(USA Features) President Donald Trump implored Americans on Sunday to stop “panic-buying” goods like toilet paper and hand sanitizers and to “relax” amid a widening coronavirus outbreak that is still very small compared to previous ones.
“You don’t have to buy so much,” Trump told reporters. “Take it easy. Relax.”
The president added that Americans ought to be careful about panic buying but did note that supply chains remain intact.
He also said he met over the weekend with the heads of top grocery store chains like Target and Costco.
“They have asked me to say, ‘Could you buy a little bit less please,’” Trump said of the retail executives. “I thought I would never hear that from a retailer.”
He added during the press conference: “Relax. You’re doing great. There’s no need for anybody in the country to hoard essential food supplies, they said to me. Have a nice dinner, relax, because there’s plenty. You don’t have to buy the quantities, because it’s hard to refill.”
Many major retailers and local grocers have implemented rationing in order to maintain stock while the supply chain catches up to temporary shortages after outlets have sold out toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and food such as rice and beans.