But Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, criticised Mr Trump's messaging around the outbreak, telling NBC the president "hasn't communicated the way I would, and the way I might like him to". It is his second campaign fundraiser in Florida over the past few days.
A rebel doctor defied Donald Trump by warning the public about the coronavirus before the US President had a chance to play it down. "If you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable, so it's our responsibility to protect the vulnerable", Fauci said. "The enemy isn't a foreign country, it's a virus".
A day after saying it was "proceeding as normal", Trump's campaign cancelled a three-day Women for Trump bus tour across MI that included Mercedes Schlapp, the former White House aide who is married to the American Conservative Union chairman, Matt Schlapp.
The fears surrounding the virus have shaken the stock market, a source of pride for Trump for a long time. The study looked at tweets since 2016 without regard to specific content.
Asked if he was concerned about the virus getting closer, Trump said: "No, I'm not concerned at all". "The markets are making a joint bet about how the virus plays out and how it affects the economy".
Officials reported that two people at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference attended by Trump and the administration's coronavirus point man, Vice President Mike Pence, had tested positive for the new coronavirus.
"When I was hearing the amount of people that died with the flu, I was shocked to hear it", Trump said while touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's headquarters. Trump met on Monday with his task force managing the country's response.
Public health officials have warned that with the case count growing, disruptions to everyday life in the USA are inevitable.
"The bottom line is, I shake anybody's hand now". "When I say protect, I mean right now, not wait until things get worse, say 'no large crowds, no long trips, and above all, don't get on a cruise ship.'" Fauci pointed out that numerous cases are showing signs of "community spread", meaning they couldn't be traced back to a single source and suggesting the outbreak is intensifying.
Among the issues that has emerged as a priority is the sudden instability in oil markets touched off by a breakdown in talks between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia aimed at cutting output. The Grand Princess, with 21 confirmed coronavirus infections among 3,500 people on board, is due to dock in nearby Oakland Monday. Weijia Jiang reports on the mixed messages.
For weeks, cases in the United States remained very low but the count has been accelerating in the past several days.
Public health officials worry about the effect of so much disinformation from the president amid the crisis.
"We may go - they thought there was a problem with CDC with somebody who had the virus", he told reporters, adding that the person in question has been tested and it is a negative test. President Trump claimed there is a test for anyone who wants one, but one day later, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar had to correct him, saying, "You may not get a test unless a doctor or public health official prescribes a test".
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