Live coverage: President Trump restricts 'all travel' from US to Europe starting Friday




Live coverage: President Trump restricts \
Live coverage: President Trump restricts \'all travel\' from US to Europe starting Friday  

President Trump addresses the nation Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT about his administration's response to the coronavirus. Refresh frequently for updates.

Trump said the administration will restrict "all travel" to the U.S. from Europe, which is reeling from the epidemic. Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The restriction goes into place Friday at midnight, Trump said.

France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases.

The administration has already restricted travel from China and Iran. Trump has repeatedly trumpeted his early move to limit travel from China, saying the decision saved lives. Experts say it likely slowed the arrival of the virus in the United States.

Trump's address on coronavirus is underway

President Donald Trump has started his address to the nation from the Oval Office on the coronavirus outbreak at 9:01 p.m. EDT, just about on schedule.

"Tonight I want to speak with you about our nation's unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak," Trump said, noting the pandemic designation from the World Health Organization earlier in the day.

It's a critical speech for Trump's presidency by any measure. Look for him to address the public health aspects of the pandemic, his administration's response and the potential economic impact - all while he attempts to calm a jittery nation and leave a door open to working with Democrats on an economic stimulus.

-- John Fritze

Pence calls Pelosi before Trump speech

Vice President Mike Pence and another member of the administration's coronavirus task force called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about an hour before President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak to the nation.

Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Pelosi briefly about the emergency legislation the House has proposed to combat the coronavirus, Pelosi's spokesman tweeted.

Trump's address will come hours after the World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300.

As Congress and the Trump administration negotiate an economic package to cope with the coronavirus, disagreements are emerging over whether to focus on tax relief or provide direct aid to people who lose income from illness or an economic downturn.

Congressional Democrats proposed free testing for the virus and enhanced paid sick leave, unemployment insurance and food assistance.

- Maureen Groppe

Trump's second formal address from the Oval Office

When President Donald Trump makes his prime-time address tonight amid a widening coronavirus that is now a pandemic, it will mark only his second formal Oval Office speech to the nation.

Trump's address will come hours after the World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300. Confirmed cases in the U.S. crept past 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

Amid a budget fight last year that led to a five-week partial government shutdown, Trump used a January address to pressure Democrats to agree to his request for $5.7 billion for his long-promised border wall along the southern border as a condition to end the stand-off.

During that speech, he stopped short of declaring a national emergency but declared one a month later to redirect funds from other federal agencies to the Department of Homeland Security to go toward building about 80 miles of barriers in California, Arizona and New Mexico. The decision led to a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in July that he could use the military funding to build a portion of his wall.

More: Trump demands border wall in speech; Democrats accuse him of sowing fear

Earlier this year Trump addressed the nation from the Grand Foyer of the White House hours after Iran rained more than a dozen rockets down on U.S. airbases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. He sought to calm fears of a potential war with Iran after escalations over the U.S. killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Tehran's most powerful leaders.

Trump is expected to again try to quell fears as the rapid spread of coronavirus sparks panic across the country and rattles the stock markets.

- Courtney Subramanian

Trump's address timing explained

President Donald Trump chose a critical day to deliver his rare address to the nation, a potential inflection point both for the coronavirus and the nation's response to it.

And there's an enormous amount at stake for the president.

Trump's remarks come hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. It's a loosely defined word, but to be labeled a pandemic a virus must have "sustained transmission throughout the world," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY last month.

More: Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic: What does that mean

The president's speech comes as the global death toll rose above 4,600 on Wednesday and confirmed cases in the U.S. crept past 1,200, according to Johns Hopkins.

His remarks also arrive at an exceptional moment in U.S. politics, as Trump seeks to get a grip on the virus and its economic ramifications in an election year. Top White House aides are negotiating with House Democrats over an economic stimulus that Trump has described as "dramatic." Details of that proposal, so far, have been very much influx.

The virus - and Trump's sometimes wobbly response to it - is also increasingly factoring into the 2020 presidential race. Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have cancelled large rallies because of the virus, and are raising it as an issue to question Trump's leadership. A Trump campaign aide, meanwhile, claimed Wednesday that Biden was canceling events as "an excuse to get off the campaign trail."

More: Trump aide says Biden using coronavirus 'to get off the campaign trail'

- John Fritze

Trump announces rare public address to the nation for coronavirus

President Donald Trump will make a prime-time address from the Oval Office on Wednesday about coronavirus amid widening concerns over an outbreak that is now a pandemic.

Trump's address will come hours after the World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300. Confirmed cases in the U.S. crept past 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

"I'll be making a statement later tonight," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

Trump initially said that his remarks would "probably" take place 8 p.m. EDT. He later tweeted that he would be "addressing the Nation this evening" at 9 p.m. EDT.

Trump declined to say whether he would announce additional travel restrictions or a national emergency. He said there would be economic and health announcements during his statement.

The president last delivered an Oval Office address to the nation on Jan. 8, 2019 amid the government shutdown. He used the address to make his case for additional federal funding for border security, including his long-proposed wall.

The Trump administration is scrambling to respond to the public health and economic fallout from the virus. Trump and Democrats are negotiating over what the president described as a "dramatic" stimulus. As part of that, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the administration is considering delaying the annual April 15 tax day.

- John Fritze, David Jackson and Courtney Subramanian

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump to address the nation from Oval Office on coronavirus pandemic

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