DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to reassure the American public, President Donald Trump said there was "no reason to panic" as the new coronavirus claimed its first victim inside the U.S. The White House also announced new restrictions on international travel to prevent its spread.
Trump, speaking Saturday only moments after the death in Washington state was announced, took a more measured approach a day after he complained that the virus threat was being overblown and that his political enemies were perpetuating a "hoax."
"This is very serious stuff," he said, but still insisted the criticism of his administration's handling of the virus outbreak was a hoax.
Trump appeared at a hastily called news conference in the White House briefing