President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday that he does not want Americans to die from the novel coronavirus.
Trump made the remarks while meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House. Ireland, which has reported one death from COVID-19, had recently closed schools and colleges.
The U.S. president also said that he was not concerned that the Brazilian president's spokesperson had tested positive for COVID-19 after he met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago.
"We want to lose as few people as possible," Trump told reporters on Thursday. "We have 32 deaths at this point. 32 is a lot. 32 is too many but when you think of deaths coming out of other countries, it’s pretty amazing.”
Trump later said: "The question is how many people will die. I don't want people to die. That's what I'm all about."
Read some of the pool reports and watch the video below.
‘I don’t want people to die’ says Trump who says he had to make a tough decision last night https://t.co/bbKU7O1zRT— Christina Finn (@Christina Finn)1584026324.0
Trump now in the Oval office: I don't want people to die, that is more important than the stock market (via @steveholland1 )— Heather Timmons (@Heather Timmons)1584026486.0
REUTERS: TRUMP SAYS NOT CONCERNED THAT BRAZIL'S BOLSONARO IS BEING MONITORED FOR CORONAVIRUS AFTER MEETING WITH HIM… https://t.co/tGqdb1wuTu— Marcelo Rochabrún (@Marcelo Rochabrún)1584026403.0
"It's going to all bounce back and it's going to bounce back very big," Trump says of the markets. A payroll tax… https://t.co/0b7Bh4PIyt— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1584026861.0
POTUS says WH doctors have not asked to stay home cancel all travel, but says it's common sense. He's scrubbed poli… https://t.co/QUXXkXbxjg— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller)1584026908.0
"We're not putting them on planes if it shows positive," Trump says of Americans traveling from Europe once the 30-… https://t.co/auUFa0NZKq— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1584026957.0