President Donald Trump ignored calls for social distancing when signing his Oval Office for the $ 2 billion coronavirus rescue bill and was seen passing pens to other Republican colleagues .
On Friday, Trump signed CARES, the largest economic stimulus bill, and was surrounded by 15 people grouped around his desk, instead of maintaining a suggested distance of six feet from each other.
The president has distributed ceremonial pens to several lawmakers, despite the risk of spreading germs during the pandemic.
The signing, where several members of the Republican Congress, the Trump Cabinet and members of the Coronavirus Task Force were present, also violated the suggestions of medical experts who disapprove of rallies of more than 10 people to prevent the spread of the disease. COVID-19.
President Donald Trump ignored calls for social distancing when he signed the Oval Office of the $ 2 billion CARES Act relief bill on Friday and was seen passing pens to fellow Republican lawmakers .
Trump signed CARES, the largest economic stimulus bill, on Friday and was surrounded by 15 people for signature who gathered around his desk, instead of maintaining a suggested distance of six feet from each other. other
The president then touched ceremonial pens and handed them over to legislators, despite CDC suggestions to avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Vice President Pence in photo accepting a signature pen Friday in the oval office
According to CNN the average age of the 16 people in the oval office was 65.8 years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone over the age of 65 is at high risk of contracting and suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms.
The White House has come under scrutiny for failing to maintain social distance in official press briefings on the virus where the president and the coronavirus task force often appear to be packed side by side.
On Friday, the signatures of Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx were present but practiced social distancing.
Critics on Twitter gutted the president for blatant disregard for suggested security measures against coronaviruses, saying, “Does the idiot know he could spread the virus?”
“When Nancy did it … the GOP lost its mind! … Trump does it when there are PANDEMIC crickets, ” noted this Twitter user.
Critics on Twitter have gutted the president for his blatant disregard for the suggested security measures for coronaviruses.
“ Did anyone else see Pence wipe the pen after Trump handed him over? And why is he distributing pens? Doesn’t the idiot know that he could spread the virus? a Twitter user wrote.
“It may be a good thing that there are no Democrats signing up,” added another Twitter user.
“When Nancy did it … the GOP lost its mind! … Trump does it when there are PANDEMIC crickets, ” added a social media user.
Earlier on Friday, lawmakers were keen to stand out from their colleagues at the signing ceremony.
President Nancy Pelosi did not distribute ceremonial pens, which usually happens when important laws are passed, to prevent the potential spread of germs.
On Sunday, there were more than 132,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States and more than 2,300 deaths
The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate by 96 votes to Wednesday evening, after days of controversial debate and negotiation.
“This is a proud moment,” said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell when the vote was finalized.
Trump touted the passage of the Senate in a tweet after midnight, writing: ’96 -0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations AMERICA! ”
The 883-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in US history, and leaders on both sides were desperate for a quick pass as the virus claimed lives and jobs per hour .
On Sunday, there were more than 132,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States and more than 2,300 deaths.