President Trump held a press conference to calm a jittery nation as the coronavirus spreads across America.
Trump outlined plans to help working Americans if the virus impacts people’s jobs and work situations.
“We are going to take care of and have been taking care of the American public and the American economy,” Trump said.
“We are going to be asking tomorrow. We’re seeing the Senate, going to be meeting with House Republicans, Mitch McConnell, and discussing a possible payroll tax cut, a relief, a very substantial relief. It’s a big number.”
“We’re also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so they can be in a position where they’re not ever going to miss a paycheck,” Trump continued.
“We’re going to be working with companies, small companies, large companies, so that they don’t get penalized for something that’s not their fault. It’s not our country’s fault. This is something that we were thrown into.”
“There are concerns among hourly wage earners feeling like they had to go to work even if they were ill,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
“The president has tasked this economic team, working together already with leaders in Congress, to make sure that anyone that feels they are at risk of losing their job or losing a paycheck because they may contract the coronavirus.”
“When we tell people ‘if you’re sick, stay home,’ the president has tasked the team with developing economic policies that will make it very, very clear that we’re going to stand by this hard-working Americans, stand by those businesses large or small to make it possible for us to put the health of America first.”
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 9, 2020