Ivanka Trump Says President Signing Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Was the 'Boldest Action in History'

Ivanka Trump said her father President Donald Trump had taken the "boldest action in history" when signing the massive stimulus bill to provide emergency relief for American families and businesses.

In an op-ed published by The Kansas City Star, Ivanka Trump, who is a senior adviser to the president, outlined how the spread of the coronavirus had changed people's lives in recent weeks and that the Trump administration is "committed to helping you through this uncertain time."

It comes as Politico reported that Trump aides are working hard to rewrite the narrative on the president's response to the coronavirus crisis and deflect from his early downplaying of the crisis in a bid to boost his re-election effort.

The pandemic has "threatened the health, safety, and livelihoods of millions around the world—including here in the United States," the president's daughter wrote.

"In order to curb the spread of the highly-contagious virus, we have had to work from home, transition to distance learning, and temporarily manage a new way of life."

But she added that those without access to paid family and sick leave "had to decide between earning a living and taking care of themselves or loved ones."

"No American should have to make these decisions. Lack of access to paid leave hurts vulnerable communities—such as low-income workers and their children and elderly parents—the most," she wrote.

She said the pandemic highlighted the importance of a paid leave policy—and the passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensured two weeks of paid sick leave for those who work for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Ivanka Trump lauded her father for the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill he signed on Friday after it was approved by Congress: "President Donald Trump took the boldest action in history to provide emergency relief for American workers and families—and to preserve our nation's small businesses."

The legislation will see government checks of $1,200 sent to many Americans and increases jobless benefits for those forced out of work. Struggling corporations and small businesses will also be bailed out with loans from the government, some of which will be forgiven.

"This emergency relief bill puts American workers and families first—and provides the supports that small businesses need to keep them employed," Ivanka Trump added.

She wrote that the president will "continue to prioritize hardworking families in the days, weeks and months ahead" and claimed his leadership had been "decisive."

"Thanks to the president's decisive leadership, we will stem the outbreak of the virus, protect the health and well-being of our citizens, and we will emerge from this in the strongest position for our economy to soar to even greater heights," she concluded.

Ivanka Trump did not address directly criticisms of the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic, such as a lack of testing, medical supply shortages, and that he had repeatedly downplayed its threat.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump's response has been "deadly."

The president recently suggested reopening the country and putting Americans back to work by Easter, even as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. continued to rise sharply. He subsequently extended social distancing guidelines until April 30 instead.

The White House has been contacted for additional comment.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump looks on during a news briefing on the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the White House March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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