- President Donald Trump accused the Democrats of "politicizing" the corona virus and described their criticism of how he responded to the disease as a "new joke".
- Trump hosted a rally for his presidential campaign in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, blaming Democrats for criticizing his handling of the outbreak.
- Trump's comments came after two more cases of coronavirus occurred in the United States, bringing the total number of cases in the United States to at least 64.
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President Donald Trump said growing fears of the corona virus were Democrats' "new joke" and accused them of politicizing the disease.
Trump hosted a rally for his presidential campaign in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, blaming Democrats for criticizing his handling of the outbreak.
"Now the Democrats are politicizing the corona virus," Trump said, adding, "They can't even count their votes in Iowa," referring to the catastrophic rallies in Iowa earlier this month.
"You tried to take you to Russia, Russia, Russia; you couldn't do it," he continued. "You tried the impeachment fraud that was in perfect conversation … this is your new joke."
Trump's comments came after two more cases of coronavirus occurred in the U.S. on Friday. In addition, 44 infected passengers on board the Diamond Princess during quarantine and three evacuees from Wuhan, China – the epicenter of the outbreak – were returned, bringing the total number of cases in the United States to 64 cases.
"(The corona virus) starts in China and bleeds to various countries around the world," said the president, saying that it had not spread widely "in the United States due to early action" by him and his government.
Trump also announced that there were only 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus during the rally (there are 64), and he only briefly mentioned Diamond Princess passengers and Wuhan evacuees during a press conference on Wednesday.
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Trump urged Congress to request $ 1.8 billion to fund coronavirus relief efforts, in addition to $ 535 million from the Ebola aid budget. Democrats and some Republicans denounced the request and called it an "insufficient amount" to cope with the spread of the corona virus.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority, proposed a budget of $ 8.5 billion for the coronavirus budget. Trump mentioned Schumer’s proposal and said he had undercut the request because he didn’t think Congress would give him such a large budget.