Trump Puts Mike Pence In Charge of Response To Coronavirus, Says US Risk ‘Remains Very Low’

Vice President Mike Pence will be put in charge of the U.S. response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in an address from the White House. CNBC reports: Trump, in a rare appearance in the White House briefing room, maintained that the risk to the U.S. from the virus “remains very low,” amid global fears that a pandemic could be imminent. But the U.S. is ready for “anything,” Trump said, including an outbreak “of larger proportions.” In that spirit, Trump said he would be putting Pence, who has “a certain talent for this,” in charge of the response. The president cited his veep’s experience with health care policy during his time as governor of Indiana.

Around noon Wednesday, the CDC had confirmed 60 coronavirus cases in the U.S., a majority of which came from passengers repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of Japan. The Trump administration has taken numerous steps in response to the virus, such as declaring a public health emergency and imposing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines. And White House officials, along with Trump himself, have worked to ease fears of a pandemic that have rattled governments and investors around the world.

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