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The Hill 26 Mar 2020

President Donald Trump and White House Coronavirus Task Force Daily Press Briefing


President Donald Trump on Thursday said the sharp rise in unemployment claims was "fully expected" and predicted the economy would quickly rebound once the United States overcomes the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump told reporters at a White House briefing that he was not surprised by the Labor Department's report that over 3 million Americans had applied for unemployment last week and said some people had predicted it could have been much higher.

"I heard it could be 6 million, it could be 7 million," Trump said at a briefing on the coronavirus Thursday evening. "It's a lot of jobs. But I think we'll come back very strong."

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President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force's daily press briefing for April 18, 2020.

President Donald Trump said Friday that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro would become the national Defense Production Act policy coordinator for the federal government.

Trump made the announcement at an afternoon press conference at the White House, saying he gave Navarro the new authorities when he signed an executive order earlier that day.

"My order establishes that Peter will serve as national Defense Production Act policy coordinator for the federal government," Trump told reporters.

Trump described Navarro as "a very trusted person from the White House" and called the new job a "very important position."

The news came after Trump used the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to produce ventilators to help combat the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 100,000 people in the United States.

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President Donald Trump announced tonight that the federal government is sending several hundred additional ventilators to states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump during a White House briefing said that over the last 24 hours, the federal government has delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey, which is among the hardest-hit states. He said it also has sent 200 ventilators to Louisiana and 300 to Michigan. Another 600 have gone to Illinois, he said, while Massachusetts will be getting 100.

The ventilator disbursements come as governors have clamored for weeks for the Trump administration to do more to confront the shortage of the crucial machines, which allow seriously ill coronavirus patients to breathe.

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President Donald Trump announced details of his executive order to suspend immigration amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the measure would initially last for 60 days and apply to those seeking permanent residence.

Trump portrayed the action, which he first previewed in a tweet late Monday night, as an effort to protect American workers from competition overseas. He indicated during a White House briefing that there would be certain exemptions, but did not elaborate.

"It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad," Trump said at the briefing. "We must first take care of the American worker."

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