President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday about what his administration is doing to protect the American people during the coronavirus crisis.
He reminded viewers that at the start of the outbreak, the government “instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China, and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years.” The Trump administration also declared a public health emergency. The government is suspending all travel from Europe for the next 30 days, effective midnight on Friday.
Health insurance providers will waive co-pays for coronavirus treatments. President Trump signed an $8.3 billion funding bill for the CDC and other agencies for medical treatments and supplies.
The president also announced a plan to protect the economy by supporting businesses and employees in asking Congress to pass payroll tax relief. He also said he will take an “unprecedented” emergency action to provide financial relief for Americans who have to take off from work because of illness. Our historic low unemployment and the “vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility” to handle this and other threats to the country.
The government released guidance for businesses, other organizations, and homes on staying safe during this crisis. Watch the clip to find out what else the government is doing.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2020