Trump celebrates truck drivers at White House event

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 17th, 2020 8:34 am

President Trump held an event at the White House on Thursday to honor truck drivers delivering goods during the pandemic.

"In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are carrying us to victory," Trump said at the event.

Attendees included truck drivers for FedEx, DHL, and UPS, as well as representatives from the American Trucking Association.

"The whole country is cheering you on, without you it would be impossible to keep our economy moving," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The industry has recently struggled with supporting its drivers, with access to bathrooms and food often being cut off due to the pandemic.

"Right now professional drivers are busting their butts to care for the nation," Todd Spencer, president and CEO of OOIDA, said in a statement. "Their hard work and personal sacrifice should not include their health or even their lives if at all possible or preventable. Once word spreads that drivers are testing positive, we could very well see a tremendous reduction in drivers willing to risk everything for the rest of us."

McDonald's has unveiled a new curbside pickup service for truck drivers and food trucks have begun parking along routes to provide food for drivers.


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