President Donald Trump holds a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic which is spreading across the United States. The president is expected to declare a national emergency.
Trump says not everyone should get a test for the novel coronavirus. Only those who are at risk should get screened, he says.
Roche’s new test, approved today, should add half a million tests by Monday, while another in the works from Thermo Fischer will add 1.4 million tests next week. In a month, we’ll have access to 5 million more, Trump said.
Trump is also announcing “drive-by” coronavirus testing that will allow patients to be swabbed without leaving their car. Google is developing a website to direct people to those locations.
President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the White House physician.
Trump opted to take the test after the press secretary for Brazil’s president tested positive for the virus. Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his press secretary at Mar-a-Lago. Bolsonaro said Friday that he tested negative for the virus.
Trump had said earlier Saturday that he had taken a test for the coronavirus and was awaiting results. He said he had decided he would do so after a press conference Friday, in which he was pressed on whether he would take a test. One reporter asked whether he was being “selfish” by not getting tested – even when other administration officials advised self-isolation after exposure to an infected person.
“I didn’t say I wasn’t going to be tested,” Trump pushed back.
According to the note from the White House physician, “last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed.”
“This evening,” the White House physician said, “I received confirmation that the test is negative.”
The White House physician added that he has been in “daily contact” with the Center for Disease Control and White House Coronavirus Task Force.
“We are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday that he has not yet been tested, but would consider doing so.
“I’m going to speak immediately after this press conference with White House physician’s office,” Pence said. “Mrs. Pence and I would be more than happy to be tested.”
President Donald Trump on Wednesday began to invoke the rhetoric of “a wartime president” as he told reporters he views himself as one, while his administration fights to contain the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the economic fallout from the global pandemic.
“I do, I actually do, I'm looking at it that way,” Trump told reporters during a press briefing at the White House when asked whether he considered the U.S. to be on a wartime footing. “I look at it, I view it as, in a sense, a wartime president. I mean, that's what we're fighting.“
Trump has repeatedly referred to U.S. attempts to battle the virus — which has sickened thousands across the U.S. and killed more than 100 — as a “war” against an “invisible enemy.” But during Wednesday’s briefing he went the furthest yet in adopting the rhetoric of a commander in chief during wartime.
At the top of his remarks, the president pointed to the havoc the virus has begun to wreak on the economy, telling reporters in the White House briefing room that the pandemic would require a response unseen since World War II.
“Every generation of Americans has been called to make shared sacrifices for the good of the nation,” he told reporters, offering examples like teenagers volunteering to fight in the war and workers sleeping on factory floors.
“To this day, nobody has ever seen like it, what they were able to do during World War II,” he continued. “Now it's our time. We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we will come through together. It's the invisible enemy. That's always the toughest enemy, the invisible enemy.”
More city centers, small businesses and rural schools have shuttered as cases increase. The virus has now reached every state, infecting thousands, and killing more than 100 nationwide. Trump's response is to propose aid to American's directly with checks for each citizen.
The president is defending his repeated use of the phrase 'Chinese virus' when referring to the coronavirus pandemic. Ian Bremmer reacts. Aired on 03/18/2020.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that he was justified in branding the coronavirus pandemic as the "Chinese Virus," disregarding criticism that the label is racially offensive and inaccurately depicts the global nature of the disease's threat.
"It's not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China, that's why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate," Trump told reporters at the White House coronavirus task force’s daily news briefing as he was pressed on his repeated use of the term.
Earlier Wednesday, the president invoked the controversial descriptor in three morning Twitter posts, initially assuring Americans forced out of work by the burgeoning outbreak that the "onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault!"
President Donald Trump made a gathering of world leaders at the Group of 7 summit a video teleconference and canceled plans to hold the June meeting in person at Camp David due to the coronavirus pandemic, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Thursday.
"In order for each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 and at President Trump's direction, National Economic Council Director and U.S. Sherpa for the 2020 G7 Larry Kudlow has informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 Leaders' Summit the U.S. was set to host in June at Camp David will now be done by video-teleconference," Deere said in a statement.
"The White House also informed the other G7 members that in order to continue close coordination, the President will convene the Leaders' via video teleconference in April and May just as he did this week." Reuters was first to report the news.
Trump met with other G7 leaders via videoconference on Monday, what is believed to be the first time the group has met in that way, an administration official told CNN. The decision was made in accordance with measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the official said.