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COVID-19: We cannot let cure be worse than problem itself- Trump


By Dayo Benson Editor Politics,Law/Human Rights New York

As United States grapples with Coronavirus Pandemic, President Donald Trump, Monday evening, assured Americans that his administration would not allow cure for the ravaging disease to be worse than the problem itself, even as he reminded all that current situation called for sacrifice.

The President stated this at the daily briefing at the White House. He however hinted that America would soon be opened for business again, after the situation was reviewed in 15 days, saying that the country was not created to be shut down.

Trump’s assurance came as major States across the country were on pause, following lockdown imposed to stem further spread of the virus.

“America will again and soon be open for business. Very soon, a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself”, Trump said.

Monday’s briefing also coincided with deployment of National Guard to assist in the distribution of medical supplies to needy states.

Speaking in a measured tone laced with confidence, the President told journalists that the country had taken delivery of millions of medical supplies which were already being distributed across the states in urgent need.

Trump charged the Republicans and Democrats to put politics aside and come together to defeat the common enemy, even as he praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts in New York, the pandemic epicenter.

He appealed to Americans to come together and fight the invisible enemy, even as he warned against hoarding personal protective equipments needed by medical personnel.

The President revealed that he had signed an Executive Order which criminalizes hoarding of such equipments, saying that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been mandated to enforce the Order.

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Attorney General Bill Barr, spoke after President Trump. He stated that Section 102 of the Defence Production Act, prohibits profiting from such medical items.

Barr explained that an individual could have more than enough toilet paper at home, he added that law enforcement agents would knock on the door of anyone who stockpiled masks in a warehouse.

Earlier, former Vice President Joe Biden, had criticized Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis, in streamed address from his house in Delaware.

The Democratic Presidential Nominee front runner, had been invisible since Coronavirus compelled the party to reschedule its primaries. He challenged Trump to act as “war time President” he called himself.

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