President Trump says he will be delivering an address to the nation this evening where he will unveil his plans to counter the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
“I’ll be making a statement later tonight,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with banking executives. He said it would take place at 8 p.m., but did not elaborate on the content.
Trump tweeted several times Tuesday afternoon about the coronavirus, saying he is “fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with” the disease.
White House aides have been negotiating with lawmakers on legislation to address the economic fallout of the spreading virus, which has rattled markets and sparked concerns among workers who may not have paid sick leave or the ability to work remotely.
Here in Texas, the effects are starting to feel real to many.
One local pastor writes this:
How dangerous Covid 19 is, is irrelevant at this point. Today, the City of Houston FORCED the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to shut down. Last week it was SXSW in Austin. This same kind of thing is happening across the country. The panic that has been caused by this virus has had, and will continue to have, a horrible and long lasting effect on our country.
People won’t be flying, going out to restaurants, etc. Local governments will continue overreacting and destroying their local economies. A LOT of small businesses are going to go out of business, and people will lose their jobs.
A lot of you know that besides pastoring, I do Uber on the side to pay the bills. Shutting down the Rodeo will DESTROY Uber drivers in the month of March. I am wondering if when I go to work tomorrow, if I will be able to make money. Maybe not. If not, within two to three weeks my family will be broke. Im sure others have it even worse.
So DO NOT take this pandemic lightly. Conserve your cash, folks. Keep food stocked up. Be ready for a very slow economy for the next few months. No, its not going to be the apocalypse. But it will likely be very tight for a while. Lets make a point to help each other out, when we can. Lets also not freak out and make things worse. Lets encourage our elected leaders not to overreact.
Together, we can get through this.
The administration is also said to be considering a national emergency declaration to free up additional resources to fight the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday declared a global pandemic.
There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S.
Aides had been considering whether Trump should deliver an address to the nation about the virus, according to an adviser familiar with the discussions.
“I think Trump should give a national television address tonight or tomorrow night and be the commander in chief and really lay out a set of prescriptions,” the person said.
The administration has for weeks attempted to project a sense of control as the coronavirus spread across the country. But health officials have in recent days sounded the alarm about the severity of the virus, warning that things will get worse before they get better.
Trump has repeatedly urged Americans to remain calm, while at times offering contradictory information about the virus. He told reporters two weeks ago that he expected the 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. would soon decrease to near zero.