As the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus passed 10,000 in the U.S. Thursday, and the northern border to Canada closed to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump prepared to visit Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters, while his GOP allies continued working on “phase three” of coronavirus relief measures. Trump once again appeared at the daily briefing, as a pattern emerges of the president offering daily updates on the White House response to COVID-19. Ahead of a their visit to FEMA, Vice President Mike Pence announced the agency will now be taking the lead in the federal government’s national response. It was previously under Department of Health and Human Services. “We will meet at the national response coordination center at FEMA, and outline President Trump’s decision to have FEMA take the lead in our national coronavirus response. Our nation’s response, through FEMA, will be locally executed, state-managed, and federally-supported,” Pence said. The changes comes as healthcare workers across the country complain of shortages of protective equipment and amid alarming data that the disease is hitting younger people harder than projected. Here are Thursday’s most significant developments in Washington: Trump is scheduled to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency or


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