White House adviser: Trump wants ‘at least $2 trillion’ in next coronavirus relief package

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White House adviser: Trump wants ‘at least $2 trillion’ in next coronavirus relief package

Since early March, Trump has signed into law three relief bills passed by Congress totaling nearly $3 trillion in federal funds to address the ongoing pandemic.

White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said in a Wall Street Journal interview last week that the odds of a phase four package passing Congress before August “are very, very high.”

Navarro specifically mentioned pharmaceutical companies and medical supplies as parts of the manufacturing base the White House would like a bill to target.

“We need to make our medicines here, we need to make our masks here, our ventilators and all of that,” he said.

“For me and for this president, one of the key thrusts of any phase four — and any economic plan — going forward has to be manufacturing jobs, a focus on buy American, hire American, make it in the U.S.A.,” Navarro said. “What we need to do as a country is to make more stuff here.”

The coronavirus has “hit the twin pillars of our major cities, which are the … high-rise density and mass transit,” Navarro said. “If you don’t have those working, you don’t have a city.”

Navarro did not say whether the bill should include additional relief for American cities.

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