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Trump Blames Saudi-Russian Oil Fight, Media for Market Drop

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is promising “very substantial relief” to both businesses and individuals who suffer financially as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said he would meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss a payroll tax cut.

"We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not could ever miss a paycheck to be working with companies and small companies, large companies, a lot of companies so that they don't get penalized for something that's not their fault,” Trump told reporters on Monday evening in the White House briefing room.

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FILE - President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Feb. 12, 2020.


With stock prices plunging amid an oil price war and the coronavirus crisis, Trump met Monday afternoon with his economic advisers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who presented him with policy options to counter the quickly emerging threats to the economy. 

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March, 9, 2020, about…

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, March, 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

“The economy will be in very good shape a year from now,” predicted Mnuchin, who took questions from reporters, alongside Vice President Mike Pence, after a brief appearance by Trump in the press briefing room.

Trump announced a news conference would be held at the White House on Tuesday that will focus on economic measures.

The U.S. travel industry, which annually generates more than $1.6 trillion in economic output and is expected to suffer substantially because of the coronavirus outbreak, is one key area of the administration’s relief efforts.

“We're also working with the industries including the airline industry, the cruise ship industry, which obviously will be hit,” said Trump.  

The United States “will use all our tools” to fight the effects of the coronavirus, said Mnuchin, who announced that the White House will hold a meeting later in the week with bank officials.

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average dived more than 2,000 points during Monday morning trading, Trump, via Twitter, blamed the market drop on Saudi Arabia and Russia arguing over the price and flow of oil. 

“That, and the Fake News, is the reason for the market drop,” he wrote.

Trump said the big decline in oil prices will be good for the consumer, as gasoline will cost less.

The Dow closed off nearly 7.8%, recording its largest-ever single-day point drop of 2,013.76.

The number of confirmed U.S. cases of coronavirus, which originated in China, is more than 650, including at least 26 deaths.