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Huffington Post 31 Mar 2020

President Donald Trump Flubs Coronavirus Questioning


President Donald Trump has been attacking journalists instead of answering tough questions about the coronavirus pandemic at his press conferences.

The press briefing comes after the House approved the Senate's $2.2 trillion relief package on Friday, sending it to President Donald Trump's desk.
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 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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U.S. President Donald Trump said during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 29, that he will extend the voluntary national shutdown for a month as coronavirus cases in the country reach over 141,000 with 2,468 deaths.

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