President Donald Trump turns while speaking to the media as he leaves the White House, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington, en route to India. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
UPDATED 11:03 AM PT — Wednesday, February 26, 2020
President Trump recently blasted the mainstream media for causing unnecessary alarm about the coronavirus. He took to Twitter Wednesday to state that NBC and CNN are “doing everything possible” to make the coronavirus outbreak seem “as bad as possible.”
The president also added that their Democrat comrades are “all talk and no action” when it comes to the issue.
President Trump went on to stress the U.S. is in “great shape.” On Tuesday, he said his administration is doing everything they can to keep the coronavirus from spreading.
“We’re working very hard, we’re spending a tremendous amount of money also,” he stated during a recent business roundtable. “We just asked for $2.5 billions on getting everything ready just in case something should happen and also helping other nations who really aren’t equipped to do it.”
Meanwhile, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar testified before a House panel Wednesday on the administrations response to the virus. Lawmakers pressed him on questions regarding the president’s 2021 budget request, along with concerns related to the spread of the infectious disease.
Democrats have claimed the president’s budget would eliminate “groundbreaking funding” for the safety and wellness of Americans. However, Azar assured Americans will not be in harms way anytime soon.
“We have three cases among Americans from Wuhan and 42 cases from the Diamond Princess (cruise ship),”explained the HHS secretary. “The immediate risk to the American public remains low, but there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Azar ended the hearing by saying the Trump administration will continue to be aggressively transparent as the outbreak and the country’s response evolves.
President Trump will be having a news conference to further discuss the coronavirus with CDC representatives and others on Wednesday. One America News will provide full coverage of the entire briefing at 6 p.m. EST / 3 p.m. PST.