As the new coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday local time that he will launch a wartime bill to expand the production of protective equipment such as masks. According to Reuters and U.S. media reports, Trump announced the same day that he would activate the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted by the United States during the Korean War, which would allow the president to require U.S. companies to produce supplies for defense purposes that would help speed up masks, Production of ventilators and other necessary equipment.
Trump announces wartime bill to expand defense equipment production
Original title: Spell it! Trump announces wartime bill to expand production of protective equipment, enacted during the Korean War
Speaking at a White House briefing, Mr. Trump said the bill would allow him to “do a lot of good when we need it.”
Mr. Trump said he was mobilizing federal emergency services across the country to help deal with the coronavirus. He also said he would deploy two naval medical ships to California and New York as the number of cases increased.
At the same time, Mr. Trump said he would invoke another law that would allow the United States to deport illegal immigrants trying to cross the southern until the U.S. border illegally. He said the border would not be closed.
“No, we’re not going to shut it down, but we’re invoking a clause that gives us a lot of freedom to move,” he said. “
According to global real-time outbreak data released by Johns Hopkins University, as of 7:30 a.m. Beijing time on the 19th, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States has reached 7,769, of which the number of deaths has risen to 118.
Trump Signs 2nd Outbreak Response Bill Free Virus Testing, Paid Leave
Originaltitle: Trump Signs 2nd New Coronary Pneumonia Outbreak Response Bill, Free Virus Testing, Paid Leave
On March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a relief bill to address the new coronavirus outbreak, including free testing for the virus and paid leave, CNN reported.
The Senate approved the bill passed by the House of Representatives early Wednesday, the report said. CNN commented that the move allows the Senate to focus on the next round of relief to deal with the new coronary pneumonia outbreak.
According to Bloomberg, this is the second major bill signed by Mr. Trump to deal with the new outbreak of pneumonia.