus together, timely and trustworthy information is essential. The news media should prioritize facts and constructive debate—not obsessive attacks on this President based on false narratives.
 
Americans have had enough, and they’ve said so clearly. It’s time to hear them.
The White House • March 30, 2020
🗽WATCH: President Trump sends USNS Comfort to New YorkThe USNS Comfort arrived in New York Harbor today three weeks ahead of schedule, where it will begin treating patients tomorrow to help relieve the city’s hospital capacity.
 
President Trump visited Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia over the weekend, seeing off the hospital ship as it embarked for New York City.
 
“I’m here to express my profound gratitude to the dedicated service members who will soon be on the frontlines of this fight,” he said.
 
This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York—a place I know very well, a place I love. We’re here for you, we’re fighting for you, and we are with you all the way, and we always will be.”
 
Watch the USNS Comfort arrive in New York City!President Trump extends Coronavirus Guidelines through April 30 Speaking from the Rose Garden last night, President Trump thanked Americans for their selflessness in helping contain the spread of Coronavirus over the past few weeks. These efforts have saved—and will continue to save—countless American lives.
 
“You’re making the difference,” he said.
 
The President also shared news from the public health experts on his White House Coronavirus Task Force. Modeling put together by Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci suggest that the nationwide mitigation measures put in place may be significantly reducing the number of new infections and the number of fatalities from Coronavirus.
 
President Trump: On this National Doctors Day, America is grateful!  
 
As a result, “the modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” President Trump said. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all.”
 
To keep this momentum going in slowing the spread of Coronavirus, the President is extending his nationwide Coronavirus Guidelines through April 30.
 
“I want every citizen in our country to take heart and confidence in the fact that we have the best medical minds in the world tackling this disease. We have the best science, the best researchers, and the best talent anywhere working night and day to protect your family and loved ones and to overcome this pandemic.”
 
On Friday, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to provide emergency relief to American families and workers during the global Coronavirus outbreak.
 
The unprecedented relief package totals more than $2 trillion, including $100 billion for healthcare providers, tax-free direct payments to qualifying American families, and $350 billion in partially forgivable loans for small businesses and nonprofits.
 
Read the full transcript of yesterday’s White House Coronavirus briefing.
 
LEARN MOREPresident Trump signs unprecedented economic relief bill
The White House • March 26, 2020
America marshals all its resources to fight the Coronavirus
Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a $2.2 trillion emergency deal—the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history. “96-0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations AMERICA!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
 
The American people have heroically joined forces and stepped up to help defeat the Coronavirus. But this outbreak has left American workers and small business owners in immediate need of financial relief.
 
The CARES Act, as it’s called, will provide just that:$1,200 direct payments to middle-class Americans, plus $500 for each child—a total of $3,400 for a family of four
 $100 billion in direct support to our hospital systems, first responders, and health care workers
 $370+ billion to small business owners to keep employees on the payroll
 Delays federal student loan payments for the next 6 months 
“As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also protecting American livelihoods,” the President said during yesterday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing. “I encourage the House to pass this vital legislation and send the bill to my desk for signature. Without delay, I will sign it immediately.”
 
🎬 VP Pence: American companies are stepping up to supply medical equipment!
 
The Coronavirus has put both America and the entire world through an unprecedented medical crisis. But from the beginning of the outbreak, President Trump took clear and decisive action, immediately putting life-saving travel restrictions in place and forging a partnership between the Federal government and private sector to take on this challenge together.
 
Today, those efforts continued as the President participated in a video teleconference with fellow G20 leaders to address global needs. Later, he and Vice President Mike Pence held another teleconference with our nation’s Governors to continue supporting local response efforts.
 
🎬 President Trump: The more aggressively we commit to social distancing, the sooner we can return to normal.
 
Dr. Birx: “When you are protecting yourself, you are protecting others.”
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