The President assured that the country is prepared for any scenario.
US President Donald Trump said that the US economy may suffer damage as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but the problem will be resolved later.
The President also noted that he is effectively coping with the crisis.
The President spoke at the first meeting with voters in the 2020 election season, hosted by the Fox News channel in Pennsylvania – one of the swing states that helped Trump win the White House in 2016.
Asked about the effects of the coronavirus on the economy, Trump said: “it can have an impact. But at the same time, I must say that people now stay in the US and spend their money here, and I like it.”
“Everything will work out. Everyone should remain calm,” he added. – We have plans for all possible scenarios, and so we will act. We hope it won’t last long.”
Trump also reiterated that restrictions on the entry of travelers from China, imposed by him at an early stage of the crisis, helped to contain the spread of the disease in the United States.
The number of victims of the coronavirus in the United States reached 12 people. There were also 53 new cases of infection in the country. In total, the disease has claimed more than 3,200 lives worldwide.
Democrats criticize Trump for the fact that the country was not well prepared for a possible pandemic.
“I think people think we did a great job. You need to work professionally. No one accuses us of spreading the virus,” the President said. – It started in China.”
The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill to allocate $ 8.3 billion to fight the virus. The day before, the House of Representatives approved the initiative. The document will now be sent for signature to Trump, who intends to sign it on Friday.
When asked about the fear of germs attributed to him and the attitude to the recommendation of doctors to avoid handshakes, Trump noted that it is impossible to be a politician and not shake people’s hands.
“Now I’m shaking hands with everyone and I’m proud of it,” Trump said. “You know, there’s a lot of talk about not having to shake hands. That doesn’t stop me at all.”
Asked if he believes that his style of behavior exacerbates the political divide in the United States, Trump said: “When we are beaten, we must be beaten back. I’m sure of it. I wouldn’t be here if I turned the other cheek.”