“I know where it came from,” Pres. Trump said regarding the coronavirus.
TRUMP: “Not think, no no. I don’t think, I know where it came from.”
Says we will “see what happens” when asked if he agrees with @SenTomCotton that China should be punished for Coronavirus.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 18, 2020
The President also told reporters that he is not ruling out holding the Chinese government responsible for this global pandemic. He added that the United States will achieve complete victory against the virus.
“We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we’ll come through together,” said Trump. “It’s the invisible enemy that’s always the toughest enemy, the invisible enemy, but we’re going to defeat the invisible enemy. I think we’re going to do it even faster than we thought, and it will be a complete victory. It will be a total victory.”
As of noon Eastern Standard Time Wednesday, COVID-19 had killed at least 112 Americans, including 15 in New York.
President Trump mentioned that he would utilize the Defense Production Act to ramp up the production of medical supplies.
“FEMA now is fully engaged at the highest levels,” President Trump told reporters. “Today, FEMA is activated in every region. We are at level one, level one being the highest level.”
Meanwhile, the United States Senate is expected to pass a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package Wednesday to relieve some of the economic impacts of the coronavirus. A bill has already passed through the House of Representatives.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury calls for $250 billion in direct payments to Americans starting April 6. In total, the economic package alone could exceed $1 trillion.