Trump mulls task force for economic recovery President Barack Obama joined leaders from more than 300 cities around the world for a virtual talk hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and in his remarks, the former president highlighted the crucial role mayors have in responding to the coronavirus crisis. Attendees of the virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative included mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, as well as former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also spoke. Mr. Obama urged mayors to build strong, reliable teams of experts, saying, “The more smart people you have around you, and the less embarrassed you are to ask questions, the better your response is going to be.”He also warned against the spread of misinformation during this time. “Speak the truth. Speak it clearly. Speak it with compassion. Speak it with empathy for what folks are going through,” Mr. Obama said. Mayors have been working hard to help us get through this pandemic, and they’ll have just as big a task to help people through hard times ahead. I spent some time with many of them today to thank them for their efforts, and asked them to keep up the good work. https://t.co/YzqPMPo8m2— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)


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