Border closure and pause in loan repayments: what else did Trump promise at a coronavirus briefing
US President Donald Trump said the closure of the border with Mexico and Canada will not affect trade cargo. He said this today, March 20, during a daily briefing in the White House, informs «Voice of America».
On Friday, March 20, at the White House, President Donald Trump held another briefing on the fight against the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in the United States. Among other things, the president announced the closure of private and business trips to Canada and Mexico. At the same time, Trump explained that closing the borders would not stop current trade contacts between the three countries of North America.
On the subject: Tighter quarantine: US restrictions on movement
In turn, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, answering a question from a journalist on the same topic, noted that the ban on travel to Mexico and Canada and from these countries to the United States would last as long as it would be necessary to improve the epidemiological situation. A little later on Friday, March 20, the U.S. and Canadian authorities issued a joint statement stating that the land border crossing restriction would come into effect on March 21, and so far has a 30-day duration.
In addition, Pompeo emphasized that in the context of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus pandemic, China, Russia, and Iran are spreading a “misinformation virus,” describing the situation in Western countries.
Recording of the live broadcast of the briefing in Russian.
During the briefing, the president stated that he had enacted the Defense Production Act. This measure is designed to allow the U.S. government to accelerate the production of masks, respirators, ventilators, and other necessary equipment to combat the 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak.
The President enacted the law on the evening of March 19.
When asked by the journalist about the reasons for this step, Trump said that the law will allow states to get masks, other essentials and equipment to fight the virus.
The law, which was first enacted during the 1950s Korean War, gives the president broad powers to “accelerate and expand the supply of US industry resources to support military, energy, space, and national security programs,” the Federal Agency’s website says. emergency situations.
According to the president, the administration on Friday March 20 temporarily suspended interest and payments on federal student loans for at least the next 60 days.
Trump also said that the US Department of Education will cancel school exams due to the massive closure of schools across the country.
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