To the editor: The Kent County Republican Central Committee would like to formally applaud both President Donald Trump for his valiant and ceaseless efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus and keep America safe, as well as all of the Democrats who have put partisan politics aside in recognizing the President’s efforts with praise and gratitude.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar unexpectedly praised Trump's handling of the pandemic, as did other Democrats and left-wing commentators, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and CNN's Dana Bash.
In addition to the president’s travel bans on people arriving from China, then Europe and the U.K., he ordered the closing of our northern and southern borders, save for commerce and essential travel.
He created a federal task force comprised of leading doctors, epidemiologists and federal agencies to combat the virus.
Trump recently invoked the 70-year-old Defense Production Act to give the government more power to steer production by private companies in overcoming shortages in ventilators, masks and other supplies, ordered assistance from the VA hospitals and doctors with private health care facilities, and released the supply of special masks from the Pentagon for health care workers.
Describing himself as a “wartime president” fighting an invisible enemy, the president authorized an aid package which will guarantee paid sick leave to workers infected by the virus.
Trump will expand the nation's diagnostic testing capacity in concerted efforts with the nation’s largest medical labs. The Senate overwhelmingly passed a second coronavirus response bill, which Trump signed, providing free testing for the virus to anyone.
In New York, an epicenter of the pandemic, the president will deploy a Navy hospital ship to New York City and another such ship to the West Coast. He also ordered the Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend foreclosures and evictions through April to help Americans facing lost jobs due to the crisis.
Meanwhile the administration is working out the details to send a proposed $500 billion in relief checks to millions of Americans, with the first checks to come April 6, if approved by Congress.
Kent County Republican Central Committee