Trump heads to U.S. military’s Southern Command in Florida as coronavirus cases surge

During June alone, U.S. Southern Command reported the interception of more than 35,014 pounds of suspected cocaine with an estimated value of $546 million.

The trip to Doral, Florida, comes as the Sunshine State reports a steady surge of coronavirus cases, a trend that challenges the Trump administration’s push to reopen the U.S. economy.

On Saturday, Florida reported 11,445 coronavirus cases, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began in December, according to the state health department. And while the state is dealing with an uptick in cases, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has previously said he will not close businesses again or issue a statewide mask mandate to slow the spread of the deadly virus. 

The president’s trip comes a week after Vice President Mike Pence met with and praised DeSantis for reopening the state and for implementing an “innovative” response to the unprecedented health pandemic.

“I want to thank you for your efforts to open up Florida again … Florida being an economic engine for the United States, played a key role,” Pence said during an event at the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in Tampa, Florida.

“I also want to say, Governor, that we fully support your prudent steps in working to slow the spread and the rise in cases that are impacting Florida today,” Pence added.

The White House has repeatedly said that both Trump and Pence are tested on a daily basis for the coronavirus and have only produced negative results.

Article source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/07/trump-heads-to-us-southern-command-in-florida-as-coronavirus-cases-surge.html

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