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Coronavirus

Trump puts Pence in charge of US coronavirus response

Democrats throw punches as readiness becomes hot political issue

U.S. President Donald Trump explains his administration's coronavirus response at the White House on Feb. 26.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence will lead the nation's response to the new coronavirus.

"Whatever happens, we are totally prepared," Trump told reporters at the White House. "We have the best people in the world."

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