Trump to address US about coronavirus crisis

The Trump administration has asked Congress for $2.5 billion to respond to the threat.
2:19 | 02/27/20

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tonight, president trump is set to speak about what the U.S. Is doing to prepare, and ABC's Kyra Phillips tonight at the white house. Reporter: Tonight, president trump under pressure to show that he is in command of America's response to the growing international crisis. On Twitter, the president declaring "The CDC and my administration are doing a great job of handling coronavirus. We have not had one death. Let's keep it that way." But on capitol hill, the secretary of health and human services with this warning. America's risk is low at the moment. That could change quickly. Reporter: Lawmakers from both parties have voiced concern about the administration's response. The acting secretary of homeland security under fire when he acknowledged the government needs about 300 million respirators for health care workers, but only has 30 million onhand. You're head of homeland security. Do we have enough respirators or not? Reporter: Today, the held of the CDC pressed. How many tests can our country conduct as of today? I would have to get back to you with the exact number. Reporter: Democrats are frustrated. I believe that the administration's lack of coordination for the coronavirus response is on full display. We all know that. Reporter: Sources telling us the president has been closely watching the diving Dow. The administration has asked congress for an additional $2.5 billion to respond to the coronavirus threat. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says that's not nearly enough. What he's doing is late, too late, anemic. Hopefully we can make up for the loss of time. So, let's get to Kyra Phillips, live at the white house tonight. And the white house aware of this growing pressure, these questions from really members of both parties over on the hill. Reporter: That's right, David. President trump has been closely following this story as it unfolds and he is also watching the markets that have been falling for three straight days now. Tonight, he has assembled his team behind him, including the vice president of the united States, to project calm and tell the American people he is in charge and on this case. David? Kyra Phillips at the white house. Thank you. We know a lot of you at home

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