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Democrats and health experts say Trump's $2.5 billion coronavirus spending package is 'completely inadequate'

Democrats and health experts say Trump's $2.5 billion coronavirus spending package is 'completely inadequate'
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Critics and health officials worry a new emergency spending proposal from the White House would not do enough to protect the US from the coronavirus outbreak.




The Trump administration asked for $1.25 billion in new emergency funds for preparation and response efforts and to divert another $1.25 billion from other federal programs.




The respiratory illness, named COVID-19, has killed at least 2,700 globally and spread to 30 countries.




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President Donald Trump defended his policy response to the coronavirus on Tuesday, as critics and health officials worried a new emergency spending proposal would not do enough to protect the US from the outbreak.
Trump argued that any White House efforts to contain the coronavirus would draw political fire from Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called the multibillion dollar spending package "pathetic" on Twitter after it was sent to Congress late Monday.
"Cryin' Chuck Schumer is complaining, for publicity purposes only, that I should be asking for more money than $2.5 Billion to prepare for Coronavirus," the president wrote on Twitter. "If I asked for more he would say it is too much. He didn't like my early travel closings. I was right. He is incompetent!"
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