Americans have done an incredible job listening to local health authorities, heeding social distancing guidelines, and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our citizens stepped up and made incredible sacrifices. Now, it’s time to get them safely back to work.
“We’re going to safely reopen our country and our economy, and it’s happening very rapidly,” President Trump said at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.
A safe, strong reopening requires close partnership between federal and state leaders. That work continued today, as President Trump hosted Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) at the White House. Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, traveled to Florida to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
FEMA and others are helping ensure each state is stocked up with critical resources. “In our drive to crush the virus, the U.S. has completed nearly 12 million tests,” President Trump said yesterday. “What has been done with testing, what’s been done with ventilators, what’s been done with the distribution of product has been incredible.”
Arkansas, Kansas, and Florida are no exceptions—each state has received the full support of President Trump’s Administration. In terms of testing and masks, for example:
- Arkansas is receiving over $78 million in testing assistance funding, along with more than 660,000 N95 masks.
- Kansas is receiving over $80 million in testing funds, along with 860,000 N-95 masks.
- Florida—one of our most populated states—is receiving over $420 million in testing funds, along with over 5 million masks N95 masks delivered.
|During this pandemic, Americans from all walks of life have risen to the occasion to lift up their communities. A few days ago, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump recognized some of these heroes in a ceremony at the White House. |
“The First Lady and I are thrilled to welcome you this afternoon for our second event recognizing extraordinary Americans who have responded to the invisible enemy,” the President said. He praised their “exceptional bravery and commitment and love.”
Each of these Americans has an incredible, inspiring story to share. For example:West Virginia nurse Amy Ford answered the call to help New Yorkers at the height of the crisis.
Ben Ross and his team launched “Masks by Makers,” a campaign to produce and distribute protective masks to medical workers free of charge.
Girl Scout Troop 744 donated 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to local firefighters, doctors, and nurses.
“The bonds that unite us in times of hardship can also raise us to new heights as we reopen and recover and rebuild,” President Trump said.