Trump touts US job gains as coronavirus cases hit record highs

Trump touts US job gains as coronavirus cases hit record highs

Trump touts US job gains as coronavirus cases hit record highs

"The good thing is the numbers will be coming out just prior to the election", Trump said. "I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know somehow I don't see it for myself". But then he warned: "You'll have a crash like you've never seen before, you put the wrong person in office". At the centre of the debate has been President Trump's reluctance to wear a face mask.

He also cheered the soaring U.S. stock market, but left without taking questions from reporters on the surge in cases of coronavirus, or the scandal over reports that USA intelligence believed a Russian unit paid bounties for Taliban-linked militants to kill United States troops.

"We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - a Kentucky Republican.

"It looked like the Lone Ranger", he added, referring to the law-and-order character from the American old west who wore a black eye mask.

In early April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures were hard to maintain.

Kellyanne Conway conceded that Americans weren't wearing masks as much as they should be to combat the spread of COVID-19, but made it clear she didn't think it was President Trump's job to be the mask police.

When the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in April began recommending people wear masks or cloth coverings in public to help stop the spread of the virus, Trump had said that he would not follow the practice. "And I think we're going to have a vaccine very soon too".

New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham, a Democrat, on Wednesday extended the state's emergency public health order through July 15, saying that authorities would "aggressively" enforce mandatory mask rules.

Trump said people "should" wear the masks if they "feel good about" doing so.

More than 100,000 Indian-American doctors have contributed to the fight against the coronavirus and the president thanks them for their tireless, life-saving work, White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt said. Good for them! Even the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, said last week that he would pursue a federal mask mandate if elected.

Trump's comments came amid a record daily number of new coronavirus cases and decisions by some states to slow or reverse plans to reopen their economies.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today: 'What we have seen over the last several days is a spike in cases that are well beyond the worst spikes that we have seen.

"We have got to get that under control, or we risk an even greater outbreak in the United States".

"We have some areas where we're putting out the flames or the fires, and that's working out well", Trump said.

Comparing the U.S. with Europe, where nearly complete lockdown was achieved, he added: 'In the United States, even in the most strict lockdown, only about 50 per cent of the country was locked down.

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