Trump defends $2.5B coronavirus request; Dems say it’s low

(AP) — President Donald Trump says the urgent $2.5 billion funding request he sent lawmakers will help prepare the U.S. in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

The Republican president says some of the money will help other nations ill-equipped to prepare for a deadly outbreak. Trump spoke at a business forum in India on Tuesday.

The White House budget office says the funding would be used for vaccine development, treatment and protective equipment.

Democrats say $2.5 billion is not enough.

Coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus-point drop in the stock market. The virus has slammed the economy of China, where it originated. But the U.S. has had only 14 cases of the disease.

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