President Trump, Vice President Pence, and multiple cabinet members addressed the media and public on Saturday to discuss the CoronaVirus outbreak.
President Donald Trump also authorized the State Department to raise the advisory levels for South Korea and Italy to Level 4, the highest level travel risk assessment. The advisory calls on Americans to not travel to the two nations. Trump also said he is considering closing the U.S. border with Mexico to guard against the spread of the virus.
Trump and Pence spoke at the White House on Feb. 29 shortly after news of the first coronavirus death in the United States was confirmed by officials in Washington State. The patient was a woman in her 50s at high medical risk, Trump told reporters.
Pence, who Trump assigned to lead the nation’s response to the virus, met with officials at the White House on Feb. 29 for more than two hours. Pence said officials presented Trump with a range of options.
The vice president said the risk to Americans from coronavirus “remains low” in part because the Trump administration took “unprecedented action” at the early stages of the outbreak, including imposing travel restrictions on China.
“We want to lower the amount of travel to and from the most impacted areas,” said Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services. “This is a basic containment strategy.”
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