Coronavirus government response updates: Trump envisions county-by-county risk assessments in new guidelines

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The Senate cleared a massive coronavirus relief package by unanimous vote Wednesday. A White House coronavirus task force briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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Joe Biden responds after Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin calls historic jobless numbers 'not relevant.' Mnuchin argued the economic package under consideration in Congress now will help those put out of work, and in the long-term, people will be rehired.

The Senate cleared a massive coronavirus relief package by unanimous vote Wednesday. A White House coronavirus task force briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m.

with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. Here are Thursday's most significant developments in Washington: Thursday is the 11th day of the president's 15-day guidelines to slow the spread The Senate passed a $2 trillion relief package in a unanimous vote, heads to the House In letter to governors, Trump says he's revisiting system for social distancing guidelines Trump confirms he'll appear at the White House coronavirus task force briefing scheduled for 5 p.m. The Department of Labor reports a record 3.28 million workers in the U.S. filed for unemployment claims last week MORE: Coronavirus live updates: Global death toll over 20,000 Here are the latest developments in the government response: President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, March 25, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, March 25, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen. Alex Brandon/AP Trump envisions new county-by-county guidelines In a new letter to the nation’s governors, President Trump says his administration is working on revising social distancing restrictions through a system potentially classifying U.S. counties as high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk. "Americans across the country are hoping the day will soon arrive when they can resume their normal economic, social, and religious lives," Trump said."In furtherance of this shared goal, my Administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place." The letter went on to say that data from"robust surveillance testing" would be used by the administration to"suggest guidelines characterizing counties high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk." The president doesn’t specify when the updated guidance will come, but his 15-day guidelines are set to expire early next week. He confirmed earlier Thursday he will speak at the coronavirus task force briefing scheduled for 5 p.m. at the White House. House leaders prepare to vote on $2 trillion Senate bill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is"very proud" of the $2 trillion relief package the House is set to consider Friday morning, adding she feels"certain we will have a bipartisan vote." "Congressional Democrats in the Senate and in the House were able to flip this over from a corporate, trickle-down, Republican version to bubble-up, workers-first, families-first legislation," Pelosi said."We have some other things we want to do, but first we want to take pride in what happens there." With the Senate in recess until April 20, the California Democrat said she believes the House must be ready to potentially act again sooner. "Everybody has to be on-call for what we need, when we need it, and we don't know what that might be," she said."But whatever it is, we'll be ready." Pelosi is spending her 80th birthday today on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters at a news conference about legislation addressing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak March 26, 2020, in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters at a news conference about legislation addressing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak March 26, 2020, in Washington. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, following Pelosi, called her claim that Democrats did"jiu-jitsu" by forcing major changes"an outright lie" and said that fundamental portions of the legislation had not changed since Sunday. Unlike Pelosi, McCarthy signaled he’s not ready to begin talks over the fourth relief package. "I wouldn’t be so quick to say you have to write something else," he said."Let’s let this bill work." The House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Friday to hold a short debate and then approve the massive bill by voice vote before sending the measure to President Trump's desk. Mnuchin calls record jobless claims report 'not relevant' Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in one of the first reactions from the Trump administration to historic jobless numbers released Thursday, in a phone interview this morning with CNBC, called them"not relevant" because, he said, the economic package under consideration in Congress now will help those put out of work, and in the long-term, people will be rehired. MORE: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned unemployment could hit 20% without action: Sources "I just think these numbers right now are not relevant, and whether they're bigger or smaller in the short-term," Mnuchin said."The good thing about this bill is the president is protecting those people, so now with these plans, small businesses hopefully will be able to hire back a lot of those people. "By the way," he added,"lots of big companies do continue to hire, for obviously grocery stores, pharmacies, delivery services. These companies are on overtime, so I know they're hiring people as fast as they can." The Department of Labor reported a record 3.28 million workers in the U.S. filed for unemployment claims last week in the week ending March 21, according to released Thursday. That's an increase of 3 million from the previous week. A graphic released by the Associated Press shows claims for temporary financial assistance from state governments by individuals who have been laid off. The gray vertical areas show the duration of the economic recession. A graphic released by the Associated Press shows claims for temporary financial assistance from state governments by individuals who have been laid off. The gray vertical areas show the duration of the economic recession. AP Among the hardest hit sectors was the service industry, particularly accommodation and food service. Nearly every state cited COVID-19 as the reason for the high number of claims. During the worst week of layoffs in the great recession, 665,000 Americans filed for unemployment. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News this morning that the numbers were"totally expected." "This is to be totally expected," Navarro said."We put public health above economics in the very, very short run. So, this is no surprise. This is expected, and we should accept the news because we’re doing what we need to do to combat the virus." Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, March 25, 2020, in Washington. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, March 25, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Largest economic relief bill in U.S. history passes unanimously in Senate, moves to House Following a week of bitter negotiations, the Senate passed the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history in a unanimous vote late Wednesday: 96 to 0. The massive $2.2 trillion economic relief package spans 880 pages and steers aid to businesses, workers and health care systems amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more: ABC News

Thank you and God bless you President Trump. . Go out and grab em by the p...oh wait. Big Dummy! realDonaldTrump is hoarding and purposefully outbidding MassGovernor in the Mecca of US medicine. DEPRIVING not DELIVERING Great! Is he hoarding ventilators so he can kiss them and toss them out the back of a truck three months from now when we need them today?

Hope it’s the propeller! How about the USS Roosevelt? Oh crap!!! He’s gonna give The Comfort the ‘Rona And by kiss Trump means 'grab it by the pussy' Every one of you people are gonna be fun to look at on the 1st Tuesday of November Why won't realDonaldTrump be in NY instead. He might dress up like Putin when he was visiting a Corona hospital. Or wouldn't it be appropriate bc health care workers in NY do not have such safety garment?

Parker: Trump incredibly frustrated coronavirus has economy shut down.AshleyRParker: 'You are seeing a real eagerness by this president to jumpstart the economy and that is being tempered by just about every medical professional, public health official, and scientist inside and outside the White House.' This Trump guy is multi talented. Not only a master at carnival barking but an esteemed epidemiologist as well. Not too mention his top notch leadership skills. All you people in USA are very lucky to have him. 😂😂 AshleyRParker AshleyRParker And ten year old😁

Yes ABC. Please make sure your hard-nosed reporting includes the details of whether or not he actually does kiss it and if there may be tongue involved like the good DNC lapdogs you are. Nice job. 👏 It may be safe to say we’ve all kissed comfort goodbye 🤔 I hope the propeller gets him! Just saying.....

Stupid is as stupid does. Please don’t lick the toilet seat. This is what the shallow people get out of the presidents speech? Bless your hearts! pitiful He’s such a freak. Get on it and help those folks out when it gets to New York.

Trump gets ratings bump amid coronavirus crisisThe president's poll numbers are up slightly, but he isn’t galvanizing wide swaths of the country the way previous presidents have in times of crisis. And the media have kept right up with daily sniping at every little thing they can, dividing the nation. Even with 💯 negative coverage, what does that tell you about your influence realDonaldTrump is the anti-christ. Evil. Evil to his core and we are all paying a horrible price for letting this horrible Trump family step foot in our White House! They are so dangerous and absolutely repugnant!! Crooks! Cons! Racists! Failures!

Kiss this I hope it doesn’t sink cause Trumpy said forget the maintenance get going make me look good🤡 These comments New York is not telling the truth when it comes to the deaths and infected Oh goody. Hopefully he licks all the toilets too. Make sure it's moored a thousand yards offshore when he does. Oh you should. And get a whole face full of discharge water.

Lies and sarcasm, this clown is chaos. Could someone step in when he makes these remarks? I worry some folks will literally do this. This is not normal it is fecked up.

While coronavirus reigns, Trump can't jump-start the economy by himselfThe White House is pushing to return things back to normal by Easter, but there is only so much the federal government can do amid the pandemic if local leaders maintain shutdowns. No but Trump has no problem stealing taxpayers money all by himself. STFU! Headlines like this is why you will be soon offline.

'Going to go and and kiss the Comfort goodbye. Possibly take that 'Lick-the toilet-seat' challenge too. Big. Strong. All good. All for the soldiers' moral, of course. This is laughable. It is a ship going a few hundred miles..... not Mars. The USNS comfort says no Please don’t you might infect the ship Politics It'll catch something worse than the virus 🙄

ShunTheLiar GetUpWalkOut NoPresserCoverage Politics 25thAmendmentNow ! Politics

FACT CHECK: Trump Compares Coronavirus To The Flu, But It Could Be 10 Times DeadlierPresident Trump has repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the flu. But the coronavirus is new, seems to be about twice as contagious and has a higher hospitalization rate. Here are facts about how the two differ. Resignation or removal, enough. You, in this very tweet, compared it to the flu.

Why don't you just stay the f*** at home?realDonaldTrump Politics President Trump going out to try and kiss' the USNSComfort goodbye on Saturday as it heads from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to NewYork City. Politics Waste of time. Can you molest a ship? Trump will find a way RapistInChief Kiss them like you kiss your daughter! Get sued for sexual harassment haha!

Politics After he plays Golf on tax payers money 🤬 Love is a good thing ABC be serious Hey stop giving Trump free airtime, repeating 2016 again. There is life and death consequences with Trump propaganda

Trump businesses barred from getting coronavirus stimulus money, Schumer saysPresident Trump's businesses are barred from getting loans or investments under the new $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus deal, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Does that include businesses of his inner cabinets and senior advisors ? SenSchumer Submarine_Guy It seems all top advisors per an article I read this morning Spin it like it's ALL about Trump. HAHAHA The legislation is to prevent anyone in Congress from benefiting. That means Schumer too. If anyone thinks corruption follows one and only one person you are blind.

New strategy needed so fast Joe just don’t know. How about the Metoo against JoeBiden ? Let's see, you tell people to stay at home and some of them can't work remotely. Wow, there's now unemployment? No way. ...and then he went back to looking for those slippers. The fuzzy ones aunt Judy sent So the Trump Administration crows about low unemployment numbers -- then calls high unemployment numbers irrelevant. Why am I not in the slightest surprised?

Lets hope this package is not design to help those with millions and forget about those who have not, like the homeless, looks like this people will not receive a penny, so America where is your so call good will.

Georgia Republican urges Trump administration to temporarily ban exports of coronavirus medical suppliesA Georgia congressman is urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to temporarily ban exports of medical supplies related to coronavirus over concerns that private companies will send supplies to foreign countries instead of states seeking the same equipment We love Tyson, you keep our freezer stocked. With all your goodness. God Bless you for keeping us well feed! If you were wondering how long it would take someone to be harmed by Trump's reckless rhetoric during his daily media briefings, wait no longer. Hey, but y'all live and die capitalism so why are you crying now...idiots!

Insanity! Republicans already had all of that in bill to help the people,it was the Democrats with their “get re-elected wish list” that slowed the whole thing down! Not gonna take about the abuse huh The fact that ABC will talk about how great Joe is and ignore the fact that he is a rapist and a child molester

$1200 one time to help them for 3-4 months? Who are we kidding? Dems you made your bed, now lay in it. DementiaJoe

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