In the latest Coronavirus daily briefing, President Trump stated that the wall will have an impact on the virus and linked the drug war.
Highlights! The Wall Will Also Have An Impact On The Virus: Trump
- Enhanced counter-narcotics operation
- On Ventilators and Walmart
- China, Xi and the origins of the virus
- More hospitals and hospital ships
US President Donald Trump’s daily press briefing started talking about enhancing the Counter Narcotics Operation at the Mexican border. Trump said that his administration won’t let the drug cartels exploit the pandemic. The President stated that 27,000 Mexican soldiers and also the 165 km of the border wall already built are ensuring very few people are entering the United States. Trump said it will also have an impact on the spread of the horrible phenomenon that is the coronavirus.
President Trump said that the U.S. Southern Command, in cooperation with the 22 partner nations, “will increase surveillance, disruption and seizures of drug shipments and also provide additional support for eradication efforts”. As per Fox News, the coronavirus outbreak has also spiked the prices of heroin, methamphetamines, and fentanyl.
The New Force Package
The enhanced Counter Narcotics Operation will include navy destroyers, other combat ships. Air Force surveillance planes and helicopters, and also ten Coast Guard cutter ships. Consequently, this would double U.S. interdiction capacity in the region directly curbing the coronavirus spread by limiting illicit travel.
Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff mentioned that the latest intel suggests the drug cartels are also trying to “take advantage” of the coronavirus to penetrate the US. He said, “We’re at war with COVID-19, we’re at war with terrorists, and we are at war with the drug cartels, as well. This is the United States military. You will not penetrate this country”.
China, Iran, Ventilators, Hospitals and Facebook
On the row with China around the origins of the virus, Trump said there is consensus between him and Xi on where the virus came from. He also said China is buying a lot and giving money to US farmers. He was also happy that China wants to take up leadership in the pandemic fight.
On ventilators, Trump said that his administration was already shipping 1000 ventilators. He also revealed that Walmart was not involved in the coronavirus response at the highest level. Furthermore, 11 companies are not making ventilators in the US, as per Trump. President Trump also told that the US was planning to build two brand new hospital ships which were very effective going into places like California and New York.