Statement from the President Regarding the Defense Production Act

America is at war against an invisible enemy.  Unfortunately, the outbreak of the virus has led to wartime profiteering by unscrupulous brokers, distributors, and other intermediaries operating in secondary markets.  This wartime profiteering is leading to hoarding and soaring prices for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, and N-95 respirators, all of which are ...
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Memorandum on Allocating Certain Scarce or Threatened Health and Medical Resources to Domestic Use

To deal with the threat that the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 poses to our Nation’s healthcare systems, on March 18, 2020, I issued Executive Order 13909 (Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19), in which I found that health and medical resources needed to respond to the ...
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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

“Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest contributors to organizations like the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

I want to start today by highlighting several critical developments on both the testing and treatment that will help us win our war against the coronavirus. On Friday, the FDA authorized a new test developed by Abbott Labs that delivers lightning-fast results in as little as five minutes.  That’s a whole new ballgame.  I want ...
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Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

On April 1, 2015, by Executive Order 13694, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious ...
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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19

Well, thank you very much.  First of all, I’d like to congratulate the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA and everybody else in the federal government, working with state government, but on the incredible job that the Army Corps and FEMA did on building the hospital in New York at the Javits Center.  Two thousand ...
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COVID-19 Information

Updated on March 27, 2020 Please see: Alert and Messages webpage The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 Level 4 – Do Not Travel to: Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine ...
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Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 27, 2020

Thank you very much.  Great to have you. And thank you all for being here.  My administration is taking new action to ensure that America has the medical resources and equipment needed to fight the global pandemic.  It’s been a brutal pandemic for over 150 countries all over the world. We’ve had great success over ...
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Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 24, 2020

Thank you very much.  Been a very busy day.  I want to thank the American people for the incredible sacrifices that they’re making on behalf of our nation.  And I want to encourage everyone to keep following our guidelines on social distancing: avoiding large gatherings and hand washing, and all of the other things that ...
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Department of State’s Global Effort To Bring Americans Home, March 24, 2020

The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. We have no higher duty than to protect American citizens, and have launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every corner of the globe. As of today, we have ...
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USAFE supports Italy COVID-19 response, March 22, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano AB, Italy, for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This mobile, or fixed system, provides 10 patient holding/staging beds and can support a maximum throughput ...
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Coronavirus, Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus on SkyTG24

We want the Italian people to know that we are in this battle together.  Italy and the United States have a solid, historical bond.  Just think, for example, of all the Italian-Americans who go back and forth between our two countries.  Just a few days ago I spoke to the Italian Ambassador to the United States and I ...
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President Donald J. Trump Approves Washington Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Washington and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available for Crisis ...
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U.S. scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines

U.S. innovators are rushing to combat the new coronavirus, with vaccines already in development and new treatment options being tested in the United States and Asia. The rapid response received a boost this month as President Trump signed into law $8.3 billion in federal funds to fight COVID-19. The funding is helping federal agencies and their private-sector ...
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Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 20, 2020

Thank you very much.  I had a very good telephone conversation — extremely good — with Senator Schumer a little while ago.  We’re working on various elements of the deal, and the Democrats are very much wanting something to happen, and the Republicans, likewise, are very much wanting something to happen.  And I think it ...
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President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Necessary Safety Measures at the Border to Prevent Further Spread of the Coronavirus

The United States has reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders. The United States will expeditiously return aliens who cross between ports of entry or are otherwise not allowed to enter the country, as the facilities in which these aliens would normally be held cannot ...
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COVID-19 Emergency: Ambassador Eisenberg Praises Efforts by Italian Companies

We are delighted the Italian company Copan Diagnostics continues to produce COVID-19 testing swabs in sufficient quantity to satisfy Italian need and sell abroad. Italian private enterprise is helping to save lives around the world. I applaud this effort. The US will continue to buy these swabs from Italian companies as needed. The US and ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Video Teleconference with Governors on COVID-19

Well, thank you very much.  It is great having FEMA involved.  We’ve had tremendous success working together, and we appreciate all of the people here.  And it’s an honor to be with all of you.  You’re doing a fantastic job, by the way.  And so now we’re, as of yesterday when we — when we ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Di Maio emphasized the strength of the U.S.-Italian relationship in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. Secretary Pompeo praised the resolve and resilience the Italian people have demonstrated in this difficult time.
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Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response

Well, thank you very much.  And today I welcome the great nurses of our country to the White House and express our gratitude for those on the frontlines in our war against the global pandemic.  And it’s been something, but we’re winning it.  We will win.  It’s a question of when, and I think it’s ...
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White House Announces Partnership with Ad Council, Major Media Networks, and Digital Platforms for COVID-19 Messages

President Donald J. Trump today announced a major partnership with the Ad Council, major media networks, and digital platforms to effectively communicate accurate and timely information directly to the American people. This partnership is another important component of the all-of-America response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and will benefit high-risk populations and the general public with public service announcements ...
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Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Tourism Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response

Well, thank you very much.  We have the tourism industry executives, the biggest anywhere in the world.  These are the great ones, and they’re going to say a couple of little words pretty soon, I think.  We’ll talk about their company quickly and the number of employees and what’s happened since the Chinese virus came ...
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FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn: “Be Wary of Anyone Claiming They Can Cure COVID-19. Talk to Your Doctor.”

Part of the FDA’s mission is to protect Americans from health fraud. This includes warning about the dangers of purchasing and using medical products or devices that have not been proven safe and/or effective for the uses they claim. Health fraud scams can cause delays in proper diagnoses and treatment and may even lead to ...
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Coronavirus Guidelines for America

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part. The new recommendations are ...
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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 15, 2020

Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General Milan, Naples, and Florence. The CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Italy and State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel. See CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.
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President, Vice President and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing

Thank you very much.  We just completed a very good meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force.  And we — we’re really — they’re really doing a great job, our professionals.  The results are very — very, very good.  And when you compare this to what’s happening around the world, we’re very proud of our people. ...
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Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this ...
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Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, has determined that the virus presents a serious public health threat, and CDC continues to take steps to prevent its spread.  But CDC, along with State and local health departments, has limited resources, and the public health system could ...
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Letter from President Donald J. Trump on Emergency Determination Under the Stafford Act

I have determined that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency determination under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). My decision to make this determination pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

We’ve been working very hard on this.  We’ve made tremendous progress.  When you compare what we’ve done to other areas of the world, it’s pretty incredible.  A lot of that had to do with the early designation and the closing of the borders. And, as you know, Europe was just designated as the hotspot right ...
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Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

The spread of COVID-19 within our Nation’s communities threatens to strain our Nation’s healthcare systems.  As of March 12, 2020, 1,645 people from 47 States have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.  It is incumbent on hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country to assess their preparedness posture and be prepared to surge ...
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Memorandum on Expanding State-Approved Diagnostic Tests

It is the policy of the United States to take proactive measures to prepare for and respond to public health threats, including the public health emergency involving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) on January 31, 2020, pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service ...
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Mission Italy, Embassy to the Holy See, and USUN Rome Change in Operations due to COVID-19

The U.S. Missions to Italy and to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See have limited their operations as of March 11, 2020, in accordance with the Government of Italy’s March 9 decree establishing a country-wide protective zone to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Reduced levels of staff will ...
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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 12, 2020

Due to reduced staffing that went into effect March 11, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General Milan, Naples, and Florence. The CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Italy and State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel. See CDC information regarding high-risk traveler ...
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Global Health Advisory, Bureau of Consular Affairs, March 11, 2020

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel ...
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Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world. Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic. We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are ...
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Proclamation – Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” and causes the disease ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence on Coronavirus, March 10

Well, thank you very much.  We’re meeting with the top executives of the health insurance companies, the biggest companies in our country — probably the biggest companies in our country, probably the biggest companies in the world.  I can’t imagine being much bigger. But these are the great — the great health insurance companies.  And ...
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Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force

Well, let me say, the recommendations that you have and that every American now has at Coronavirus.gov apply to every jurisdiction in the country, every state and every community, irrespective of whether or not there’s been a coronavirus case established. I will tell you that we’re working very closely with California, Washington, New York, Florida to develop ...
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Readout from the Vice President’s Discussion on Covid-19

Vice President Mike Pence today participated in a discussion with nearly 50 of our Nation’s governors to provide an update on the work of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to continue coordination with governors and state and local officials to respond to and prepare for the coronavirus, and to thank governors and state and ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Coronavirus Briefing with Cruise Line Executives and Port Directors

As many of you know, Florida had its first two COVID-19-linked fatalities yesterday.  And so we are stressing to folks that if you look at how this virus impacts people, the folks who are elderly and have underlying medical conditions are at much greater risk to have serious complications.  So we’ve been working hard with ...
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Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

That was many weeks ago.  So they saw there was something going on in China long before anybody even heard of it.  That was actually before it was even in the print. They heard there was a problem in China.  That’s when they started working on this, and that’s pretty incredible.  That’s why we’re in ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

I think, you know, a lot of people are staying here and they’re going to be doing their business here.  They’re going to be traveling here.  And they’ll be going to resorts here.  And, you know, we have a great place.  That’s where — so, foreign people come, but we’re going to have Americans staying ...
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Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

Let me begin, as always, by saying that according to all the experts gathered here and on our task force, the risks of the American public of contracting the coronavirus remains low. But that being said, we’re continuing to lean into this effort in full partnership with state and local health authorities around the country ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press, March 5, 2020

Let’s start with our efforts, the State Department’s efforts on coronavirus.  The State Department continues to support President Trump’s strong leadership and whole-of-government approach to protect Americans.  There’s no higher duty for us. I’m sure you’ve all seen the President’s briefings and updates from CDC and HHS, and the good news that Deborah Birx from ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting at the 3M Innovation Center

As the President said, we’re all in this together.  And he wanted me to be here in Minnesota to build on the strong partnership that we have, with your administration, here to protect the people of Minnesota as our nation deals with the coronavirus.  But I’m also here, as Governor Walz said, because not only ...
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Travel Advisory: Updated Travel Advisory for Italy February 29, 2020

Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures. There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Italy. Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, ...
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Travel Advisory: Updated Travel Advisory for Italy February 28, 2020

There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Italy. Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in Italy.  Sustained community spread means that people have been infected with ...
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Reception in Honor of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia & Parkinson’s Disease

Welcome to Villa Taverna to celebrate the work of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease. I want to thank the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, and Antonio Pisani of the Department of Systems Medicine, for organizing this event. Let me also recognize my dear friends Bonnie Strauss and Nancy Rackoff. Your cause is ...
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