Trump still deciding whether illegal immigrants should get government-paid coronavirus healthcare

'We'll be talking about that at a different time,' Trump said Friday

Updated: April 3, 2020 - 6:40pm

Given the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the Trump administration is weighing whether to use U.S. taxpayer money to provide coronavirus healthcare for millions of illegal immigrants. 

"We'll be talking about that at a different time," President Trump said Friday when asked about coverage for 11 million illegal immigrants, during the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing. 

The White House must weigh how to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which is ravaging the country's economy, with the administration's goal to maintain strong borders.

Preventing illegal immigration was a hallmark for Trump's 2016 electoral victory, and Republicans were critical of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates for saying they would provide universal, government paid healthcare for illegal immigrants. 

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