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President Donald Trump participates in a Fox News Town Hall event on March 5, 2020 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

'I Like That': Trump Hails Economic Impact of Deadly Coronavirus, Says People Are Now 'Spending Their Money in the US'

"The human impact is an afterthought."

Jake Johnson

As the coronavirus continues to spread and take lives across the United States and the world, President Donald Trump on Thursday night hailed what he described as the positive economic impact of the outbreak in the U.S. as the market panic over the disease persists and the White House faces sustained backlash over its inadequate and politicized response.

"I have to say, people are now staying in the United States, spending their money in the U.S.—and I like that," Trump said during a Fox News town hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania. "You know, I've been after that for a long time. You know that. I've been saying, 'Let's stay in the U.S., spend your money here,' and they're doing that. They're sort of enforced doing that."

"It's going to all work out," the president added. "Everybody has to be calm. It's all going to work out."

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Trump's remarks were widely denounced as callous and indicative of the president's prioritization of the economy and the stock market over human life.

"What's notable about this: It's not some off-the-cuff response. It's the same tone-deaf answer he gave the other day," tweeted writer Alheli Picazo. "The human impact is an afterthought."

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) urged the U.S. public to "never forget the moment when, amid growing fear and suffering across the nation and the deaths of Americans, President Donald J. Trump went on national television and praised the coronavirus."


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