United States President Donald Trump announced that his administration has approved a plan to send an additional $11 billion (€10.9 billion) to US states, territories and tribal government to help ramp up testing for the coronavirus during a press briefing in Washington DC on Monday. While Trump told reporters the amount would be $1 billion, this was apparently a mistake according to White House... Еще officials.
«To further expand our nation's testing capabilities, this afternoon I am announcing that my administration and we've got this all approved, it's all done is sending [$11] billion to America's states, territories and tribes. So it's all been approved. We've gotten it done, completed. The money is going out,» said Trump.
«This major investment will ensure that America continues to conduct more tests than any country on earth by far,» he added.
In the past weeks, the White House refused to set up targets for specific testing with Trump explaining that local governors are responsible for conducting tests.
Trump abruptly ended the press conference following a contentious exchange with a CBS News correspondent. Weijia Jiang asked the president why he sees testing as a «global competition» as Americans «are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day.»
«Well they're losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that's a question you should ask China. Don't ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you might get a very unusual answer,» replied Trump, before calling the comment a «nasty question» and ending the press conference.