White House trade adviser: Nation mobilizing ‘like in World War II’ to beat COVID-19

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said in a Fox News interview on Sunday that President Donald Trump is now a “wartime president,” and that the nation is mobilizing “like in World War II” to fight the coronavirus.

“We’ve got planes in the air. We got FEMA planes, FedEx planes, we got Pentagon planes — and that’s what I’m focused on,” Navarro said, responding to comments that jobless claims could be three million next week.

“The American people should be comforted because the full power of American production is coming to bear on this, just like in World War II,” he added, according to Fox.

Navarro told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo that his job involves “getting the supply chain to deliver what we need to the places where we need it,” such as face masks and ventilators to equip hospitals. “We’re gonna suffer some economic impacts in the short run,” he added.

Decisive actions continue

Trump exercised authority pursuant to the Defense Production Act last week to harness the nation’s massive manufacturing capacity and focus it on producing the things hospitals and other facilities need to contend with the growing pandemic.

“Just in the space of a week, we’ve had close to a million swabs delivered with the help of the Pentagon and FedEx spread across the country,” Navarro said, according to Fox. “Pernod, which is a liquor company, has donated hand sanitizer with their production lines. We’re gonna get a truck coming right into New York City on Tuesday with that.”

Navarro also praised congressional efforts to pass a massive aid package to provide citizens with relief checks and businesses with loans, although Democrats are currently blocking progress on such assistance, arguing that the proposed measures do too much to support businesses and not enough for individuals and families.

For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has slammed his colleagues on the left for attempting to turn the final bill into a “Democratic wish list” that includes tax breaks for solar energy firms and heightened airline emissions standards, The Hill reports.

Test of American resolve

Of all the countries in the world, the U.S. was ranked most prepared to handle a pandemic, according to the Global Health Security Index. While that certainly doesn’t mean there is no cause for concern, it should bolster the confidence of Americans when asking themselves whether the U.S. could the next Italy or China, which were ranked much lower in terms preparedness and have seen devastating outcomes since the pandemic began.

President Trump also touted the nation’s preparedness level last week by referencing a different study from Johns Hopkins that ranked the U.S. first in preparedness for a public health crisis.

“Johns Hopkins, highly respected…they did a study, comprehensive, the countries best and worst prepared for an epidemic,” Trump said. “And the United States, we’re rated No. 1.”

Once Americans are able to overcome the worst of their fears, they will assuredly find the strength and resolve to come through this crisis strongly in a way that will make everyone proud when looking back on this momentous period in history.

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