Coronavirus USA: Donald Trump brags about buying rockets and missiles

Coronavirus USA: Donald Trump brags about buying rockets and missiles

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Donald Trump has boasted about splashing out on missiles and rockets while providing an update on the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a crowd of reporters at the White House on Wednesday, the President of the United States went off-piste while breaking down a $2trillion stimulus package aimed at ensuring the coronavirus crisis does not tank the US economy.

Trump said: ‘(We’re spending) $27 billion dollars to build up the strategic national stockpile with critical supplies including masks, respirators, pharmaceuticals and everything you can imagine because it was very depleted, like our military was very depleted.

‘Now we have a brand new military, never had a military like this. We have equipment either coming or its already come… planes, missiles, rockets, lots of things. The stockpile was very depleted like everything else.’

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Trump boasted about his military spending while breaking down a planned $2trillion coronavirus stimulus plan (Picture: AP)

President Trump also detailed on a $100billion relief fund for US doctors, as well as a $45billion disaster relief fund.

The package – which will also see Americans earning under $95,000 presented with a $1,400 check – is set to be put back before the US Congress later on amid hopes it will finally be passed tonight.

If rubber-stamped, those payments will be made within the next three weeks.

During a subsequent question and answer session Trump refused to rule out banning the exports of US medical equipment, amid a huge scramble for ventilators to treat coronavirus patients most at risk of dying.

The United States had almost 65,000 coronavirus diagnoses on Wednesday evening, and 910 confirmed deaths. It is likely to overtake Italy and China to become the world’s number one coronavirus hotspot in the coming weeks.

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