Trump Appoints Pence To Lead Government's Coronavirus Response

'We're doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge,' Trump said, noting that Pence's experience as governor of Indiana made him adept at working with state and local health authorities.


President Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to coordinate the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak. The president said his administration has asked Congress for $2.5 billion in funding.

'We're doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge,' Trump said, noting that Pence's experience as governor of Indiana made him adept at working with state and local health authorities.

Evan Vucci/APtoggle captionEvan Vucci/APPresident Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a news conference about the U.S. response to the coronavirus at the White House on Wednesday.Evan Vucci/APUpdated at 7:30 p.m. ETHours after the White House rejected the idea of appointing a coronavirus czar, President Trump on Wednesday put Vice President Pence in charge of the administration's coronavirus response.

"We're doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge," Trump said, noting that Pence's experience as governor of Indiana made him adept at working with state and local health authorities."This is not a czar," he said.Trump White House Resists Calls To Appoint A Coronavirus Czar

Trump said he would add a specialist from the State Department to the White House team, though he did not immediately name that person."We're ready to adapt and ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads," he said.Trump said he would work with Congress on funding. His administration has asked for $2.5 billion, but he said lawmakers appear amenable to offering much more money.

As U.S. Preps For Coronavirus, Health Workers Question Safety Measures"Congress is making it very easy. ... It wasn't very easy for the wall, but we got that one done," he said.Trump, who has come under mounting criticism for the government's handling of the respiratory virus outbreak, emphasized that the"regular flu" kills many more people each year and that the risk of contracting the new coronavirus remains low.

A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For CoronavirusPence listed the various steps to contain the virus that have been implemented by the White House in recent months, including travel restrictions, quarantine measures and assembling of a coronavirus task force"that has been meeting every day."

"As a former governor of the state with the first MERS case, I know full well the importance of presidential leadership and administration leadership and the vital role" of state and local agencies, Pence said, referring to Middle East respiratory syndrome.

Despite stepped-up warnings from health officials that an outbreak is imminent in the U.S. and despite the recent sell-off on Wall Street in reaction to the global epidemic, the president has continued to project unwavering optimism that the country remains safe.

"USA in great shape!" he wrote in a Wednesday tweet."By the way, we have not had one death. Let's keep it that way!"If you can't see the video, clickhere.Trump's tweets came hours before officials disclosed a 60th case of the COVID-19 disease in the United States. That number includes 42 people who were quarantined and repatriated after traveling on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Trump also lashed out at news outlets, saying,"Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) &@CNNare doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible."The comments followed a dispatch the previous day from India, where he was visiting, in which he declared that the recent

Wall Street panicwould soon correct itself."I think that's a problem that's going to go away," he told reporters.But the president's messaging contradicts sobering information relayed to the public by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's leading health officials.

Health Officials Warn Americans To Plan For The Spread Of Coronavirus In U.S."It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when it will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness," Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday.

"We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare with the expectation that this could be bad," Messonnier added.She suggested that officials in the U.S. will likely be forced to implement many of the same preventive steps other countries have taken to contain the spread of the virus. Americans should anticipate the cancellations of public gatherings, travel restrictions, school closures and workplace shutdowns.

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You are incorrect again NPR.Many of the cases you are calling as new cases come from the Quarantined members from cruise ships, flight sensationalize this disease to discredit the President and destabilze the economy through abject fear! 😱 The Dictator is growing stronger! Now Donald will be screening everything pertaining to CORVID19. We won’t hear the True Story. “We’re doing a great job”, get used to hearing this. The Democrats were Not Responsible for the Market Dropping! CORVID19 is the main reason.

I’ve seen Walking Dead. I see what’s going on. NOW who’s the crazy person stockpiling dried food and melee weapons, eh? Huh?! Thoughts and Prayers Leader Pence! Lol It is very difficult to be sure that someone has not had any exposure to a person who has traveled abroad. I have to wonder if food or food products made in China and imported to the US could be contaminated? Coke said today that there will be a shortage of Diet Coke due to delays in ingredients coming from China. Just a thought I had today.

Like Joyce Vance said we're doomed They were by Travis where they brought in the virus Oh great, who better to appoint than a science denying evangelical 🤦‍♀️ Potus 'took credit for making 'very good early decisions' that helped prevent the new coronavirus from becoming more widespread in the United States'. What exactly were those decisions? You only care about the impact your campaign. TrumpLies CoronaVirus

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 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

his face doesn’t match his hands oh great. is he going to PRAY it away? Pence's best YOU M' FER face.. PKOPEC17 Pretty sure prayer is as ineffective for coronavirus as it is to “straighten out” gay folks. Which I’m sure is Pencey’s go to plan. :( Quick - get a “Best” person on it. ✔️ Mike Pence Are we really going to take health care advice or even health care plans by someone who thinks that their face color matches the rest of their skin I mean, his reality is seriously skewed and he clearly doesn’t listen to anyone around him otherwise he’d quit with the makeup.

co_freeland Is VP Mike Pence a real person? I see no evidence of living, breathing human. Whenever there are variations to his facial expressions they look robotic. Computer animation may have created him. When he speaks it’s computer-generated recordings. Trump was playing CMA throughout the press conference. Basically, he said anything can happen and it's not my fault.

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?

Are these viral tweets ? Virus + politics = viral tweet TAKE YOUR MEDS !!! They didn’t say shit. It was just a bragging and sucking to each other on how great they are This administration has zero credibility so it Trump says don’t worry you should. DumpLyingTrump He is not qualified for this ... if anyone dies from this virus, blame The Democrats...I wash my hands of the whole thing..

Trump won’t believe that... he doesn’t understand anything except playing golf and wasting taxpayer money on himself and his family... I’m sure mike pence will make sure the person has no access to masks to stop the spread Trump appoints a creationist VP unable to reconcile his superstition with the science of a recently evolved COVID19 virus.

He has the orange raccoon look down. ettd

Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Taps Pence to Lead Virus ResponsePeople with potential exposure are in quarantine around the world — including 83 in Nassau County, N.Y. The number of new infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time. Breaking News: Mike Pence determines coronavirus is the beginning of the rapture. Hanging Mike Pence out to dry...…... Ivanka on the ticket ….. Welp, it's been fun y'all.

Oh, great... really? Really. Wowwwww, ok so this fool has been your little dummy for past 3 and NOW you put him to THIS task? You sure about this ‘cause I’m not! Knowing him, he’d probably separate the population between Christians and everyone else and from there 😩 Get Face Mask Against Corona Virus Now, Protect Yourself From All Viruses:

OR they don’t have enough tests for COVID-19 and so not many people are actually getting properly tested for it so they might have come into contact but we so grossly unprepared and who freaking knows...? chipsandgist Transmitted through the mail. Carful what you buy and where it’s mailed from. eBay has millions of items shipped from Wuhan city daily. 😲😲😲

Let appoint these two idiots to lead the charge , call it the double stooge act He is insulating himself from any and all responsibility if this goes wrong. If he’s right then he “picked the right person for the job.” What a baby! Hmm, Pence is working on it...well, NOW I feel better. LBreezy904 Trump says “It’s going away and under control” now “Pence is leading the effort...” Things get scarier as the days go on in the Trump administration

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Don't worry trump will deal with this virus just like he dealt with North Korea you can sleep safe in your bed tonight Instead of spending billions on the wall ] we should be spending on the CDC and cyber defense for are elections It's time to CallYourCongressperson: People will go to work sick for fear of missing a paycheck. Congress must enact legislation to ensure that those directed by public health officials to self-quarantine for coronavirus are protected from job loss, eviction and foreclosure.

Don’t worry, guys. Pence has this under control! Pence to lead the response to Coronavirus outbreak? Bitch, he couldn’t even control my break out of the closet Well if NPR says, it must be 'true.' Truth after approval given for mass consumption by our caring overseers, The Intelligentsia. The Caretakers of our well-being but NOT social engineers at all. Tsk. Perish the thought!

The US is now officially China’s twin brother. Scary Oh no! The virus might get you. Go vote. The travel ban makes so much sense. coronavirus impeachment2 With trump at the helm, it might as well be Captain Trips. He looks so... orange.

Mike Pence Clearly Went To Ash Wednesday Services Dozens Of TimesAll the latest politics coverage from The Onion, America's finest news source. Later This Evening, His Evangelical Fundamentalist Church Will Have A Meet and Greet In The Lenten Flagellation Room. Only a dozen? He calls that faith? PhillipEnglish Second coming of Chance the Gardner.......

Uhhh from Solano County where Travis AFB just so happens to be located. Where people were taken and quarantined? Wait larry_kudlow said it was contained and everything is ok. You mean he was lying and had no clue wtf he was talking about? coronavirususa So he’s still done nothing . China screwed everyone. Nobody can prevent this from infecting their country, nobody. Preparing medical professionals, practicing good hygiene is what’s left, and trying to slow the rate of new infections. Trying to prevent panic is a good thing but preparedness is key.

Kind of irrelevant, but seriously? That’s how you’re going to come out looking to address the nation on a pandemic? I know it’s kind of a hack joke to call him orange, but this doesn’t instill confidence. Was that one of the 15 he was talking about today COVID19 is spreading to whole world through airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause the epidemic we fear so long.

Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus This must be an onion article right? That is a sign of an eventual pandemic, when someone gets the virus and is not directly associated with the region the virus originates from or has come in contact with the virus

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

Look out for that bus Mike! Ahhh Shifting responsibility. Can the VP be fired by the president? I wonder if pence realizes he's about to be the fall guy for Trumps gaslighting of America. As long as the person who contracted the virus is a white, male, Christian, Republican, then the administration *might* do something, but if not, the they do not give one fuck.

We're fucked All I’m saying is Americans have to be gross. If the 1 way to stop this virus is: washing our hands, what pole was taken to know, we, as Americans NEVER WASH our hands? Either washing hands is the magic cure, Americans never do it, or these people are full of trash juice. Please send that person straight to Mar-a-Lago

Is Mike going to pray that away? Maybe he should pray for a professional makeup artist for his keeper. Yeah, this is bad news. OMG, an immaculate infection!

California has warm temperatures, so that foils Dognald's premise. But, had the victim received a shipment from AMAZON recently? Asking for a friend. HowLongDoesCoronaVirusLive? MerchFromChina Hot potato- Pence no win. It will be Dognald's ideas if successful or Pence to be betrayed as incompetent if a failure.

It must have been those blankets these clowns were handing out to all the natives. Since they aren't doing sample testing in any significant way, who knows? Ever notice that the criticism is coming from those who know squat, don’t give a damn, & are politicizing a potential pandemic for their selfish political agenda.

Another 'alternative' press conference by Trump, he kept saying 15 confirmed cases but reports have the number at 60. Why he wasn't challenged straight away is crazy. No time for spin and lies, but he can't help himself. Sick applebott0m

Once COVID19 shows up in Mexico, wonder if CA is still going to embrace catch & release & the manufactured crisis mantra? CA fucking up America So the guy that cut CDC funding by 16%? So they have checked every person he’s been around for 2 weeks. How about some information like age, prexisting health. You know some real information

Ok ... Now I feel safe 😂 Didn’t they just try to tell us it was all fine? Worst idea Trump has ever had haha It's all the *unknowns* that are the problem. The unknowns and the lack of communication between skeleton agencies and other countries. Please stop slanting your news reports to make the president look bad. It makes you look bad

I cannot believe he pays someone to make him look soo ridiculous... Cat's out of the bag. Obviously the person has been exposed he/she only doesn’t know who was it ... find out what they were eating Good god we’re f**ked Is this the reason why San Francisco and Orange County have declared a state of health emergency earlier today?

OMG Is this the patient who has been exposing workers in two hospitals over the past week, at least, that the CDC wouldn't test for the disease because the symptoms didn't match up exactly? coronavirususa Waiting for the climate doomsayers to say Corona is actually good 😂

Gulp. Wtf is Pence's qualification for this? Sweet Jesus, will Mother approve? Is it too late to start secession plan for California? 😷 Oh, pence is in charge. I feel so much better. (Just kidding, he probably thinks god sent coronavirus because of gay people). Mike Pence’s face looks like he just poked the neighbors cat. Does this worry anyone other a me? imbaciles coronavirususa

🏚️🏚️🏚️🏚️👺👺👺👺👺 where in CA? What a joke. Correction: A previous version of this tweet and story incorrectly said the California case could represent the first 'person-to-person transmission' of coronavirus in the U.S. In fact, that first person-to-person spread occurred in Illinois in January.

Don't worry folks!!! Experts Pence is on it. Let Trump handle it personally, since hes a fuckin biology genius Pence couldn't lead ants to a picnic My only guess it’s from imported goods from China. So, did the person come in contact with an item or produce from a tainted region? Oh good. I thought for a second realDonaldTrump was going to appoint someone qualified.

He looks thrilled to be set up like this. This Coronavirus will prove that Americans who supported Donald Trump will be irreversibly devastating on so many levels. This is the second time you guys have posted this without listing the city.

VP I feel so much safer now! 🙄 It’s a flight attendent. No telling who the person has come into contact with. Well it didn't spontaneously mutate itself simultaneously on two different continents. Also, what does this caption have to do with the article? Uh… 👀 welp All of these factors apply to me. Am I the person. Please tell me in my DMs and not in this public forum. For embarrassment reasons.

Looks like we all have to pray for cure and wait till we all die This is an episode of Veep and Monty Python combined. Except it's not funny. VP does not believe in science and should sit this one out - Don’t give this admin another cent; they’ll pizz it away on Pepsi & porn stars.

What could go wrong? Hahaha Pence? Yea, great idea😷😳 there already is funding for these things. You forgot where they pulled money from low income housing Will peadophile Pence be able to hide from mother long enough to do something competent with coronavirus? Blind leading blind, deaf and incredibly dumb.

This VP Mike Pence? Yup.. that should make us feel better that we have an intelligent leader who respects science coordinating our Country’s coronavirus efforts. How are they paying for this? Pence’s expression says it all 🤨

Lord help us all Pence's advice for avoiding the coronavirus: 1. Pray 2. Don't touch women because vaginas might be in league with the virus Blah, blah, blah🤮 Only 'yes men' need apply. realDonaldTrump maybe just give some of the vanity wall money that you stole from the pentagon 2.5 billion, is that how much he cut the cdc by or does he need to pay off more of his debt

And he'll probably take it from Medicare or from the military or some other agency that is already being tapped for money Why? Useless appoints completely useless to do a doctor's job. Figures. Try redirecting those funds that failed to build a sustainable “wall” and actually deal with a real crisis.

...and the nation breathed a sigh of relief. Lord help us all “Thoughts and Prayers” for everyone! There, I did his job for him. He has the attention span of a two year old & dropped the responsibilities on Pence. Also so he can blame him if something goes wrong. coronavirus PressConference You mean the ridiculously expensive wall won’t keep it out?

Oh this bungling and inept administration is getting old. Dow futures turned from positive to negative during Trump’s MAGA virus news conference Oh! 🔥Pence and bigsurprise another last-minute emergency, unaccountable moneygrab! Can we get the receipts on THIS one? Well, that was a huge waste of time (45 press conference)

This administration is a fricking joke! Mike Pence🙄🙄🙄 basically an episode of VEEP. Friggin magical. We're all going to die. We’re all gonna die. “Baptisms are the only cure” -Mike Pence, probably Blames the Democratic debate, which aired Tuesday at 8:00pm for the Monday/Tuesday stock sell off. Markets close 4:00pm. Now we have not only 'alternative facts' but 'alternative times'? Pesky reality won't stop this right wing talking point. alternativefacts alternativetimes

idiots NPR you mentioned nothing about Pence's mishandling of an HIV crisis...this is just plain rotten reporting Pray it away, huh? We are doomed. That's a generous summary. Shows you paid no attention to the POTUS

Lemme guess... there is a wall involved in this plan 😂 They feel they will have a legitimate excuse to call off the elections next fall if the number of cases is high enough. That can be the only possible reason for appointing Pence to be in charge of this. Trump sees coronavirus coming and runs over to Pence like....

He is setting up the bag man to take the fall! Pence, political lapdog versus Dr. Anthony Fauci, scientist. Is he really doing all he can to protect America, or all he can to protect his re-election Well, hope we all got our flu sh- oh, we are screwed... I don't think prayers are going to help 🤮 Seems ok to me. What could go wrong? 🙄

The same Pence who defended cigarette use by claiming it doesnt kill? We are so F-ed.

Mother will lead the prayer effort. The power of Christ will be summoned to push this virus back into Asia, from whence it came. His makeup is a little heavy tonight. He'll use conversion therapy on the virus to make it a bacteria I believe he used the term 'public health expert' ITS RATIO TIME We're doomed. Pence's policy will be 'thoughts and prayers.'

...that they will take from Medicare and social security Does he have any experiences or successes that prepare him for such a task? in this photo it looks like trump may have had a stroke What if he needs research from a female scientist?

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