by Madison Gesiotto
From the outset of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration has taken decisive steps to protect working families from the disease and to prepare the private sector for the economic rebound to come.
Although the President’s critics will never admit it, the U.S. was one of the first countries in the world to recognize – and respond to – the threat posed by the novel coronavirus. While the World Health Organization and the mainstream media were downplaying the outbreak in Wuhan, China, President Trump implemented life-saving restrictions on international travel that helped curb the early spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and saved countless American lives.
Even as state and local stay-at-home orders ground our strong and growing economy to a halt, the President never lost sight of the fact that working families are the building blocks of the U.S. economy, and they must never be left behind by the federal government.
To ensure that families have the support they need during the pandemic, the President negotiated a historic $2.2 trillion economic recovery package, providing emergency payments of up to $1,200 for each American adult – nearly as much as the average Ohio taxpayer saves each year on their federal income taxes thanks to President Trump’s tax cuts. Parents also receive an additional $500 per child, bringing the total financial relief to $3,400 for a typical family of four.
Of course, the U.S. economy can’t remain closed down forever – which is why the White House Coronavirus Task Force recently unveiled its Guidelines for Opening Up America Again. Incredibly, our collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 have been effective beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, dramatically reducing the projected death toll from more than 2 million Americans to fewer than 100,000.
Thanks to these successes and the expert guidance emanating from the White House, roughly half of all Americans currently reside in states that have begun implementing plans to gradually reopen their economies.
To learn more about the risks and benefits of reopening local economies, I’ll be participating in a Women for Trump “EMPOWER Hour” this week along with Trump Victory Finance Committee National Chair Kimberly Guilfoyle and campaign leaders Katrina Campins and Dr. Gina Loudon. This event is specifically designed to address the current economic situation in states like Ohio, and we’ll answer all your questions about the impact of the President’s policies.
Ohioans have a great reason to trust President Trump in a crisis – he already rescued the Buckeye State from one daunting economic predicament, and he’s the right and perhaps only leader who can do it again.
When Donald Trump was inaugurated, Ohio’s economy was in poor condition. Nearly a decade of President Obama’s draconian government regulations and radical economic policies had taken their toll on working families across our great state, leaving us wondering whether we would ever fully recover from the Great Recession. As a proud Ohioan, I still remember the pain and uncertainty that plagued much of the Midwest, and the exhaustion that we felt at the end of Obama’s presidency.
Ohio voters put their faith in Donald Trump’s America First message, and we were rewarded almost immediately – under his watch, our state unemployment rate dropped to historic lows as we rode a nationwide wave of rapid job creation and escalating prosperity.
Ohio will recover from the deadly coronavirus pandemic – and our economy will blossom yet again under President Trump. He’s the only person in Washington who has actually led the nation through a genuine economic recovery, and he’s already got a plan for leading us through another one.
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Madison Gesiotto is an Ohio attorney, former Miss Ohio USA and an opinion contributor for The Hill.
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