Trump says coronavirus risk to Americans 'very low,' puts Pence in charge of gov't response

  • The president addressed the health issue at the White House, announcing he was putting Pence in charge of the response.

By Adam Edelman President Donald Trump on Wednesday attempted to ease growing fears over the spreading coronavirus, saying at the White House that his administration has the situation under control and is "ready to adapt" if the virus spreads.

  • "Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low," Trump said. "We're ready to adapt and ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads, if it spreads. "We're very, very ready for this," Trump said, adding that only 15 Americans had been infected and all were expected to recover. Trump, speaking from the Brady Briefing Room in the White House, also said he was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of his administration's response to the potential pandemic.

  • Pence, speaking after Trump, reiterated that the "threat to the American public remains low" and said that "we will continue to bring the full resources of the federal government…to see to the health and well-being and to the effective response to the coronavirus in the United States of America." Trump — who earlier this week announced a $2.5 billion plan to help combat the illness — said at the briefing that, "We’re going to spend whatever is appropriate."

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