Wouldn’t it be great if we had a president who came out to the podium and said:
“I want to assure the American people that my cabinet and I understand the financial impact this situation is having on everyone, and in an effort to let you all know that we are in this together, I’d like to announce the following:
All the major credit card companies have agreed to waive late fees and interest for the next three months. Landlords across the country in both commercial and residential properties have agreed that they will forgive up to three months of rent for tenants who are directly impacted. Mortgage lenders across the country have agreed to waive penalties for those who cannot pay their mortgages for up to three months. The major credit reporting agencies have all assured us that no one’s credit rating will be impacted negatively for the next six months. Working with the governors of every state we will ensure that everyone who cannot work during the next few months due to this crisis can immediately get unemployment or disability payments to help them weather this storm. That includes those who are part of the gig economy. I’ve also been told that some of our nation’s wealthiest individuals and companies have committed to donating, as of this morning, over 20 billion dollars to a fund that charities across the country can tap into to help those who are in the greatest need of food, shelter, and medical care. These are just a few of the things we’ve been working on.
My promise to the American people is that we will keep working night and day in partnership with individuals, businesses and government leaders across this great country and across the world to get through this. I’ll be out here tomorrow with even more news about ways we are ready to help. Now, I’ll take some of your questions. Jim Acosta from CNN, you go first.”
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