1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"I'm going to be announcing, exactly right now, that I'm going to be putting our Vice President, Mike Pence in charge and Mike will be working with the professionals and doctors and everybody else that's working. The team is is brilliant. I spent a lot of time with the team over the last couple of weeks, but they are totally brilliant and we're doing really well. And Mike is going to be in charge and Mike will report back to me. "
2. Side view Pence moving to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President:
"And I look forward, Mr. President, to serving in this role of bringing together all the members of the corona task force that you've established, HHS, CDC, DHS, the Departments of Transportation and State. This team has been at your direction, Mr. President, meeting every day since it was established. My role will be to continue to bring that team together, to bring to the president the best options for action to see to the safety and well-being and health of the American people."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President:
"Mr. President, as as we've been briefed, while the threat to the American public remains low from the spread of the coronavirus, you have directed this team to take all steps necessary to continue to ensure the health and well-being of the American people. And the people of this country can be confident that under your leadership, we will continue to bring the full resources of the federal government in coordination with our state and local partners to see to the health and well-being and to the effective response to the coronavirus here in the United States of America."
President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the U.S. is very, very ready for whatever the coronavirus threat brings, and he put his vice president in charge of overseeing the nation's response.
Vice President Mike Pence will be working with the government's top health authorities, and Trump's earlier-appointed coronavirus task force, to oversee the response.
Trump was pushing back Wednesday against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet the coronavirus threat, as lawmakers called for giving disease fighters much more money than the $2.5 billion the White House has requested.
Meanwhile, health officials said three new coronavirus cases have been reported in the U.S., bringing the tally here to 60.