/Trump Today: Trump says he opposes House’s coronavirus bill as markets continue steep drop

Trump Today: Trump says he opposes House’s coronavirus bill as markets continue steep drop


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President Donald Trump criticized a House bill to address the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he opposes a House bill in response to the coronavirus, joining a top House Republican and dimming hopes for the measure to be passed in its current form.

The House bill would guarantee programs like food assistance and temporary sick leave, as well as make free coronavirus testing widely available.

In an Oval Office appearance with the prime minister of Ireland, Trump said the bill addressed unrelated issues. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican, tweeted Thursday that he wouldn’t support House Democrats’ coronavirus bill.

Trump’s remarks came a day after he imposed restrictions on foreign nationals entering the U.S. from Europe as well as other measures to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus epidemic.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are exempt. Trump said that the U.K. was doing a good job in its response.

U.S. stocks plunged again Thursday, triggering circuit-breakers to temporarily halt trading for the second time in this week. The S&P 500 index

SPX, -5.37%

and Nasdaq Composite

COMP, -5.53%

looked likely to join the Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, -5.79%

in ending an 11-year bull market.

Trump said he believed the stock market would bounce back.

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