Transcript for White House details US plans in response to coronavirus
President trump addressed the nation trying to calm fears naming vice president pence as the point person for the battle to contain the virus. But shortly after we got that update that the first case of unknown origin was confirmed in the U.S. Terry Moran is live at the white house this morning. Terry, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Tom. At this time with the U.S. Facing a looming threat from this novel coronavirus, public health experts are saying that mixed messages and misinformation can be just as dangerous as the virus itself. But as president trump took center stage in the defense of the country against it, it seems that he was not on the same page as some of his own experts. Overnight, president trump alongside his top health advisers sought to calm a nervous nation, downplaying the danger of the new coronavirus. We're very, very ready for this for anything. Reporter: And naming a new point person to lead the administration's response. I'm going to be putting our vice president, Mike pence, in charge. He's got a certain talent for this. Reporter: The president's own health officials warn it's just a matter of time before the disease spreads. We do expect more cases. Reporter: But an optimistic trump seemingly contradicting them. I don't think it's inevitable. Reporter: Saying the administration's actions so far including barring non-u.s. Citizens from entering the United States from China has helped minimize exposure but as his conference was happening signs the disease could already be spreading within the U.S. The CDC confirming that new infection in California shortly after the president finished his address. So far if you look at what we have with the 15 people and they're recovering, one is -- one is pretty sick, but hopefully will recover. But the others are in great shape. Reporter: The president who often takes personal credit when markets soar is also seeking to reassure Americans about a diving Dow. Well, I really think the stock market, something I know a lot about, but I think the stock market will recover. The economy is very strong. Reporter: He attributed some of the losses without offering any evidence to political jitters over democratic I think the financial markets are very upset when they look at the Democrat candidates standing on that stage making fools out of themselves. Reporter: This is going to be a massive effort, funding the response to the novel coronavirus has already turned into another political flash point. President trump asked for $2.5 billion for the federal government. The Democrats in congress say that's not enough given the scale of the problem. The president says he will spend whatever he gets. All right, Terry, thank you so much. We'll continue our conversation about the coronavirus and bring in Dr. Jennifer Ashton. You saw the president's press conference. What's your reaction? You know, I think there was maybe a little disconnect between the words that were spoken and the actions. The actions of this committee, the best doctors in the country standing next to the president speak, I think, very clearly that this is now being taken very seriously but, again, we have to remember we're two months into this basically. We reported earlier the CDC said we could have our first case of community spread and if that is the case, can you explain what that means. We look at primary, secondary, tertiary spread, one of the criteria and, again, it's just language for the world health organization to designate thises is a pandemic, they need to see not just outbreaks in many different countries but evidence of sustained spread throughout the community and that's not just one isolated case here and there but when you hear about swung who doesn't have a direct tie to China, although now it's all over the world, that starts to get Yeah, we put out the word on social media, wanted to hear some of our viewers' questions. The first viewer's question, what should we do to prepare. When the CDC recommend people start to get their ducks in a row, so to speak. I think they should look at this as whether you were getting a storm warning, get supplies if you needed to stay home. I think it's important to contact school, ask what their plan is, contact your workplace, ask if it's possible to work from home or what their provisions are. If you have medications that you need to take make sure that you're not going to be running out in the next couple of days in case social distancing measures are put into place and we don't know. That's a possible, you know, question mark in the future. If you're pregnant and have any major medical condition, you want to obviously be in touch with your doctor, midwife, medical provider so you know. We have one more question for you. My husband and daughter are going to Germany in a few weeks. Should we be concerned or stay home? He is having nightmares. Everyone is concerned about getting on a plan. Listen, no one has a crystal ball here but it's risk/benefit. I would say you need to know where you're going, when you're going, we don't know what this is going to look like in two weeks or two months. If someone is clearly having nightmares I think it's probably a good idea but we do expect to see some kind of travel screening at least from people coming from places where coronavirus is really exploding? We can only hope it looks better than it does right now in a few weeks. Thanks. You bet.
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