President Donald Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the country’s response to the coronavirus and told Americans that the risk of infection remained low, despite warnings from public health officials that it is only a matter of time before the disease spreads in the United States. 

“The number one priority from our standpoint is the health and safety of the American people,” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday. “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low.”

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