(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Saturday appealed to American media, “respectfully” asking outlets to refrain from “hyping” the coronavirus outbreak, which is still very small in the United States.
“I’d like to just ask, and caution that the media, we would respectfully ask the media, and politicians, and everybody else involved not to do anything to incite a panic because there’s no reason to panic at all,” the president said.
His comments come after the first American died of the virus in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) declared a statewide emergency following the death, directing agencies to do whatever they needed to prevent it from spreading, including use of the National Guard.
“She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient, in her late 50s,” Trump said about the woman who died.
“We want to assure that family that they’re on the hearts of every American, and those that are continuing to struggle, and in some’s cases in ICU units, can be assured of the prayers of millions of Americans,” Vice President Mike Pence added.
The president also noted that government officials were working “around the clock” to respond to the virus threat.
“For that reason, I really would wish that we could really, that we could report exactly what’s happened, how well we’re doing under quite adverse circumstances, but we’re doing really well,” he said.