While Democrats and the complicit media carp and use the coronavirus as a weapon to take down President Trump, this is what his administration is doing about the epidemic.
Shockingly, I couldn’t find a list of what Trump has done, not even on the WhiteHouse.gov website. I compiled the following list from searching online:
(1) On January 29, 2020, President Trump donated his paychecks from the last quarter of 2019, totaling $100,000, entirely to combating coronavirus.
(2) On January 31, 2020, President Trump issued an order banning foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who have traveled in China in the last 14 days from entering the United States. American citizens returning the U.S. from areas in China, such as the epicenter Wuhan, where they may have been exposed to the virus will be quarantined, while those coming from the rest of China will be screened for the virus. (Western Journal)
(3) On February 6, 2020, the Department of Defense announced in a press release that in addition to five locations already providing housing to quarantined Americans who have fled Wuhan and Hubei province in China where the virus originated, the DOD identified nine other military installations that can provide housing for quarantined passengers traveling to the U.S. through 11 major airports screening for the coronavirus from China. (Military Times)
(4) On Februry 6, 2020, The White House asked U.S. scientists and medical researchers to investigate the scientific origins of the novel coronavirus, including whether it was engineered as a bio-weapon. (ABC News)
(5) Trump had barred Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who had tested positive for coronavirus from returning to the Unites States. On February 22, 2020, however, Trump was taken by surprise and reportedly “furious” that a State Department official in Japan — Ian Brownlee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs — overrode the president’s directive by allowing the 14 infected Americans to return to the U.S. (New York Times)
(6) On February 25, 2020, President Trump asked Congress for $2.5 billion — half new money, half repurposed from other efforts — to battle the spread of the coronavirus. According to a person familiar with the matter, more than $1 billion of the money would be dedicated to creating a vaccine; other parts of the request would be put toward stockpiling protective masks and therapeutic programs. Democrats rejected the request, saying existing money shouldn’t be used to fight the coronavirus, and pledged a funding package of their own. (Bloomberg)
(7) On February 26, 2020, President Trump addressed the nation about coronavirus and appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead a task force to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (Politico)
(8) On March 5, 2020, VP Pence said the coronavirus test is eligible for coverage and treatment under Medicare and Medicaid as an “essential health benefit” and will also be covered by all private insurance. In addition, all 8,000 inspectors at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will focus their inspection efforts at nursing homes nationwide “to ensure seniors at nursing homes are as safe as possible from the spread of the coronavirus.” Seniors — those age 60 and over — are most vulnerable to this coronavirus. (Med Page Today)
(9) On March 6, 2020, President Trump signed an $8.3 billion funding bill to combat coronavirus and support local responders.
(10) On March 10, 2020, Trump and Pence met with executives from America’s largest health insurance companies and secured their agreement to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans. The private insurersalso agreed to cover telemedicine services, which will allow all patients—particularly among the vulnerable senior population—to be treated without feeling the need to go to a hospital or doctor’s office.
(11) On March 10, 2020, President Trump proposed to Congress an economic stimulus plan of small business loans and payroll tax cuts of a 0% payroll tax rate to ensure workers are “not going to miss a paycheck” and “get penalized for something [coronavirus] that’s not their fault”. But his proposal was met with bipartisan resistance. (Houston Chronicle)
Click here for the CDC’s very useful Q&A on coronavirus and COVID-19.
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