Trump touts progress in battling coronavirus, slams Dem rivals during North Carolina campaign rally

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Trump touts progress in battling coronavirus, slams Dem rivals during North Carolina campaign rally
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Trump touts progress in battling coronavirus, slams Dem rivals during North Carolina campaign rally
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President Trump boasted of his administration’s work in combating the coronavirus during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C. Monday evening, while laying into Democrats and his political rivals for trying to “politicize” the outbreak.

Trump promised that there will soon be a vaccine ready to deal with the deadly virus and said that his administration is working hard to contain the current outbreak in the United States.

“My administration has taken the most aggressive approach in American history to deal with coronavirus,” Trump said on stage at the Bojangles Coliseum. “We have strong borders and our tough and early actions have proven 100 percent right”

He added: “We closed our borders very early to certain countries. We took a lot of heat … Washington Democrats are trying to politicize the coronavirus.”

Trump’s comments came after a day of meetings with pharmaceutical company executives and his coronavirus task force, and as more infections of the virus were reported across the country. During his meeting, Trump pressed pharmaceutical executives to quickly develop a vaccine, but even the most optimistic predictions don’t see one coming to market for months.

The threat of the virus didn’t deter fans of Trump from attending Monday’s rally, where people in the stands shared buckets of chicken fingers and dunked their hands into shared vats of popcorn while they awaited the president’s arrival.

The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 3,100 people around the world and upended life for many others. In the U.S., the number of infections has surpassed 100, with six dead. Federal officials have not advised against large gatherings in the U.S., leaving that to local officials.

In Congress, bipartisan negotiations are nearly complete on a bill that would allocate $7 billion to $8 billion in emergency funding to battle the virus, according to both Democratic and GOP aides. The measure appears on track to be unveiled as early as Tuesday, and the hope is to speed it quickly through both House and Senate by the end of the week.

During his rally, Trump also touted Monday’s stock market rebound, which followed after all three indices had plummeted last week due to fears of the economic impact of the coronavirus.

“We just had the largest one day increase in the stock market in history,” he said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 1,300 points, or 5 percent, Monday as stocks roared back from a seven-day rout on hopes that central banks will take action to shield the global economy from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The huge gains clawed back some of the ground lost last week in a massive sell-off that gave stocks their worst stretch since the financial crisis of 2008.

Trump opened his rally going right after his two main Democratic rivals – mocking former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent verbal flubs and labeling Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as a “radical socialist.”

You can read the rest of Andrew O’Reilly’s article at FoxNews.com

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