President Trump advises Americans: ‘Relax, we’re doing great’

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT — Sunday, March 15, 2020

President Trump has urged Americans to “relax” amid the coronavirus outbreak. During a White House briefing Sunday, he advised Americans to stop buying supplies in bulk and reaffirmed that companies are committed to “meeting the needs of the public.”

According to the president, grocery stores across the nation are working around the clock to keep stores stocked.

He also praised Google for its cooperation and its efforts to combat COVID-19.

The president went on to say “we have tremendous control” of the virus and added he is “very happy” with where the U.S. stands. He also highlighted his administration’s work with state and local authorities to stave off the spread of the virus.

He recently touted his early decision to halt all travel from China, which he noted has prevented multiple cases of the virus in the U.S. and saved many lives.

Vice President Mike Pence points to a question as he speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Earlier in the day, President Trump spoke with top grocery executives regarding the recent spike in panic buying. He spoke with them over the phone to discuss supply shortages and possible aid strategies.

According to White House spokesperson Judd Deere, the president thanked them for the work they’ve done to meet the needs of the public. Deere stated the executives are coordinating with the federal government, as well as state and local leaders, to ensure food and essentials are constantly available.

The spokesman also noted supply chains in the U.S. remain strong, making it unnecessary for the public to hoard daily essentials.

A produce section of a produce market is picked clean after panicked shoppers swept through stocking up on supplies in fear of the coronavirus at a local grocery store in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Over the past few weeks, supermarkets across the nation have seen an influx of customers and a demand for certain goods, including food, water, cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

Some grocery stores have even ramped up private security on site as an extra precaution.

Representatives from Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and others have been working closely with the White House in recent weeks. The president has reassured Americans that the government will “unleash every authority, resource and tool at its disposal to safeguard the lives and health of our people.”

A notice limiting only 3 packages of toilet paper per customer is displayed on picked bare shelves after shoppers cleaned out the stock of paper and cleaning products at a local grocery store in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

On Sunday, President Trump also highlighted his latest effort to stop the coronavirus outbreak with an increase in health screenings at airports. The president took to Twitter, saying recent delays and interruptions in several airports have happened due to medical screenings.

He emphasized the inconvenience is necessary to ensure safety of all passengers. President Trump reassured travelers that transportation officials are moving as quickly as possible to reduce bottlenecks at airports. He added that everyone must be vigilant and careful to reduce the risks posed by the virus.

FILE – In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, a Transportation Security Administration agent hands a passport back to a traveler as she screens travelers, at a checkpoint inside an airline terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

International tourists in the U.S. have also questioned how they will return to their home countries as the White House limits flights.

President Trump has reassured citizens and travelers that his administration is working hard to “get the job done properly.”

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A gate area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is crowded with travelers awaiting Delta flight 1420 to Atlanta Saturday, March 14, 2020. (AP Photo/John Scalzi)