Thursday, March 19, 2020

'It's a war': Trump Says Americans Must 'sacrifice together' To Achieve 'total victory' Over Coronavirus

President Trump described himself as a "wartime president" as he summoned the sacrifices made during the Second World War to call on Americans to pull together to secure a “total victory” over the coronavirus epidemic.
During a regular White House briefing on Wednesday, he invoked emergency powers that allow his administration to marshal the private sector to respond to what he again referred to as the "Chinese virus."
He said he would deploy one naval hospital ship to New York City, which is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the emergency, and a second to the West Coast.
“Every generation of Americans has been called to make sure it sacrifices for the good of the nation. In World War II, young people in their teenage years volunteered to fight,” he said.
Workers, he said, slept on factory floors to keep assembly lines running.
“Now, it’s our time we must sacrifice together because we are all in this together,” he said. “We’ll come through together.”
Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which affords the president a broad set of powers to use the domestic industry to produce essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis.
“It's a war,” he said. “I view it as a, in a sense, a wartime president. It's a very tough situation.”
This week has brought a turnaround in White House tone. On Monday, a grave president and his officials warned the public that the crisis could last until August as they urged the population to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. A day later, they turned their attention to an economic stimulus package designed to help businesses and workers weather the crisis.
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