As the coronavirus continues to spread, the White House requested $1.25 billion in emergency funding to address the crisis on Monday. The Trump administration also said it will use more than half a billion dollars meant for addressing the Ebola virus — a move the chair of the House Appropriations Committee called “profoundly disturbing.” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said Monday Trump’s funding request was “too little, too late.” This comes just weeks after Trump’s proposed budget for 2021 cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 16%.
On a state visit to India Tuesday, President Trump said he believed China was getting coronavirus under control, and said, “I think that is a problem that is going to go away.” But as the rate of infection in China slows, infections are spreading around the globe, particularly in South Korea, Italy and Iran. Cases have also been identified in Lebanon, Israel, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The death toll worldwide is more than 2,700, with over 80,000 cases of infection.