President Trump says the Democrats are "politicizing the coronavirus" and is referring to the reaction over the coronavirus/COVID-19 as “the Democrats’ new hoax.” Trump also called out the news media for going "in hysteria mode" over the illness.
He made the remarks during a rally in South Carolina – and clarified later at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that his comments were all about the weaponizing of the coverage.
“Everything is really under control,” Trump noted. “But when they put a mic in front of a Democrat and the Democrats say, doesn't even know what's going on, how is Trump doing, he's doing a terrible job. Well, sadly I'd probably say the same about them,” he said. “You know. I guess it's a natural reflex.”
Meanwhile, President Trump is rolling out new travel restrictions after officials in Washington state announced the first death in the U.S. from the coronavirus. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence announced the ban on travel to and from Iran today along with warning Americans not to travel to parts of Italy and South Korea. Travel from China is already restricted and the President said he's also looking at the southern border with Mexico.
Where are we really with COVID-19? There are currently 74 cases in the United States – with two patients succumbing to the illness. Both had underlying health conditions. At last check, the numbers stood at just over 89-thousand people infected by the virus worldwide – and over three-thousand dead. On the plus side, more than 45-thousand have recovered.
ONE MORE THING! There will be no flights on American Airlines between Milan, Italy and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for just under two months. The air carrier says there will also be no service until April 25th between Milan and Miami. Similarly, Delta Airlines has announced that for two months, they will be suspending daily flights between JFK Airport New York and Milan’s Malpensa Airport.