US Treasury Secretary says he has the “utmost confidence” in US ability to combat COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin participates in an interview during The Hill's Newsmaker Series "Prospects for Tax Reform" at the Newseum April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will unveil details about his proposed tax cut plan Wednesday, three days before he reaches the 100-day mark in office. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told the House Ways and Means Committee he has the “utmost confidence that we have the best medical system in the world and we will do everything we can acting together to combat this.”

Speaking on the state of the economy, Mnuchin called the United States the “bright spot of economic growth.””The rest of the world, growth has slowed down considerably and I couldn’t be more pleased that we have at this point a very resilient US economy as we go into the experience of the coronavirus,” Mnuchin said

Mnuchin said he looks forward to bipartisan support from Congress in combating the virus. He told Chair Richard Neal the Health and Human Services whistleblower complaint is not in his lane but he “would have no reason to expect” the response to the complaint would not be speedy.

On test kits, Mnuchin told Rep. Mike Thompson that following an update yesterday, he could assure the committee that the quality of test kits is being monitored and that the government is trying to get out close to one million test kits. When asked about a timeline for this deployment, Mnuchin answered it would come “quickly.”


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