Trump on 3.3 Million Unemployment Claims: ‘It’s Nobody’s Fault’

By Melanie Arter | March 26, 2020 | 7:04pm EDT
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Unemployment claims swelled to 3.3 million last month as the nation continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which President Donald Trump said is “nobody’s fault.”

“Well, it's nobody's fault, certainly not in this country, nobody's fault. We got very lucky when we made a decision not to allow people in from China at a very early date. I say that, because some people don't want to accept it, but this was a great decision made by our country,” he said at the White House briefing with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.


February’s unemployment numbers could have been worse, Trump said, adding that some predicted twice that much.

“We are a big country, and the numbers would be far bigger. I heard it could be 6 or 7 million. It's 3.3, but it's a lot of jobs. The sooner we get back to work -- every day we stay out it's harder to bring it back quickly. Our people don't want to stay out. I know those numbers. I think you will see a fast turnaround once we have a victory over the hidden enemy,” he said.

“Sometimes a hidden enemy is a lot tougher than somebody who stares you in the face, right? We will see what happens. They are fully expected numbers, at least,” the president said.

A reporter asked about the administration’s plans to help Americans with health insurance, because millions stand to lose their insurance. When asked whether he plans to increase subsidies on the exchanges under Obamacare or expand Medicaid, Trump said what’s being considered is what’s in the Senate stimulus bill.

The president said he’s had meetings on health insurance and mentioned the stimulus checks that are included in the Senate stimulus bill, which will be considered by the House on Friday.

“The things I just read to you are being considered, and other things are being considered. People are going to be getting big checks, and It's not their fault. What happened to them is not their fault, so we’re doing a lot of different things on health insurance. We have meetings on it today. We are taking care of our people,” Trump said.

“This is not their fault what happened, and we’re taking care. We’re starting off by sending them big checks. I think for a family of 4 it's about $3,000, and we’re taking care of our people. We’re taking care of our workers. This was not, as I say, this was not a financial crisis. This was a health crisis, a medical crisis. We’re going to take care of our people,” he added.


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