Wednesday, April 8, 2020

1600 Daily The White House • April 8, 2020 President Trump’s Message to America’s Big Banks

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The White House • April 8, 2020

President Trump’s message to America’s big banks


President Trump called on CEOs from America’s largest financial institutions to join him for a conference call yesterday. His message: Keep doing everything you can to support our nation’s small businesses during this pandemic.

“We’re grateful for the many ways in which your companies have answered the call to join our national endeavor,” he said. “Thank you for donating tens of millions of dollars.”

Millions of Americans are doing their part by staying home to slow the spread of Coronavirus. They deserve all the support they can get. On Friday, President Trump’s Small Business Administration launched the Paycheck Protection Program, which authorizes $350 billion in forgivable loans for companies that keep workers on payroll.

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As of yesterday, the SBA has processed more than $70 billion in guaranteed loans for these qualifying small businesses. More loans are being approved every hour.

Small business owners have already told the SBA what this financial relief means for their companies and their workers:
  • “This is a game-changer for us. Our employees will be so excited to hear they will still be getting paychecks,” a coffee shop owner in North Carolina says.
     
  • “Because of this help, we can get through with a minimal amount of pain and suffering for something that wasn’t [our employees’] fault,” the owner of an A/C and heating installation service in Nebraska said.
     
  • “This SBA loan came at the perfect time, because I wouldn’t have been able to make payroll or mortgage,” said an auto repair center owner in Oklahoma.
     
  • “Now we can give back to the community in a meaningful way. Our espresso kiosks are giving away thousands of dollars in free coffee to frontline workers–first responders, health care workers, and law enforcement,” the owner of a drive-thru espresso business in Montana said.
America’s 30 million small businesses together employ more than 60 million people. Their survival is essential to our economy. Given the overwhelming success of the Paycheck Protection Program so far, President Trump is asking Congress for additional support to help these businesses and their workers.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Additions to White House Staff

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Additions to White House Staff
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the additions of Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah to the White House staff.  McEnany, currently the National Press Secretary for Donald J. Trump for President, will serve as the White House Press Secretary.  Farah is joining the White House as Director of Strategic Communications from her current role as Press Secretary for the Department of Defense.  In addition, Ben Williamson, currently Senior Advisor to the White House Chief, will work with McEnany and Farah as Senior Communications Advisor. 

Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors' Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19

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April 7, 2020
 

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
               THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SUBJECT:       Providing Federal Support for Governors' Use of
               the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the "Stafford Act"), and section 502 of title 32, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to take measures to assist State Governors under the Stafford Act in their responses to all threats and hazards to the American people in their respective States.  Considering the profound and unique public health risks posed by the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 ("the virus"), the need for close cooperation and mutual assistance between the Federal Government and the States is greater than at any time in recent history.  In recognizing this serious public health risk, I noted that on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic.  On March 13, 2020, I declared a national emergency recognizing the threat that SARS-CoV-2 poses to the Nation's healthcare systems.  I also determined that same day that the COVID-19 outbreak constituted an emergency, of nationwide scope, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)).  All States have activated their Emergency Operations Centers and are working to fight the spread of the virus and attend to those who have symptoms or who are already infected with COVID-19.  To provide maximum support to the Governors of the States of Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia as they make decisions about the responses required to address local conditions in each of their respective jurisdictions and as they request Federal support under the Stafford Act, I am taking the actions set forth in sections 2 and 3 of this memorandum:

     Sec2.  One Hundred Percent Federal Cost Share.  To maximize assistance to the Governors of the States of Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia to facilitate Federal support with respect to the use of National Guard units under State control, I am directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security to fund 100 percent of the emergency assistance activities associated with preventing, mitigating, and responding to the threat to public health and safety posed by the virus that these States undertake using their National Guard forces, as authorized by sections 403 (42 U.S.C. 5170b) and 503 (42 U.S.C. 5193) of the Stafford Act.

     Sec3.  Support of Operations or Missions to Prevent and Respond to the Spread of COVID-19.  I am directing the Secretary of Defense, to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with mission requirements (including geographic proximity), to request pursuant to 32 U.S.C. 502(f) that the Governors of the States of Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia order National Guard forces to perform duty to fulfill mission assignments, on a fully reimbursable basis, that FEMA issues to the Department of Defense for the purpose of supporting their respective State and local emergency assistance efforts under the Stafford Act.

     Sec4.  Termination.  The 100 percent Federal cost share for National Guard forces pursuant to this memorandum, and in my prior memoranda dated March 22, 28, and 30, 2020, and April 2, 2020, each titled "Providing Federal Support for Governors' Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19," is effective for orders of duty of a duration of 31 days or fewer.  These orders of duty must be effective no later than 2 weeks from the date of this memorandum.

     Sec5.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

          (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

          (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

     (b)  This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

     (c)  This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

     (d)  The Secretary of Defense is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

 


                              DONALD J. TRUMP

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Approves Minnesota Disaster Declaration

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Minnesota Disaster Declaration


Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Minnesota and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Minnesota impacted by COVID-19.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James K. Joseph as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further assessments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.

1600 Daily The White House • April 7, 2020 What you can do on this World Health Day

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The White House • April 7, 2020

What you can do on this World Health Day


Today, April 7, is World Health Day. Amid the global Coronavirus pandemic, it’s a moment to acknowledge the incredible work being done to protect the health and well-being of our fellow Americans.

As President Trump writes in his Message for World Health Day 2020:
 
 The United States will defeat this invisible enemy. On this World Health Day, Melania and I join a grateful Nation in paying tribute to all of our doctors, nurses, healthcare administrators, researchers, scientists, educators, public health officials, and all of the extraordinary men and women who are helping diagnose, heal, inform, protect, and reassure the American people. 

The best way to thank healthcare workers today is by each of us doing our part to stop this virus. Every American should follow the simple and necessary precautions outlined in President Trump’s 30-Day Coronavirus Guidelines.

Another crucial way that healthy people can assist is by donating blood—the American Red Cross is facing a dire shortage. If you satisfy the eligibility requirements, the process to donate blood is safe, and your donation is needed now more than ever.

We’re all in this fight together. President Trump yesterday described the response as an “all-out military operation”—and he’s right. Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, New York City’s Javits Convention Center has been converted into one of the largest hospitals in America. At this moment, the Army Corps of Engineers are building 22 similar field hospitals and alternate care sites across 18 states.

As of yesterday, FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services have distributed 11.7 million N95 respirators, 26.5 million surgical masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.4 million surgical gowns, and 22.6 million gloves throughout America.

“We have been awe-inspired by the exceptional courage of the doctors, nurses, EMTs, and healthcare workers who are the soldiers of this war,” President Trump says. “No words can ever express the complete measure of our gratitude for these intrepid heroes.”

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President Trump announced updated CDC recommendations last Friday to help families protect themselves from Coronavirus. New studies show that transmission from people without symptoms is a more significant factor than was previously known.

“In light of these studies, the CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure,” the President said. “So it’s voluntary; you don’t have to do it. They suggested [it] for a period of time.”

To be clear, the use of face coverings is no replacement for President Trump’s existing Coronavirus Guidelines. It remains crucial that all Americans continue to practice social distancing and strict personal hygiene in their daily routines.

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The United States will defeat this invisible enemy. On this World Health Day, Melania and I join a grateful Nation in paying tribute to all of our doctors, nurses, healthcare administrators, researchers, scientists, educators, public health officials, and all of the extraordinary men and women who are helping diagnose, heal, inform, protect, and reassure the American people

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White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx delivers remarks at a Coronavirus briefing | April 6, 2020

West Wing Reads President Trump Leads While Opponents Stay on Attack

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President Trump Leads While Opponents Stay on Attack


“President Trump is doing everything in his power to ensure the health and safety of the American people during the coronavirus pandemic,” Deneen Borelli writes for Fox News.

In the past, moments of global crisis have united our country. Outside of Washington, that’s happening again: Strong majorities of Americans approve of the President’s Coronavirus response and are confident in the Federal Government’s ability to handle it. Regrettably, partisan Democrats in Congress and the media can’t help but play politics.

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“Having practiced medicine for nearly 30 years, I have seen how foreign dependence, specifically on imports from China, harms the medical supply chain and our readiness for an outbreak firsthand . . . The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated problems that were already festering,” Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) writes in Fox News.
President Trump pledged to reinvigorate U.S. auto manufacturing by rewriting costly, unrealistic fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards. The new SAFE Vehicles Rule upholds that promise, raising fuel economy standards by a reasonable 1.5 percent per year to promote safe, clean, and affordable cars, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler write in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
When President Trump announced a restriction on travel from Europe last month, European Union officials “erupted in outrage.” A few days later, those same officials would propose their own bans. “In the coronavirus crisis, everyone realizes the importance of borders, even the people who not long ago were ideologically hostile toward them,” Rich Lowry writes in National Review.

Presidential Message on World Health Day, 2020

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Presidential Message on World Health Day, 2020


Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world.  Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, care for the sick, and protect the health and well-being of our fellow Americans.

Each of us should follow the simple and necessary precautions set forth in the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from the coronavirus.  These guidelines include critical steps we can take to slow the spread, such as practicing social distancing, avoiding discretionary travel, following the directions of your State and local authorities, including regarding temporary closures of bars, restaurants, gyms, and other common gathering places, and voluntarily wearing cloth face coverings when out in public.  Importantly, if you are showing common symptoms and feeling sick, stay home and contact your medical provider to discuss next steps in diagnosing and treating your symptoms. Additionally, older Americans and those who have serious underlying health conditions or other risk factors should take extra precautions to mitigate the risk of contracting the coronavirus.  By adhering to these recommendations, as well as practicing good sanitation and hygiene habits, we are all helping win the battle against this invisible enemy.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed intense hardships on our society, but the strength, resiliency, and compassion of the American people are far greater.  Each day, we are seeing the remarkable ways in which the men and women of our great Nation are helping others.  One especially critical way healthy Americans can assist in filling a critical need brought on by this pandemic is by continuing to donate blood.  The American Red Cross is currently facing a dire blood shortage.  If you are of good health and satisfy the eligibility requirements, the process to donate blood is safe, and your donation is needed now more than ever.  To learn more about additional ways in which you can help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, please visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

The United States will defeat this invisible enemy.  On this World Health Day, Melania and I join a grateful Nation in paying tribute to all of our doctors, nurses, healthcare administrators, researchers, scientists, educators, public health officials, and all of the extraordinary men and women who are helping diagnose, heal, inform, protect, and reassure the American people.  Together, we will emerge from this challenge stronger, healthier, and more united than ever before.