4/6/20: Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing


The President:
Thank you very much. Thank you very much. This week, America
continues our aggressive effort to defeat the virus
as we enter a crucial and difficult phase
of the battle. We continue to send our
prayers to the people of New York and New Jersey,
and to our whole country. But right now, New York
and New Jersey are very hot zones, and
we’re with them. We’re with everybody. Your struggle is our
struggle, and we will beat this virus. We will beat it together. I also want to send best
wishes to a very good friend of mine and a
friend to our nation, Prime Minister
Boris Johnson. We’re very saddened to
hear that he was taken into intensive care this
afternoon, a little while ago, and Americans are all
praying for his recovery. He’s been a really
good friend. He’s been really
something very special. Strong. Resolute. Doesn’t quit. Doesn’t give up. We have made tremendous
progress on therapeutics. I had a fantastic call
today, which I’ll be talking about a
little bit later. And I’ve asked two of the
leading companies — these are brilliant companies. Ebola, AIDS, others. They’ve come with the
solutions and just have done incredible jobs. And I’ve asked them
to contact London immediately. They have offices
in London. They’re major companies. But more than major, more
than size, they’re genius. And I had a talk with
four of them today. And they speak a language
that most people don’t even understand, but I
understand something: that they’ve really advanced
therapeutics and therapeutically, and they
have arrived in London already. Their London office has
whatever they need, and we’ll see if we
can be of help. We’ve contacted all of
Boris’s doctors, and we’ll see what is going
to take place. But they are ready to go. But when you get brought
into intensive care, that gets very, very serious
with this particular disease. So, the two
companies are there. And with what they are
talking about — and it’s rather complex and has had
really incredible results — we’re working with the
FDA and everybody else, but we are working with
London, with respect to Boris Johnson. Across the country, we’re
attacking the enemy on all fronts, including medical,
scientific, social, logistical, and economic. We’re pressing into action
the full power of American government and
American enterprise. And our military
has been incredible. We’ve just sent 3,000
public health personnel. They’re now deployed in
the New York area, and they’ll be over at the
Javits Center, over at the great ship. And as you probably
have heard — and I was informed that Governor
Cuomo has already told you and announced — he called
me up a little while ago, and he asked whether or
not it would be possible to use the ship, with
respect to fighting the virus. And we hadn’t had that in
mind at all, but we’re going to let him do it,
and we’re also going to let New Jersey. Governor Murphy — we
spoke with him a little while ago, and New Jersey
is going to use it also because New Jersey is
a hot — a hotspot. So Governor Murphy and
Governor Cuomo are going to be using the ship for
New York, New Jersey. And it’s a big ship, and
it’s now COVID; it’s set for COVID. And we are going to —
hopefully that will be very helpful
to both states. The Javits Center, which
is 2,900 beds, just built by our military, also is
going to be manned now by the military. And they should be in
place tomorrow, and they’ll start sending
quite a few people over to the Javits Center. It’s convenient. It’s right in the
middle of everything. So that’ll be
something great. And we appreciated
Governor Cuomo’s nice — really nice statements
and, likewise, Governor Murphy. We have worked very well
with both of them and with, frankly, all
of the governors. Vice President Pence had
a call this morning with them that lasted for
close to two hours. And I understand there
wasn’t a negative person on the call. Fifty governors — or just
about fifty governors — I think they were all on,
from what I understood. And they were very
positive about everything their federal government
has been doing for them. And you’ll hear what that
is, and it’s — it’s rather amazing, actually. Nationwide, the Army Corps
of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals —
these are big hospitals — and alternate care
sites in 18 states. So you have a combination
of 22 field hospitals. In addition to that, we’re
building alternate care sites, which is a little
bit of a smaller version of the hospital. And we have a lot of them,
and they’re going up in 18 different states. In total, we have deployed
8,450 hospital beds from federal stockpiles. And, you know, if you
think, this is done over a period of — really,
a period of weeks. It’s incredible, actually. More than 8,000
ventilators have been sent from the National
Stockpile to our cities and states, backed by the
Defense Production Act, which we’ve used very
strongly, very powerfully. So powerfully that we
don’t have to use it too much, frankly. And it’s nice when
you don’t have to. We’re getting more than
we ever bargained for. American industry
is stepping up. Manufacturers are
really going to town. And we have thousands of
ventilators being built as we speak, and we have
hundreds that are being sent to different
locations, and we’re ready to roll with almost 10,000
that we have in the federal stockpile. When I say “ready to
roll,” too, I mean exactly what that states: We are
— wherever that monster goes, we’re able
to move with it. Great flexibility. We have tremendous
flexibility. And we have people
waiting, and they’re ready, willing, and able,
but waiting to bring them wherever it may be,
if they need it. If they need it. It’s possible that they
won’t be needed, that we’re fully stocked,
because numbers are coming in where, because of what
the American people are doing, we’re having
fewer hospital visits. I think that could be
the case in New York. It could be the case
in a few other states. And fewer beds, fewer
hospital visits mean fewer ventilators. So we’ll see whether
or not our original projections were right. But anyway, I had a very
good talk with both governors, and I think
they’re very happy — extremely happy about the
— what we’re doing for them, and especially
going all COVID. So that’ll take place
almost immediately. FEMA and HHS have directly
distributed 11.7 million N95 respirators. Think of that. Get the number. 11.7 million N95
respirators. 11.7 million. 26.5 million surgical
masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.4 million
surgical gowns, and 22.6 million gloves. 22.6 million gloves. We have also arranged
for vast quantities of additional materials
to be allocated through donations and existing
supply chains. We’ve also given
tremendous medical material and supplies
throughout the 50 states and territories. And through Project
Airbridge, we have succeeded in bringing
planeloads of vital supplies into the United
States from overseas. We had an
additional three. These are massive
planes, by the way. The big planes — they’re
very big, very powerful, and they’re loaded to
the gills with supplies. And rather than bringing
them into our stockpile, as we’ve discussed, we
bring them to all the different locations where
they’re needed so we can save a big step
and a timely step. Because of my actions,
under the DPA, I can also announce today that we
have reached an agreement — a very amicable
agreement — with 3M for the delivery of an
additional 55.5 million high-quality facemask —
facemasks each month. So that we’re going to be
getting, over the next couple of months, 166.5
million masks for our frontline
healthcare workers. So the 3M saga
ends very happily. We’re very proud to be
dealing now with 3M and its CEO, Mike Roman. I just spoke with him and
I thanked him for getting it done. And Mike was very
happy to get it done. It’s a great company. So we’re getting 166.5
million masks, and mostly that’s going to be for our frontline healthcare workers. Okay? That’s 3M. Thank you, 3M. I also want to thank
Apple, one of the many great American companies
that’s taken into — that’s really
leapt into action. Today, Apple announced
that it is now producing plastic face shields for
healthcare workers at the rate of 1
million per week. One million. And these are the shields
that you see on television quite a bit. And they’re at the highest
level of quality and safety. We’re grateful, as well,
to Salesforce, which has donated 48 million pieces
of personal protective equipment, including
masks, gowns, suits, and face shields. So thank you very
much to Salesforce. I urge all of our nation’s
governors to ensure that the massive deliveries
that we’ve made to your states over the past few
weeks are distributed as quickly as possible. So again, we’re working
very well with the governors. Now, they may see you
and say, “Oh, we’re not happy.” But they’re very
happy on the phone. And Mike Pence is a
straight shooter, and he had a great phone
conversation to them, with all of the governors. Teleconference. And they’re very happy,
every one of them. Were there any negatives? The Vice
President: No, sir. The President: See? I told you. Mike is the greatest. Mike — and you have done
a great job, Mike, and I appreciate it. The whole country
appreciates it. The Vice President: Thank
you, Mr. President. Anthony appreciates
it, right? Aren’t you — see? Everybody
appreciates Mike. A special man. So a lot of the things
that we’ve done, again, are going directly
to the states. The states seem
to be very happy. If they’re not, they can
call me directly, they can call Mike directly, and
we’ll make them happy. But tremendous progress
has been made in a very short period. And I think, very
importantly, the progress has been made before the
surge comes, because the next week, week and a
half, is going to be a big surge, the
professionals tell us. And I think we’re in good
shape for it, Anthony. So it’s good timing. Really good timing. We can have the
stuff there. It’s already there, for
the most part, but we’re bringing a lot of
different resources to the various locations,
especially where the surge is looking like it’s
going to take place. Resources from the
National Stockpile need to reach our warriors. And they are warriors. I tell it all the time. I saw it again this
morning, these young, in many cases — in many
cases, older — but they’re walking into the
hospital, and they’re putting on — I mean,
as that door is opened, they’re going into this
place, and, you know, it’s not exactly too safe. And they’re going in there
and they’re putting the outfits on and they’re
putting their masks on, and they’re —
it’s incredible. It’s no — it’s truly —
it’s like no different than you watch the war
movies or you watch the old clips of war,
running up hills. It’s — to me, it’s
the same thing. Men and women, young and
old, but a lot of young people, just
going in there. They’re not thinking
about, “Oh, gee, this is dangerous.” They’re not saying, “Oh,
I don’t want to go in.” They’re —
they’re warriors. They’re running
through those doors. It’s the most
incredible thing. It’s a beautiful — it’s
an incredible, beautiful thing. Resources from the
National Stockpile need to reach these warriors in
the hospitals immediately, and we’re making
sure they do. And again, the states have
that responsibility, but we’re working with the
states and we’re getting the states a lot of things
that they can distribute. Or when they tell us, we
bring it directly to the hospital from the federal
stockpile, or from the planes that land without
even going to the stockpile. If any state is having
difficulty distributing supplies, we urge you to
use the National Guard to assist in the delivery. And I have to say, you
have done a fantastic job. Deborah, you know that
you’ve done great. Tony, you know that
you’ve done great. But what a job
you’ve done. And I appreciate it. I really do. Your whole group
has been incredible. That’s a lot of
stars you have. I’ll tell you that. He’s supposed to do a
great job when you have four stars, right? But the military has been
incredible, and I thank them for all of us. Conversely, if a state
believes that it has surplus equipment
or supplies — very important, because we
actually have gotten so much to some of the states
that they’re able to now — they’ve done a
fantastic job and they’ve kept — they’ve
kept that line low. And we have some states
that have surplus equipment and supplies,
and they’re working with us to rapidly redeploy
those supplies to areas of greatest need. We thought that
might happen. If it worked out well,
that’s what was going to happen, and
it’s happening. And I want to thank
Governor Gavin Newsom, who’s doing a tremendous
job, who’s announced California will send
500 ventilators to be distributed to
other locations. I think some are
going to Arizona. Some are going to
Washington, D.C. We think they’re going to Delaware. We’re working it out. But 500 excess ventilators
from the State of California. And we’re going to get
them taken care of wherever they have to go. Those decisions are
being made right now. The members of the White
House Task Force and I are in close touch with mayors
and governors and hospital administrators
across our country. And we’re told that the
present time — at the present time, most of the
critical needs are — are being more than met. States have to continue
sharing detailed information in the amount
and utilization rates of medical supplies so we
know what to resupply them. Or they can get it directly; that includes ventilators. They can get it directly. Ideally, if they can get
it directly, but if they can’t, if they’re unable
to do it, we have tremendous amounts
of supplies. And we’re building
it up very fast too. And this is before
the big surge. This information is
fundamental to our ability to deliver the material
when — when and where it’s most needed. Now, Mike, in his
conversation today, I think got some information
as to a couple of locations where we’re
going to be delivering large numbers of
ventilators and large numbers of
medical supplies. And we’ll take
care of that. But some of the
states are very happy. Even Governor Pritzker,
from Illinois, is happy. Of course, he may not be
happy when he talks to the press, but he’s happy. He’s a very happy man. We’re increasingly hopeful
that the aggressive mitigation strategy we put
into place will ultimately allow our hospital system
to successfully manage the major influx of cases that
— that we have right now. Again, I say that we’re
finding, because of the incredible job done by
the American people in conjunction with everybody
— governors, the military, federal
government, state government, local
government — had a lot of conversations with New
York City and Mayor de Blasio. I’ve gotten to know him. I didn’t know him. Gotten to know him. And a lot of people
are working hard. Everybody is working hard. A lot of people are doing
a great job — I’ll tell you that. A lot of people are
doing a great job. But the goals that all
Americans have been sacrificing to achieve
these last few weeks are things that a lot of
people thought were not possible to achieve. And I think we’ve more
than achieved, but we have to go through. Again, we’re going
to have a rough week. We’re going to have maybe
a rough a little more than a week. And — but there’s
tremendous light at the end of that tunnel. I said it last time. I said it last night:
There’s tremendous light at the end of the tunnel. There’s so many
things happening with therapeutics, with
vaccines, with things that we really want. Deborah, Tony, they’re all
working so hard on this. But those therapeutics —
I mean, look, the vaccines are going to be always a
little bit later because of that testing period,
but the therapeutics — getting the kind of things
that I heard about today, talking to these brilliant
companies and brilliant people on the phone
was fantastic. It was such an
incredible conversation. And I also spoke, just a
few minutes ago, with Vice President — former Vice
President Biden, who called. And we had a really
wonderful, warm conversation. It was a very nice
conversation. We talked about
pretty much this. This is what we
talked about. This is what everyone
is talking about. This is what they
want to talk about. And he gave me his point
of view, and I fully understood that. And we just had a very
friendly conversation. It lasted probably 15
minutes, and it was really good. It was really good. Really nice. I think it was
very much so. I appreciate his calling. As we continue our efforts
to develop treatments and cures, this afternoon I
spoke with leaders of the American pharmaceutical
companies. And just to give you their
names: Amgen, Genentech, Gilead, Regeneron. These are four the
greatest in the world for doing exactly what
they’re doing. And currently, 10
different therapeutic agents are in active
trials and some are looking incredibly
successful, but we have to go through a process. And it’s going to be a
fairly quick process, I will tell you, based on
what the FDA told me. And another 15 are in
plans for clinical trials. So they’re
advancing rapidly. And today, a second
company announced that the FDA has authorized its
vaccine candidate to begin clinical trials. So you have — Johnson &
Johnson is already there. I believe they’re
the one that’s first. And now we have a second
company that just — just announced. And we were just —
it was just approved. So we have two companies
at that level for the vaccine itself. We’ve now performed 100
— well, if you think of this: 1.79 million tests. That’s 1,790,000
tests nationwide. And I think we’re going to put up a screen here someplace. Good. They’re on cue. They’re just on cue. And here it is. This is the process
starting on 5 March and ending right there. Right about now. Right? That’s about it. Admiral Giroir: Yesterday. The President: So — and
it’s going up at a rapid rate. Nobody has done
more testing. And one of the reasons why
they say — and I think I can say this, Deborah,
very strongly — but one of the reasons that we
have more cases is we’ve done more testing. If I went to some of these
countries that have, in my opinion, far more people
than we do, that had the problem, and if we did
the kind of testing proportionately that we’re
doing, they’d have many more cases than us. But we have more cases
because we do much more testing. So when you do the
testing, you have cases. Otherwise, you wouldn’t
know about the cases. People sit home; you
don’t know about it. But we have now done
1,790,000 tests nationwide. That’s more than any other
country in the world, hence we have more cases. And that number is growing
by nearly 125,000 people per day. Think of that one. So it’s growing by
125,000 people per day. I told you about
South Korea. This is a, you know,
vastly faster — and we also have, they say, the
most accurate of tests. CVS is launching — and
they’ve been great — two new drive-through testing
sites in Atlanta, Georgia, and Providence,
Rhode Island. And each location will be
able to test up to 1,000 patients per day using the
ultra-fast five-minute test developed
by Abbott Labs. Now they’re down
to five minutes. They call it the
“ultra-fast” and it’s very accurate. Abbott Labs, I
want to thank them. They’ve been fantastic. We’re also speeding urgent
economic relief to the American worker and
families and the employers. As of today, tens of
thousands of small businesses have applied
for more than $40 billion in relief under the
Paycheck Protection Program. You’ve all been
reading about it. And it’s really — I mean,
it’s only been going for a couple of days. It’s really been
performing well. A couple of little
glitches — minor glitches that have already been
taken care of, what they say. These funds will result
in nearly 2 million jobs being preserved. So we’re taking care of
our workers — small businesses and
our workers. Nearly 3,000 lenders have
already made loans under the program, and we’re
signing up additional lenders very
quickly — rapidly. Community banks have been
very responsive, and larger banks are
also stepping up. If this — if we run out
of funds — by the way, we’re already preparing
because it’s going so fast for the small businesses
and their employees — we’ll ask Congress to
refill it immediately. But the banks
have been great. The big banks — the Bank
of America was right up there at the beginning. JPMorgan Chase was
— has been great. After the first day, they
really — they really came through, and a lot
of the big banks. But the community banks
have been fantastic. As we announced last week,
we are providing $100 billion in direct support
for our hospitals. And the first tranche,
$30 billion, will be distributed this week. So I want to — I want
to say one other thing. Our farmers — we love our
farmers — and, as you know, as of April 1st,
the China trade deal — 250-billion-dollar — they
purchased $250 billion from us, if not more. And of that, approximately
$50 billion is expected to be with our farmers. So it kicked in as of
April 1st, and we’ll see how it goes. It seems like
they’re buying. So we’ll let you know
how that’s going. But they’re buying
anywhere from $40- to $50 billion worth of our
agricultural product. That should have a huge
impact on our farmers — a tremendous impact
on our farmers. But we’re watching
it very closely. To fight the medical
war, we’ve mobilized the unbeatable — and it just
— it is unbeatable — strength of American
determination, ingenuity, and compassion. I got to see that when I
spoke to the great science — because I call them
“science companies” more than drug companies. They’re scientists. We’ve seen businesses,
charities, and private citizens making
generous donations. So many people are
making donations. We’ve seen states and
cities supporting and helping each other and
caring for our citizens. And we’ve seen Americans
of all backgrounds and beliefs uniting together
to answer the challenge and rise to the moment. And that’s what
they’re doing. Above all, we have been
awe-inspired by the exceptional courage of the
doctors, nurses, EMTs, and healthcare workers who are
the soldiers of this war. No words can ever express
the complete measure of our gratitude for
these intrepid heroes. One Cleveland patient
credited his medical team for not only saving his
life through their skill, but forever changing his
life through their example of selfless devotion. Couldn’t believe it — so
generous he was with his statements. And he talked about their
bravery in an area that was in such trouble —
an area of that hospital where people were dying. And he talked about
their bravery. Another survivor in
Houston said simply, “I will consider them
my angels forever.” “I will consider them”
— think of that — “my angels forever.” As our nation endures the
depths of loss and grief, we are also witness to the
summit of American virtue, character, and courage. With the love and
dedication of every American patriot, we will
win this battle, we will defeat this enemy, and
we will rise from this present crisis with new
strength, unity, and resolve. And that’s what’s
happening. Tremendous stories are
coming out of this horrible moment. A very dark moment
for the world. One hundred
and eighty two. I was saying 151 for a
while, and then it got up to 160. And it’s 182, as I
announced yesterday. A hundred and eighty-two
countries are being attacked by this virus. So I just want to thank
everybody, and I want to thank the American
citizens for doing a great job. Stay inside. And let’s win this, and
let’s get our country open as soon as we can. I think it’s going to be
sooner than people think. Things are going
really well. Again, light at the
end of the tunnel. And with that, I’ll
take a few questions. And then Mike is going to
take over and talk with the Admiral and with
the professionals. And we appreciate
you being here. Yes, please. The Press: Mr. President,
you mentioned that you were asking U.S. drug companies to provide
treatment to the British Prime Minister. The President: Yeah. The Press: What sort
of treatment is that? Is that something that’s available to the American public? The President: Well, it’s
a very — yeah, it’s a very complex treatment of
things that they’ve just recently developed and
that they have a lot of experience with, having to
do with something else, but recent for this. And they’ll be — they’ve
already concurred. They’ve already had
meetings with the doctors. And we’ll see whether or
not they want to go that route. But when you’re in
intensive care, it’s a big deal. So they’re there
and they’re ready. I think we have — we
have three of them. We have — I
spoke with four. You know who the
four would be. And you know the people
within those — you probably — you’d know the
companies if I told you the companies. But the people are the
greatest — the greatest in the world. So they’re at the
hospital, and we’ll see. And they have — they have
everything with them, should it be needed. Hopefully — hopefully it
won’t have to be needed, but should it be needed. I just — I’ve found him
— I’ve found Boris to be a fantastic person. Just, like, a fantastic
warm, strong, smart guy. He loves his country. You see that. I mean, he fought like —
like hell for his country. And intensive
care is big stuff. Really big stuff. The Press: Yesterday, you
were asked about this as well, but now that he has
been moved to intensive care, does that give you
and the Vice President any pause or additional
concerns, steps that you’re taking to preserve
the continuity of government here? The President: No,
I don’t think so. Mike had his test a
couple of days ago. I had my test a
couple of days ago. So — and we’re here,
and here you are. So, no, I don’t think so. But I think we’ll probably
— just because of questions like that, I
think we’ll probably have maybe quite a few tests. It’s not the worst idea. You know, the system of
testing now is so quick and so easy. So, I could see — The
Vice President: I was tested again today. The President: And you
were tested again today? The Vice President:
Yes, sir. The President: You
sure you’re okay? The Vice President:
I’m okay. The President: Good. Then I’m staying here. The Press: Mr. President
— The President: Yeah. The Press: Despite the
nearly 1.8 million tests that you say the United
States has done, the Inspector General for the
Department of Health and Human Services released a
report today — a survey — of more than 300
hospitals across the country. And the number one
complaint from those hospitals were severe
shortages of testing supplies and a really
long wait time. The President: Well,
it’s just wrong. The Press: I mean,
a week or longer. The President:
It’s just wrong. Did I hear the word
“inspector general”? Really? It’s wrong. And they’ll talk
to you about it. It’s wrong. The Press: But this is
your own government. The President: Uh, it’s —
well, where did he come from — the
inspector general? What’s his name? The Press: It came from
the inspector general report — The President:
No, what’s his name? What’s his name? The Press: I don’t know
his name off of the top of my head. The President: Well,
find me his name. Let me know. Okay? If you find me his name,
I’d appreciate it. The Press: But, sir, these
are hospitals that do not — The President: All I
can tell you is this: We put up on the board —
The Press: Sir, these are hospitals — The
President: You’re going to ask — you’re going
to ask the Admiral. But we are doing — The Press: Sir, these are hospitals who say that
they’re waiting a week or longer to get their test
— The President: Fine. The Press: — results. The President: Then
speak to the Admiral. The Press: Why is it
still taking so long? The President: But we’ve
done more testing and had more results than any
country, anywhere in the world. They’re doing an
incredible job. Now they’re
all calling us. They want our testing. “What are we doing?” “How do you do the
five-minute test?” “How do you do the
15-minute test?” So, give me the name of
the inspector general. Could politics be
entered into that? Go ahead, please. The Press: This is our —
The President: Go ahead. The Press: Thank you, sir. Are you worried about
retaliation to your decision to ban export of
medical goods, like Indian Prime Minister Modi’s
decision to not export hydroxychloroquine to the United States and other countries? The President: I don’t
like that decision, if that’s — I don’t — I
didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped
it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday. We had a very good talk. And we’ll see whether
or not that is. I would be surprised if he
would, you know, because India does very well
with the United States. For many years, they’ve
been taking advantage of the United
States on trade. So I would be surprised if
that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that. I spoke to him
Sunday morning. I called him. And I said, “We’d
appreciate your allowing our supply to come out.” If he doesn’t allow it to
come out, that would be okay, but, of course,
there may be retaliation. Why wouldn’t there be? Yeah, please. The Press: Thank
you, Mr. President. The Paycheck Protection
Program has gotten off to a confusing start for
small businesses because — The President:
I don’t think so. I think it’s
done very well. The Press: Well, Wells
Fargo has stopped taking applications. Bank of America initially
prior- — The President: Not anymore, they haven’t. The Press: — prioritized
taking applications from clients that were
already borrowers. The President: Bank of
America has been the leader, taking tremendous
numbers of applications, and, of course, there may
have been — they wanted to have a slightly
different application, they wanted to have
a little different information. But Bank of America
has been a leader. They had number one in
terms of applications. I wish you’d ask the
question differently. Why don’t you say, “It’s
gotten off to a tremendous start, but there are some
little glitches” — which, by the way, have
been worked out? It would be so much
nicer if you’d do that. But you’re just incapable
of asking a question in a positive way. The Press: Sir, what
oversight measures is the federal government putting
in place to — The President: It’s
already done. It’s already done. The Press: — ensure
that there is fairness? The President: It’s
taken the measures. It’s taken the measures. And we may even do
a different system. Not with this. We’re going to have to
probably add more money to this, to save — and to
keep our small businesses going and to keep the
employees of those small businesses working. But it’s such a positive
event and you ask it in such a negative way. It’s just — I wish — I
wish we had a fair media in this country,
and we really don’t. Speaking of
unfair, go ahead. The Press: Mr. President,
the Acting Secretary of the Navy told the crew of
the USS Roosevelt that Captain Crozier was
either, quote, “too naive or too stupid”
to be in command. Is it appropriate for the
Chief Officer of the Navy to be speaking this way
about this captain? Is this the right way to
— The President: Well, I haven’t heard it exactly. I haven’t heard. I heard they had a
statement that was made. If that were the statement
— it’s a strong statement. Look, the letters
shouldn’t have been sent, and certainly they
shouldn’t have been leaked. This is a military
operation. I must tell you, I’ve
heard very good things about the gentleman —
both gentlemen, by the way — I will say this. But about both gentlemen. And I may look into it
only from the standpoint that something should be
resolved, because I’m hearing good things
about both people. The Press: What might
you look into, sir? The President: I may just
get involved, if it’s okay with you. The Press:
(Inaudible), you mean? The President: Yeah,
because, you know what? You have two good people
and they’re arguing. And I’m good, believe it or not, at settling arguments. I’m good at settling
these arguments. So I may look into it in
great detail — in detail. And I’ll be able to
figure it out very fast. But that was a statement
— and it’s a rough statement. But look — The Press:
Might you reinstate him if you decide it was — The
President: Look — look, letters should not have been sent to many people, unclassified. That was a mistake. It’s a mistake that
shouldn’t have been made, because it’s unfair to the
families of the people on the ship because
they get nervous. And it shows weakness. And there’s nothing
weak about us now. Not anymore. We have the strongest
military we’ve ever had. And we’re not going to
be showing weakness to anybody because we have —
that ship is incredible — nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier. And we don’t want to be
doing — writing letters. We don’t want to have
letter-writing campaigns where the fake news finds
a letter or gets a leak. We don’t want that. So, the letter — The
Press: Would you consider reinstating him — The
President: Excuse me. So the letter shouldn’t
have been sent. With all of that said, his
career prior to that was very good. So I’m going to get
involved and see exactly what’s going on there. Because I don’t want to
destroy somebody for having a bad day. Okay? Does that make sense? Okay. The Press: Mr. President,
Vice President Biden’s spokesperson said that he
had made some suggestions to you about actions that
you can be taking — The President: He did. The Press: — to deal
with the pandemic. The President: He did. We had a very good talk. We agreed that we weren’t
going to talk about what we said, but we had a
very, very good talk. It was a warm talk. I enjoyed it. I hope he enjoyed it, too. And it was short. It was 15 minutes. The Press: Did he have
good suggestions? Anything that
you’re going to do? The President: Well,
he had suggestions. It doesn’t mean that
I agree with those suggestions, but certainly
he had suggestions. And I also told him some
of the things we’re doing. But the conversation was a
friendly — very friendly conversation. Yeah, please. The Press: Thanks a
lot, Mr. President. You’ve mentioned, other
members of your task force have mentioned, over the
course of the next two weeks it’s going to be a
very difficult time for our country in
terms of fatalities. And there — The
President: It will be a difficult week
and a half… The Press: Yeah. And there are a number of
governors who are close allies of yours, Mr.
President, who have refrained thus far to have
these stay-at-home orders. And Dr. Fauci, who of
course is on your task force, has said that —
The President: True. The Press: — it would —
the states that don’t have stay-at-home orders are
putting themselves at risk and the country at risk. Do you agree with that? The President: Well, if
Dr. Fauci said that, I would be inclined
to call them up. You know, we do have a
constitutional problem in doing that. You understand that. I mean, there’s a double
— there’s a double-edged sword. You understand. I can do it, but it is a
constitutional — you can say federalist, you can
say there’s lots of different reasons, where
I would rather have the governors do it, make
their own determination. They’re smaller — and not
in all cases but, sort of, they’re smaller cases. But I’m not sure 100
percent that Dr. Fauci said that, but
you can ask him. Tony, you want
to say something? Please. Dr. Fauci: So I had — I
had good conversations with the governor of
Nebraska and the governor of Iowa here. And it’s interesting that,
functionally, even though they have not given a
strict stay-at-home, what they are doing is really
functionally equivalent to that. And we had a really good
conversation with both of the governors. And — and I — you know,
when I had mentioned that, I think there was a public
response that they weren’t really doing
anything at all. And they really are doing
a very good job, both of them. Those are the only two
that I spoke to, but — but it was a really
good conversation. And I want to make sure
people understand that just because they don’t
have a very strict stay-at-home order, they
have in place a lot of things that are totally
compatible with what everyone else is doing. The Press: If I can ask
a question of Dr. Fauci before he — The
President: Go ahead. The Press: About getting
back to normal: You said you wanted to get back
to normal as soon as possible. Will we truly get back to
normal in this country before there’s an actual
vaccine that’s available to everybody? And how do you — how do
you start lifting the restrictions safely? Dr. Fauci: Yeah. Well, Jon, if back to
normal means acting like there never was a
coronavirus problem, I don’t think that’s going
to happen until we do have a situation where you can
completely protect the population. But when we say “getting
back to normal,” we mean something very different
from what we’re going through right now, because
right now we are in a very intense mitigation. When we get back to
normal, we will go back gradually to the point where we can function as a society. But you’re
absolutely right. I mean, if you want to get
to pre-coronavirus, you know, that might not ever
happen in the sense of the fact that the
threat is there. But I believe, with the
therapies that will be coming online, and with
the fact that I feel confident that over a
period of time we will get a good vaccine, that we
will never have to get back to where we
are right back now. So if that means getting
back to normal, then we’ll get back to normal. The President: I think
that with the therapies and I think that with the
vaccines, which I have total confidence are
coming — and I’m dealing with the companies. I’m talking to Johnson &
Johnson, I’m talking to all of them. I think that when you add
the tremendous stimulus that we’re giving —
like, for instance, deductibility for
restaurant expenses, for restaurants and
entertainment; the money that we’re talking about
for small businesses and employees to keep
everybody working; and other things that we’re,
frankly, working on right now, which are going to be
great for our people — I think when you add that
to it, I think we can get more than back to
normal, from an economic standpoint. It would actually
be better. But more than
back to normal. But I — I would agree
that we’d love to see a vaccine, but immediately,
we’d love to see a therapeutic. And I think we’re
getting very close. The Press: Do you think
you’d be able to lift restrictions on April 30th
right now — (inaudible)? The President: I don’t
want to comment on that, but I can tell you that
we certainly want to try. We certainly want to see
what — what’s going on. We’re doing very well. Look, if you look at
those, you look at most places where that — you
can call it the “bump.” You could call
it the “hill”. You can call it
the “mountain.” You can call it —
whatever you want to do it. It’s very flat. You take a look. And that was done
through mitigation. That was done through
a lot of good work. And that far exceeded
our expectations before. I mean, you — people
can’t even believe how — how low some of those
bumps are, some of those hills are. They’re very surprised. They have a couple
of tough ones. New Jersey has been very
tough and New York has been very tough. They’re crowded in. You know, it’s
tight, it’s tougher. But far exceeding. California far exceeds;
Washington State far exceeds. You look at so many of
these states, how well they’re doing. The eight states, by the
way — and I haven’t spoken to the governors,
but Tony is so right: They may not have it from the
standpoint that they’re saying it, but those
people are practicing it and they’re doing
a fantastic job. Take a look at where they
are, in terms of the levels. But take a look
where they are. So — but if I thought it
was something that — and I’ve looked at them, and I’ve looked at them very carefully. I looked at them today,
looked at them yesterday. From a constitutional
standpoint, I’d love not to get involved with that. And not from a legal
standpoint, just from a moral, constitutional
standpoint. Because legally, I can,
but morally, I — you know, I believe in our
Constitution, much more so than most people. And I’d love to be able to
let the governors do what they have to do. Those states are doing a
fantastic job, all eight of them. They’re doing a
fantastic job. So we’ll see what happens. As for your question, you
fully understand what I’m saying, so thank you. Yes, please. The Press: Hi. I have two
questions, if I may. One from somebody
outside the room. But first, could I ask: Do
you think Boris Johnson, when he talked about
shaking hands with hospital patients, did he
downplay the threat of this virus too much? And do you know exactly
what his current condition is? The President: Well, I
think Boris was looking at it differently. He was looking
at it earlier. He was looking at it
like “ride it out.” There were many people
thinking about riding it out, meaning, you know,
whatever it is, it is. But then you see what
starts to happen and the numbers become monumental,
and they decide not to do that. We actually moved early. We moved early because of
what we did with respect to the ban on China coming
in and then Europe coming in. That was an early ban too. And then UK. So, no, he — he waited a
little while, and he — he felt that, but he got
— you know, he made a decision very quickly
thereafter to do what they did. And they they — they’ve
gone to a very strict lockdown. But they’re suffering
greatly as a nation right now. They’re going
through a lot. You know, they’re —
they’re a nation that’s having a difficult time. But I’ve gotten
to know him. He’s just such an
incredible guy. It was just so shocking to
see that because you know what that means. Intensive care is a big
deal with regard to what we’re talking about. That’s a very big deal,
a very scary deal. Yeah, please. The Press: Just, somebody
who can’t be in the room because of social
distancing has asked me to ask a question. It’s Thomas Howell of the
Washington Times: How many health workers in the U.S. have become infected
with COVID-19? And if the answer is not
known, will the CDC be publishing that data? The President: Yeah,
I could get you that information. I think they’d — I think
they’d probably be willing to give that. Right? Dr. Fauci:
We’ll have that. The President: Yeah,
we could get you that information. Jeff, please? The Press: Mr. President,
OPEC is meeting on Thursday — The
President: Yeah. The Press: — and they
have said that they are willing to make a cut in
production if the U.S. chips in as well, which
suggests that they want you to ask U.S. producers to do an
orchestrated cut. The President: Well,
you’re the first one that’s told me that. I don’t know. We’ll have to make
that decision. And maybe we will,
maybe we won’t. But we’ll have to
make that decision. The Press: But do you —
The President: I think the cuts are automatic. If you’re a believer in
markets, I can guarantee you there’s a cut from
pre this condition. You know, look, this
happened because of the virus. The virus knocked
out 40 percent. It was — it went
down in one hour. I mean, literally, when
places close up, you’re talking about a
40 percent cut. No, I think it’s happening
automatically, but nobody has asked me that question
yet, so we’ll see what happens. I’ll — The Press: But you
would — The President: I’ll let you know
Thursday evening. The Press: All right,
that’s the deal. The President: Okay. The Press: But you would
consider asking U.S. companies to refuse — The
President: Well, I think it’s automatic because
they’re already cutting. I mean, if you look,
they’re cutting back. The Press: But OPEC is
asking for a signal — The President: Because it’s —
its market, it’s demand. It’s supply and demand. They’re already cutting
back, and they’re cutting back very seriously. The Press: But if OPEC is
asking for a signal from the U.S. — The President: Well,
nobody has asked me that. So, if they ask me,
I’ll make a decision. Okay? But I’ll — but again,
it’s happening anyway. Yes, please. The Press: In light of all
the discussion about Prime Minister Johnson and his
health, can you update us on the status of the
second half of your physical that you were
going to have this year? The President: Yeah,
so I had a physical. The first half was
very successful. I did it on a day when I
was in the White House and we were able to do that,
as the doctor reported. And I have some — the
second half of the physical different. Probably is done at Walter
Reed, and I’ll do that at the appropriate time,
but I feel very good. And according to the
doctor, very good shape. The Press: And can I just
ask you again on the idea of a national stay-at-home
recommendation? What is giving you so much
pause about making this recommendation? The President: I told you. I told you. He understood very well. I appreciate your
understanding. The Press: I understand
the Constit- — but it’s not an order, just
a recommendation. The President: It’s called
the Constitution of the United States. And I’d rather have,
if possible, for the governors to make
the decision. If a decision was very
necessary — and they have done a good job. And Tony said it
better than anybody. They are — they are doing
— they are doing what we’re asking them to do
without having to put the seal on it. But I will say, if I
thought it was necessary, I’ll do it in a heartbeat. The Press: Do you agree
with the Georgia governor opening the beaches? The President:
Opening what? The Press: The beaches. The President: I haven’t
seen — I’m going to have to see to what extent. I’m going to have to see
how many people you’re talking about, are they
crowded, are they packed, are they not packed. We’ll have to
take a look at it. Right now, it’s very early
for beaches in Georgia. So, right now, very early. So I’ll take a look at it. He’s done a very good
job as the governor. He knows what he’s doing,
but we’ll have to take a look. It really does depend on,
you know, how crowded it may be. But I will talk to him and
I will ask him that question. I would ask him. Yeah, please. The Press: Mr. President,
you said last week that you were considering travel
restrictions around hotspots. Is that something that’s
still on the table? And at what point — The President: We’re looking at it. And the airlines have been
cutting their routes. You saw that yesterday. They announced big
cuts in routes. We need some — some
flights for emergency use for military people. We need some flights
for medical people. And they are very few
flights, as you know. And the flights that are
going out are — I think they said they’re 3
to 4 percent full. You have 3 percent of
the plane is occupied. So it’s — they’re very,
very — generally, very, very empty planes. But it’s good to have —
it’s a — it’s a tiny amount of flights,
relative to the overall. And we need them also for
medical workers, for — otherwise, we’re going to
have to do a whole big thing with our own planes. So they’re done
for a reason. There’s also testing done
when people get onto those planes and also when
people get off the planes. The Press: Mr. President,
if I can follow up on this question of the HHS
inspector general. And, by the way, her
name is Christi Grimm. And it wasn’t so much
her opinion, but they interviewed 323
different hospitals. The President: Well,
it still could be her opinion. But when was
she appointed? When was she appointed? The Press: I’m not sure
when she was appointed. The President: Would
you do me a favor? Let me know. The Press: I’ll —
I’ll check on it. The President: No,
no, let me know now. I have to know now, Jon. Let me know now. The Press: But the point
is — The President: Because we are doing an
incredible job of testing. We are doing a better job
than anybody in the world right now on testing. There’s nobody close. And other nations
admit this. Other nations have
admitted it very strongly. Other nations are calling
us, wanting to know about our testing. Let me know when she was
appointed, would you? The Press: But
specifically, what she was saying — The President:
Go ahead, please. The Press: Sir, is it —
The Press: — was that there had been a delay
in the lab results. The President: Okay,
thank you very much. Go ahead, please. The Press: Thank
you, Mr. President. Only last week, there were
multiple flights coming from China full of
medical supplies. The President: Yes. The Press: Companies like
Huawei and Alibaba has been donating to the
United States — The President: Right. People I know very well. The Press: — like 1.5
million N95 masks, and also a lot of medical
gloves and much more medical supplies. So — The President:
Sounds like a statement more than a question. The Press: And Ambassador
— Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai last night wrote
an op-ed on New York Times, calling to cooperation with the United States. So are you personally
working directly with China on medical supplies — The President: We just signed a trade deal. The Press: — also
fighting with the virus? The President: It’s the
biggest deal probably ever made. And I hope they’re going
to honor that trade deal. If they don’t honor the
trade deal, then I’ll tell you a different answer,
but I think they will. They’re going to spend
billions of dollars for agriculture. They’re going to spend
billions of dollars for many different things. Whereas China never spent
money in our country — The Press: Specifically
on medical supplies. The President: —
we spent money. We had a deficit — a
trade deficit — with China for years of $500
billion, $400 billion. We had the biggest trade
deficits in the history of the world with China. Now China is going to
spend a lot — has agreed to spend $250 billion —
many billions of dollars in our country, much of
it going to farmers and manufacturers. So, I’ll let you know. I mean, I hope they’re
going to honor the deal. We’ll find out. The Press: (Inaudible)
with China? Are you cooperating
with China? The President:
I don’t know. Who are you working for? China? You work for China or are
you with a newspaper? The Press: I’m — no, I’m
working for Hong Kong — The President:
Who are you with? The Press: Hong
Kong Phoenix TV. The President:
Who owns that? China? Is it owned by China? The Press: It’s
based in Hong Kong. The President: No, is
it owned by the state? The Press: No, it’s not. It’s a private-owned
company. The President: Okay, good. Okay. Look, I’ll let you know. I’ll give you a good
answer to that in a few months. I want to just see what
they do because it’s time for them to help us. Okay? It’s time right now for
China to help us, and hopefully they do. And if they don’t,
that’s okay too. But we signed a deal. It was signed in — with
great goodwill and spirit. And it’s time that our
farmers benefitted, our manufacturers benefitted,
and we’ll see whether or not that deal is honored. And I think it will be
because I know President Xi, who I like
and respect. And I think he will honor
the deal he made with us. It just went into
effect four days ago. I will see whether or not. In fact, I called up
just a little while ago. I said, “How are the
farmers doing with respect to China? Are they buying the
product as anticipated?” And the answer was,
“Yeah, I think so.” But it wasn’t the most
positive, but it was — it was starting. It was starting. The deal just started. So I’ll let you know. But, you know, for many,
many years, China ate our lunch because we had
people in this position that I’m in right now that
allowed China to get away with absolute murder, and it
should have never happened. The Press: What about
fighting the coronavirus? The President: But we are —
we are now dealing with China. We’ll see what happens. Yeah. Go ahead. The Press: Mr. President — The President: Wait. Wait. The Press: I’ll tell you
when she was appointed. The President: How many
do you want to ask? How many do you
want to ask? The Press: So I just
wanted — I was going to answer your question
you asked me. She was appointed in
January of this year to her current position —
The President: Good. The Press: — as the principal
deputy inspector general. The President: Okay. We’re going to
take a look at it. Go ahead. The Press: Mr. President,
I know you don’t want to talk about — The Press:
On the issue of — The President: Don’t
— don’t interrupt. He’s — he’s talking. The Press: On the issue of
small-business loans, sir, you said that businesses
have applied for $40 billion in loans. But can you tell us how
much of that money has actually gone out to
the small businesses? The President: I can’t
tell you, but I know it goes out very quickly once
the loan application is approved. And the process
is very fast. And you have to
understand: These are banks, and that’s
what they do. But they were swamped. They were
actually swamped. Okay, go ahead. Please. The Press: I know you
don’t want to talk about the inspector general
report, but testing is still a big issue
in this country. When can hospitals expect
— The President: Put the — put the slide
up again, please. Just put it up. The Press: When can
hospitals expect to receive a quick turnaround
of these test results? The President:
Are you ready? Are you ready? Hospitals can do their
own testing also. States can do
their own testing. States are supposed
to be doing testing. Hospitals are supposed
to be doing testing. Do you understand that? The Press: But it takes
a while for the — The President: We’re the
federal government. Listen — The Press: —
results to come back. The President: We’re
the federal government. We’re not supposed to
stand on street corners doing testing. They go to doctors. They go to hospitals. They go to the state. The state is a more
localized government; you have 50 of them. And they can go — 50
within here; you also have territories, as you know. And they do the testing. And if you look at the
chart, if you take a look — did they put it up? Yeah. Just take a look. And these are testing and
the results are now coming in very quickly. Initially speaking, the
tests were old, obsolete, and not really prepared. We have a brand-new
testing system that we developed very quickly,
and that’s your result. And you should say,
“Congratulations. Great job” — instead of
being so horrid in the way you ask a question. Please. Go ahead. The Press: Mr. President,
today — The President: Yeah, I’d love to have the Admiral speak to that question. Yes. That’s a great idea. Admiral Giroir: So, I can
talk a little bit more about testing later on,
but as the President said, 1.79 million tests
have been done. And this does not count
the hundreds of thousands of tests that are done
within hospitals that are now currently
not reporting. So I’m sure we’re
well over 2 million. That inspector general
report was done here — 23rd and 24th — during
our ramp-up period, quite a long time ago. There was clearly — and
it’s hard to interpret the report because it mixes up
all kinds of things — but clearly, there was
complaints by some hospitals of a backlog. Probably had
sent out tests. And that is true. There were several days
of backlog at some of the major labs that have
been taken care of. We know now that the ACLA
labs now have a 24- to 48-hour turnaround. The Vice
President: They do. Admiral Giroir: They’re
doing well over 100,000 tests a day. We now have the Abbott
machine; that’s point of care. That’s 18,000 of those instruments throughout the country. The Cepheid machine is now
all across the country with a 45-minute
turnaround on. So we have worked directly
with many of the hospitals that have their own
laboratory-derived tests. Some of those really,
quite frankly, didn’t understand the regulatory
freedom they have to use other different kinds of
instruments or different kinds of reagents. The Vice President:
They do now. Admiral Giroir: So
— like they do now. Like they do now. And I’m on the phone with
them all the time to make sure that
everything is clear. We have a 24-hour
call number. But that’s what
it was there for. And I don’t know the
inspector general. I don’t know that person. I tell you one thing I
have a problem with: If there was such a problem
that she knew about or he knew about on March 23rd
and 24th, why did I find out about the test from
them on the — The President: He’s
the one in charge. Admiral Giroir: — on the
news media at 8 o’clock this morning? If there was a problem,
I think you’re ethically obliged to tell me where
that is so we can interact with it like I do
every single day. But that’s a discussion
for the future. I think testing is really
in a good position right now, and I’d be happy to
expand on some of the really good tests
that are coming up. The President: How long
has that person been in government? Could I ask you that? The Press: Did serve
in the previous administration. The President: Oh, you
didn’t tell me that. Oh, I see. You didn’t tell
me that, Jon. The Press: She was
appointed for her current position in January
of this year, by your government. The President: You
didn’t tell me that. Did serve in the previous
admin- — you mean the Obama administration. Thank you for
telling me that. See, there’s a typical
fake-news deal. The Press: Well, you asked
me when she was — you asked me when she
was appointed. The President: No, look. Look — The Press: I told
you when she was appointed by your administration. The President: You’re
a third-rate reporter. And what you just
said is a disgrace. Okay? You asked me — you said,
“Sir, just got appointed.” Take a look at
what you said. Now, I said, “When did
they — when did this person — how long
in government?” The Press: But, but — The
President: “Well, it was appointed in the Obama
administration.” The Press: But her
current job was in your administration, sir. The President: Thank
you very much, Jon. Thank you very much. You will never make it. Go ahead, please. The Press: On the
ventilators — The President: Boy, that’s
a terrible thing. The Press: — and maybe
this is best for Admiral Giroir — but can you
tell us today how many ventilators are in the
federal stockpile? Admiral Giroir: I’m not
going to tell you how many are in the stockpile, but
I can tell you that we look at ventilator use
granularly every single day, in every single
state, and down to the hospital level. So we have been able to
meet and easily meet all the ventilator
requirements that have been brought us —
to us by the state. No one has not gotten a ventilator that needs a ventilator. And as far as we can
project, looking at all models, every person who
needs a ventilator will get a ventilator. I’m a ventilator
doc, right? I’m an ICU physician
for children. Spent every day of my
life managing people on ventilators. This is my community. It’s also the Surgeon
General’s community as an anesthesiologist. So what we have in the
stockpile, I think, is not a number that we
— we give out. But we have thousands
remaining in the stockpile. And now you’re seeing
out of the — out of the appropriate American
spirit that, when a state like Washington or
California doesn’t need that ventilator, they’re
doing the right thing by moving them around
the country. The President: It’s
about 9,000, just so you understand. It’s about 9,000. And, by the way, you
didn’t tell me also that this inspector general
came out of the Obama administration. You didn’t tell
me that either. The Press: Sir, everybody
up here — The President: Okay, please go ahead. The Press: — worked in
the Obama administration except for you and Vice
President (inaudible)? The President:
Go ahead, please. The Press: I’m looking,
sir, at — just quickly here, I’m looking at this
inspector general’s bio. She appears to have served
in government since 1999. But I was hoping to ask
you about your call with former Vice
President Joe Biden. Is there something that
you learned on that phone call? And has that changed your
thinking — The President: No, I understood
his views before the call. The Press: But has that
changed your opinion about speaking to people like
— The President: I just think he’s
a very nice — I think he’s a nice man. I’ve always thought
he was a nice man. I’ve — I don’t know him. I don’t know if I ever
spoke to him before, other than to say hello. But I think
he’s a nice man. We had a very nice call. The Press: And do you want
to seek now the counsel of some of your predecessors
— George Bush, Barack Obama? The President: No,
but we may — no. Not really. We may — we’re
doing a great job. Hey, I inherited — we,
this administration — we inherited a broken system,
both militarily, but we’ve rebuilt our military
where we now have so much ammunition, whereas you
remember a very important general said, “Sir, we
have no ammunition.” They wanted to save
money on ammunition. They didn’t want to save
money because they spent money like nobody
ever spent money. But you know what? We now have a great
military rebuilt. And we have so much
ammunition, we don’t know what to do with it. Okay? And that’s a nice
feeling to have. But they also gave
us empty cupboards. The cupboard was bare. You’ve heard the
expression: “The cupboard was bare.” So we took over a
stockpile where the cupboard was bare and
where the testing system was broken and old. And we redid it. And, frankly, it would be
okay for a small event but not for a big event. And they had a
chance to do it. Somebody said that a
certain person — I won’t tell you, but a certain
person said this will happen. And that’s true. The problem is that person
never did anything about it — previous
administrations. In previous admin- — they
never did anything about it. You know, we all know all
about pandemics and all of the things that we’re
seeing now, but nobody thought it was
going to happen. And if we did think it
was going to happen, the problem is nobody did
anything about it. We did. We have rebuilt
the system. And now we’re a
fine-tuned machine. We built thousands of
hotel beds for New York. We moved a ship in that
now we’re going to make for COVID — COVID-19. We are going to make it so
that people having this horrible thing happen to
them will be able to use the ship. The ship, as I said, is
going to be shared with New Jersey — New
York and New Jersey. We’ve done things
that are incredible. When you build
— what was it? Eighteen hospitals. We built 18 hospitals. We built medical centers
all over the country. And when you have Gavin
Newsom and other governors who really have been very
nice and generous in their statements — because they
make the statements to the press, not just
to my face. Others tell us how great
we’re doing — like the call that Mike had today. I heard from other people
that were on the call; they said it
was incredible. It was two hours, and it
was — everything was positive. They were so happy
with what we’ve done. And we’re ready to do more
if they need it, because we’re ready to march. The Admiral can tell you:
We are sitting there with 9,000 ventilators and
we’re ready to march when we see that. We can move quickly. As soon as we see that
need, we can move very quickly. We’re ready to march. We built a great system. The problem is, the
Democrats — like a guy like Chuck Schumer, who’s
a total lightweight, by the way; I’ve known
him for a long time. He’ll say, “Why don’t you
put a military man in charge?” A military man? I have all military men. This man is doing
an incredible job. We have two admirals,
numerous generals. We have the Army
Corps of Engineers. We have FEMA. We have this whole force
that like nobody has ever seen before. We have a great military
operation and they’ve done an incredible job. And honestly, people
should respect — because nobody has ever seen
anything like what we’ve done. And what they end up —
what — forget about me; don’t worry about me. I get — I will only get
bad — if I say, “How many ventilators do you
need, Governor?” “A thousand
would be great.” I said “Nope, I’m going
to send you 10,000.” And then you’ll call
up from the media. You’ll say, “How
did Trump do?” “We’re not happy. He didn’t send us
enough ventilators.” Because that’s
called politics. But if you look at what’s
happening, that — and I’m even surprised. The governors are
saying all good things. But the Democrat
governors, and a couple of RINOs — frankly,
they’re RINOs. It’s all they are — one
RINO, in particular. But the governors are
saying great things. He had a call that
lasted two hours today. I heard about the call,
not just from Mike. It was a perfect call. Now I’m sure you were on
the call, even though you’re not supposed to be. I’m sure you were on the
call — meaning some of the media was on the call,
because they’re constantly reporting the call. If they’re honest, they
will say it was a great call. Okay. Okay. Next question, please. The Press: Mr. President? The President: Here we go. Here we go. The Press: You didn’t
mention the hospitals that were built in New Orleans
and Dallas today, but you have mentioned them
a number of times previously. There seems to be some
concern in Texas that they might lose the hospital in
Dallas if it’s not used — The President: We’re never
going to do anything that hurts Texas. The Press: — if
it’s not used yet. The President: We’re only
— we’re only helping Texas. The Press: How patients is
there — The President: By the way, the governor is
doing a great job over there with the situation. And Texas is so big, you
have some parts of the state that are affected,
other parts that aren’t affected at all. You know, it’s an
incredible place. The Press: But do they
keep this hospital, even if it’s unused? Or is the federal
government going to shift those resources elsewhere? The President: No, we’re
going to use whatever we need, and we’re doing it
totally in conjunction with the governor. Okay? We’re doing it in
conjunction with your Texas governor, who’s
done a fantastic job. Great. The Press: Can I ask what
— Governor Abbott also has set up checkpoints at
the border to check people — The President: Yeah. The Press: — coming
in from Louisiana. We’ve seen checkpoints
in Florida, other state borders. Americans are not really
— The President: Very few people are coming
through our border. And you’ll be happy to
know we’re up to mile 161 of the wall. The Press: No, no, I’m
talking about internal borders between states. The President: Oh, I see. Okay. The Press: Americans are
not used to seeing — The President: But on the
border between Mexico, we have 161 miles of wall. The Press: We’re not —
but I’m talking about internal borders. The President: Okay, good. The Press: Americans don’t
— they’re not used to seeing border checkpoints
between states. How much longer — and is
that something that states have to (inaudible)? The President: Well, I
mean, look, you — first, you want us to call eight
governors and tell them to do something. And then you’re
complaining that another governor is so strict that
he actually checks the borders. I understand why he’s
doing that: because he knows who he has and he
doesn’t want people coming in if they should maybe,
you know, not be to — to the liking of the doctors. The Press: Is the role —
is the role of the federal government to decide when
borders are closed — The President: No, I think
it’s — look, he’s done a great job. He’s done a great job with
this case, as have many other governors. But he’s done a great job. One of the things I
thought you were going to say is we’ve been very
tough on our southern border, as you know. Very very tough. The Press: And another
one for Dr. Fauci. The President: And part
of that is because of the fact that we have so much
— you know, when you talk about 160 miles of new
wall, nobody is coming through that. Nobody. Not even close. And we’re building
it rapidly. We will have — early next
year, we’ll have close to 500 miles of wall, which
is what our goal was. Please go ahead. The Press: You mentioned
Senator Schumer just a moment ago. He had a conference call
today and he said that he believes that a COVID four
relief bill will be necessary. Do you share that belief? And what would be
contained in such a bill? The President: I don’t
know necessarily, but I certainly want to listen. And what I want to do
is two things: a real infrastructure, not
a Green New Deal. You know, the
carbon footprint. I’m not looking for
the carbon footprint. We want to put
people to work. But a real — and,
frankly, for so many years, we’ve let our
infrastructure go to hell because we were wasting
all our money in the Middle East and
other places. Okay? I want to rebuild
our country. I don’t want to
rebuild — we’re tired. We’ve built — we’ve
rebuilt, if you call it that — or
destroyed, frankly. What we’ve done
is so crazy. What we have done —
the direction that this country has
taken is so sad. But we’re in the Middle
East for $8 trillion. And if you want to fix a
pothole in a highway, you can’t do it because they don’t
want to give you the funds. So we want to have an
infrastructure bill — a real one, like in the
vicinity of $2 trillion — to completely rebuild our
roads, our bridges, our highways, our
tunnels, everything. And I’m totally open
to listening to that. I’m also open to listening
to and even putting forward — because we’re
going to be putting something forward — more
money for our citizens because they’ve gone
through trauma. This has been trauma. This came out of nowhere. The Press: (Inaudible.)
The President: When — and I say it and I’ll say it
again: We had the greatest economy in the
history of the world. We had the most people
working in the history of our country, almost 160
million people — far more than ever before. And then one day, our
professionals correctly came to us and they said,
“Sorry, sir, we have to close down our country.” And I said, “Say it again. Say it again.” “We have to close
down our country.” And the entire world
closed down because of this hidden enemy. No, we — we are going
to take good care of our people. It was not their fault. The Press: May I ask
Dr. Birx to clarify something that she
said on Saturday, sir? The President: Go ahead. Yes, please. The Press: May I ask
Dr. Birx to clarify something that she
said on Saturday? If I may, Dr. Birx —
The President: Deborah? The Press: — this is a
question that comes from a radio colleague of
mine, Tamara Keith. And on Saturday, it
sounded like you said that for the next week people
in high-risk areas should not even go to the
market or the drugstore. Is that what you meant to
say or is that accurate? Dr. Birx: You know, out of
respect for every single healthcare worker that’s
on the frontline, whether they’re a nurse, a doctor,
a respiratory therapist, the phlebotomist, the
persons who come in the rooms to clean — you
know, out of respect for them, we as Americans should
be doing everything possible. And what I meant was, if
you can consolidate, if you can send one person,
the entire family doesn’t need to go out on
these occasions. We really need — this is
a highly transmittable virus. We’ve been saying that we
want every American to know that what they’re
doing is making a difference, but we need
to have solidarity of commitment from everyone
to really — so, you know, maybe once every two
weeks, we can do a grocery store and pharmacy shop
for the entire family. So it was really about: We
have to do everything we can. I know — I see on the
TV stations the level of human suffering
in the hospitals. Dr. Fauci and I and
Admiral Giroir have spent our lives taking
care of others. We need to take care
of each other now as Americans and do everything
that’s in those guidelines. And I know they’re tough. I know incredibly
how tough they are. My grandchild of 10 months
got a fever of 105 this weekend. I’m the doctor and I
couldn’t get there. I mean, so I’m trying to
explain to my daughter how to listen to her lungs. How to listen to her lungs
and then the baby’s lungs. (Laughs.) The President:
So you did not get there? You did not get there? Dr. Birx: I did
not go there. The President: Good, I’m
very happy about that. Dr. Birx: (Laughs.)
Because of you two. (Laughs.) I mean, when
you — you can’t — The President: (Inaudible.)
Dr. Birx: — you can’t take that kind of risk
with the leaders of the country. The President: Your
grandson is okay? Dr. Birx: Daughter. But she’s coming
out of it. The President: That’s a
lot of temperature, 105. Dr. Birx: Yes. But, you know, we’re all
— The President: That’s a lot of temperature. Dr. Birx: — and that’s
just an illustration. And I know you all are
making sacrifices. And I guess I want
everyone to take this seriously. So that was really a call
of seriousness of how important this is and how we’re
starting to see the impact. But you can see what can
happen when you come at this a little
bit too late. And that’s why the message
— before you see it, before you have to see
your hospitals and your emergency rooms
overwhelmed — it is on us, as a member of this
community, of this country, to do everything
possible to save one another. And so that was really
what I was saying, and I will continue to say that
because I do believe it’s making a difference. You can start to see it
making a difference. But we have to do even
more right now because that will predict where
we are two or three weeks from now. The President:
Thank you, Deborah. And it is making
a big difference. I saw where Governor Cuomo
was a little bit upset today. Over the weekend, a lot of
people outside and they were — they were pretty
big groups of people. I saw that. I noticed that. And he wasn’t
happy with that. And I could
understand that. Look, we have a period —
a short period of time -hopefully, it’s a short
period of time to go. And let’s get it done. Let’s get it done. Kristen, did you
have a question? The Press: Yes, I did. Thank you. Quick follow to — The President: You’re so quiet today. The Press: Just got here. Apologies. The President: It’s
because you have your own show now, right? The Press: (Laughs.) No. Quick follow to
the question about legislation. I know there’s discussion
about a phase four — The President: Yeah. The Press: — but are you
also looking seriously at a second round of
direct payments? And are you putting
discussions on a potential phase four on hold for now
while you pursue that? The President: Well, I
was opposed to the way of distribution — money
distribution — through, as you know, unemployment
and through the state offices because they have
very old com- — not all of them, but many of them
— have 40- year-old equipment, as I’ve said. And it makes it
very difficult. But that’s what they’re
looking — that’s what they to do. That’s the way it’s
mandated to do. I thought it would be
better if we did a direct payment system, but the
Democrats really wanted it. And I think they had some
— some help from a couple of people that I would
have — had I spoken to them, I would have
convinced them otherwise, I really believe. But, so — but
it’s getting out. And the federal government
has done its job. All we can do is give this
massive amount of money to the states. The states then are
responsible to distribute it — a little bit like
we’re talking about here. But the money will be
right on time from the federal government, then
the states have to do their job in
getting it out. The Press: Does there need
to be a second round of those payments,
do you think? The President: We could
very well do a second round of direct. I would do it direct. The Press: Is that —
is that under serious discussion right now? The President: It’s under
— it is absolutely under serious consideration. The Press: And in terms
of Chuck Schumer, he also said he spoke to your
chief of staff about potentially appointing a czar to oversee the supply chain. Is that something that
you would consider doing? The President: Well, we have
people that are so talented. The Press: Who is the
point person for that? The President: I know
the people he suggested. They’re wonderful people. They worked here. They’re wonderful people. He’s just doing that
because it’s politics. Because you know what? The Press: But who’s the
point person right now, Mr. President? The President:
We have many. Depending on what? In terms of testing, this
gentlemen right here. The Vice President:
I can speak to that. The President: In terms
— you know who the point person is? This gentleman right here. He’s the one in charge
of the task force. But, Mike, you may want
to tell him about the — because this is really
a military operation. The Press: Mr. Vice
President, in terms of supply chain, in terms of
getting out PPE — The Vice President: Let — let
me answer your question if I may — The Press: Please. The Vice President: –
because it’s — it’s a very good question. And I spoke to Senator
Schumer the night before last about just that. When the President signed
a declaration of national emergency, he stood up
FEMA as the lead agency implementing his
policy to marshal a whole-of-government
response. And, under FEMA, we
provide federal support, the state manages the
healthcare response and healthcare providers and
first responders implement that response on
a local level. Our lead on this issue
in implementing it is Administrator Pete Gaynor. But the man managing all
of the supplies — and you heard a presentation this
weekend about our Air Bridge; what we also
called a control tower — we literally, with Admiral
John Polowczyk at the helm of our logistics effort,
we have visibility now on all the supplies that are
moving across this country and into this country
from around the world. It really is
extraordinary. I mean, when the President
tapped FEMA to lead this effort, he — we
essentially wanted to say we want to organize this
in a military fashion. And we tapped, really,
someone who is widely regarded as the number-one
supplies and logistics military officer
to do just that. He really is an
extraordinary individual. Admiral Giroir has known
him for a long time. And to be working with
Admiral Polowczyk — we speak every morning. Our team reviews the data. We go over that with
Administrator Gaynor and Admiral Polowczyk. We talk about an extensive
team that’s identifying supplies around the
country and around the world. And then, as we were
explaining to governors today, we work with the
requests that are coming in from states, with a
priority on the areas that are dealing with
widespread outbreak — like the Greater New York
City area, New Jersey, Louisiana — focus on
Detroit, focus on Chicago and Illinois. And then what — what
Pete Gaynor and Admiral Polowczyk are doing is
directing those commercial distributors to send the
resources directly to the frontlines of the battle
against the coronavirus. It is an
extraordinary system. And as I explained to the
governors today, as I’ve explained to congressional
leaders who’ve made a — what I think is a
good-faith recommendation that we have — that we
organize this in a manner of military logistics
— it’s exactly what President Trump has done. And it’s what we’re doing
every single day to make sure that healthcare
workers, to make sure that the states that are
dealing with a widespread outbreak of coronavirus
can be confident that we’re going to spare no
expense, leave no stone unturned, and use this
extraordinary apparatus, centered in FEMA, to get
the people of our country what they need, when they
need it, to battle the coronavirus. The President:
Thank you, Mike. And, Kristen, when Schumer
makes a statement like that, he’s only doing
it for politics. He knows. We have the best generals,
the best admirals. We have the best people. These are
incredible leaders. These are vibrant people. They’ve done
such a good job. And again, you’ll get a
tape of the conversation because I’m sure some of
the governors probably had their favorite reporter
listening to the conversation, even though
they weren’t supposed to. But that’s
happened before. Just so you understand, we
had a call today that was a beautiful call —
everybody friendly, everybody happy. They also know, in some
cases, we’ll get them a little bit more. And if they need it, we’ll
get them a lot more, depending on where
this monster is going. But when Schumer does
that, take a look — take a look at the past — The
Press: Well, he’s not the only one, to be
fair, Mr. President. The President: Well, you
know, you’re going to have to tell me who. The Press: There are other
people who have raised that — that point. The President: They
certainly don’t — well, yeah, some Democrats,
because they view this as a campaign issue, they
want to make Trump look as bad as they can because
they want to try and win an election that they
shouldn’t be allowed to win, based on the fact
that we have done a great job. We built the greatest
economy in the world. I’ll do it a second time. We got artificially
stopped by a virus that nobody ever
thought possible. And we’ve handled it, and
we’ve built a team, and we’ve built an apparatus
that’s been unbelievable. Take a look at
the swine flu. Right? That’s H1N1. Take a look at that. And it’s not the other
way around, by the way. It’s H1N1. Take a look — you know
what I mean by that. Take a look at
the swine flu. It was a disaster;
17,000 people died. The other administra- —
they didn’t even know — it was like they didn’t
even know it was here. And that was peanuts
compared to what we have, in terms of the power, the
magnitude of what we’re going through. This is attacking 182
countries, simultaneously. So Schumer is just
all about politics. I’ve known him almost
all of my adult life. And he’s —
he’s a disgrace. In many ways,
he’s a disgrace. And he knows it’s
(inaudible). He just wants to do that. But he knows the
job we’re doing. Everybody is amazed at
the job we’re doing. And the public is
starting to find out. They’re starting — you
know, one of the reasons I do these news conferences
— because if I didn’t, they would
believe fake news. And we can’t let them
believe fake news. They see us up here. They see us with admirals. They see us with
this talent. They see the job that Mike
Pence has done, which has been an unbelievable job. An unbelievable job. I put him there. I thought he’d do well. He did great as the
governor of Indiana, and I thought Mike
would do well. He’s done much
better than well. And he gets along with
people, I think, much better than I do. Because I like people
being 100 — Mike can put up with things that —
sometimes I say, “It’s amazing that he can
put up with it.” But he’s done an
incredible job and so has the entire team. This is a military
operation. And again, we built 2,900
beds in Javits Center. We — we built medical
centers in New York. In Chicago, we built 1,000
beds — much more now — in McCormick Place. That’s their big
convention hall, the equivalent of Javits
convention hall. Big McCormick Place. Fantastic place. By the way, the mayor of
Chicago — at least on the phone — is extremely
happy with what we’re doing. She’s thanking us. Has a great
relationship with Mike. Thanking us. And I just wish the
politicians would say to you what they say to us. Really. And it’s a good question. Do you have one? Yeah, please. And we’ll get to you. The Press: Yes,
Mr. President. A national security
question and then a question about
Governor Cuomo. On the national security
front, to the extent that you can comment on this:
Your administration is making heavy preparations
to move against the cartels in Latin
America right now. And I — could you expand
— The President: You said Latin America? The Press: Yes. The President: Yeah. The Press: Could you
expand on the reasoning of why now? Are their supply and
logistics especially weak? Is it political? What’s the reasoning? The President: Yeah. It’s a good question. We’ve moved a tremendous
number of boats and ships to the area of — you
know, different areas of exactly where you’re
talking about — because we are tired of drugs
pouring into our country from other places. And we’re tired of seeing
drugs pouring into different parts of Latin
America, South America, and just coming
into our country. Now we’ve got them stopped
at the border and they’re trying to do it by sea. So we stop them at the
border with — and, frankly, with the
help of Mexico. Mexico, right now, has
27,000 soldiers on our southern border. They never had
any soldiers. They’re doing that because
I’ve asked them to do it. That’s the only reason
they’re doing it. They have 27,000 soldiers. So now they’re trying to
bring it in by boat and by ship — the drug lords and
the people doing drugs — and trying to destroy our
country from inside with drugs. And we’re hitting
them very, very hard. And that’s why
we’re doing that. The Press: Are there other
illicit activities that U.S. assets are targeting or
— The President: Say it? The Press: Is it
beyond narcotics? Are there other illicit
activities that U.S. assets are targeting? The President: Well, there
are — there are the activities of human
trafficking, and especially with
respect to women. And, as you know,
proportionally, it’s mostly women. The Press: (Inaudible) —
The President: And it’s a horrible thing. It’s a horrible thing. The Press: —
just particularly opportunistic? The President: And there’s
never been a time like it. And it’s because
of the Internet. And this is all
over the world. But, for the most part,
they’re coming through — in this country, they’re
coming through the southern border. But we’re hitting
them very hard. They have tremendous
illegal trafficking in women — and children
also, but mostly in women. And it’s illegal. And it’s horrible. And it’s disgraceful. And I’ve seen things that
are an absolute disgrace. And we’re trying to knock
them out, and we’re knocking them hard. And again, I want to thank
the President of Mexico because he has really
stepped up to the plate. Twenty-seven
thousand soldiers. They’ve never had any
soldiers on our border. And I did that because the
Democrats will not approve anything to stop —
because they want to have open borders. They want to have all
these people flowing through our border. And, in many cases,
they’re sick. They have problems that we
— you don’t want to know about. Or they’re criminals,
in many cases. Not in all cases,
but in many cases. And they don’t want to
have bor- — they want to have open borders. They want to have
sanctuary cities. So they protect criminals. And I don’t
want to have it. And Joe Biden does want
to have that also, as you know, because he said that
during numerous debates. I want to have strong
borders, and I don’t like protecting criminals
with sanctuary cities. But we’re doing
it for drugs. We’re doing it for
human trafficking. We’re doing it because
you have to do it. We either have borders or
we don’t have a country. All right. Go ahead, please. The Press: On Governor
Cuomo, why did he move — The Press: Mr. President,
on the question of antibody testing — which
is FDA approved now, but not widely available yet
— I know the Admiral said, by May, expect to
have millions available. How are you going to
prioritize who’s going to get the antibody tests? And what does — what is
that going to show you? Do you think that’s
going to be immunity? The President: Okay. I mean, I have an answer,
but I’d rather have the Admiral answer that. ADMIRAL GIRIOR: So, let me
clarify — and I know you probably understand this
— is the antibody test does not tell you if you
have the active virus in your nose. If you’re positive for
the antibody, it strongly implies — it means that
you have had the virus before. And to the degree that we
know of medical knowledge, you will probably —
highly probably — be protected against getting
the virus again in the future. So I want to make
something clear: There’s no antibody test approved. Okay? “Approved” is not a
word we talk about. There is a test or
two that has received emergency use
authorization, and many, many — many others out
there that have not gone that way yet. And I want to take this
opportunity to caution: There is a very
consolidated effort between the FDA, CDC, NIH
to validate some of the tests that are on the
market right now, because it is very important that
they actually do what they say they do. And we have reason to
believe that not all of them are going
to perform well. I don’t know the primary
source, but the Financial Times just reported that
the UK had 17.5 million antibody tests that they
bought, and none of them work. So we’re not going to
get in that situation. We’re going to be very
careful to make sure that when we tell you you’re
likely immune from the disease, you’re really
— that test really said that. Now, I will also make a
statement, and I’m — there’s a lot of work on
here, and I’m very excited about it. As opposed to the test
for a novel virus, the antibody-type tests
are very sophisticated technology, but they’re
old technology. This, we expect to have
many tens of millions of tests the first month that
we are really sure that the test makes sense. So this — this allows for
surveillance screening — and Dr. Birx is one of
the world experts — to understand is 1 percent,
5 percent, 30 percent of Americans have
been infected. But it also allows us to
have very widespread — tens and tens of millions
of people screened with a finger prick on the spot. The Press: And by when? Just to be — by May
you’re saying this will happen or when — Admiral
Giroir: So — so we’re — science doesn’t
run on rails. Right? So we need to make sure
that the FDA, the NIH — which they’re actively
doing right now — assure that the tests that
they’re testing really do perform the way
they should. And if things work out the
way we believe they will, we will have millions on
the market by May — in a sophisticated way, in a
prospective way — that we get the surveillance
we need. We can test people to see
if they’ve been exposed, immune, and go
back to work. And a combination of that
kind of test with the current kind of tests we
have now is how America opens back up again. The Press: And how do you
prioritize who gets those tests? I mean, tens of millions
— we’re a country of 300 million. How do you determine who
you’re going to have have that test? Admiral Giroir: Well,
we are having active discussions under the
leadership of Dr. Birx and the task force. But you can imagine
how that is, right? But with tens and tens and
tens of millions of tests per month that are
available, you could really do wide- — very
widespread testing. But let me just
give you an example. The President: Which
nobody else can do, by the way. No other country
can do it. Admiral Giroir: I’ll just
give you one example. It would be very important
to know if the virus is still circulating here —
whether, for example, a healthcare worker or a
long-term-care nursing home worker is immune from
the virus and can’t carry it. Very, very important to
protect our elderly in that situation. But also, if you haven’t
been exposed, to make sure that you really take
precautions and maybe take care of the people who
don’t have the virus — and you don’t
have the virus. So there are very — it’s
complex, but it’s not complicated on how you go
about looking at this in different segments
of society. And I don’t want to take
too much more time to the podium, but antibody tests
are a different thing. They’re coming — we’re
highly confident that this can be scaled very rapidly
and provide us a bit of information we just
don’t have now. The President:
Jeff, go ahead. The Press: Mr. President,
may I follow up on what you said? The President: A few more. We’ll do a few more. The Press: May — The
President: And then Mike is taking over, and
you’re going to see some incredible work
that’s been done. Go ahead, please. The Press: May I please
follow up on what you said with regard to Captain
Crozier before? The President: Yes. The Press: You said you
didn’t want to punish him for having a bad day. The President: He had a
bad day or a bad — bad week. The Press: Would —
does that mean — The President: But I — I
don’t — yeah, I want to — I’m going to
look into it. The Press: What does that
mean — The President: And I also — I also think our
Navy Secretary — he’s a highly respected man. So sometimes that happens
with people, and I’ll — I’ll take a look at it. The Press: But what does
— what do you mean by that? Would you consider
reinstating him? The President:
He had a bad day. When he sends a letter out
and he sends copies all over the place and it’s
not a classified letter. And it was very
disconcerting to the families of the people
on the ship — were very disconcerting. So, number one, they
get worried and scared. It was weak. We don’t want weak. But I’m going to take a
look because he’s — I think he — you know,
looks to me like he’s an outstanding guy. I looked — I looked at
his whole — just a little while ago, I
looked at his file. And people have bad days
and we’ll take a look at it. The Press: I guess my
question is: What would you consider
doing for him? The President: Well,
we’ll take a look. I want to look, I want
to speak also to the Secretary. I also want to speak to
the Secretary of Defense, who is Mark Esper, who is
doing a fantastic job. And we’ll — you know,
maybe I can help the situation out. I mean, you guys are
saying, “Why is the President getting
involved and going…” Well, I like to
solve problems. It’s a problem. You know? I — I don’t want to see
men hurt, women hurt. I don’t want to see people
hurt unnecessarily. Maybe we can solve it
easily where, you know, it’s not life changing. But he did — he did a bad
thing, sending a letter out and many, many
copies, as you know. I don’t know, I
heard 28 copies. I heard a lot. That’s a lot of copies. Plus, the letter
was five pages long. I haven’t read the letter,
but I think it was five pages long, single spaced. That’s a lot of writing. You know, he’s the
captain of a ship. He’s the — he’s a very
important person of a very expensive ship, a
nuclear-powered ship. He shouldn’t be writing
letters like that. But it happens. Sometimes, I’ll write a
letter that I say, “I wish I didn’t send it.” Not too often,
but it happens. The Press: Can I
follow up on that? Mr. President, can I
follow up on that? The President: Go ahead. Yeah, go ahead. The Press: A quick
follow-up on that, because the Acting Navy Secretary
— and I know you were asked about this, but I
just want to try one more time. He did say, in remarks
to soldiers on the USS Roosevelt, that Crozier
was, quote, “too naïve or too stupid” to be in
command if he didn’t think that writing that
letter was a bad idea. The President: Well, I
don’t know want to comment on what he said. I — I understand. The Press: Do you wish
he had used different language, Mr. President? The President: It’s —
it’s tough language, but I don’t want to — let’s
not get into that. It’s tough language. Now, there are some people
that think, “Oh, wow, he says it like it is.” Look, he made a mistake. He should not have sent
that letter or he should have gone through his
chain of command, which is the typical way
of doing it. You know, he’s
in the military. He’s a very important
person in the military. He knows it better than
anybody in this room what he should have done and
I’m sure he feels he made a mistake. But I’m going to look into
it, and I’m going to see — maybe we can do
something, because I’m not looking to destroy a
person’s life who’s had an otherwise stellar career,
as I understand it. I looked at his file just
now because I’ve been seeing what’s going on. The Press: Potentially
reinstate him? The President: If we can
save — if we can save a person’s career — I don’t
mind going after a person if they did
something wrong. And, you know — but
this was a mistake. He made a mistake. I’m not justifying
what he did. He made a mistake. He shouldn’t be
sending letters. He’s the captain. He’s a very important
person in the military. You don’t send letters
and then it leaks into a newspaper. Of all newspapers,
that was a beauty. Right? So you just don’t do that. So, it was a mistake. But I may get involved. I’ll call Secretary of
Defense and find out a little bit about it. And if I can help two
people — two good people — I’m going to help them. The Press: Mr. President,
your tone seems to have changed a little
bit since Saturday. The President: Say it? The Press: Your tone seems
to have changed a little bit on the captain
since Saturday. The President:
On the captain? The Press: Yeah. Has — The President:
No, it hasn’t. I mean, look — The
Press: But is it the news coverage or did somebody
speak to you on his behalf? The President:
Okay, ready? I — I said — when you
asked me and when the question was asked the
last time, I said, “Shouldn’t have
sent the letter.” I haven’t changed. He shouldn’t have
sent the letter. And it should’ve — if
there’s a letter, it should go classified and it should go to his superior. And he shouldn’t be
jumping over his superior. The Press: Why did you
look at his file, sir? Did somebody ask you to? The President: So, I’m —
it hasn’t changed, in that regard. The only thing that has
played right up here with me is that I looked
at his record. And he’s been an
outstanding person. If he wasn’t, I wouldn’t
even be talking about this. He’s been an
outstanding person. He’s had a very exemplary
military career. I mean, you know,
he started off as a helicopter pilot. They called him “Chopper.” His name was “Chopper.” He was a great
helicopter pilot. It’s a tremendous skill. I know a lot about
helicopters. And then he went to F-16s
or F-18s, and he was a tremendous pilot. And then —
he’s very smart. He studied nuclear energy
and he was fantastic — and very few people have
the aptitude, they have the mentality to do that. Nuclear energy
is very complex. Very — it’s very hard. Very few people can do it. And he did it well. And then he became the
captain of a nuclear ship. Right? He became — of a — a
replacement costs — if you look at replacement
costs: $18 billion of replacement cost. Right? So he’s got — on a
replacement-cost basis, an $18 billion ship. You know, the President
Gerald Ford — very expensive. That’s, you know, the
nearest thing I can think of. But they’re spending money
on that one like nobody’s ever seen. So, he made a mistake. He made a mistake. And maybe we’re going to
make that mistake not destroy his life. The Press: Does that mean
you would reinstate him, Mr. President? The President: Okay,
a couple of more. A couple of more. Go ahead. The Press: Mr. President,
you mentioned medical professionals and compared
them to soldiers going onto the battlefield. The President: Yeah. The Press: Many doctors
and medical workers today — some of them
seeing pay cuts. They’re going into a sort
of environment where they’re concerned about
their own health, their family’s livelihood —
The President: I know. The Press: — if something
were to happen to them. The President: Very
much on my mind. The Press: As part of this
phase four, are you going to prioritize — The
President: It doesn’t have to be phase four. I think it could be a
separate phase when it’s all over. Right now, I don’t think
they want to think about it. These people don’t
want to think about it. These people
are incredible. They’re not thinking
about, “How much am I getting paid?” These people
are incredible. I’ve seen it. I see the spirit. I hear about it all the time from Mike, from the Admiral. I hear about it
all the time. These people
are incredible. When it’s all over, I do
want to seriously think — maybe in the
form of bonuses. These people are —
what they’ve done is incredible. I just — I just admire
the attitude and I’ve said it. I just — they walk into
those hospitals and they are seriously — you know,
one of the things that came up with the Comfort,
the ship, is that when we — we fulfilled the
request of Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy —
and they’re going to be splitting it. But, you know, a lot of
the things happen to ships when you do the — you
know, it’s a lot of — they didn’t
want to do this. In fact, they specifically
didn’t want to do this: have patients that were
affected with this horrible disease or
whatever — the plague — because, frankly,
it’s a plague. That’s exactly what it is. You’d read about
it in the old days. The plague. And that’s exactly
what it is. But we’re doing it. But when I see the bravery
of these people walking through doors without
their stuff — I mean, they’re half — they’re
just getting — they’re not standing outside,
“Hey let’s get ready. Let’s…” They’re running through
doors, putting on the stuff. It’s not even on. I think it’s incredible. I’m telling you, the
nearest thing I can think of is soldiers in battle
and soldiers going right into battle, because
that’s what they’re doing. It’s really — in many
ways, it’s the same thing. All right. How about one more? The Press: Mr. President,
one more question. Mr. President, you may
have seen this: The Masters Tournament has
been rescheduled to November. Two questions: A, is that
an outgrowth of your conversation that you had
with sports commissioners on Saturday? The President: Could be. I hope it’s rescheduled. I hope — I hope football
is able to start. I hope baseball can get
to play a little bit. I hope basketball can
maybe do their playoffs. The Press: What about
the — Mr. President? The President: I mean,
hey, I have no — I have no interests or anything
other than I want what’s good for the country. The Press: What
about the U.S. Open, which you’ve
attended many times? The President: Yeah, a lot
of people are tired — yeah, a lot of people are
tired of looking at games that are five years old. I looked the other day,
I saw somebody, I said, “Wow, he looks great.” I forgot. I said, “Oh, that
was nine years ago.” You know, I said, “He’s
really in great shape.” Well, not in a great shape
now, but he was in great shape then. It was nine years ago. You know, you get tired
of looking at 9-year-old baseball games and — and
playoff games that took place 12 years ago. I don’t have much time
to do that, frankly, but that’s what people are
doing, and they want to see sports. Sports are a great
thing for this country. And I hope
football can start. And I told them, “I think
you might be able to.” They may very
well be able to. I hope they can start and
I hope they can start with people in the stands. You know, we’re not
going to be separated. But you have seats. Those seats are meant for people to sit next to each other. And when this virus is
gone, people are going to be sitting next
to each other. And just for the
restaurant industry, so they understand, when the
virus is gone, people are going to be sitting
next to each other. One man said, “I have
a 200-seat restaurant. It’s been great. But if I go by these
rules, those 200 seats goes down to 60.” I said, “No, no. You have a 200-seat
restaurant. That’s what you have.” But we have to wait till
the virus goes away. It wouldn’t even
do well at 60. Frankly, there’s a
warmth to it also. There’s a warmth. But not when we have
the virus in the air. Well, ladies and
gentlemen, thank you very much. So I’m going to let our
Vice President take over. He’s got some really
interesting numbers, statistics. And I want to
thank the Admiral. I want to thank Tony and
Deborah and everybody else. I want to thank everybody
that’s working. And I really do — I see a
lot of tremendous things happening. And the therapeutics —
the call I had today was one of the most exciting
calls I’ve had in a long time. And again, I want to wish
my best to the UK and the family of Boris Johnson. And we just hope he’s
going to be okay because he’s — he’s a fine guy. Thank you very
much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you, Mike. Thanks. The Vice President: Thank
you, Mr. President. A few updates on the
activity of the White House Coronavirus Task
Force, then I’m going to ask Dr. Birx to speak
about what we’re seeing in the numbers. We know we are at the
beginning of what’s going to be a very tough
week in America. But as Dr. Birx will
reflect, because the American people have
been embracing social distancing, putting into
practice the advice of state and local leaders
and the President’s coronavirus guidelines for
our country, as Dr. Birx will describe, we are not
only seeing remarkable progress in Washington
State and in California, where the numbers
remain low and steady. That’s a great tribute
to the people of both of those states and to all of
their dedicated healthcare workers. But we’re also beginning
— we’re beginning to see a leveling just at
the very beginning. And she’ll reflect on
those in just a few moments. A couple of quick updates:
At the present moment, the President has approved
50 major disaster declarations and will
likely be issuing a disaster declaration for
the state of Minnesota before the end of the day. We’ve distributed more
than $4.1 billion to states. And right after our
incredible healthcare workers, we couldn’t be
more proud of more than 21,000 National Guard that
have been activated and are working in states
all across the country. During my conference call
today, I learned that Governor Brian Kemp is
actually using the Georgia National Guard to sanitize
and clean up nursing homes. But National Guard are
being deployed in a variety of ways all
across the country. And to them and to the
families of all these citizen soldiers, you have
our admiration and our respect. As the President
mentioned, our focus remains on the New York
metro area, New Jersey, Louisiana, and then,
Michigan and Illinois. We’re watching every area
of the country, but those are the priorities today. And in that spirit, I
spoke today, as the President did, with
Governor Cuomo of New York. The President made the
decision to open up the USNS Comfort to
COVID patients. And he also informed the
governor of New Jersey that we would be taking
New Jersey COVID patients. So now there will be two
facilities: one at the Javits Center that’s all
COVID, and in the USNS Comfort that will be
managing COVID patients. At the present moment,
there — by this evening, there will be 2,179
medical military personnel in New York City. And over the next two
days, that number will rise to 3,000. Speaking with the
governor, speaking with Mayor de Blasio, the
President and I were informed that while we
have surged ventilators, we have surged personal
protective equipment, that sending in some relief for
healthcare workers was vitally important. And so, again, I want to
emphasize that those are medical personnel —
doctors and nurses and medical assistants — who
are on the scene now and will continue to arrive to
a total number of 3,000. I spoke to Governor Phil
Murphy of New Jersey. New Jersey is very much
in the forefront of the coronavirus in
America, today. We want to — want to
commend the governor for his extraordinary
leadership in the state. During our briefing today,
we learned about the progress that they were
making and also about the governor’s decision to
temporarily reactivate retired healthcare
personnel in the state. And just as a reminder of
all that we’re dealing with, this weekend,
Governor Murphy told me that New Jersey surpassed
the number of lives that were lost on September 11th — to the state of New Jersey. And it breaks our
heart to think of that. And our hearts go out to
all of the families of the more than 10,000 Americans
who have succumbed to the coronavirus. We also — as the
President said, we express our gratitude to governors
in Oregon and Washington State yesterday for
donating ventilators to help the states at the epicenter of the coronavirus. Governor Gavin Newsom of
California donated 500 ventilators. And I just learned that
those will be going — 200 to the state of Maryland,
50 to the District of Columbia, 100 to the
state of Delaware, 100 to Nevada, and we’ll also be
deploying the remaining 50 to the Northern Marianas
Islands and to Guam. And we want to thank
Governor Gavin Newsom. The State of California
has provided extraordinary and compassionate
leadership for their citizens. They’re making
progress there. As the governor said the
other day, they’re not out of the woods yet, but the
numbers speak for themselves. And the generosity of the
people of California and the governor is
gratefully received. Beyond that — before I
recognize Dr. Birx, let me — let me just say that
at the beginning of this challenging time, we want
to — we want to challenge every American to continue
to do what every American can do. And clearly, what we
see in Washington and California, and what we
are just beginning to see elsewhere, is put into
practice the social distancing recommendations
of the coronavirus guidelines for America. Listen to your state
and local authorities. We really do believe that
while this will be a week of heartache, it also
is a week of hope. And as we see some of the
cases beginning to level, just for a day or two, it
is our hope that what we have seen begin in the
greater New York area and even in Louisiana and
elsewhere will become a trend. But it only becomes a
trend if every one of us continues to take
ownership and continues to do our part for this “30
Days to Slow the Spread.” With that, I’ll recognize
Dr. Birx for the latest data. And then we’ll
take questions. Dr. Birx: Thank you,
Mr. Vice President. I think you heard very
clearly our concern in the New York-New Jersey metro
areas; this also includes Connecticut and
Long Island. As we talked about, we did
see a significant increase in Sussex County
over the weekend. The weekend numbers are
always difficult — I want to be clear on that —
because sometimes case reporting is not as
accurate over the weekend. So we’ll be watching very
closely today’s numbers and Tuesday’s numbers. We’re also very, of
course, focused on the New Orleans metro area, and
that includes the three parishes of Jefferson,
St. John the Baptist, and New Orleans proper, and,
of course, the Detroit area, which is
Oakland and Wayne. As we mentioned before,
we’re continuing to track very closely out of
concerns of it potentially reaching logarithmic phase
in the Chicago metro area, the Boston metro area, the
D.C. and Baltimore metro area, Indianapolis, the
Denver area, and two regions of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh area, as well
as Dallas and Houston in the Texas area. I had a very encouraging
call because we also don’t want to miss anything. Remember, I showed you a
lot of states were very much under 25 and 50
cases for 100,000. There were some — a few
standouts that we were concerned about, which was
Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana. We had excellent calls
today with their health commissioners and their
— really were able. They’re on top
of the situation. These were micro outbreaks
that occurred due to ski events and weddings and
nursing homes, and they were able to describe
in critical detail the incidents and how they’re
tracking and tracing. So they are still doing
full contact tracing through those areas. And I just want
to applaud these. This is both a rural and
metro problem, and I really want to applaud how
many of the states, that may have smaller
populations, are approaching this. That gives us
encouragement of how we can talk about beginning
surveillance activities. At the same time, we’re
following these very clear outbreaks and ensuring
that there’s full supplies based on the very granular
data that we’re utilizing. And I just want to thank
the mayors and governors who get us that granular
data and allow us to make these deeper
interpretation across all of the United States. We know each governor is
concerned about their areas, but these metro
areas cover different areas. So the Philadelphia area
also includes southern New Jersey and Delaware, and
so we have to really look at things very much as
both the metro and the communities that
surround those metros. And so all of those
people, we ask you again, throughout the United
States, to follow these very clear guidance. I want to just recognize
both HHS — and you heard about the work that
Admiral Giroir is doing, the work that Dr. Hahn,
and Administrator Seema Varma — Verma are doing,
and also Administrator Engels in the work of HRSA
to really ensure that our federally funded clinics
are actively engaged in all of these aspects. But I also want to
recognize the military: the Medical Corps, the
Nursing Corps, and the Medical
Subspecialty Corps. These were my brothers
and sisters for 29 years. It is highly unusual for
the active force to be called into a
domestic situation. I think that shows you how
seriously we’re taking this at the federal
government level. In my 29 years in the
military, I was never deployed domestically. So this is showing you how
serious of an event we take this. If the military is
deploying domestically, it is another reason for
every American to be following these
guidelines. Finally, CDC quietly
launched a new website. It’s — if you go to
CDC.gov and you go to “COVID-19,” you can find
their surveillance data. This surveillance data
is bringing together our influenza-like illnesses
with their syndromic management databases so
that you can track the respiratory disease
across the United States. The states are used
to using this system. It’s in emergency rooms. It’s in hospitals. It’s in doctors’ offices. And it gives you insight,
and you can see very clearly influenza A peak,
you can see the influenza B peak, and now you
can start to see the respiratory disease from
this current outbreak. These are the systems that
exist within the United States that will be
strengthened in order for us to do comprehensive
surveillance. So I just want to assure
the American people: While we’re working on these
outbreaks, we’re also working on bringing new
systems together that have a comprehensive look
across the country, building on the strong
work of CDC as a public health institution so that
we can work county by county, community by
community, state by state to really understand where
this virus is and where it will be, but also as an
early alert for us in the future. So I just want to assure
the American people that as we’re working on the
crisis of today, we’re looking to the future to
ensure we have the systems in place to bring those
early alert systems together while we work on
the antibody testing and while we work on
continuing, spreading, and increasing the diagnostic
capabilities that you see presented here. Thank you. The Vice President:
Thank you, Deb. And Admiral Giroir spoke
several times when the President was with us,
so he’ll be here for questions as
Deborah Birx will. But Doctor — Dr.
Fauci, your thoughts. And then we’ll — we’ll
take some questions. Go ahead. Dr. Fauci: No
— no, actually. We’re — The Vice
President: Please. Dr. Fauci: I just wanted
to — okay, I will. (Laughs.) It related to
something I said yesterday about that somewhat
paradox of everything going up at the same time
that the feeding into this engine of this virus is
starting to show some signs. So Governor Cuomo today
reported an interesting data from New York,
namely that the number of hospitalizations, the
number of admissions to intensive care, and the
number of requirements for intubations over the last
three days have actually started to level off. So, again, everybody who
knows me knows I’m very conservative about making
projections, but those are the kind of good signs
that you look for. You never even begin to
think about claiming victory prematurely. But that’s the first thing
you see when you start to see the turnaround. That doesn’t mean we don’t
have a lot of work to do. That tells me — instead
of saying, “Hm, that’s pretty good,” it’s,
“We got there through mitigation. We cut off the stream of
people who ultimately required hospitalization,
required intubation, required all of the kinds
of extreme methods.” So we just got to realize
that this is an indication — despite all the
suffering and the death that has occurred — that
what we have been doing has been working. So the call that I say
every time I get to this podium is, “Just keep it
up,” because this is going to get us out of it. This is our best and only
great public health tool. The Press: And aren’t
we starting to see that across many states? We’re seeing the level
of hospitalizations and deaths is lower than
what we anticipated. Dr. Fauci: Well, you’re
going to see it most dramatically, Jon, in a
place like New York where you see it goes up at
peak, and then it will hopefully — and I think
it will — come down. When you have places like
Seattle, which did a — and Washington State —
who did a really good job from the beginning, it
never really did that. So they were able
to keep it down. And on the charts that
Dr. Birx showed, when you saw California and
Washington State, they were fortunate they did
a good job that it never really got out of hand. So, again, this is a big
country and you have a number of different
metropolitan areas. I think, if we do it
right, you’re going to see those who have not peaked
will not peak, and those who have peaked — the New
Orleans, the New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit,
and others — you’re going to see the same thing if
we keep our foot on the accelerator. The Press: Dr. Fauci,
a quick follow-up. The Vice President:
Further questions for the team? The Press: I’m following
up Dr. Fauci’s comment earlier about what it’s
like going to be coming back to normal and until
there’s a vaccine that — there’ll be gradual
steps towards restoring normalcy. Under that — you know,
short of a vaccine — does putting 80,000 people,
fans, spectators in a sports stadium or 25,000
politicos in an arena for a political convention
this summer make a lot of sense? Do those sorts of things
require a vaccine to fully protect the
American populace? Dr. Fauci: No, I don’t
think that you’re going to have to say that the
country cannot get back to a real degree of normalcy
until you absolutely have a safe and
effective vaccine. It will be really
evaluating the kinds of things. And that’s the reason why
— it was discussed up here — why it’s so
important to have an antibody test so you know
what the penetrance is in society. And then we have a
situation where we don’t ever want to get to
have to mitigate. We want to be
able to contain. And by the time we have
to face what’s going to happen with this going
back to normality, we will have in place the
capability of identifying, isolating, contact tracing
so that it never gets out of hand. Ultimately, the
showstopper will be obviously a vaccine where
you can vaccinate people and you won’t have it. There’s going to be
another issue that’s going to be important and it has
to do with somewhat of a comparison, for example,
with influenza. We go through multiple
cycles of influenza. There’s always a degree of
background immunity in the population. I mean, that will
ultimately happen if we get a situation where
we get back to normal. Now, I hope we don’t have
so many people infected that we actually have that
herd immunity, but I think it would have to be
different than it is right now. So, again, remember, when
you say “normalcy” — I mean, we could get back
normally, economically and otherwise, without
necessarily saying we’re going to forget
about the virus. We have to pay attention
to this because we’ve had a very bad experience
with this virus. The Press: Dr. Fauci,
can I follow up on that, please? The Press: I have
a quick follow-up. The Vice President:
G ahead, please. The Press: Thank you. And this is for the Vice
President, for Dr. Birx, and Dr. Fauci. But — The Vice
President: Go ahead. The Press: — can you give
us a sense of — and I know you don’t want to
make any projections — but where we are
with the numbers? Because we saw that
horrible number today. More than 10,000
deaths now in the U.S. Are we on track for those
best-case scenario numbers that you had laid out,
the hundred thousand? Or are we potentially
coming in lower than that at this point, given some
of what you’re seeing? Dr. Birx: You know,
it just gives me an opportunity to thank and
respect the modelers who have really worked on
this, because there’s — a large number of them have
worked very hard on — and done a lot of predictions. And what we did is did
— we did predictions of predictions. We like to integrate data. And so that’s where
you come up with these numbers. I think Dr. Fauci and I
both strongly believe that if we work as hard as we
can over the next several weeks, that we will see
potential to go under the numbers that were
predicted by the models. And I think that is really
two things: It is the extraordinary compliance
of the American people and the diligence that they
have mitigated with. Because remember, we are
doing this strictly by behavior change. It’s very hard to change
trajectory of viruses on just behavior change. We have had difficulty
in our past doing that. So that’s what we’re
doing and that’s what the American people are doing. But the other side of that
is the incredible insights that Washington State and
others are providing on how to better care for the
patients in the hospital. So those two pieces are
coming together that could have a dramatic impact on
the predictions of the mortality from
this disease. Dr. Fauci: So, I’m glad
you asked that question because I’ve said it a
couple of times here. I want to say it again. Repetition is good. Is that models are good;
they — they help us to make projections. But as you get data in,
you modify your model. And I’ve always said data
always trumps models. Always. So what I feel, and I
believe that Dr. Birx also feels, that I don’t think
anyone has ever mitigated the way I’m seeing people
mitigate right now. This has never happened
in this country before. So I am optimistic
— always cautiously optimistic that if we do
what I’ve been talking about over the past few
minutes, we can make that number go down. I don’t accept every day
that we’re going to have to have 100- to
200,000 deaths. I think we can really
bring that down, no matter what a model says, because
when the data comes in, they’ll start to say,
“You know, maybe you are essentially overshooting
the model.” And I think that’s
where we can go. That’s the reason why I
like to always get up and tell the American people:
It’s the virus doing what the virus wants to do, and
it’s we, as a society, doing what we can do. The Vice President: And
let me just amplify that from a layperson’s
perspective: The American people are doing it. I mean, the initial
data, what we’ve seen in California and Washington,
support the fact that the American people are doing
these things, which is nothing short of
loving your neighbor. I mean, the truth is, the
threat of serious illness for most Americans
is relatively low. But the threat of serious
illness for seniors with underlying health
conditions or anyone with an immunodeficiency
is very high. And when we see Americans
putting these principles into practice the way you
all have been, it really means you’re considering
others more important than yourself. And I have to tell you,
for the President, for me, and for all of us,
it’s deeply inspiring. We just need to continue
to do it for all of these 30 days, and we’ll
bring that number down. How about a couple more? Please. The Press: So, Mr. Vice
President, when will you know — when do you think
that you will know whether or not you will have
to extend those 30-day guidelines, or if 30
days will be enough? The Vice President: Well,
the experts told us that somewhere around the
middle of this month would be the peak. And as we begin to see a
couple of days that might be the beginning of
leveling, we’re going to — we’re going to watch
that carefully and we’re going to bring that
information to the President. But for now, the decision
is, and the request of every American, is to
continue to put into practice all of the
President’s coronavirus guidelines, “30 Days
to Slow the Spread.” And for all of you in
areas that have been impacted broadly by the
coronavirus: Listen to what your state and local
authorities are asking you to do. It will protect your
health, your family’s health, and it
will save lives. Let’s do a couple more,
and for our panel, if you’d like. Jeff. The Press: This is more
of a personal question. But, Dr. Birx, can
you tell us if your granddaughter is okay? And — The Vice
President: Yeah. I’d like to hear it too. Dr. Birx: Well, thank you. Due to her — the great
care of my 91-year-old nurse mother and my
daughter, she’s down to like 100 to 99 now. But it was three days of
104 and 105, which is — you know, babies can do
that, but it’s very scary, especially when I couldn’t
assure myself that she was fine. So it was just some
sleepless nights for me, and I think them, as they
kept her fever down. So thank you for asking. The Press: Did she have
this — the virus? Or — Dr. Birx: Oh, no. I’m sure it’s
roseola or something. They have not been
out of the house. They are not allowed
out of the house. (laughter) They’ve got two
granddaughters under — one, two and a half
almost; and one only 10 months. And my 91-year-old
and 96-year-old. So no one is allowed in
that house or out of that house because there’s too
much precious cargo inside the house. (laughter) The Vice
President: How about — how about one more — one
more question, and we’ll let you all — The Press:
Thank you, Mr. Vice President. For whoever wants to
answer this, it’s technical question. So FEMA says that it
is in the process of distributing 90 percent
of each state’s allocated supplies for the National
Strategic Stockpile. And that allocation is
determined based on population by the last
census in each state. And the other 10 percent,
it says, is going to frontline healthcare
workers serving in the federal response efforts. So where — where are
those healthcare workers in the federal response? And do you envision a
scenario in which you could start giving states
more supplies from the National Strategic
Stockpile? The Vice President: You
know, it’s a really good question. And let me say, the
Strategic National Stockpile — and I’m going
to have Admiral Giroir speak about his piece of
that — is — has been largely deployed. We are continuing to
replenish it in part with a small portion of what’s
coming in from around the world. You’ve heard about our air
bridge — now more than 50 flights that have been
scheduled that are bringing millions of
supplies into the United States. What we’re doing is taking
less than 10 percent of that, put it into the
Strategic National Stockpile so we have that
to basically provide for states on an
as-needed basis. But the other 90 percent
that — that system that I just described earlier
when the President was here — is working with
the six major medical distributors in the
country to deploy those resources to New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, Michigan,
Illinois, the exact priority that you just
heard Dr. Birx describe and that the data informs. And those decisions are
being made every single day. And so while — while
— if a hurricane hits Florida, or tornadoes or
flooding tear through the state of Indiana, we’re
very accustomed to FEMA coming in, drawing from
the National Stockpile, and providing
specific resources. In this case, with a
nationwide effort, what President Trump directed
us to do was literally marshal the resources of
the full economy to be able to make sure that we
can meet the needs for personal protective
equipment, ventilators, and all manner
of supplies. And we’re doing that, in
a small way, through the Strategic National
Stockpile, but in the largest way, through that
control tower system that Admiral John Polowczyk is
running for us that is deploying those resources
and making sure they’re going straight to
where they need to go. And as I said earlier,
those decisions are being informed by the data, and
they’re literally being made by our team at FEMA
on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. And we’ll continue to keep
you informed, as we did today, about where some
of those are going. But let me let Admiral
Giroir finish that answer. Admiral Giroir: I don’t
really have much more to add to that. The Vice President is
certainly well informed about that. And I want to assure you
that all the sourcing around the world, if it’s
there, we’re putting it in our supply chains. We’re buying more. Manufacturers are
stepping up to the plate. And this is going not just
by percent allocation, but it’s going to the exact
places that need it, in the quantities that they
need to take care of patients. And we want to make sure
— this is a two-way street. We get the — get the
data in from individual hospitals to know exactly
what their burn rate is, exactly what they need. And we want to make sure
that they feel comfortable that they’re going to have
supplies, because they will. Because part of this is
about potential shortages in other place
— some places. Most of it’s about a
fear of a shortage. If I’m a physician in an
ICU, and I’m not sure that it’s going to be there,
that’s going to scare me. It’s going to
scare my nurses. So we want everyone to
have that assurance that we will provide you what
you need over weeks, periods of time,
exactly to your need. And Admiral Polowczyk and
his team — and, again, it’s all military
in there. I mean, he is the
logistics guy for the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, right? This is what he does. He is a wizard. He has a — there are more
stars around me in the DOD part of the military
than I’ve generally seen outside of the Pentagon. This is really being run
as a military operation. I’m in the U.S. Public Health Service. So we’re part of HHS. The Surgeon General and I
have the honor of running that service. We are
shoulder-to-shoulder in the field, in the military
hospitals with everyone else. There are only 6,100 of
us; 3,000 are doing direct patient care on
a daily basis. We take care of the Indian
Health Service, the Bureau of Prisons, those in
detention at the border, et cetera. That’s what we do. The other 3,000 — over
2,000 of those are in the field already, taking care
of patients directly, and we have more going out
the door every day. The Press: And if I could
just to follow up on that very quickly then. Is it even worth then
governors writing into FEMA if they’ve already
received their 90 percent allocation and you’re
getting data directly from the hospitals to ask
for more at this point? Admiral Giroir: This has
been a very cooperative interaction. I bet I talk to five
governors a day, and we talk out — we talk out
the issues and understand what they — what they
perceive in their state. They often help us — help
point us to particular areas that may — that
they feel need more attention or that needs
more communication. So it’s been
very productive. I — you know, I have to
look up what governor goes to what state because
I’m not — that’s not my world. But it’s been a very
productive interaction. So I think all of
this is necessary. I’m on almost every
governors call with the Vice President. They’re very meaningful. They’re impactful. They’re informative. They’re communicative. We talk to each other. But then we do get down to
the individual hospital level, because when the
rubber meets the road, you got to know what the
docs, nurses, respiratory therapists — the people
who clean the rooms, who are an important part of
the team; I want them to come to every work saying,
“You know, it’s not that I clean the room, I’m
saving lives today.” And they are saving lives
by keeping the viruses off the surfaces and
reducing transmission. So you’ve really got
to get that granular. And we’re to a point with
Admiral P’s — you have two admirals with the
worst pronounced names in the world — so,
Admiral P, Admiral G. But Admiral P’s team
really has this covered down to the
individual hospital. The Press: Thank you, sir. The Vice President: And
let me say, just by way of closing, because I thought
— I thought that last question was helpful. We’re interacting with
governors every day, seven days a week, and
we welcome that. And while there are some
resources in the Strategic National Reserve — we
spoke about ventilators; we have some 9,000
ventilators on standby — we also have this vast
array through the commercial system that
when we hear from governors, we’re
identifying the needs. They’re working every day
to identify their hospital capacity. We went over governors
today saying, “We need to know — we need to know
what your capacity is, what your normal capacity
is, what your surge capacity is. We need to understand what
your equipment complement is across the state.” And governors have
been doing this. They’ve been assembling
that information. But I want to tell you
the governors across this country in both political
parties have been doing a remarkable job. And the President is
grateful and I’m grateful. And I just want to know
that those healthcare workers that they’re
serving, and the families that those healthcare
workers are serving, can be confident that we are
going to do whatever it takes to get them what
they need, when they need it. And every governor is
working in that regard, every hospital
administrator is working in that regard, and the
opportunity that we have — because the American
people are stepping up so strongly and putting
others ahead of themselves — in most cases, they’re
acting in a way that that puts the health
of others first. We’re — we’re more
confident today than ever before that we’re going
to be able to provide our healthcare providers
and the states that are impacted by the
coronavirus with the resources and the support
they need to meet this moment. And we’re just going to
continue to work our hearts out and make
that a reality. You know, I — but I
have to end with just a reference to the
healthcare workers. You’ve heard these
doctors talk about them. They’re all
healthcare people. You’ve heard about the
President talk about them. You all have seen them. And to think what these
healthcare workers, doctors, and nurses, and
medical assistants are doing every day — it
inspires us to get up early, to stay up late, to
keep working to make sure they have what they need
to be able to continue to do their job courageously. And I know I speak on
behalf of every American when I say how grateful we
are for each and every one of you. And in this very special
Holy Week, I know millions of Americans are praying
for our healthcare workers. I saw a picture that I
sent out last night on Twitter. It was an article about
a series of cities where doctors and nurses had
paused to pray for the patients and the families
that they were ministering to. And I just want to say
to all those healthcare workers: I know there is a
chorus of prayer going up every day for all of you. And with your continued
courageous service, and with God’s help, we’ll get
through this and we’ll get through it together. Thank you all.

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  • Ahhhhhhhhhh
    SHUT UP DONALD!!!
    So self engratiating that turns my stomach; you make people SICK from that alone!!
    YOU are such a FAILURE as a President in Absentia mentally.
    A FAILURE as a person.
    Your own Mother called you a —
    Monster ?
    Liar ?
    & you are vacant of any truth everytime you open that mouth ? of yours.
    Your Father called you a
    SCREWUP!!
    If your own Parents labeled, & catagorized you as such; then there IS a huge RED FLAG ? on your personnage.

  • I swear the only reason to watch these briefing is to watch Trump insult the media, it really is one of the highlights of post modern America. He will never forget the price of oil today ahahahahahahahahah. Also, to all Americans, you only get to wear a mask around town if you start working as hard as Japanese people, sorry but we have not earned this privilege yet, we are shameless, completely delusional, and lying and murdering people all around the world.

  • You have our families Vote left and right we Stand United in supporting you President Trump # We Are American Strong

  • #filmyourhospital

  • Lindsey Graham is onto the Libs and their playbook > look at Rome during Justian’s rule and how the Empire suffered an economic collapse.
    A History of Biological Warfare from 300 B.C.E. to the Present
    ‪https://c.aarc.org/resources/biological/history.asp‬

  • yes, we do appreciate Mike Pence and thank god for both these amazing men!

  • God bless USA

  • I love this President!! 2020TRUMP2020 and beyond!!

  • Trump is doing an good job, the best in the world as of now !

  • The corona donkey force only dochter fausi an that woman look intelligent.

  • Thank you

  • Nancy Pelosi is nothing but a scourge on America. She will go down in history as the worst Speaker of The House. Even worse than Lyndon Johnson.

  • THATS MY PRESIDENT HE IS THE GREATEST!!! THANK YOU GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP-WITHOUT HIM MILLIONS WOULD DIE,

  • Why help New York they dont give a Rats A$$ about the rest of the Country.

  • Now THIS reporter successfully nailed the President to the wall with all her amazing gotcha questions!!! He didn't have a chance!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx6R9Mtx1BE

  • PEOPLE SAY: TRUMP 2020 because he is better than we thought or better than BIDEN. But I ask you Americans – since when to you give up your AMERICAN DREAM??? MEDICARE FOR ALL IS NEEDED – You can achieve this like Canada, Germany, France or UK. So damn vote for BERNIE and not for a senile PERSON BIDEN or TRUMP, who promote a malaria drug which is never been tested to COVID before. BERNIE for PRESIDENT 2020 – no other choice don't make your mistake twice!

  • how much is a barrel of oil. LOL ,nice one mr trump . SCOTLAND

  • TRUMP DOES AN AWESOME JOB FOR US!!!!!!! BUT HE NEEDS TO LOOSE LITTLE GIRL PENCE!!!!

  • 4️⃣4️⃣ CCP IS LYING PEOPLE ARE DYING 4️⃣4️⃣4️⃣
    SANCTION —> 4️⃣ W.H.O -4️⃣- Communist Party of China -4️⃣- 中国共产党 -4️⃣- Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng 4️⃣ W.H.O. 4️⃣
    FULL U.N AND W.H.O. FOR TAIWAN NOW‼️‼️‼️

  • love you!!!!

  • The woman from Hong Kong, she lied. Phoenix news is controlled probably owned by CCP. Propaganda is their job, not journalism. I feel sorry for the woman, she may be a fine journalist, no one will ever know. Too bad for her, she isn't allowed to do the job of an actual journalist.

  • WRT USPS Postal Offices that will be getting YET ANOTHER BAILOUT from the Federal Government…. I pray the Federal Government gets heavily involved and gets to the bottom of WHY they keep failing.  Let me tell some reasons why:  1) poor leadership at the branch and higher levels; 2) USPS act more like extension of the local police departments, instead of doing their jobs well with integrity; 3) Post offices are run-down, out of date, FILTHY, disgusting; 4) POs do not meet ADA requirements; 5) Too many loopholes in the internet company systems to ALLOW for significant FRAUD (ie, buyer receives item and it is FAR TOO EASY for them to claim a lie and get by with it in insurance claims or money-back guarantee claims, with no support at all ever given to the Sellers or carriers to fight that corruption); 6) too many lazy, disgruntled employees with VERY BAD attitudes and EVEN WORSE customer service skills… bottom line… corrupt, poor leadership leads to disgruntled employees and poor working conditions that all leads to bad customer experiences; 7)complaints made directly to USPS PO at lowest levels and highest levels GOES IGNORED a significant amount of the time; 8) conflicts of interest and too many local towns have relatives working at all levels within the same district or locality– leads to a corrupt clan-like click.   It is as if the USPS PO KNOWS THEY HAVE A MONOPOLY, BACKED BY POWER OF LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR PROTECTIONS, AND THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, EVEN IF IT VIOLATES FEDERAL MAIL LAWS.  THE STINKER USPS NEEDS TO BE OVER-HAULED AT EVERY LEVEL. IT ISN'T JUST CHARGING TOO LITTLE; IT IS A CORRUPT BEAST THAT NEEDS TO BE FLUSHED OUT WITH AN ENEMA.

  • HATS OFF TO HON. PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO HAD SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIFE BY CLOSING THE BORDER TO CHINA.
    OTHERSIDE OF THE COIN:
    IF BIDEN WAS THE PRESIDENT HE WOULDN'T HAVE ALLEGEDLY CLOSED THE BORDER FOR CHINA IN JAN, WHICH MEANS POTENTIALLY BY NOW COVID-19 MOTALITY WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER THAN 50,000.

  • the fact that 54:50 isn't headline #1 proves that
    1. the media doesnt have a bias against Trump, they just oppose him when it's profitable and popular
    2. this man is an unfit child

  • Friday 4-10-2020 is GOOD FRIDAY, the day when Jesus died on a CROSS.  Pray for our Country & this World, pray for God's Protection, pray for God's Comfort to the grieving and heart-broken, pray for God's Promises, & pray for a World that hopefully will increase their Faith, as a result of this COVID-19 virus.

  • Can someone please explain why The Presidential Seal is not on the podium? Is it require in the White House Press Room?

  • God be with us all and protect His People. This is the man for the job right now. Not a sell out like Obama and Biden who left us in this situation because they wanted to save face with all their criminal buddies around the world. Obama should be in prison for putting our country in this situation because of his failures and outsourcing we were completely under prepared for this emergency. Obama was more worried about 50,000,000. dollar vacations to Hawaii than restocking our nations stockpiles.

  • PRESS – PLEASE come to the briefings dressed for Success.  Honestly, some of you are so sloopy and slovenly looking.  You are there representing the press and Americans, as the chosen ones allowed an audience with the President of the USA.  What is wrong with you?  Show some respect for the position and the people on that stage, and come looking like you've bathed less than a week ago.  It is not enough to take up a seat, in order to be HEARD.

  • PRESS – PLEASE come to the briefings dressed for Success.  Honestly, some of you are so sloopy and slovenly looking.  You are there representing the press and Americans, as the chosen ones allowed an audience with the President of the USA.  What is wrong with you?  Show some respect for the position and the people on that stage, and come looking like you've bathed less than a week ago.  It is not enough to take up a seat, in order to be HEARD.

  • I'm making an accurate diagnosis of this corona virus, China virus, and I have a solution to that.,This is only one of the results of human beings who do not recognize the ignorance of modern science and medicine and unilaterally undermine nature.,In particular, the core of the cause is the forced unilateral disposal of hundreds of millions of healthy livestock under the name of bird flu, AI, and foot-and-mouth disease in China, Korea, other Japan and Western countries over the past 20 years.,And here, the invisible world, the world of God, the connection to nature, is also very closely connected.,So, what I propose is that in Korea, in a place where the national famous mountain and Myeongcheon are clean, we must press the axious man through the ritual of repenting and repenting the original sin of killing the beasts with the royal priests, pastors, priests, shamans.,And I would like to suggest another, because it is spreading rapidly around the world, especially in the United States and the West, and I would like to make an emergency proposal.,President Trump of the United States, led by the United Nations and major national leaders, is going to propose that at noon on April 30 (12:30 Korean time), world leaders simultaneously raise prayers for reflection on human serious damage to nature, animals and livestock.,Then, from early May, the new coronavirus, the tribulation of the China virus, and the illness will be considerably reduced, and from then on, medical and medical access will be facilitated.,So, I'd like to make an urgent offer.,First, President Trump is going to propose a prayer of reflection that repents of the mistakes of human ignorance of nature and animals by mobilizing the UN and world leaders.,Second, since Korea is the center of feng shui worldwide, it is urgently proposed to raise a proposal for forgiveness to forgive the sins of forcibly killing hundreds of millions of livestock, which have been destroyed by livestock-related diseases in recent decades.

  • We need to start utilizing UV-C light also known as UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) in all of our public transit, it would be good in office buildings, elevators, cruise ships, hotels, you name it, we need it everywhere. It is currently used in hospital operating rooms, it kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. We need this used everywhere now.

  • China owns land here in the US and the Media. Wake up.

  • I REALLY LOVE THIS PRESIDENT!! May God richly bless this man and his family.

  • This is the man this country needs right now. Thank God for this man. God protect this man and our vice president. Amen. Trump 2020.

  • But never forget that Trump and Senate Republicans pissed away the entire month of February and about half of March without doing virtually anything (other than dumping some stocks) to prepare the nation for what lay ahead.

  • A vaccine is not the only solution. We may never have one and even then vaccines are not a guarantee of wellness. A vaccines is a false sense of hope and security. We all need to start taking precautions and clean up our acts.

  • This man loves our country and the constitution which is why he is one of the best presidents in this nations history. Trump 2020.

  • The president does not need to share his health with the Media. HIPPA

  • notice how the only ones who ever disable commenting are the leftist media groups. fox always leaves discussion open and so does the whitehouse official channel.

  • We don't want anything from China. Please stop doing business with China. We are putting our country at risk.

  • Who the hell is runni.g this country ? Dr's or President TRUMP ? WE NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK ! What is it that you dont understand about this ? Wake Up America ! Your asleep at the wheel !

  • May God strengthen and uphold our wonderful President at this difficult time. Jesus is King God is faithful

  • The Chinese have no honor.

  • Thank you for putting a face to these useless morons, this is beyond thunderdome.
    Can't you see that they practice that one question that they're going to ask,
    over and over again in the mirror?
    They have meetings where they discuss how to disrespect you.
    These are techniques that are beneath me.
    But they are the mainstay of the gay Mafia,.

  • Watch Dr. Birx blinking code to Deep State.

  • We continue to pray for Boris Johnson.
    Thank you for all you do, President Trump. We need you now more than ever!

  • Trump is using his presidency to market and sell his brand. He used presidency to increase the value of his property and rental property. He already committed fraud and scammed people by promising training and education. He made Trump University and had unlicensed people who were suppose to be working with him to teach real estate. Signing the checks that came from tax payers and using it as marketing. Keeping the PPE for the government when medical professionals need them. Lying to the people and doesn’t care who dies. With great power there must also come great responsibility. You have failed the people. The president puts a Real Estate investor in charge of the Federal Emergency Management agency. He supports corruption and if you don't believe me on this do your research.

  • "We're the federal government. We're not supposed to be standing on the corner doing testing!"
    I love our President! Standing tall and fighting daily for the American people.

  • I am glad and lucky to have a President like Mr. Trump in these difficult times. He is doing a job like nobody else could've done it. President Trump is a humanistic and altruist human being who wants to solve this problem and protect and save this world from this terrible virus or any other threat. Thank you Mr. President for what you do everyday. You are doing a remarkable job for the world. God bless you, God bless America!

  • Give meet usa ok

  • Seat meet okay

  • I HOPE THAT EVERY #TRUMP SUPPORTER DIES ON A VENTILATOR

  • I am a little worried about how they plan on using the antibodies test. I truly hope that this does not turn into something very evil.

  • FUNNY THAT TRUMP TALKED EARLIER THAT SWEDEN IS SUFFERING WE GOT AORUND 591 DEATH USA NEW YORK ALONE GOT OVER 4009 PEOPLE https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html JUST CHECK THE STATESTICS MR PRESIDENT BEFOR EU JUMP ON SWEDEN BROVE .

  • Maybe that Captain was smart enough to write that letter and get his azz off that ship. Just saying. Seems a bit weird.

  • Like and Share. Lets beat this virus!

  • Mike Pence is such a balm. He's doing a wonderful job. In fact, you all are. Thank you for your dilligence.

    Take care of yourselves.

    roo

  • Does POTUS know how corrupt Fauci and Birx actually are?https://youtu.be/NX_6Meo9QFY
    Also Dr Corsi explains it with his 2 Doctor guest- https://youtu.be/VgZ59XXgXa0

  • …USA has no problems…..this is what mr president is saying…..???

  • Can't stand some of these arrogant reporters.

  • Gates Fauci Birk take a good look
    https://youtu.be/NX_6Meo9QFY

  • President Trump or someone close to him please watch this video. Important info he should know.
    https://youtu.be/NX_6Meo9QFY

  • Of course you don't know his name, you probably made the whole thing up. CNN = fake news.

  • You are going in these hoax?

  • The mainstream media SUCKS!

  • Love my President! God bless!

  • Testing was not in the other years..why now?

  • I love when he verbally “paddles” the reporters!!!

  • Thank you President Trump for all you do for the American people. I pray for you every morning when I awake because there is no doubt in my mind that God put you there because He knew you could handle all the trials and persecution you have endured. When I read the book of Job in the Bible I feel like in ways you have gone through trials like him but God is always with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Keep up the amazing work!

  • Praying for our globe and for comfort and for all those who are grieving.. thank you to all who are working on front lines and behind the scenes.

  • President Trump, these shameful reporters with their snide questions, are NOT there for #WeThePeople. They are there solely to get under your skin, their looking for a reason to print something ugly about the Best President in the World, the President of the People, for the People, and #WeThePeople are truly sick of it. We ask you to rescind their press passes and give their seats to other reporters who wish to make a difference in our world, not to just be there to harass our President. Thank you Mr. President. God bless you.

  • I smell A Big RAT! https://youtu.be/zu2Ftcv6u3w

  • I smell a Big RAT! https://youtu.be/zu2Ftcv6u3w

  • WE HAVE TO THANK GOD HILLARY DIDN'T WON THE PRESIDENCY.
    More corona deaths No chloroquin and other medicines,mandatory vaccination, more terror attacks, war wit Russia, Iran, Korea.etc,etc,.etc
    TRUMP SAVED THE WORLD LIKE THE WINTER SAVED STALINGRAD FROM THE GERM(AN)S.

  • …. M.A.W.A. …Make America Well Again .?

  • @51:23 Trump breaks it down Barney-style for reporter that doesn't understand federal gov role in a republic.

  • FIRE the vaccine pushers, Trump!!! These Gates foundation people push vaccines that kill people globally.

  • nothing but to support him and his team!

  • any person consuming fake news media after past 4 years criminal immoral disgusting gobbling lies and are wilfully blind deaf and dangerous to all that is true .

  • Why do they need so many pictures

  • The Americans infected covid 19 Chinese and others when they went To the international War Games held in Wuhan!!!

  • The Americans infected covid 19 Chinese and others when they went To the international War Games held in Wuhan!!!

  • The Americans infected covid 19 Chinese and others when they went To the international War Games held in Wuhan!!!

  • 30:40 watch leftists liberals trump didn't threaten India

  • Bravo Admiral G

  • I don't trust that Fauci

  • Why is Dr B blinking so much and so rapidly when she is not at the mic? She is like sending morse code or something

  • wow so many morons that eat this orange cheeto's word like its gospel. lol

  • Do You know the name of this journalist from first row of seats? https://youtu.be/G0xSzggX7QA?t=1783

  • I'm not a doctor.

    But my mother (God rest her soul) was also affected by borderline syndrome.

    The sympthoms are exactly the same as in Donald Trump: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder

    Borderliners first destroy everyone around them and later, when no one else falls for them, they destroy themselves.

    Unfortunately, those affected cannot help it, as it is due to malfunctions in the brain. They do not even notice it themselves and find their (wrong) decisions good and right.

    The worst thing: I know about borderline is the incurability.

  • The worst PRESIDENT ever for America……and he will do anything to satisfy his greed and DUMB attitude. He pushed entire Americans into problems because of his DAMN IGNORANCE and now he is speaking about retaliation on other countries.

    Being a number one country in the world, they should have all the capabilities to protect their citizens….they can't threat other countries just because they don't have the capability to survive.

    KARMA ALWAYS BITES YOU BACK.

  • don,t believe anything that comes out of that Lying mouth of Donald Trump its all nothing but a pack of more of his Lies he has the Blood on many Americans on his hands who lost their Lies and even more Lives will be lost in the coming months because of him to bring justice to all of those people let all hope that he comes down with the Coronavirus,

  • The virus has hit the prisons. Of you do not release my Son to me 2 months early, I will sue this Country. My Son will not die in a cell!!! Do Something!!! Bruce G Hazinski SBI # 000295550E. Southern State Prison,  Delmont,New Jersey!! A Felony in the 2nd??? Give me my Son!!!

  • The virus has hit the prisons. Of you do not release my Son to me 2 months early, I will sue this Country. My Son will not die in a cell!!! Do Something!!! Bruce G Hazinski SBI # 000295550E. Southern State Prison,  Delmont,New Jersey!! A Felony in the 2nd??? Give me my Son!!!

  • ThanQ President Trump

  • Trump is mendacious, you are a pimp.

  • Excellent
    President Trump
    Great Job
    Thank you
    For Your
    Service to Humanity
    Blessings
    Mushaba
    Namasté
    0010110 Paul

  • Thank God for President Trump!!

  • Please Please Remember the Certified Nurse Assistant and the Direct Care Workers which as everyone knows that there in the FRONT LINES!!!! every minute with the sick and Helpless The Nurse could not do the Jobs with out DCW & CNA'S

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