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Coronavirus outbreak: Donald Trump, CDC addresses U.S. preparedness for possible COVID-19 threat

Coronavirus outbreak: Donald Trump, CDC addresses U.S. preparedness for possible COVID-19 threat
and right now thank you very much everybody thank you very much before I begin I'd like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and families in Milwaukee Wisconsin earlier today a wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors Brewing Company plant taking the lives of five people number of people were wounded some badly wounded our hearts break for them and their loved ones we send our condolences we'll be with them and it's a terrible thing terrible thing so our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin and to the families thank you very much I've just received another briefing from a great group of talented people on the virus that is going around to various parts of the world we have through some very good early decisions decisions that were actually ridiculed at the beginning we closed up our borders two flights coming in from certain areas areas that were hit by the corona virus and hit pretty hard and we did it very early a lot of people thought we shouldn't have done it that early and we did and it turned out to be a very good thing and the number one priority from our standpoint is the health and safety of the American people and that's the way I viewed it when I made that decision because of all we've done the risk to the American people remains very low and we have the greatest experts in the war really in the world right here the people that are called upon by other countries when things like this happen we were ready to adapt and...
coronavirus outbreak donald trump cdc addresses u s preparedness for possible covid 19 threat
we're ready to do whatever we have to as the disease spreads if it spreads as most of you know the the level that we've had in our country is very low and those people are getting better or we think that in almost all cases they're the better are getting we have a total of 15 we took in some from Japan you heard about that because they're American citizens and they're in quarantine and they're getting better too but we felt we had an obligation to do that it could have been as many as 42 and we found that we were it was just an obligation we felt that we had we could have left them and that would have been very bad very bad I think American people and they're recovering of the 15 people the original 15 as I call them eight of them have returned to their homes to stay in the homes until fully recovered one is in the hospital and five have fully recovered and one is we think in pretty good shape and it's in between hospital and going home so we have a total of but we have a total of 15 people and they're in a process of recovering with some already having fully recovered we started out by looking at certain things we've been working with the hill very very carefully very strongly and I think we have very good bipartisan spirit for money we were asking for two and a half billion and we think that's a lot but the Democrats and I guess Senator Schumer wants us to have much more than that and normally in life I'd say we'll take it...
coronavirus outbreak donald trump cdc addresses u s preparedness for possible covid 19 threat
we'll take it if they want to give more we'll do more we're gonna spend whatever is appropriate hopefully we're not gonna have to spend so much because we really think we've done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum and again we've had tremendous success tremendous success beyond what people would have thought now at the same time you do have some

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s in some countries Italy and various countries are having some difficulty China you know about where it started I spoke with President Xi we had a great talk he's working very hard I have to say he's working very very hard and if you can count on the reports coming out of China but that spread has gone down quite a bit the infection seems to have come down over the last two days as opposed to getting larger it's actually gotten smaller in a one instance where we think we can be it's somewhat reliable it seems to have gotten quite a bit smaller with respect to the money that's being negotiated they can do whatever they want I mean they can we'll do the tuna have we're requesting two and a half some Republicans would like us to get four and some Democrats would like us to get eight and a half and we'll be satisfied whatever whatever it is we're bringing in a specialist very highly regarded specialist tomorrow who works actually at the State Department very very tremendously talented in doing this I want you to understand something that shocked me when I saw...
coronavirus outbreak donald trump cdc addresses u s preparedness for possible covid 19 threat
that I spoke with dr. Fauci on this and I was really amazed and I think most people are amazed to hear it the flu in our country kills from 25,000 people to 69 thousand people a year that was shocking to me and so far if you look at what we have with the 15 people and they're recovering one is one is pretty sick but hopefully will recover but the others are in great shape but think of that 25,000 to 69 thousand over the last 10 years we've lost 360,000 these are people that have died from the flu from what we call the flu hey did you get a flu shot and that's something now what we've done is we've stopped non-us citizens from coming into America from China that was done very early on we're screening people and we have been at a very high level screening people coming into the country from infected areas we have in quarantine those infected and those at risk we a lot of great quarantine facilities we're rapidly developing vaccine and they can speak to you the professionals can speak to you about that the vaccine is coming along well and then speaking to the doctors we think this is something that we can develop fairly rapidly a vaccine for the future and coordinate with the support of our partners we have great relationships with all of the countries that we're talking about some fairly large number of countries some it's one person and many countries have no problem whatsoever and we'll see what happens but we're very very ready for...
this for anything whether it's going to be a breakout of larger proportions or whether or not we're you know we're at that very low level and we want to keep it that way so we're at the low level as they get better we take them off the list so that we're going to be pretty soon at only five people and we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time so we've had very good luck the Johns Hopkins I guess it is a highly respected great place they did a still a study comprehensive the country's best and worse prepared for an epidemic and the United States is now were rated number one we're rated number one for being prepared this is a list of different countries I don't want to get in your way especially since you do such a good job this is a list of the different countries United States is rated number one most prepared United Kingdom Netherlands Australia Canada Thailand Sweden Denmark South Korea Finland these this is a list of of the best rated countries in the world by Johns Hopkins we're doing something else that's important to me because he's been terrific in many ways but he's also very good on healthcare and we really followed him very closely a lot of states do when Mike was Governor Mike Pence of Indiana they've established great healthcare they have a great system their system that a lot of a lot of the other states have really looked to and changed their systems they wanted to base it on...
the Indiana system he's very good and I think and he's really very expert at the field and what I've done is I'm going to be announcing exactly right now that I'm gonna be putting our vice-president Mike Pence in charge and Mike will be working with the professionals and doctors and everybody else that's working the team is is brilliant I spent a lot of time with the team over the last couple of weeks but they're totally brilliant and we're doing really well and mike is gonna be in charge and Mike will report back to me but he's got a certain talent for this and I'm gonna ask Mike Pence to say a few words please thank you thank you mr. president president

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's made clear from the first stage of this administration we have no higher priority than the safety security health and well-being of the American people and from the first word of a

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of the corona virus the president took unprecedented steps to protect the American people from the spread of this disease you've counted those briefly but the establishment of travel restrictions aggressive quarantine effort of Americans they're returning the declaration of a public health emergency and establishing the White House Corona task force are all reflective of the urgency that the president has brought to a whole-of-government approach as a former governor from the state where the first MERS case emerged in 2014 I know full well the importance of presidential...
leadership the importance of administration leadership and the vital role of partnerships of state and local governments and health authorities in responding to the potential

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of dangerous infectious diseases and I I look forward mr. president to serving in this role I'm bringing together all the members of the corona task force that you've established HHS CDC DHS the Department of Transportation and state this team has been at your direction mr. president meeting every day since it was established my role will be to continue to bring that team together to bring to the president the best options for action to see to the safety and well-being and health the American people will also be continuing to reach out to governor's state and local officials in fact in the recent days the White House met with over 40 state county and city health officials from over 30 states and territories to discuss how to respond to this to the potential

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of the corona virus we'll be working with them in renewed ways to make sure they have the resources to be able to respond and as the president said we'll be adding additional personnel here at the White House to support our efforts on the president's behalf we'll also be working with members of Congress to ensure that the resources are available for this whole of government response and we'll be working very closely with secretary azar and his team that have done an outstanding job communicating to the...
public to ensure the American people I have the best information on ways to protect themselves and their families and also that the public has the most timely information on the potential

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to the American people mr. president as as we've been briefed while the

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to the American public remains low of a spread of the corona virus you have directed this team to take all steps necessary to continue to ensure the health and well-being of the American people and the people of this country can be confident that under your leadership we will continue to bring the full resources of the federal government in coordination with our state and local partners to see today and while being into the effective response to the corona virus here in the United States of America with that the president's asked me to recognize the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex a czar and also the deputy director of CDC a doctor and Chaka for the moms well thank you mr. vice president and Thank You mr. president for gathering your public health experts here today and for your strong leadership in keeping America safe and I just want to say I could not be more delighted that you've asked the vice president my old friend and colleague to lead this whole of government approach with us under the emergency support function number eight as of today we have 15 cases of kovat 19 that have been detected in the United States with only one new case detected in the last two weeks we also have...
three cases among Americans repatriated from Wuhan and forty two cases among Americans repatriated who had been stuck on the diamond princess in Japan the president's early and decisive actions including travel restrictions have succeeded in buying US incredibly valuable time this has helped us contain the spread of the virus handle the cases that we have and prepare for the possibility that we will need to mitigate broader spread of infections within the United States the president's actions taken with the strong support of his scientific advisors have proven to be appropriate wise and well calibrated to the situation we're grateful for the hard work that health care workers first responders communities state and local leaders have put into the response so far because of this hard work and the president's leadership the immediate risk to the American public has been and continues to be low our containment strategy has been working at the same time what every one of our experts and leaders have been saying for more than a month now remains true the degree of risk has the potential to change quickly and we can expect to see more cases in the United States that is why we've been reminding the American public and our state local and private-sector partners that they should be aware of what a broader response would look like CDC has recommended that the American public and especially state and local governments businesses and other organizations should refresh...
themselves on how they would respond in the event that the situation worsens we're encouraging Americans to learn what future steps might be necessary to keep themselves in their communities safe knowing these potential steps now can help keep the risk to you in your community low Americans can find useful information at cdc.gov /co vyd co VI d 19 and we're working closely with government and private sector partners to educate them about

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finally we've begun working with Congress to secure the funding that we need there are five major priorities in the White House request to Congress that the White House made on Monday these priorities are first expanding our surveillance network second support for state and local governments work third and fourth development of therapeutics and vaccines and fifth manufacturing and purchase of personal protective equipment like gowns and masks as chairman of the president's

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task force I'm committed to providing regular updates from our coordinated interagency process we've had our top public health leaders like those joining me here today speaking to the media many times per day to inform the American public the

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administration is going to continue to be aggressively transparent keeping the American people and the media apprised of the situation and what everyone can do with that I'm going to hand things over to dr. and shook it doctor shook it is the senior career official at the...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the principal deputy director with an over 30 year career at the CDC in public health and as a member of the United States Public Health Service commissioned Corps so doctor shook it off turn over to you thanks so much mr. secretary as you know this has been a difficult and challenging time and our hearts go out to the individuals who have been directly affected by the virus and to all those who have been working tirelessly in responding to it our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases that we have so far however we do expect more cases and this is a good time to prepare we as you heard it's the perfect time for businesses health care systems universities and schools to look at their pandemic

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plans dust them off and make sure that they're ready and we have lots more information at the CDC's website and in partnership on how to do that but it's also a really good time for the American public to prepare and for you to know what this means for you the

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that we're talking about is a respiratory virus it's spread in a similar way to the common cold or to influenza it's spread through coughs and sneezes and so those everyday sensible measures that we tell people to do every year with the flu are important here covering your cough staying home when you're sick and washing your hands tried-and-true not...
very exciting measures but really important ways that you can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses so this the trajectory of what we're looking at over the weeks and months ahead is very uncertain but many of the steps that we have taken over the past 15 years to prepare for pandemic influenza and our experience going through the 2009 h1n1 pandemic of influenza remind us of the kinds of steps that our health care system our businesses our communities of schools may need to take we're in this together all of government the public and the private sector and the CDC wants to make sure you have the best information available des thank you I just want to give you a very quick update on the my name is dr. Tony Fauci I'm the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH just a very quick update on the countermeasure development in the form of vaccines and therapeutics I had told this audience at a recent press briefing that we have a number of vaccine candidates and one prototype one to give you a feel for the time frame of a vaccine and what its impact might be now and in subsequent years is that I told you we would have a vaccine that we would be putting into trials to see if it's safe and if it induces a response that you would predict would be protective in about three months I think it's gonna be a little bit less than that it's probably gonna be closer to two months that would then take about three months to determine...
if it's safe and a managed enik which gives us six months then you graduate from a trial which is phase one of 45 people to a trial that involves hundreds if not lo thousands of people to determine efficacy at the earliest and efficacy trial would take an additional six to eight months so although this is the fastest we have ever gone from a sequence of a virus to a trial it still would not be any applicable to the epidemic unless we'd really wait about a year to a year and a half now that means two things one the answer to containing is public health measures we can't rely in a vaccine over the next several months to a year however if this virus which we have every reason to believe it is quite conceivable that it will happen we'll go beyond just a season and come back and recycle next year if that's the case we hope to have a vaccine and then finally and briefly therapeutics there are a number of antiviral drugs that are being tested a few days ago we initiated a randomized controlled trial of a drug quorum death severe which has antiviral activity in vitro in an animal model the good news about that is that it's a trial that's randomized to either placebo or standard of care and drug and standard of care which means that we will know reasonably soon whether it works and if it does we will then have an effective therapy to distribute scientific and medical team behind you and keep America safe where do we go from here after us relate us-india...
relations are concerned and also with the present of you are very famous in India and in America we won't talk too much about that other than I did I just got back laughs like it's a long flight he's a great gentleman a great leader it's an incredible country we were treated very very well and we were really enjoyed it a lot of tremendous progress was made in terms of relationship our relationship with India is extraordinary right now and we're gonna be doing a lot of business with India they're sending billions and billions of dollars now to the United States but would rather talk about this right now CDC said yesterday that they believe it's inevitable that the virus will spread in the United States and it's not a question of if but when do you agree with that assessment well I don't think it's inevitable I probably will it possibly will it could be at a very small level it could be at a larger level what whatever happens we're totally prepared we have the best people in the world you see that from the study we have the best prepared people the best people in the world Congress is willing to give us much more than we're even asking for it's nice for a change but we are totally ready willing and able it's a term that we use it's ready willing and able we have we have it's gonna be very well under control now it may get bigger and make it a little bigger may not get bigger at all we'll see what happens but...
regardless of what happens we're totally prepared please you talked to me earlier about the Supreme ages that you put in place a little travel with stretches you can place preparing China at this point has the virus present Italy and South Korea are you planning on adding those countries well Justin you know I'm the president of the United States I'm not the president of other countries other countries some on the list that are very respected in what they do in terms of what we're talking about but I really want to be responsible for this country if it means placing very strong very strong situation on the border so people can't come into our country from a country that is infected that's we're doing that and we've already done it with numerous countries but we have to focus on this country I don't think it's right to impose ourselves on others but if others aren't taking care or we think they're doing it incorrectly you know we're dealing with world health and we have terrific people and CDC does go around and help other countries give them recommendations as what to do but they're working on their countries that we're working on our countries and so far from our simple one it's really worked out very well can you clarify are you considering restricting travel to and from South Korea Italy and other country at a right time we may do that right now it's not the right time but at the right time and we are...
checking people as they come through specifically for the problem the problem that we're dealing with so we're checking a lot of people over there coming from South Korea's been hit pretty hard Italy's been it's pretty hard China is obvious what's happened in China but again the numbers seem to be leveling off and going down in China which is very good news so we'll see what happens denying that they are going to a point of the SAR to run point on the

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response today the secretary Hayes R testified that he didn't think one was necessary they were going to run it out of HHS and you yourself have been downplaying this so why are you now selecting the vice president well Mike estime is area's vice president he's in the administration but I'm having everybody report to Mike Mike's been very good very adept anybody that knows anything about health care they look at the Indiana model and it's been a very great success it's been a tremendous model in terms of health care and this is really an offshoot of that so this is an azure I don't view my cases are Mike as part of the administration but I'm having them report to Mike Mike will report to me they'll also be reporting in some cases to both I'll be going to meetings quite a bit depending on what they want to do and what message we want to get out but we've done really an extraordinary job when you look at a country this size with so many people...
pouring in with the number one in the world for people coming into a country by far and we have a total of 15 cases many of which almost much within a day out I will tell you most of whom are fully recovered I think that's really a pretty impressive mark now we did take in 40 people that were Americans and they're also recovering but we brought them in so I call that I have a different group but we felt we had an obligation to American citizens outside of the country that we're trying to get back in we thought it was very important has taken a big hit last few days what can you do about that and if the CDC is right in saying that the spread is inevitable are you going to be dealing with stock market issues and economy issues for some time well I really think the stock market if something I know a lot about I think it took a hit maybe for two reasons I think they look at the people that you watched abating last night and they say if there's even a possibility that can happen I think it really takes a hit because of that and it certainly took a hit because of this and I understand that also because of supply chains and various other things and people coming in but I think the stock market will recover the economy is very strong that a consumer is the strongest it's ever been or consumers are incredible there and incredible that's why we're doing well in other countries have not even before the virus we're doing great other countries have not been...
doing great our consumers very very strong very powerful economically any plan that would involve foreign teeny cities like we saw in China and what would have to happen for the taking we do have plans of a much or much larger scale should we need that we're working with states we're working with virtually every state and we do have plans on a larger scale if we need it we don't think we're going to need it but you know you always have to be prepared and again Congress is talking to us about funding and we're getting far more than what we asked for and I guess the best thing to do is take it we'll take it are you willing to give Congress if they're going well we're gonna see but we'll take care of states because states are working very hard we have hospitals and states that make rooms available and they they're building quarantine areas areas where you can keep people safely we're working really well with states it's a very big part of it so you know my attitude if Congress wants to give us the money so easy wasn't very easy for the wall but we got that one done if they want to give us the money and we'll take the money we'll just do a good job with it yeah mr. president should Americans be going out getting protective equipment such as and so forth and if so what is the u.s. doing to boost production of mass well we can get a lot of it in fact we've ordered a lot of it just in case we need it we may not need it...
you understand that but in case we're looking at worst-case scenario we're going to be set very quickly but we I don't think we're gonna ever be anywhere near that I really don't believe that we're gonna be anywhere near that our borders are very controlled our flights in from certain areas that we're talking about a very controlled I don't think we'll ever be anywhere near that please go back to the stock market per second the travel-related stocks have especially been yeah hammer here in the last couple days what would you say to Americans out there who right now are looking forward to the summer or the upcoming months and saying to themselves should I make myself summer plans should I go travel abroad be able to do that we think we hope that it's gonna be in good shape by that time but you know they're gonna have to remain a little bit flexible yeah I would say travel related companies certainly right now that would be that would be they would be hurt at the same time this ends this is going to end hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later and I think the business that they lost will be picked up at a later date but you know right now I think they're not gonna be probably not going to be going to China they're not going to be going to certain countries where the problem is far greater than it is in the United States what it's going to do is keep people home and they're going to travel to places that we have...
we have the greatest it's the greatest tourism country in the world so instead of leaving our country leaving our shores they'll stay here and again when you have 15 people and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero that's a pretty good job we've done earlier today you don't know what you're talking about about the

coronavirus

I'm also wondering if you want to address critics - well I think you don't want your administration sure I think speaker Pelosi is incompetent she lost the Congress once I think she's gonna lose it again she lifted my poll numbers up ten points I never thought that I would see that so quickly and so easily I'm leading everybody we're doing great I don't want to do it that way it's almost unfair if you think about it but I think she's incompetent and I think she's not thinking about the country and instead of making a statement like that where I've been beating her routinely at everything instead of making a statement like that she should be saying we have to work together because we have a big problem potentially and maybe it's going to be a very little problem I hope that it's going to be a very little problem but we have to work together instead she wants to do that same thing with Brian Chuck Schumer he goes out and he says the president only asked for two and a half billion dollars he should have eight and a half if this is the first time I've...
ever been told that we should take more usually it's we have to take less and we should be working together he shouldn't be making statements like that because it's so bad for the country and Nancy Pelosi I mean she should go back to a district and clean it up because it's a number one if you look at percentage down that was one of the finest in the world and now you look at what's happening and I'm just saying we should all be working together she's trying to create a panic and there's no reason to panic because we have done so good these professionals behind me and over here and over there and back here and in some conference rooms I just left a group of 45 people that are the most talented people in the world parts of the world are asking us in a very nice way can they partake and help them so Nancy Pelosi shouldn't and she knows it's not true she knows it all they're trying to do is get a political advantage this isn't about political advantage we're all trying to do the right thing they shouldn't be saying this is terrible president

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isn't asking for enough money how stupid a thing to say if they want to give us more money that's okay we'll take more money some Republicans think we should have more money - that's okay we'll take more money but they shouldn't demean the people that are on the stage who are the finest in the world they're not demeaning me they're demeaning the...
greatest health care professionals in the world and people that do exactly what we're talking about your campaign today sue the New York Times for an opinion piece yeah is it your opinion or is it your contention that if people have an opinion contrary to yours that they should be sued well when they get the opinion totally wrong as the New York Times did and frankly they've got a lot wrong over the last number of years so we'll see how that let that work its way through the court I see it's beyond an opinion that's not an opinion that's something much more than an opinion they did a bad thing and they'll be more coming Tokio later why do you expect what can we be I hope so because shinzo obvious a very good friend of mine I love the people of Japan and I hope it's gonna be in good shape as you know you have a number of people in Japan who have been infected I hear they're doing a very professional job which doesn't surprise me at all with Shinzo and with all of the people you have I know Japan very well I think they're gonna handle it very well it's a little tight you know it's a little tight they spent billions of dollars building one of the most beautiful venues I've ever seen and your Prime Minister is very proud of it I hope it's gonna be fine we hope it will the doctor at CDC just talked about dusting off

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plans with that coming from you and it has more weight do you feel that US schools should be...
preparing for a corona virus spreading I would think so yes I mean I haven't spoken specifically about that with the various doctors but I would think so yes I think every aspect of our society should be prepared I don't think it's going to come to that especially with the fact that we're going down not up we're going very substantially down not up but yeah I think school should be preparing and you know get ready just in case the words are just in case we don't think we're gonna be there we don't think we're gonna be anywhere close and again if you look at some countries they are coming down as to go in the other direction this will end this will end you look at flu season I said 26,000 people I'd never heard of a number like that 26,000 people going up to sixty nine thousand people doctor you tell me before 69 thousand people die every year from 26 to 69 every year from the flu now think of that it's incredible so far the results of all of this that everybody's reading about and and part of the thing is you you want to keep it the way it is you don't want to see panic because there's no reason to be panicked about but when I mentioned the flu I said actually I asked the various doctors I said is this just like flu because people die from the flu and this is very unusual and it is a little bit different but in some ways it's easier and in some ways it's a little bit tougher but we have it so well under control I...
mean we really have done a very good job you mentioned the stock market earlier to go back to that to be clear that Dow Jones dropped more than 2,000 points this week are you suggesting that that was overblown our financial markets overreacting here I think the financial markets are very upset when they look at the Democrat candidates standing on that stage making fools out of themselves and they say if we ever have a president like this and there's always a possibility it's an election you know who knows what happens right I think we're gonna win I think we're gonna win by a lot but when they look at the statements made by the people stand be standing behind those podiums I think that has a huge effect you have to do well I think it did I think it did but I think you can add quite a bit of sell-off to what they're saying because they're seeing the potential you know again I think we're gonna win I feel very confident of it we've done everything and much more than I said we were going to do you look at what we've done what we've done is incredible with the tax cuts and regulation cuts and rebuilding our military taking care of our vets and getting them choice and accountability all of the things we've done protecting our Second Amendment I mean they view that the Second Amendment they were they going to destroy the Second Amendment when people look at that they say this is not good so you add that in I really that's a factor but...
no this is what we're talking about is is the virus that's what we're talking about all right I do believe that's I do believe in terms of CNBC and in terms of Fox Business I do believe that that's a factor yeah and I think after I win the election I think the stock market's going to boom like it's never boomed before just like it did by the way after I won the last election the stock market the day after went up like a rocket ship we're not going to travel restrictions that's what saved us had I not made Mike alluded to it had I not made a decision very early on not to take people from a certain area we wouldn't be talking this way we'd be talking about many more people would have been infected I took a lot of heat I mean some people call me racist because I made a decision so early and we had never done that as a country before let alone early so it was a you know bold decision it turned out to be a good decision but I was criticized by the Democrats they call me a racist because I made that decision if you can believe that one we have to all work together we can't say bad things and especially when we have the best team anywhere in the world and and we really gave it an early start we gave it a very early start because we we can get money and we can increase if we know all the people we know all the good people is the question I asked the doctors before some of the people we cut they haven't been used for many many years...
and if they if we have a need and we can get them very quickly and rather than spending the money and I'm a business person I don't like having thousands of people around when you don't need them when we need them we can get them back very quickly for instance we're bringing some people in tomorrow that are already in this you know great government that we have and very specifically for this we can build up very very quickly and we've already done that I mean we really have built up we have a great staff and using mic I'm doing that because he's in the administration and he's very good at doing what he does and doing as it relates to this with your administration is only testing a less than 500 people and health officials are questioning whether that's enough comparing to other countries who have tested more than tens of thousands of people are you planning to test more people well we're just intest and we're finding very little problem very little problem now you treat this like a flu we were in fact I might ask one of the doctors to come up and explain it you want to wash your hands a lot you want to stay if you're not feeling well if you feel you have a flu stay inside sort of quarantine yourself don't go outside but there are certain steps that you can take that we won't even be necessary you know in many cases when you catch this it's very light you don't even know there's a problem sometimes they just...
get the sniffles sometimes they just get something where they're not feeling quite right and sometimes they feel really bad but that's a little bit like the flu it's a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for and we'll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner you go ahead two weeks ago mr. president you're acting OMB director was was in this room and was talking about what he expects to be GDP growth for this coming year he said it was 3% and we've talked about the effects of the corona virus on the supply chain the declines in the financial markets are you still confident that you'll see that kind of economic growth this know we're going to have tremendously low unemployment we're setting records and that were in fact the administration as to as you know the lowest average unemployment of any Administration in history and our numbers are very low very good 3.5 3.6 but you can't really see what this does in terms of GDP it could affect it but that's irrelevant compared to what we're talking about we want to make sure it's safe safety number one but this would have you know an impact on GDP but we're still very very we're doing great but this will have just like I'll tell you what has a big impact Boeing has a big impact how did that happen a year ago all of a sudden that happened I think that took away a half a point to a point even you know it's a massive company I think...
Boeing we had the General Motors strike that was a big impact on GDP and of course we're paying interest rates I disagree with the head of the Fed I'm not I'm not happy with what that is because he's kept interest rates President Obama didn't have near the numbers and yet if you look at what happened he was paying zero we're paying interest now it's more conservative and frankly people that put their money away are now getting a return of that money as opposed to not getting anything but I think you know where the with the greatest of them all we should be paying the lowest interest rates and when Germany and other countries are paying negative rates meaning they're literally getting paid when they put out money I mean they they borrow money and they get paid when this gets paid back who ever heard of this before it said first but we don't do that so I totally disagree with our fed I think our fed has made a terrible mistake and it would have made a big difference as good as we've done even without the 2000 points and we started off at 16,000 and we'll be a 28,000 without we're going to crack 30,000 we have had increases like nobody's seen before but we're doing well but we have to watch we're doing well anyway in other words even despite the 2,000 points it sounds like a lot and it's a lot but it's nothing compared to what we've gone up but we'll be watching it very closely but we have been hurt by...
General Motors we've been hurt by Boeing and we've hurt by we've been hurt in my opinion very badly by our own Federal Reserve who has also created a very strong dollar that's something nice about a strong dollar but it makes it much harder to do business outside of this country thank you sir a number of your supporters online have embraced these theories or forward of these theories that the CDC may be exaggerating the

threat

of

coronavirus

to hurt you politically rush limbaugh the other day said this has been advanced to weaponize the virus against you you know me my supporters you mean my my people that are not support right your I agree with it I think and I'd like it to stop I think people know that when Chuck Schumer gets up said he did the same thing with a couple of trade deals that are phenomenal deals now everybody's acknowledge a phenomenal dose before he ever saw the day he didn't even know we were gonna make a deal they said what do you think of the deal with China I don't like it I don't like it he talked about tariffs I left the tariff so and twenty five percent when two hundred and fifty billion dollars he said he took the tariffs off he didn't even know the deal and he was out there knocking it because that's a natural thing to say but when you're talking about especially something like this we have to be on the same team this is too important we have to be on the same team the CDC is trying to hurt you - no I...
don't think the CDC is it no they've been they've been working really well together they're professional I think they beyond that they want this to go away they want to do it with as little disruption and and they don't want to lose life I see the way they work here they're this general these people behind me and others that are in the other room they're incredible people no I don't see that at all - mr. Burson I thank you president tonight you're minimizing the risk of danger of the virus are you telling the Americans except for the ones who are sick not to change any our therapy of their behaviors no I think you have to always I do it a lot anyways you probably heard wash your hands stay clean you don't have to necessarily grab every handrail unless you have to you know you do certain things that you do when you have the flu I mean view this the same as the flu when somebody sneezes I mean I try and bail out as much as

possible

with this sneezing I had a man come up to me a week ago I hadn't seen him in a long time and I said how you doing he said fine honey he hugs me kiss I said are you well he says no he said I have the worst fever in the worst flu and he's hugging and kissing me excuse me I went so you have to do that you know this is you know it's gonna be full travel ban you said Obama was a quote-unquote stubborn dope not for doing it you said just stop the flights dummies you also said it was a quote-unquote total...
joke to appoint someone to lead the Ebola response with quote zero experience in the medical field now you listen to a lot of what I had to say I didn't listen to a lot well because this is a much different problem than Ebola Ebola you disintegrated especially at the beginning they've made a lot of progress now on Ebola but with Ebola we were talking about it before you disintegrated you got Ebola that was it this one is different much different this is a flu this is like a flu and this is a much different situation than Ebola but and we're working on Ebola right now by the way we're working on certain areas of the Congo the Congo has Ebola and caused largely by the fact that they have war and people can't get there we can now treat Ebola in that at that time it was infectious and you couldn't treat it nobody knew anything about it nobody had ever heard of anything like this so it's a much different situation in just the course of the last couple of minutes you have disputed some of what the officials that are working in your administration behind you have said about the risk of crota virus and it's spread do you trust your health officials to give you good information Australian stinks I don't think I have they've said it could be worse and I said it could be worse - are you all something no I don't think it's inevitable I don't think it's inevitable I think that we're doing a really good job in terms of maintaining...
borders and turning in terms of letting people and in terms of checking people and also that's one of the reasons I'm here today getting the word out so people can still know they're gonna know no I don't think it's I don't think it's inevitable I think that there's a chance that it could get worse there's a chance you could get fairly substantially worse but nothing's inevitable Brazil right Brazil and you have many Americans now in Brazil for Carnival what are your concerns and what are the procedures and practices that you plan to implement as those Americans are trying to come back yes we've got very strong on people coming in from Brazil now it only has one case it's a big country but it only has one case but still it's a case we deal with Brazil very well the president's a very good friend of mine in fact he ran on exactly what's called make Brazil great again that's what he ran on we get along very well I know you're so thrilled to hear that we get along very very well and we're working with Brazil but we have much worse instances than Brazil you know you have Italy and you have other countries where they have much more than one person they have one person right now as of now as if just a little while ago one person in Brazil but Italy is you know a deeper problem and we're checking people coming in very very strongly from those and at some point we may cut that off you know at some point...
depending on what happens we may cut certain additional countries off like we've had to do with China and we hope we can open it up to China as soon as

possible

and we and we hope the numbers we've been getting we hope the numbers that we've been getting are true on China where it really has leveled off and started to go down because eventually sometimes that's going to happen go ahead you've said repeatedly that you think the federal government is very prepared that you're ready for this yeah but if you think that secretary a czar is doing such a great job why did you feel the need to make a change and put vice-president Mike Pence in charge of the federal responses because and I think I think secretary is doing a fantastic job but he also has many other things I mean we're working on many many things together if you look at his schedule of what he's doing including drug prices and I think it's perhaps the most complicated job that we have in government and I want him to be able to focus on that and Mike is really good at it they're going to work together they're going to work very closely together and they're both in the administration I see them all the time so it really works this is a nazar this isn't going out and getting somebody that's never been in the administration I have two people that are very talented and it's something I feel good about I don't want it I don't want to spare the horses I have...
very talented people I want to use them on this because I wanted to stay low or as low as

possible

China at the beginning of this

outbreak

the Chinese Communist Party covered it up that has been that has been the general consensus of everyone how can you now legitimately trust President Z and the Chinese sunniest region visiting the fourth coming and fourth right well I can tell you this I speak to him I'd talk with him very recently and he is working so hard on this problem he is working so hard and they're very tough and very smart and it's a significant it's a significant group of very talented people that are working and they're calling up dr. Falchi they're calling up our people we're dealing with them we're giving them certain advice we actually have through world health we have them over there also we have a lot of our people making up that group that went over there no he's working very hard to be very easy for me to say you know it doesn't matter what I say really I can tell you he is working I had a long talk with him the other night he is working really really hard he wants it to go away from China and go away fast and he wants to get back to business as usual this has a fatality ratio somewhere between 3% we don't know exactly numbers and the flu is higher than that the flu is much higher than this is spreading or it's gonna spread maybe within community steps it may expect admission does that does that worry you...
because that's now because we're ready for it it is what it is we're ready for it we're really prepared we have as I said we've had we have the greatest people in the world we're very ready for it we hope it doesn't spread there's a chance that it won't spread to and there's a chance that it will then it's a question of at what level so far we've done a great job when you have 15 people with this whole world coming into the United States and the 15 people are either better or close to being better that's pretty good well do we'll do one more I go ahead there's been many cases of price gouging on the sales of medical equipment mast and so on should the government be investigating that but I think if you tell me that's happening we would definitely investigate we don't want that working with China we just did the biggest trade deal in history we did two of them between us MCA and the China deal it's the biggest in history the relationship with China is a very good one and I can tell you that again President Xi is working really hard he wants this problem so as hard as you can work thank you all thank you if I can just clarify I think you're not getting a point here of this I'm still chairman of the task force Mick Mulvaney has been serving actually an invaluable role for me as acting chief of staff helping to coordinate across the government with my colleagues and the whole of government approach...
having the vice president gives me the biggest stick one could have in the government on this whole of government approach so not in the least I'm I win the perp win when this was mentioned to me I said I was delighted that I get to have the vice president helping them this way delighted absolutely tonight you