Pence to lead US response to coronavirus as Trump urges Americans to prepare

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President Donald Trump announced Vice President Mike Pence would lead the U.S. response to coronavirus at a news conference.

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2/27/2020

VP Mike Pence will lead the U.S. response to coronavirus, Pres. Trump announced at a White House news conference. Because of steps the administration has already taken, Trump said, 'The risk to the American people remains very low.'

President Donald Trump announced Vice President Mike Pence would lead the U.S. response to coronavirus at a news conference.

to coronavirus, after days of mixed messages from his administration about the threat to Americans. Trump told reporters at a news conference Wednesday evening he was not labeling Pence a"czar." "Mike will be working with the professionals, the doctors and everybody else that's working," Trump said."The team is brilliant." The announcement came following days of sending mixed messages on the risk the coronavirus poses to the United States. President Donald Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence and members of his coronavirus task force during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. President Donald Trump stands with Vice President Mike Pence and members of his coronavirus task force during a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters At a rare appearance in the White House's briefing room, the president and his team sought to allay worries about the coronavirus, called COVID-19, repeatedly saying that the risk to Americans remains low but still urging people to prepare. "I think every aspect of our society should be prepared," including schools, he said,"just in case." But, he added,"We don't think we'll be there." "This will end," he said. Trump noted that tens of thousands of people in the United States die every year from influenza, and that coronavirus -- so far -- had not nearly approached that level. "You don't want to see panic, because there's no reason to be panicked about it," Trump said. "There's a chance it won't spread, too. And there's a chance it will." The question, he said, was"at what level" it would. President Donald Trump holds a document as he gives a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. President Donald Trump holds a document as he gives a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters Because of the steps the administration had already taken -- including strict travel restrictions on travelers who have recently visited China, the center of the outbreak -- Trump said,"The risk to the American people remains very low." "The number one priority from our standpoint is the health and safety of the American people," he said. Trump said that it was"not the right time" to impose additional restrictions on entry to the United States -- although he noted,"we may do that." China has imposed severe restrictions on large areas, like the city of Wuhan, and Trump told that the United States did have plans for quarantining cities"on a larger scale, if we need it." But, he added,"We don't think we're going to need it." Pence noted that"the threat to the American public remains low," telling reporters that he would coordinate the overall response and that additional personnel would be added at the White House. MORE: Dow Jones plunges for 2nd straight day on coronavirus fears "My role will be to continue to bring that team together, to bring to the president the best options for action to see to the safety and well being and health of the American people. We'll also be continuing to reach out to governors, state and local officials," Pence said."We will be working with them in renewed ways to make sure they have the resources to be able to respond." Vice President Mike Pence speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who has been leading a coronavirus task force the president set up, said he was happy to have the support from Pence -- who he said would focus on inter-agency coordination -- and echoed Trump's comments that what the U.S. government has already been doing has worked. Azar warned, though, that the number of cases would go up. "The degree of risk has the potential to change quickly," Azar said."And we can expect to see more cases in the United States. That is why we've been reminding the American public and our state, local and private sector partners that they should be aware of what a broader response would look like." The president and his team clearly tried to calm fears, a day after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official had warned Americans of"significant disruption" coming because of the virus. President Donald Trump holds a document as he gives a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. President Donald Trump holds a document as he gives a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters That appeared to contrast with remarks the president made at a press conference in New Delhi earlier in the day, when he said the situation was"under control" and that it was a"problem that's going to go away." "We have very few people with it," Trump told reporters, adding that he was not totally caught up on the latest details because of his trip to India but that"the people are getting better, they're all getting better," referring to patients in the U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One after returning from a two-day trip to India, at Joint Base Andrews in Md., Feb. 26, 2020. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One after returning from a two-day trip to India, at Joint Base Andrews in Md., Feb. 26, 2020. Al Drago/Reuters "I think that whole situation will start working out. Lot of talent, lot of brain power is being put behind it," he said. MORE: CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption' from coronavirus Trump's comments came on the heels of sharp criticism from Democrats in Congress on the response from the White House. The administration on Monday asked lawmakers for emergency funding to deal with crisis -- $1.25 billion in new funding and another $1.25 billion shifted from existing funding previously allocated for other reasons, including some designated to deal with the Ebola virus. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday morning he's preparing a detailed Democratic request for emergency coronavirus funding totaling $8.5 billion. It's expected to be finalized Wednesday and sent to appropriators. Following Schumer's announcement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday morning called the president's $2.5 billion request to combat coronavirus"anemic." Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives for a meeting with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2020. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives for a meeting with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2020. J. Scott Applewhite/AP "What he's doing is late -- too late -- anemic," Pelosi said."Hopefully, we can make up for the loss of time, but it will have to have the professionals in place, the resources that are adequate and not be using scare tactics about people coming back to our country." She said the House will have a proposal"similar" to the plan put forth by the Senate. At the Wednesday briefing at the White House, Trump said he would be open to more money from Congress. CDC Director Anthony Fauci said that since a potential vaccine would take a year and a half to develop, in order to contain the virus in the short term, the focus had to remain on public health measures. MORE: CDC warns Americans of 'significant disruption' from coronavirus Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, encouraged people to prepare. "We do expect more cases and this is a good time to prepare. As you heard, it's the perfect time for businesses, health care systems, universities and schools, to look at their pandemic preparedness plans, dust them off and make sure they are ready and we have lots more information at the CDC's website and in partnership on how to do that," she said during Wednesday's news conference. She also suggested Americans cover their mouths when they cough, stay home when they're sick and wash their hands. Fears about the coronavirus' global spread have rocked markets around the world, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging Monday and Tuesday, and dropping to a lesser degree on Wednesday. Trump acknowledged coronavirus had played a role, but he also said investors' fears of a Democrat winning the presidency this year had contributed, too. He specifically pointed to concern over remarks by the Democratic presidential candidates at a debate Tuesday night, when they criticized Trump's handling of the response to the virus. He said comments by the candidates, who he called"Democrat fools," had made"a huge effect" on markets. But the largest drops in the Dow Jones came before the debate -- and the decrease on Wednesday, after the debate, was significantly smaller. Trying to allay further economic woes, which could threaten his re-election in November, Trump promised the spread would not last forever -- a claim not directly backed up by health officials. "This is going to end," Trump said."Hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later." Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Appropriations Committee, Feb.26, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Secretary Azar told senators that the U.S. could need 270 million more face masks to fight the new coronavirus if there is a domestic outbreak. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before the House Appropriations Committee, Feb.26, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Secretary Azar told senators that the U.S. could need 270 million more face masks to fight the new coronavirus if there is a domestic outbreak. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have questioned Trump's top advisers this week on whether the administration was doing enough almost two months into the global crisis, expressing deep skepticism of the president's claims that the situation was"under control." "That is a remarkable level of containment here in the United States," Azar told reporters at a press conference earlier Tuesday, later adding that"we are realistic" there would be more cases. MORE: Facebook cracking down on ads that guarantee coronavirus cure Azar, in a second day of testimony before the House Appropriations, called the community transmission of the virus in other nations"concerning." Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said to Azar point-blank,"Provide me some security that someone knows what's going on in this administration about the coronavirus." Azar responded,"The risk right now is very low to Americans." "We have always been clear that number one that could change rapidly, and from the outset I and the public health experts said we fully expect we will see more cases here in the United States," he continued."We have to be mentally prepared and also as a government prepared." Later, when Pocan asked about a Politico report that the White House is considering appointing a coronavirus czar, Azar, after first saying he wouldn't comment, then said he didn't expect one now or in the near future. "I don't anticipate one. This is working extremely well." he said, referring to how he and HHS are leading the administration's efforts."If it doesn't work or if there's a need for change ... then that would be for the president to decide." ABC News' Trish Turner, Jordyn Phelps, Anne Flaherty, Elizabeth Thomas and Michelle Stoddart contributed to this report. Read more: ABC News

So the US response to the coronavirus pandemic is to pray it away Sorry his number one priority is himself getting re-elected. Full stop. This ABC News description sounds like relatively normal stuff. However that press briefing was incoherent, rambling, & demonstrated a disturbing ignorance. Why paper over this since it's just as newsworthy as anything they actually said there? He also lied about things! Cover it!

REMOVE THE GOP ! REMOVE TRUMP IN NOVEMBER !!!!!!!!! He’s gonna combat it with prayer. Now let's put the only guy in here who has a record of screwing up in an outbreak situation before, in charge... Oh good the pence strategy: put it in a re-education camp and try to convince it that it was just the flu all along and not to give into those sinful corona urges.

Pence couldn't lead a two car funeral down a one way Street.... Why do you promote this dismal Admin's irresponsible claims? Unlike his supporters, not believing anything the president says. His body language speaks loudly that he’s just talking without knowing what he’s saying. Looking to CDC and NIH for information and direction. Experts not loyalist cronies.

Oh, brother!

Trump Puts Vice President Mike Pence In Charge Of Coronavirus ResponseI’m a San Francisco-based reporter covering breaking news at Forbes. Previously, I’ve reported for USA Today, Business Insider, The San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Inside. I studied journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and was an editor at The Daily Orange, the university’s independent student newspaper. Follow me on Twitter rachsandl or shoot me an email rsandlerforbes.com. Yes let’s use electric shock therapy on the virus right Mike? ⚡️ We fucked Finna solve it with the power of Christ or some shit

Trump doesn’t know sh**. Excuse me. If you are going to run a comedy site like this, you should really leave some hints that it is. Given the cavalier way this administration views the crisis and then appointing a science denier to lead a science based problem exponentially amplifies risk. Wake up to voters!

so in short, we're fucked. I hope people arent stupid enough to believe this hogwash coming from trump. Just call Mike Pence “Colt Seavers”. When this blows up, Mike will be “The Fall Guy”. So In 2018, realDonaldTrump fires the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure, and replaces it with Pence + White House staff to lead the fight against COVID-19? If this doesn't wake up Trumpers, nothing will.

Trump puts Mike Pence in charge of response to coronavirus, says US risk 'remains very low'President Trump says that the risk to the American people from the deadly coronavirus “remains very low.” “We’re ready to adapt and we’re ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads.” About to become high Why? And what does the CDC say?

Thank God the virus has ears 😂 Translation: Stop pulling out of the stock market. It's my only real talking point with intelligent supporters. tRUmp lied...again. Pencedemic Heaven help us if mike pence is in Why? Because someone in the MEDICAL FIELD is doing security 🙄 I think this Coronavirus is an intended spread hysteria.

Lol so he is telling the truth this time? MikePence, who enabled an HIV outbreak as Governor of Indiana, will lead US coronavirus response Track record of ignoring PublicHealth evidence. NoConfidence realDonaldTrump CDCgov WHO UN UN Global Health Crises Task Force

Trump reassures Americans coronavirus risk is low, puts Pence in charge of U.S. responsePresident Donald Trump puts Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak Pence just found out he’s working OT for free 🤣🤣🤣 Sure. Sorry

Under President Trump, income growth has slowed across the U.S.48 states saw a decline in growth of real median household income under Trump – including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida, four states widely regarded as the key electoral battlegrounds for 2020. Shocking!! Of course it has!! That 'tax cut' was BS and only helped corporations and the wealthy! You're serial liars about Trump but we'll believe this. FakeNews Highly selective data set only exposes your bias as 'reporters'. It says nothing about the pretty good state of the economy.

Vice President Mike Pence will lead coronavirus teamEurope's biggest coronavirus outbreak is in Italy, where more than 320 have been infected, while Iran has reported more than 90 cases and 15 deaths. Follow here for live updates.\n That's one way to get VP out of his way, so that IvankaTrump can be his running mate in the fall. Set Pence up for a huge fail, force him to resign come April/May. Boom. Here comes Nepotism Barbie to the rescue. We’re all going to die 🤦🏻‍♀️ That sounds like an excuse for some big government and privacy violations... I’m wary

Pence to lead US response to coronavirus after days of mixed messagesVice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. response to coronavirus. President Donald Trump announced Pence would be 'in charge' of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, following days of sending mixed messages on the risk the coronavirus poses to the United States. Pence 'will report Looks like he has it already Is it me or does he look red? Or dusty even. 👀 “ Wash your 🖐 s🤣🤣😂🤣🙃🙃



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