Hasil gambar untuk mediahukumindonesiaFrom: The White House <info@mail.whitehouse.gov>To: <redaksi@mediahukumindonesia.com>Date: Sat, 29 Feb 2020 03:38:21 +0700 Subject: Trump Says Coronavirus Response is Working, Taps Pence to Lead Fight

Trump Says Coronavirus Response is Working, Taps Pence to Lead Fight

President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence, and other members of the President's Coronavirus Task Force speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Washington Times

“President Trump told Americans not to panic over the coronavirus Wednesday, saying he’s taken the reins, U.S. patients are recovering, and his decision to defy critics and restrict travel from China is working,” Tom Howell Jr. reports. “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low,” the President said.

The president also announced he is tasking Vice President Mike Pence with leading America’s fight against the new pathogen.

Mr. Trump adopted a rosier tone than his own officials, who one day prior said the virus that’s sickened thousands elsewhere is all but guaranteed to spread in U.S. communities, so Americans should get ready.

Flanked by his government disease-fighters, the president said he doesn’t think flare-ups are inevitable.“Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared,” he said. “It may get a little bigger, it may not get bigger at all.”

Even as he spoke, however, the CDC announced it had discovered a case in California that isn’t linked to travel or a person known to be sick. The person might have been exposed to a returning traveler, though the case is sure to raise new fears of community spread in the U.S.

The U.S. is monitoring 60 cases of the virus overall, though 45 of them were “imported” by repatriating Americans from China and a cruise ship in Japan. “The level that we’ve had in our country is very low and those people are getting better,” Mr. Trump said, referring to cases discovered in the country.

Mr. Trump, who faces reelection in November, is trying to confront the risk decisively and defuse Wall Street panic or criticism from the media and his 2020 rivals. The president rarely uses the White House briefing room but gathered with his coronavirus task force and Mr. Pence.

The president said he is tapping Mr. Pence to lead the response alongside Health Secretary Alex Azar, who will continue to lead the White House’s coronavirus task force. Mr. Azar said it wasn’t a snub because Mr. Pence offers him more clout in Washington.

Mr. Trump also said he’s ready to accept more than the $2.5 billion he’s requested from Congress to fight the outbreak. “If they want to give more, we’ll do more,” he said in a crowded White House briefing room.

Mr. Trump repeatedly took credit for barring foreign nationals who’ve been to China of late and imposing a quarantine on returning citizens, saying he doesn’t plan to lift the restrictions until the outlook improves. He isn’t putting restrictions on Italy, South Korea and other countries that are seeing a massive surge in cases, though he reserved the right to do so later. “It’s not the right time to do that,” Mr. Trump said.

The new virus was discovered in Hubei Province, China, in December. It causes an illness known as COVID-19 that can lead to respiratory distress and organ failure.

China has reported over 78,000 cases, including 2,718 deaths, to the World Health Organization. New cases in China are dwindling. “If you can count on the reports coming out of China, that spread has gone down quite a bit,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s actually gotten smaller.”

Still, jitters over the virus caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to forfeit early gains Wednesday and lose 123.77 points, or nearly 0.5%, at closing despite being up over 460 points, or 1.7%, earlier in the day. The S&P500 also squandered its gains while the NASDAQ held on, closing 15 points up.

The markets have suffered major routs this week amid fears the disease known as COVID-19 will cause long-lasting damage to global supply chains.

Beyond China, cases in Italy passed the 400-mark and South Korea reported over 1,200. Each nation has reported a dozen deaths.

European nations are studying whether new cases in Germany, France and elsewhere are tied to the cluster of infections in northern Italy. Pope Francis still held an audience in Rome on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lent season, although the faithful wore face masks to St. Peter’s Square.

Other worshippers found churches closed across Italy on the holy day, an astonishing development in the Catholic nation.

🎬 Vice President Pence: President’s message is clear: We’re ready.

Trump’s India Statecraft is Forward-Thinking and Necessary

Gambar mungkin berisi: 1 orang, luar ruanganWashington Examiner

“Addressing more than 100,000 people in a packed Ahmedabad stadium [in India this week], Trump offered a bright vision of future friendship between the world’s most powerful and its most populous democracies.”

Addressing democratic values, Trump carefully hinted at concerns over India’s treatment of its Muslim citizens. While praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the president celebrated an India in which “millions upon millions of Hindus and Muslims, Sikhs and Jains, Buddhists, Christians, and Jews worship side by side in harmony.” Building on this theme of democracies made strong by diversity, Trump called for “every Indian, north and south, Hindu or Muslim, Jewish and Christian, young and old, take pride in the glories of your past, unite for an even brighter future, and let our two nations always stand together as powerful defenders of peace and liberty.”

Asked at a later press conference whether he had raised the issue of religious liberty in private meetings with Modi, Trump confirmed that he had done so. Describing shared U.S. and Indian efforts against terrorists, Trump threw Modi a line that President Barack Obama would have been highly unlikely to offer. He promised Indians that America would continue “to crack down on the terrorist organizations and militants that operate on the Pakistani border.” Trump’s strong stance here will go down well with an Indian government and people still reeling from a Pakistani terrorist attack last February that killed 40 people. Equally important is the fact that Trump’s robust stance on Pakistani terrorist threats stands in contrast to unhelpful positions of calculated indifference taken by China and Russia.

Trump also promoted the “quad” strategic dialogue among the democracies of the United States, Australia, Japan, and India. He announced India’s purchase of $3 billion in U.S. helicopters, and, in distinctly Trumpian terms, he offered a rationale for why India would gain by abandoning its Sino-Russian flirtations in favor of a U.S. partnership.

“We have spent two and a half trillion dollars on rebuilding our military. It’s the most powerful military anywhere in the world by far. That is why I have come here to India, in the spirit of fondness and goodwill, to expand our cherished partnership of incredible power and potential,” Trump said. “I believe that the United States should be India’s premier defense partner, and that’s the way it’s working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security, and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come.”

Trump is here linking Chinese efforts to dominate the western Pacific oceans with Beijing’s growing effort to project power at India’s doorstep. It’s a clever step for two reasons. First, New Delhi is increasingly concerned by China’s sponsorship and use of the Pakistani port at Gwadar and related efforts to undermine India’s security on its northern borders. Second, the U.S. needs all the allies it can get to deter Chinese President Xi Jinping’s effort to turn the world’s oceans into his private playground.

Unfortunately, there is still no U.S.-India trade deal, but that could be a good thing if, as the president suggests, this is because the two sides are working on a bigger deal than expected. This is a relationship that is important we get right, so patience is in order.

But, ultimately, this trip hinted at the possibilities of a very bright future. If India and the U.S. can form a common bond built on the rule of law, national sovereignty, and democracy, they will be that much more prosperous and safe. This presidential tale is not defined by tweets but by true statesmanship.

🇮🇳 Watch: President and First Lady visit the historic Taj Mahal!

Trump Meets With Black Supporters, Vows Equal Opportunity

The Associated PressThe Associated Press

During a reception Thursday honoring African American History Month, President Trump “cited low unemployment rates for African Americans and passage of a criminal justice bill providing earlier release for thousands of federal drug offenders” as strides made under the Trump Administration to deliver equal opportunity for all Americans.

“I will not stop. I will not give up until we have delivered equal and abundant opportunity to every neighborhood across our land,” Trump said at a reception.

Before the reception, he met with black supporters who complained that Trump was not being given enough credit, or that he had been portrayed unfairly as racist. “You attack him, you attack all of us,” said Bruce LeVell of Georgia.

Trump’s reelection campaign has stepped up its outreach to black Americans as it tries to claw away support from the traditionally Democratic voting bloc ahead of November’s general election.

Approval of Trump among black Americans has been consistent at about 1 in 10 over the course of his presidency. A Pew Research Center analysis of people who participated in its polls and were confirmed to have voted showed Trump won just 6% of black voters in 2016.

But the campaign claims it is seeing an uptick of support among black men in particular — and notes that even a small shift in the electorate could decide close races.Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Trump’s Court Win Denying Sanctuary Cities Grants is Major Blow to Liberal Extremists

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“On Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a lower court decision and ruled that the Department of Justice can indeed withhold grant money from local and state governments that purposely flout the law and put American lives at risk,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd writes.

This ruling is obvious, sensible and just — at least to anyone who isn’t a pro-open-borders extremist.In question in this specific case was the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which dispenses $250 million per year to support state local criminal justice efforts, and upon which many sanctuary jurisdictions rely in order to meet their budgetary needs.

One such jurisdiction is New York City, and the response to Wednesday’s ruling from its mayor, Bill de Blasio, typifies the hypocrisy and outright absurdity of those who think releasing criminal illegal aliens onto the streets is the right thing to do.

“President Trump’s latest retaliation against his hometown takes away security funding from the number one terrorist target in America,” de Blasio said in a statement, “all because we refuse to play by his arbitrary rules.”

Those so-called arbitrary rules are the literal law of the land, requirements specifically added by Congress for cities that want to receive Bryne grants, whether Mr. de Blasio likes it or not. And the notion that a mayor who as a matter of policy refuses to hand over criminal illegal aliens to federal law enforcement — instead unleashing them to wreak more havoc on law-abiding citizens — would suddenly pretend to care about the security of his city is quite frankly offensive.

Yet to Mr. de Blasio and his allies, President Trump’s efforts to enforce the law of the land and protect American lives amounts to “retaliation.” This is the essence of their position against the Trump administration’s policy. They truly believe that they have the right to take federal money intended to help them enforce the law while simultaneously refusing to assist federal law enforcement. They actually have the gall to demand federal money intended for public safety while actively undermining public safety with their sanctuary policies.

In addition to highlighting the morally indefensible position of sanctuary jurisdictions and their supporters, the circuit court decision also highlights the importance of President Trump’s efforts to reshape the judiciary.

MORE: “Immigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values”

During India Trip, Melania Trump Visits ‘Happiness’ Class at School

The Associated Press
“U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday visited a ‘happiness class’ at a government-run school in the Indian capital. The curriculum dovetails with her ‘Be Best’ initiative to teach children and young adults to be kind, avoid drugs and take care of themselves,” The Associated Press reports.

A student band at the Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School played bagpipes as they greeted the first lady at the school, which was decorated with floral garlands and motifs.

She sported a floral wreath around her neck as she stopped at a reading room, spent time with kindergarten students and watched a yoga practice.

She later told them during brief remarks that “Sarvodaya” means prosperity to all.

The New Delhi state government began offering “happiness” classes 18 months ago to teach students meditation, street plays and basic obedience aimed at reducing their levels of anxiety and stress.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who oversees education, tweeted that the program’s early results had inspired confidence among local officials that the “happiness” classes are the “ultimate solution to all violence & hate in mindsets that we are facing worldwide.”

 First Lady: Meeting students at Sarvodaya School was “unforgettable”

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