White House Coronavirus Briefing for Wednesday

Focus increasing on minority communities, replenished funding in the works for small businesses.

President Trump stated the coronavirus “may not come back at all,” although his public health experts have said to be prepared for another wave of the virus in the fall. If it does come back, President Trump claimed, “it will be coming back in smaller doses that we can contain.” He said he never knew a top administration vaccine official who says he was fired.

The president told reporters that he disagrees with the governor of Georgia who plans to reopen a number of non-essential businesses like hair salons, bowling allies and tattoo parlors Friday. The president said he told the governor as much and that he “strongly disagrees” with the move to open up those businesses too quickly. The president said opening those facilities were a violation of phase one guidelines. He said the people of Georgia are “incredible people. I love those people. They’re great. They’ve been strong, resolute. But at the same time, he must do what he thinks is right. I want him to do what he thinks is right. But I disagree with him on what he’s doing.”

The president announced the establishment of a council to focus on Latino and African-American communities hit hard by the virus.

After weeks of intense negotiations between the president’s administration and congressional members, the Senate passed a $484 billion relief package that will replenish the depleted loan program for small businesses. He encouraged the House to pass the package in their vote on Thursday. He said they’re in discussions on phase 4, that will become heavier after the phase 3.5 is signed into law.

He elaborated on his executive order signed Wednesday that halts immigration because of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. He said the directive will suspend all processing of certain visas for 60 days.

Asked whether he was concerned about the growing national debt, President Trump said, “We were attacked. Of course, I’m concerned, but what were we going to do? We have to take care of our people.” Some great companies have been saved, he said, mentioning the airlines in particular.

He said that administration is following a path of optimism, and that he feels far different now than he did a few days ago. He is confident that the country will be back, and stronger than ever. ”We’ll have answers on therapeutics and vaccines, and much more testing.  Some of our labs are upgrading to be able to double and triple their capacity,” the president said.

Asked about his early support of hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for the coronavirus, the president indicated he is backing away from that after some trials have not gone well. “Obviously, there have been some very good reports,” he said. “Perhaps this ones’ not as good a report, but we’ll be looking at it.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the governors to have wisdom on how quickly to reopen their states.
  • For the task force to continue to evaluate the data on the virus so that accurate recommendations are made to the states.
  • That people would put their hope and trust in the Lord in these challenging times.

Sources: Fox News, C-SPAN


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