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The White House coronavirus response team is expected to make a presentation on Wednesday as another debate intensifies over additional economic relief for the disaster.
Millions of Americans did not pay their rent last week, according to new statistics, and forecasts suggest that these deficits may worsen as the economy tightens amid drastic countermeasures to slow the economy. spread of the virus.
In this context, President Trump and the Democrats in Congress are haggling over the size of the next bill designed to help Americans weather the crisis when many of them cannot work.
Trump said on Tuesday that he intends to ask Congress for an additional $ 250 billion in payroll assistance. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader for Minorities Chuck Schumer responded Wednesday by asking for the double.
There seems to be a broad consensus in Washington on the need for increased support for payroll relief and possibly even more relief legislation. Trump and congressional leaders have all generally declared that they definitely want it or that they are open to prospect.
However, the big questions now are how much Washington could add to the trillion dollars of aid it authorized and when the Americans could get that money on hand.
Trump also continues to chat with some governors about the administration’s response, despite the fact that they have good relationships. Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire tweeted his frustration Wednesday not to receive enough cartridges to fully use their new rapid test devices.
With more than 400,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the United States and more than 13,000 deaths, President Trump also threatened on Tuesday to end US funding to the World Health Organization.
“We will suspend the money spent at WHO. We will control it very strongly and we will see, “said Trump during his daily briefing with the Coronavirus task force. Tuesday.
The White House has scheduled a briefing to take stock of its response to the health crisis at 5.30 p.m. AND. Before the briefing, the president participated in phone calls with heads of state, local and religious. Watch the briefing live.
Trump criticized the WHO for having a “China-centric” bias and was apparently frustrated by the organization’s lack of support for its decision in late January to limit certain trips from China.
“They really – they missed the call. They could have called him months earlier. They would have known, and they should have known. And they probably knew that, so we’ll be looking at this very carefully, “said Trump.
The United States is the single largest source of money for health care.
Trump echoed his comments later in the briefing, denying ever saying he would end the funding.
“I’m not saying I’m going to do it. But let’s watch it, “said Trump.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, urged political leaders on Wednesday to stop politicizing the pandemic.
“If we care about our people, if we care about our citizens,” said Tedros, “please work across party lines, across ideology, across beliefs, across all differences, d ‘elsewhere. We have to behave. This is how we can defeat this virus. “
Trump also reiterated his desire to reopen the economy as soon as possible.
“We want to open, and we want to open it soon,” said Trump.
Vice President Pence told reporters at Tuesday’s briefing that the administration’s main mission is to slow the spread of the virus with mitigation measures such as social distancing. He also said that any decision to reopen the economy will be data-driven.
“The only thing I can assure you is that the President’s decision in this regard will be informed by what the data shows and by decisions about when we can responsibly reopen America and hand over the America at work, “said Pence.