March 30, 2020
Trump Administration Demonstrates Strong Leadership in Response to COVID-19
While Democrats and the liberal media play political games in the midst of a national health pandemic, the Trump Administration is getting to work for the American people.
With a whole-of-government approach to combating this unprecedented crisis, every aspect of our government is working to bring economic relief, medical resources, and clear information to families across the country.
From day one President Trump took swift action to slow the spread of the virus and keep America safe.
During the week of January 27 alone, the White House established the Coronavirus Task Force, declared a public health emergency, announced Chinese travel restrictions, and suspended entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who posed a risk of transmitting the virus.
These quick actions in January helped slow the spread of the virus and saved potentially thousands of lives.
The Coronavirus Task Force, spearheaded by Vice President Mike Pence, helps monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provides daily updates to the President and public.
A highly qualified team of cabinet officials, doctors, and administrators give daily press briefings with comprehensive breakdowns of the amount of medical supplies ready, where testing can be done, and guidelines for the public to follow among other things.
As families stay home and do their part, the Administration is working around the clock to get their questions answered clearly across every network while fighting the spread of the virus.
The National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration have made record progress on testing kits, therapeutics, and vaccines. This accelerated progress on testing and vaccination was possible with the rollback of unnecessary regulations by the Administration.
From the start of the crisis, President Trump took action to prioritize American’s health and mental well-being.
States have and will continue to receive the medical supplies they need to treat patients. To date, FEMA has shipped 11.6 million N95 respirators, 26 million surgical masks, 5.2 million face shields, 4.3 million surgical gowns, 22 million gloves, and 8,100 ventilators.
In addition, the President has signed off on three spending bills from Congress. On March 3 he enacted $8.3 billion for health agencies and testing as well as small business loan subsidies.
On March 18 the President signed off on the nearly $100 billion legislation to provide tax credits for employers offering paid sick leave, increases to unemployment benefits, and food assistance.
When it was time to act on phase three, Congressional Democrats stalled the legislation by inserting policies, such as the Green New Deal, into the stimulus. It was clear Democrats were attempting to push their own political agenda in the relief package.
By stalling legislation and opposing what they once helped write, Democrats played politics in a time when Americans needed financial relief.
The more time that went by without a vote in Congress, the more Americans filed for unemployment, waited for medical supplies, and worried about providing for their families.
On Friday, March 27 the President finally signed the largest stimulus package in history to provide relief to families, hospitals, and small businesses across the country.
The CARES Act includes $300 billion in direct checks to taxpayers, $520 million in disaster loans for small businesses, paid sick leave to those affected by the virus, among many other necessary provisions.
At the same time, federal agencies are utilizing all of their resources to deliver to the American people.
- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has transferred $35 million to the CDC to help impacted state and local communities.
- The Department of Agriculture is providing easier access to food assistance through nationwide waivers.
- The Small Business Administration is offering loans with portions that would not have to be repaid if spent on payroll, a mortgage, or overhead expenses.
The President has made it clear to Americans that he is in this fight with them and won’t stop until this invisible enemy is defeated.
Whether he is donating his 2019 fourth-quarter salary to HHS or deploying Naval ships to serve as hospital overflow to highly impacted areas, President Trump has led strongly and decisively to use every resource at his disposal.
President Trump will see Americans through this crisis and will revitalize our great economy.
-Dana Stancavage is the Regional Press Secretary for America First Action.