Coronavirus may boost US jobs – Trump’s commerce secretary

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has been criticised for saying the coronavirus could result in more jobs for Americans.

Mr Ross was speaking after the virus – which has killed 170 people and infected 7,700 – was declared a global public health emergency.

He said he thought the situation could encourage American manufacturers in China to return to the US.

He told Fox Business Network: “I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America – some to US, probably some to Mexico as well.”

He said that he didn’t “want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate, very malignant disease” but “the fact is, it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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