Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is working from his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, while the Trump administration tries to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the matter. Ross, 82, is teleworking to the extent possible, according to the people, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. A representative for Ross declined to comment. The White House declined to comment, as well.
Ross, whose job is to help promote job creation, economic growth and economic security, has been conspicuously absent at recent public events, including Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings. Ross said in January the pandemic could be good for U.S. jobs and manufacturing, arguing it might give businesses “another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain.”