On Wednesday night, President Trump addressed the nation in an address that was needed. This was only his second Oval Office address since taking office. As I wrote yesterday, Trump has proven his leadership time and again. This was a time that our nation needed his leadership. He certainly delivered.
President Trump announced what the United States was doing to address the virus regarding the health aspect. He discussed testing and the need for older Americans to be vigilant. He also discussed how younger Americans should expect if they contract the virus, that they will recover. This is the same thing we have reported regarding the virus. This portion was aimed to calm some of the chaos that the main stream media has initiated.
The most surprising portion of his speech was that President Trump announced that all travel from Europe would be restricted for 30 days. He stated that the travel restrictions did not apply to the United Kingdom. This was a strong and unprecedented move that many did not expect. It will be interesting to see the response from European leaders regarding the action.
He also talked about the need to address the economic impact and the need to address this. He announced low interest loans to small business to be able to help them weather the economic impacts of the virus. He called on Congress to supply $50 billion in additional funding to the program. He announced that he will be releasing a plan for workers displaced or impacted by the virus to help manage lost wages.
Trump also announced that he has asked Congress to address the payroll tax to allow relief to workers. According to reports, this would suspend the payroll tax for employers and employees across the country through the end of the year. This would provide a lot of stimulation to the economy as it will add over 5% to payrolls of employees across the country. He also announced he was asking the treasury to allow relief without penalty from some tax payments for businesses to help as well.
President Trump continued and talked about the strength of the economy and how we are in a great position to fight off the virus and its affects. He talked about the need to wash your hands and take appropriate precautions. While the left has been critical stating he has not been active, they cannot say that anymore. He is showing strong and active leadership just like we would expect to see.
The speech was an absolutely phenomenal speech. He gave clear precise steps we were taking and seemed calm. This calm is exactly what we expected from Trump and expected to see in the speech. It was a perfect speech in a chaotic time across our country. The speech avoided politics or any blame. There was no finger pointing, it was simply a message of unity as Americans to address the virus head on. All I can say is great job President Trump!
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