President Trump says coronavirus economic relief plan in the works

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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus alongside members of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, March 9, 2020.

(ABC NEWS) – President Donald Trump made a brief appearance at the White House’s Monday evening coronavirus press conference, touting an upcoming economic relief plan.

The president said he would meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders to discuss economic relief proposals, including a payroll tax cut and loans for small businesses, in order to combat financial hardships that could result from the coronavirus.

“The main thing is we are taking care of the American public and will be taking care of the American public,” he said.

Trump promised more details Tuesday after the meeting.

Officials also directed members of the public to the governmental website coronavirus.gov for information on protecting individuals, homes and businesses from the coronavirus.

The president left without taking questions from reporters, including one about whether he has been tested for the virus. Two members of Congress who recently spent time with the president, Doug Collins and Matt Gaetz, are in self-quarantine after coming in contact with an infected CPAC attendee.

Vice President Mike Pence said he didn’t know if Trump has been tested and added that he himself has not been tested yet.

“I simply don’t know what the White House physicians have directed … so we’ll get you an answer on that,” Pence said.

Also at the White House, incoming White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is self-quarantining until Wednesday, officials announced later Monday evening. Meadows, like several other GOP leaders, was informed that he may have come into contact with the CPAC event attendee who tested positive.

Meadows’ tests for the coronavirus came back negative, and he is not experiencing any symptoms.

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