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Live: Trump Holds Press Briefing on Coronavirus Testing | NBC News

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the United States the most advanced and robust

testing

system anywhere in the world by far this afternoon I'll also announced new steps that we're taking to make tests even more widely available to battle a virus my administration marshaled every resource at our nation's disposal public private military economic scientific and industrial all at your disposal we launched the largest manufacturing ramped up since the Second World War there's been nothing like it since at the center of this industrial and scientific mobilization was the development of our corona virus

testing

capabilities in the span of just a few short months we've developed a

testing

capacity unmatched and unrivaled anywhere in the world and it's not even close this is a core element of our plan to safely and gradually reopen America and we're opening and we're starting and there's enthusiasm like I haven't seen in a long time every American should be proud of the amazing array of talent skill and enterprise our nation is brought to this challenge in three months the FDA has authorized more than 92 different tests and over nine million have been performed here in the United States three weeks ago we were conducting roughly 150,000 tests per day now we're doing approximately 300,000 tests per day a 100% increase and it will go up substantially from that number this week the United States will pass 10 million tests conducted nearly double the number of any other...
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country we're

testing

more people per capita than South Korea the United Kingdom France Japan Sweden Finland Finland and many other countries and in some cases combined on Friday the FDA authorized

coronavirus

antigen test and alternative

testing

technology that can be much more readily manufactured qui dell corporation which makes this newly authorized point-of-care test estimates that it will be able to manufacture 150 thousand tests per day increasing to 300,000 tests per day within just a few weeks to further expand our nation's

testing

capabilities this afternoon I am announcing that my administration is in and we've got this all approved that's all done is sending 1 billion dollars to America's States territories and tribes so this has all been approved we've gotten it done completed the money is going out this major investment will ensure that America continues to conduct more tests than any country on earth by far I said from the beginning that the federal government would back up the states and help them build their

testing

capability and capacities and that's exactly what's happened this partnership has truly flourished we have really had a very good relationship with the states and the governors and other representatives within the states a relationship like I think I can honestly say has not been seen in this country for many many years the governors and us are working together very closely not only in

testing

but on ventilators...
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where we have a capacity that's at this point virtually unlimited and we're sending ventilators as you probably heard from other countries we're sending many many thousands of ventilators to other countries because they're in tremendous need and I think building up a lot of goodwill but much more importantly than that we're saving a lot of

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s most states are now doing a great job my administration located 5,000 machines and 700 labs across all 50 states and governors have learned how to maximize these

testing

resources the federal government is also supporting States with vital supplies quick approvals of new tests and one-on-one coaching from the team here at the White House on how to increase capacity and increase it very quickly in recent weeks we've held multiple conference calls with every state as well as with DC and Puerto Rico we jointly develop

testing

projections and goals for each state for the month of May all together totaling twelve point nine million tests think of that twelve point nine million today I'm announcing that my administration will provide the collection supplies to help States meet their targets and meet them rapidly during the month of May FEMA and HHS will be de

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ring twelve point nine million swabs to States nationwide we already have them the de

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ry will be very quick we're prepared to provide millions of additional swabs if any state is on a pace to surpass its goal and their goals are very high we've...
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set them very high we've told them to set them very high my administration will also provide approximately nine million transport media which are used to transfer swabs to the lab processing a complicated process but we've made it simple as a result of these actions every single state will be able to test more people per capita in May alone then South Korea has tested in four months since the outbreak began this major commitment is possible because of the massive mobilization of American industry including Puritan medical products u.s. cotton Abbott Labs and thermo Fisher some of these incredible companies produced sand produced rapidly for us and their products are here with us this afternoon these are all different products that were literally just developed and if you can imagine that and these are the best machines and the best equipment anywhere in the world and other countries are calling us and we're trying to work as much as we can not only on ventilators but also with

testing

my administration also continues our tireless effort to expand

testing

in the most underserved communities through our partnership with the private sector leading pharmacies and retailers are now operating over 240

testing

sites across the country and that's in addition to all of the other sites that we have working 70 percent of these sites are located in communities with unique vulnerabilities there will be more than 300 sites by the end of this week and retailers are making...
plans to open up hundreds and hundreds more locations within the next 30 days these additional sites are helping us since your access to

testing

and every community my administration is fighting relentlessly to protect all citizens of every color and Creed from this terrible virus the invisible enemy in addition to vast amounts of

testing

supplies my administration is partnered with the private sector to coordinate the de

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ry of more than 90 million n95 masks and these are of the highest quality many are made right here in the United States at capacity we didn't have it all at the beginning 126 million surgical masks likewise many are made here nine million face shields 21 million surgical gowns nine hundred ninety three million gloves and ten thousand six hundred ninety ventilators were building thousands of ventilators in numerous plants all across our country it's incredible actually this global pandemic has inflicted great pain and hardship on our people it should have never been allowed to happen it should have been stopped at the source we mourn for every life the virus has claimed and we share the grief of all of the you who've lost a loved one and that goes worldwide to many many countries 184 countries at least thanks to the courage of our citizens and our aggressive strategy hundreds of thousands of

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s have been saved and we have saved and if you look at on a per 100,000 basis we're at the best part of the pack right on the bottom Germany and US...
are leading the world Germany and the United States are leading the world

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saved per hundred thousand in every generation through every challenge and hardship and danger America has risen to the task we have met the moment and we have prevailed Americans do whatever it takes to find solutions pioneer breakthroughs and harness the energies we need to achieve a total victory day after day we're making tremendous strides with the dedication of our doctors and nurses these are incredible people these are brave people these are warriors with the devotion of our manufacturing workers food suppliers and lab technicians and with the profound patriotism of the American people we will defeat this horrible enemy we will revive our economy and we will transition into greatness that's a phrase you're gonna hear a lot because that's what's going to happen we're going into the third quarter and we're gonna do well in the fourth quarter we're gonna do very good and next year I think we're gonna have one of the best years we've ever had because there's a tremendous pent up demand it's a demand and I'm feeling it I've felt things a lot over in my life and I've made a lot of good calls it's a demand like I don't think I've ever seen there's a pent-up demand there's a there's a spirit in this country like few have seen and I think you can say and we've helped a lot of the country's a lot really a lot...
there's a tremendous spirit all over the world to beat this terrible terrible thing but we're transitioning to greatness and the greatness is going to be in the fourth quarter but it's really going to be next year and it's gonna be a year like we've never had before I really believe that as good as we've done and we've done great we had the best economy in the history of the world not just here but anywhere in the world you can talk Jaina you can talk any other country we had the best economy anywhere in the world and we were going for numbers weather was unemployment numbers well we had our best numbers employment also numbers a little different where we had our best numbers almost a hundred and 60 million people all of that we had the greatest stock market numbers ever I think we're hundred and forty-two days where we set records in a short period of time 152 days we set records in the stock market we rebuilt our military all built in the United States all of our equipment built one point five trillion dollars plus on the southern border the wall is being built it's being built rapidly and now you don't hear the opponent's talking too much about the border they don't like to talk about it because it seemed that we were right on a lot of things one of the things we were right about one of the many things was the border we have a very powerful border now we had one of the best weeks in the history of our border between the...
United States and Mexico our southern border we had very few people coming in very very few almost record low numbers and the wall is being built it's up to 181 miles already it's being built it's being built rapidly people don't talk about it anymore because it's very successful in the area where the wall has built that is a lot still but we want to be up to 450 by very short period of time early next year we should be up to 450 and very shortly after that over 500 miles to be completed but it's had a tremendous impact but again we've had the best numbers the last thing we want now with this pandemic is for people to come across our southern border and again we're doing record numbers meaning record low numbers so I just want to thank everybody and I want to introduce Admiral guar if you could please come up and bread if you would Brad Smith and they're going to do a little explaining as to what we've done with regard to

testing

and how successful it's been and then we'll take some questions after that thank you very much well thank you mr. president for your leadership and for your high expectations that really made this all come together and for the uniform support of everyone in the White House and the administration and Thank You secretary azar for providing his leadership at HHS and allowing both Brad and I the opportunity to work on this project I think it's clear that America does lead the world in

testing

I'll...
go through some of the charts that show that we lead quantitatively I will also suggest that we lead in the diversity of tests which are very important to establish the

testing

ecosystem to keep America safe and clearly as we've said multiple times no one beats America when it comes to quality so let's start potentially with the next slide this may be hard to see but if you look at the line on top that's the total numbers of tests done by the United States no other country in the world comes to the total numbers again as the president has said today we will top over 9 million tests and if you look at per capita everyone talks about South Korea being the standard today we will have done more than twice their per capita rate of

testing

that was accomplished in South Korea no matter how you look at it America is leading the world in

testing

and how did we get there let's look at the next slide next slide please a very important component of how we came to this point was the authorization by the FDA under the leadership of our secretary of many different diagnostic tests of diagnostic devices and now of serology tests so you've heard a lot about the different

testing

and you see some of the machines up here most of the diagnostic tests all but one rely on the amplification of the viral RNA the viral nucleic material and we've talked to you about the diversity of tests they're very high throughput tests that are done at big reference labs like LabCorp...
and quest but very importantly there are also tests and you heard us talk about Cepheid de

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ring over 2 million tests vitally important to rural America's and to places that do not have very large infrastructure you've also seen the Abbott test we've talked about there it is on the left of the president de

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ring about 1.4 million tests as a point-of-care test you get the result within 5 to 15 minutes and we have deployed over 235 thousand of these tests to the state public health laboratories in every state of this country to make sure that that point of care

testing

capability is there to research outbreaks like in nursing homes or in certain industrial capacities and well over 90,000 to the Indian Health Service so they could test at a point of care in remote locations the president also talked about a new first in-class test it's listed there as an antigen base test this is very important and you've heard ambassador birx talk about this multiple times because antigen

testing

although complex is much less complex than the nucleic acid

testing

that we've had Cadell had this authorized by the FDA and as the president said will soon be making over 300,000 tests per day do the math that's nine million point-of-care tests that we will have every month in just a few weeks it will clearly add to into a certain degree transform our landscape which you don't see up here is the important work the FDA did I'm a swab guy now I'm very...
interested in swabs in order to make all these tests work you have to show that a certain swab made of a certain material performed in a certain way de

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rs a highly accurate result and what you're seeing up here is some of the fruits of that labor without the authorizations of for example the foam nasal swab we would be blowing through PPE all across the country because of the need for full PPE just to take a test that has really been changed by this diverse authorization and a recent authorization allows the great manufacturer u.s. cotton to join our foundational injury industry of puritan next slide last week we did over 1.9 million tests and that number is growing and again as the president said and Brad will talk about our state's aspired to do well over 12 million tests over the next four weeks you see the graph growing which you also see very importantly is that little orange bar on the bottom is the cumulative number of positives our percent positives are going down and that's what we want to see in fact in 31 States as of last night the positivity rate is less than 10% which is not a litmus test but is a good idea that we're doing plenty enough

testing

that we can enter phase 1 for careful reopening I also want to take the opportunity to say this doesn't happen by accident I'm seeing everyone in the audience here and I'm so pleased that they can be here people sitting in the front have been working literally 18 to 20 hours a day every...
single day of the week for at least the past two months none of this happens by it happens because their hard work their sacrifice their sacrifice of their family all for a common good and I'm very very honored to consider to you all as my colleagues in my last slide as the president said eleven billion dollars are now being announced to be de

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red to the States for the sole support of

testing

this will give them the resources to partner as they have with the federal government with the president the vice-president the task force with Brad and I to achieve their

testing

goals and we're gonna be very specific and they know it that there needs to be minimum numbers to be planned to test they have to have plans for their vulnerable communities including nursing homes including those who are disabled including those are in prisons or who have working environments that they may have a more likelihood to spread the infection and combined with that it's the secretary's office of minorities health will soon be awarding a large contract to guarantee a national network of state local and community-based organizations to assure that those underserved particularly racial and ethnic minorities are linked to the surfaces they need not only

testing

but in care as well and with that I'd like to hand it over to Brad Smith who's the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation but has really been the chief operating officer to make all of this come...
together Brad Thank You Admiral I want to talk through a little bit specifically the work that we've been doing with the states so as the Admiral mentioned over the past few weeks we've been working with each state to set a target for their

testing

goal for me over the series of a couple of different calls we've aligned on what those goals are and as the Admiral mentioned in the president mentioned they add up to over 12 point nine million tests in the month of May for every state this is greater than two percent of their population in the entire state being tested in May and for many states it's a much higher number than that when you compare this as the president mentioned to South Korea South Korea is actually below that two percent not for a month but for their total test today since the start of the and so our states have come together to set really ambitious goals that were excited to support them in meaning if you go to the next slide as I talked about last time in the

press

briefing

there are really three parts to making sure that a test can happen the first part is the specimen collection supplies the second part is the machines and the third part are the lab supplies that the machines need to run and what we've been working to do is to make sure that each state has all three of those parts to be able to conduct a number of tests the first part is the specimen collection supplies the commercial market today is providing a large number of these...
supplies are ready to States and are ready to hospitals but we wanted to ensure that every state had more than what they needed to be able to conduct a number of tests they're aiming in May so what we've done is we've purchased enough tests to support the state

testing

goals for May and June so we will be sending more than twelve point nine million swabs and over ten million media to the States over the course of May and a similar greater number over the course of June in addition we have several million in reserve so if states are able to exceed their goal in the third and fourth week of May we can provide them even more swabs and transport media and again this is in addition to what's already available in the commercial market if you go to the next slide there are large numbers have been talked about many times a large number of

testing

machines across the country over 5,000 different machines that can conduct these tests the key part is making sure that the machines and that the labs have enough supplies to run the machines there will be in the month of May commercially produced over 25 million test kits which is either the PCR and extraction kits or the cottages to be able to support tests and they're in their effort States in their

testing

effort and what we've been working to do with each state is understand their total goal and each of the manufacturers has been a great partner with us and told us how many tests they're shipping to each lab...
in each state over the course of May and what we know is that in the aggregate the number of tests gives the state is getting is greater than their

testing

goal for the month of May in addition to what the states have already purchased there's over seven million additional tests that remain unpurchased the majority of those from thermo Fisher which is the most common machine in the country so we feel very confident the states will not only have the specimen collection supplies and the machines but also the extraction kits and the reagents they need to be able to hit or potentially exceed their

testing

goals only if you go to the last slide the last piece of the puzzle is making sure that Americans have access to these tests healthcare providers hospitals primary care physicians are already providing these tests today and we for the past six or seven weeks have been partnered with the retailers who have massively been ramping up their effort today there are over 240 retail sites we've been working with the retailer's to make sure that they're specifically targeting low-income and other vulnerable communities across the country and we're talking with them about potentially opening more than another thousand additional sites over the next month or two so we hope that we've put together the right pieces of the puzzle having access points for patients and Americans across the country having the specimen collection supplies needed to take the test having the...
machines and then also having the lab

testing

supplies with the machines so thank you very much thank you very much maybe you'll both stay there could be some questions okay please John go ahead you can't hear me we had a situation here at the White House on Friday where a member of the vice president's staff tested positive for corona virus which is now caused three of the top US officials involved in the corona virus response to self isolate two part question where did the system break down to allow that to happen and where what would you say to employers to look at the experience here at the White House and say are we ready for this I don't think the system broke down at all at one person tested positive surprisingly because the previous day tested negative and three people that were in contact relative contact who I believe they've all tested totally negative but they are going to for a period of time self isolate so that's not breaking down it can happen it's the hidden enemy remember that it's the hidden enemy so things happen but the three tested negative the one who tested positive will be fine it will be absolutely fine yeah John president to to other companies who may look at this and say I don't know if we're ready for all well I think you know we have a lot of people at the White House and we had one basically we had one person so we had a lot of people that work here this building is shocking if you looked at the numbers...
and it's also tremendous numbers of people coming in normally you wouldn't do that but because we're running a country we want to keep our country running so we have a lot of people coming in and out many of those people most of those people are tested depending on what portion of the oval office area they're going in everybody coming in to the president's office gets tested and I felt no vulnerability whatsoever Jen but the two people as I said and three people are they have been tested and it's negative and they'll be probably out of quarantine very quickly okay John if I can follow up on that your staff your senior staff is you just referenced is able to get tested every day when will it be that Americans across the country wheel to get tested every day as they go back to work very soon I mean really very soon it's an interesting question because normally you would have said that you are not tested and you would have been you know knocking us for not getting tested so if we get tested it's a problem and if we don't get tested it's a problem but I like the way your question was phrased better this way because it is a positive we are tested we have great capability you look at all of these machines here they're incredible machines is that the best anywhere in the world no place in the world has this kind of equipment other countries are calling sophisticated countries and they're calling lots of countries and we're...
trying to make as much as we can available to them because there's nothing like what we've been able to do in a literally a couple of months what they've been able to do the private sector what they how they got it done this is a five to fifteen minute test as an example the Abbott Laboratories test these tests are highly sophisticated very quick very good this is things that didn't even exist a short while ago so we do have a great

testing

capability at the White House we're doing it and I think generally speaking we had a call with the governor's the other day generally speaking without exception they were all extremely happy with what's going on with respect to their

testing

Tetris what should people be told to go back to work until they have that assurance that they and their co-workers are able to get which we're still not there we're leaving that up to the governor's as you know and if we see something wrong we'll call him out and we'll stop it but we are leaving it up to the governors some are being not aggressive enough in my opinion and some are being a little bit aggressive but they're being very careful and the people of the country they've learned a lot over the last two months they've learned about social distancing and washing your hands and other things that we've all learned and talked about they've learned about I see everybody just about everybody has a face mask on they've learned about...
face masks the good and the bad by the way it's not a one-sided thing believe it or not but our country has learned our country has been incredible and you see the numbers they're dropping very substantially the numbers are dropping around our country very very substantially so we leave that john up to the governors and i think they're making a lot of good decisions we've had as I said a great relationship with governor's Democrat and Republican and I think overall they're making very good decisions nobody in this group while the ones behind the rope that's interesting please Thank You mr. president you said in your comments earlier we have met the moment we have prevailed to you sir is the mission accomplished even with one point no we've prevailed on

testing

is what I'm referring to that was with regard to

testing

you never prevail when you have 90,000 people a hundred thousand people when you have 80 thousand people as of today when you have this the kind of death you're talking about when you have potentially millions of people throughout the world that are dying that's not prevail what I'm talking about is we have a great

testing

capacity now it's getting even better there's nobody close to us in the world and we certainly have done a great job on

testing

and

testing

is a big is a very big important function by the way some people consider it more important than others to be honest with you but

testing

certainly is...
a very important function and we have prevailed we have the best equipment anywhere in the world ok please yeah there are a variety of reports that Chinese hackers are attempting to steal technology related to vaccine research is this something you're concerned about what can you say so what else is new with China what else is doing tell me I'm not happy with China they should have stopped this at the source they could have stopped it right at the source so now you're telling me the hacking so I just say this Steve what else is new well once you get very closely yeah if I could follow up sir the South China Morning Post the Beijing

news

paper says that China would like to reopen negotiations on the trade deal to make the terms more favorable to them is this something you'd be interested in doing no not at all not even a little bit no I'm not interested we signed a deal I had heard that - they'd like to reopen the trade talk to make it a better deal for them China's been taking advantage of the United States for many many years for decades because we had people at this position right here where I'm standing sitting right in that office the Oval Office allowed that to happen no I'm not interested in that let's see if they

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up to the deal that they signed okay please go ahead mr. president what are your thoughts about a second round of direct payments to Americans that's included in the the House Democratic bill well we're...
talking about that with a lot of different people I want to see a payroll tax cut I want to see various things that we want I want the workers to be taken care of but we are talking about that we're negotiating with the Democrats we'll see what happens but as I said it's a transition and it's a this is really going to be in my opinion we'll see but I think it's gonna be something that's going to be very special it's a transition to greatness and greatness is next year right from the beginning I think we're going to do fantastically well I view the third quarter as I said as a transition quarter it could be pretty good but a transition quarter toward the end of the fourth quarter you're going to see some numbers that are going to be tremendous I think and next year you're going to have potentially the kind of numbers that you saw before and maybe even better because there is that pent-up demand that is you know a lot of people wanted to do things they were ready to do things and they've had to hold back because of the virus so I think you're gonna have with that pent up demand a phenomenal year next year unless somebody messes it up by coming along and raising taxes doubling tripling quadrupling your taxes like a certain party namely the Democrats want to do you'll mess it all up you know we had the greatest in the world i presided this administration presided over it it got great for a reason and we'll do it again...
and we'll do it again very quickly and very easily I see that happening yes ma'am please Thank You mr. president almost everyone as you noted in the Rose Garden is wearing a mask today why haven't you required everyone at the White House to wear masks before now well if they're certain distance from me or there are certain distance from each other they do in the case of me I'm not I'm not close to anybody I'd like to be close to these two gentlemen they're hard-working great men but they just said frankly let's keep it this way so obviously in my case I'm very far away from everyone but if you look at all of those people over there every one of them from what I see these are White House staffers they're White House representatives they're White House executives and everybody has a mask on we've had just about everybody I've seen today has worn a mask yeah are you the one who required that sir yeah I did I did I required it yes please get one at some point soon can you get us some figures on what you're changing to ramp up

testing

wind will that be a true statement exactly and how exactly are you going to accomplish that what's a true statement already we have more

testing

than any country in the world by far but I'll let Admiral go into a little bit of the future when you look at the

testing

numbers that we worked with collaboratively with with the state leadership it's not just with the governor but the...
state health officers the state epidemiologist the public health labs it's really a combination of

testing

those who need something for diagnosis diagnostic

testing

tracing so

testing

those who have been around the people with a diagnosis but the largest fraction of that is really moving into surveillance that is

testing

those who are asymptomatic and when you do the numbers this amount of

testing

on a state to state basis really is in the range that we need to accomplish all of that certainly within the range that we need so it really encompasses those three things the other thing I would say is particularly as we move into the summer there are surveillance mechanisms and I talked about them before like a weather radar and just think about that weather rate are on the influenza-like illness Network which is at about 75% of hot of health care institutions and syndromic surveillance so if we see a blip on that weather radar combined with CDC personnel in every single state and with contact tracers we really run to the fire right and that's when you detect you trace and you shut off that outbreak right when it starts seems to be a double standard here mr. president where members of your own staff can get tests frequently when they need it but ordinary Americans cannot so when will the rest of America have the same access that members of your own White House have to

testing

and you know what if we didn't get the tests if we did no tests in the White House should be...
up complaining why aren't you getting tests for the White House see we can't win because if we didn't get the test you'd be up I understand you very well better than you understand yourself and frankly if we didn't get tests done you'd be up complaining about the fact that we didn't have the test side now that we're doing so well on tests and so quick and so fast five minutes etc and so accurate you're complaining that we're getting too many tests so you can't win go ahead Phil yeah if the president many Americans want to return to their normal

live

s but they're afraid to do so how can you ensure Americans that it's safe to go to their own workplaces when the most secure workplace in the country the white house cannot contain the spread of the corona virus it's infected some of your own staff well when you say some so we have a person and the person got something happened right after a test was done three other people met that person came into relative contact very little contact and their self quarantine that is not exactly not controlling it we I think we've controlled it very well we have hundreds and hundreds of people a day pouring into the White House it's a massive office complex including the very large building right behind us that you know so well so I think we're really doing a very good job in in watching it and I think it's very well contained actually and part of the reason it is because of...
all the tests were able to give but it was one person and the other people were only people there quarantined you understand this Phil they're quarantined for a specific reason the reason is they were in the general proximity of the one person and the one person I believe will be fine in a very short period of time hasn't vice president Pence followed the CDC guidelines of self isolation and and other people who might have been exposed well that I'm gonna have to ask that he will give you that information whatever he is proceeding and doing he will give you that information I'll make sure that they put out a notice John go ahead please mr. president up until now it's thought that the most vulnerable people were those above the age of 60 or 70 or 80 and the children were pretty much I don't want to say immune from this but weren't affected by it but all day long in the

news

today we have been hearing and seeing this terrible syndrome yeah and some 85 children have now three of them have died what is the task force talking about in terms of that and and what could be done about yeah we're seeing that all over the world now with young children very very tiny percentage but it's still it's the swelling and the skin rash and we're looking at that very closely John it's a phenomena that's just been brought to everyone's attention a couple of weeks ago and when you may have something to say about that so thank you for pointing...
that out and again I've said many times I'm a pediatrician and a pediatric ICU doctor on this syndrome which we call or similar to Kawasaki syndrome it has been seen in a novel

coronavirus

before and it's associated with illnesses so we have a very strong activation on this we do know treatments for this but the CDC is act is interacting actively with the pediatric intensive care unit network to create case definitions and to understand how this is going and if their predispositions the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute I spoke to dr. Gary Gibbons who directs that who is advancing many research projects based on that on the asper the assistant secretary for preparedness and response has a team out in several areas looking at if there are any special treatments we know what the basic treatment is but this is a little bit different that we know normally see so there really is an activation among all the branches within HHS working with networks at children's hospitals and ICU nets it is a small percentage but it is quite frightening and this reflects the fact that this virus affects the vasculature we see clotting we see strokes and this is a vasculature phenomena of inflammation we see in children with this newly emerging syndrome now among young children what do you say to parents who would like to get their children back to school but are now what looking at this and potentially afraid to do that well again it's a tiny percentage but you're...
right so we're looking into it very strongly and the Admiral as he said he's known about this for long before this happened but it is a very very small percentage and people recover from that the children recover from that right yes sir most do recover from this but it is a it is a serious and it can be a fatal condition so we do want to make sure that parents understand that high fevers red rashes particularly in your child you may need to contact your health care provider there are treatments for this they work very effectively if if got neroli at least for the vast majority of the cases we're studying that very closely and it's been on the radar for weeks actually because we've seen this for quite a while but it's been very rare but we're we're looking at it very closely it's very important to us I think one of the things were most proud of is this just came out deaths per 100,000 people death so deaths per 100,000 people Germany and the United States are at the lowest rung of that ladder meaning low is a positive not a negative Germany to the United States are the two best in deaths per 100,000 people which frankly to me that's perhaps the most important number there is please go in the back please thank you Thank You mr. president I have a two questions one on the amount a briefcase and one on the corona virus the first on the corona virus the president the vice president is said to be in some sort of self isolating keeping his...
difference from people what do you say to Americans who say how can you how can you keep me safe how can you reopen the government if even the vice president is self isolating and why hasn't

testing

gotten up to the point where every mayor American who wants a test can get a test well the vice president first of all has been tested and he's negative and it was tested yesterday tested today and he's negative he's a very good shape and I think that that's going to be fine as far as Americans getting a test they should all be able to get a test right now if they should be able to get it says that's the problem with a question like that we go through a whole announcement saying when number one in the world by far by a factor of two and even three and four depending on where you're looking and I get a question when will everybody be able to get tested if somebody wants to be tested right now they'll be able to be tested as far as the incident the attorney I think it's horrible and it's certainly being looked at by many people I'm speaking of many people about it he looked I saw the picture of him in his tuxedo it was so beautiful I bet he looks like a a wonderful young guy would have been a wonderful I mean just a wonderful guy I think it's a horrible thing I think it's a horrible thing now with that being said as you know they're studying the case very carefully they're interviewing everybody involved and we'll see...
what happens to me it's a very sad thing I spoke to a number of people that are very much involved in it I've been following that one very closely it breaks your heart to watch it it breaks your heart and certainly the video was a was a terrible looking video to me but you have a lot of people looking at it and hopefully an answer is going to be arrived at very quickly but it's something that is heartbreaking any question about the case if I could ask it and then the specific question I have is you said that there possibly are things that happen that that were not recorded the tape could you expound on what you mean by that in your thought yeah well I saw the tape and when they moved left I don't believe when they moved left outside of the tape nobody saw what was going on nobody saw it's an empty spot on the tape I guess now do they have additional tapes I hope but I will say that it's something that based on what I saw does it look good somebody that I have a lot of respect for is Senator Scott of South Carolina you know who I'm talking about he's a great gentleman he's a great senator is a great gentleman Tim Scott and I called him two days ago I said Tim what do you think tell me what do you think he's very disturbed by it he's very disturbed and I'm very disturbed also please go ahead president

Trump

thank you I have two questions one on

testing

and one on democratic states that you tweeted about first the money for this...
new

testing

support today comes from the Care Act cares Act which you signed into law 42 days ago did your delay in embracing widespread

testing

have anything to do with the desire to sup

press

the official number of US cases and deaths as you try to reopen the country no we just wanted to make sure that we had the proper machinery apparatus and everything else out there before people started wasting money so method of saving money we want to make sure we had even things like this plus they have machines that are far more complex than this they have massive machines at some of the laboratories that can do millions of tests we want to make sure everything was in place okay go ahead and earlier today you tweeted that Democrats are moving slowly for political purposes why do you believe that their motive is politics rather than public safety and how do you respond to criticism that you're also motivated by politics to try to grow the economy ahead of the election well I think that if you look at Pennsylvania as an example if you look at various other states um I won't get into them the people want to go back the numbers are getting to a point where they can and it just seems to be no effort on certain blue states to get back into gear and the people aren't going to stand for it they want to get back not gonna stand for it they want our country open I want our country open too I want it open safely but I want it open don't forget people are dying the other route...
you can go with the enclosed route everything's closed up you're in your house you're not allowed to move people are dying with that to you look at drug addiction you look at suicides you look at some of the things that are taking place people are dying that way too you could make the case it's in even greater numbers so it's a it's a situation that some people and I've noticed that some states could be moving more quickly and also at the same time safety look safety is paramount but people are dying in the lockdown position too and everybody understands that they're just starting to find out and look at what's going on with drugs and look at what's happening with suicides you know please please go ahead so Americans have been self quarantine for several months now social distancing yet we're still seeing about 20,000 new cases a day one to two thousand deaths is there anything else the administration is planning to do to get these new cases under control because we seem to be on a plateau well excuse me there 20,000 the numbers are way down from what they were two weeks ago I mean the numbers are really coming down and very substantially this weekend was one of the lowest we've had this is you know the numbers are coming down very rapidly all throughout the country by the way there may be one exception but all throughout the country the numbers are coming down rapidly I think you see that Admiral now 130,000 cases that go...
through August if that do you agree with those models is that your expectation well the models haven't been exactly accurate these are models done by a lot of think tanks a lot of universities you look at some of the models they've been way up a few of the models have been accurate but as far as the models are concerned if you go by the model we were going to lose 2.2 million people and because we took we mitigated we did things that we're very for our country to do frankly we had to turn off our whole magnificent economy we had to turn down the whole country we're at the lowest of all of the models I mean if you look at I guess that 120 100 to 120 thousand people would be at the low side and we're at there's nothing low look nothing low one is too many people and I say it all the time one person to lose for this is too many people it's a disgrace what happened but if you look at the models we're at a at alone at the lowest of those projections but the models are not models done necessarily by the white house they're models done by many people all over the world and if you take the most respected of those people many of those models are wrong I mean they've been wrong as far as the u.s. is concerned because those numbers are nowhere near what was projected potentially expectation of what the death toll is gonna look like by the summer by there you know what I don't want to think about it even I know that we're doing everything...
we can we're doing a good job we acted very early we acted extremely early in keeping China out of our country and banning people from China coming in other than our citizens which we obviously had to take and they were quarantined or watch carefully they were tested they will watch very carefully but we had about 40,000 people coming in from China from Asia and we had to obviously take the people can you imagine oh I said you're a US citizen we're not going to take you that doesn't work so but they were very carefully I was with Ron dissent as he said they put literally put the people that came in from China in quarantine for a substantial period of time no that was a big decision I think we saved hundreds of thousands of

live

s by acting very early and when I did this I think the Admiral can say it everybody was against my doing it everybody everybody was the professionals the doctors I was pretty much by myself on that one and it was a lucky thing we did it because we saved hundreds of thousands of

live

s yeah plays good Thank You mr. president earlier today the vice president urged governor's to have all their nursing home residents tested why not just mandate that why not require that have you considered that well I I would certainly consider that I will mandate it if you'd like I would I think it's important to do and I think frankly some of the governor's were very lacks with respect to nursing homes it was obvious right from the beginning...
the state of Washington where 26 or 28 people died very early on and I would have said nursing homes and I did say nursing homes that's what they should now some of the states many of the states are doing that but I think all of the states should be they have the capacity to do what they should be doing nursing home that is a real vulnerability the two staffers that were announced last week as

testing

positive are you aware of any additional White House staff no not at all I'm only aware of people that saw them were tested the tests were negative and they're quarantining anyway so please go ahead I wanted to ask are you now or are you considering separating some more with Vice President Prince as a precautionary measure well first of all the job he's done on task force the job he's done frankly as the vice president of the United States has been outstanding and he's a warrior too just like doctors and nurses I mean he is working so hard and he's coming into contact with a lot of people but again he tested negative so we have to understand that but he comes into contact with a lot of people it's something probably during this quarantine period we'll probably talk about I have not seen him since then but I would say that he will he and I will be talking about that yeah we can talk on the phone if I could the president just said that doctor foul Chi dr. Han have tested negative then why do they need to be isolated is there some concern that...
they could be spreading the virus in some ways their concern about the

testing

why do they need to ISIL so this is a very fundamental concept and I'm so happy you brought that up um because it underlies a lot of the questions here if you test negative just at that one point that just means you have tested negative for that point in time we know that the incubation period for this virus can be many days so the CDC guidelines really says that if you're in close contact just

testing

negative on that one day doesn't mean you won't be positive later on so the prudent and the recommended thing to do is to self isolate yourself for the entire period of incubation and really then some so that's what they're doing it's a precautionary manner because they were negative we all hope that they remain negative but if they turn positive in a day or two or became symptomatic that's still possible even with a negative test okay mr. president and one of your mother's day tweets you appear to accuse President Obama of the biggest political crime in American history by far those were your words what crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing and do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him Obama game it's been going on for a long time it's been going on from before I even get elected and it's a disgrace that it happened and if you look at what's gone on and if you look at now all of this information that's...
being released and from what I understand that's only the beginning some terrible things happened and it should never be allowed to happen in our country again and you'll be seeing what's going on over the next over the coming weeks but and I wish you'd write honestly about it but unfortunately you choose not to do so yeah gently I mean what if the crime exactly then you think you know what the crime is the crime is very obvious to everybody what you have to do is read the

news

papers except yours Jon please get a clarification on the on the

testing

we've seen clearly that the numbers of tests of going up there been some advancements in

testing

but you've said twice here today that every American who wants a test can get a test yes that's not the case 1.9 million tests per day is far short of every American that wants a test to be able to I didn't have the Advil but I will say just from listening and hearing like you do we all do not everybody should get a test because they have to have certain things and they're going to know when they're not feeling right those are the people that will be getting the tests but I'd well let you take it from there please so everybody who needs a test can get a test we have plenty of tests for that right right now in America anybody who needs a test can get a test in America with the numbers we have if you are symptomatic with a respiratory illness that is an indication for a test and you can get a...
test if you need to be contact raised you can get a test and we hope and not hope we are starting to have a symptomatic surveillance which is very important again that's over three million tests per week that is sufficient for everyone who needs a test symptomatic contact tracing and to our best project the asymptomatic kind of surveillance we need to get that and that that's the way it is and remember um I I work at HHS I work there every day I don't get tested every day I get monitored for my symptoms am i febrile do I have any other symptoms I wear a mask when I go in that's a safe work environment for the environment we have if I became symptomatic I would get a test and if it were positive I would isolate and there'd be contact tracing to stop that just the way it was done here if I'm not symptomatic I do the precautions as everyone is recommended in phase one and that's the essence of safe to safely opening America and jawed the numbers are coming way down and they're coming down rapidly and that's a beautiful thing to see and that's pretty much universally all across the country they're coming down very rapidly so very important please go ahead if so so Americans who are going back to work shouldn't expect and shouldn't need shouldn't want to have the same thing that people coming to work here at the White House have which is the ability to get tested regularly regardless of symptoms so let me clarify as well...
people who come into close contact with the president get tested on a regular basis okay if I were not in close contact with the president specifically I would not get tested like most people here do not get tested that's a very specific circumstance when I work at HHS I go at HHS I don't get tested I do the exact thing that we ask Americans to do to monitor your symptoms if you are symptomatic self isolate get tested or when our community-based

testing

sites at your hospitals they're even at home

testing

now that has been authorized and and to cooperate that if you need to be contact traced be contact trace and cooperate with your local public health but not everybody who walks in here gets tested every time they do if you're symptomatic here at HHS at a meatpacking plant at a school you need to get tested and the meatpacking plants now are doing very well there's great

testing

around those plants and we're finding out who had the problem they're being quarantined and the Meatpacking is moving along very nicely but they were they were trouble spots they were hot zones definitely please and you know one thing I think it's very important that John just to finish we have now and nobody says it they just don't want to write it by far more tests than any other country in the world not even a contest and the quality of our test is the best anywhere in the world that's very important to say please go ahead to make sure I understand the White...
House's position are you saying that right now you feel there is enough

testing

out of quit

testing

across the United States or do you feel that it needs to be ramped up and by how much if so does it need to be ramped up we've been I think we've been clear all along that we believe in the data indicate we have enough

testing

to do the phase one gradually we reopening that has been supported in the in the president's plan and the task force plan and it has to be a phased reopening nobody's saying turn the light switch on and everyone go because then it would be really impossible to control the spread the spread of the virus you know there are many many models out there the Rockefeller Foundation published their recommendations of about three million tests per week that's exactly what we're doing if you look at our agent based models it's far below that if you take the Safra Center at Harvard and correct their Mis assumptions like on the sensitivity of the test the mitigation processes and how many people get hospitalized you get about that number now I am NOT going to come here and say we can absolutely swear it's God's truth that this is the number we need but we know we have enough to open and we're going to be very careful with our ili net with our surveillance programs and what the data come in to inform us even further as we grow and learn a little bit most days I don't come to the White House to work I either go to FEMA or...
I go to HHS and let me just talk you through what the protocols are there because I would never get tested if I wasn't coming to the White House so every day when we come in we get our temperature taken and we get asked questions about if we have symptoms if you don't then you enter the workplace and then there's hand sanitizer all over the place in rooms that are made for conference rooms they put pieces of paper that say don't sit in essentially every other every third seat to separate people and so there's a lot of precautions that we're taking in the federal government that are separate from

testing

and those are the precautions that the agencies that Admiral Gerar and I are working at every day are using to let us continue working if people want to get tested they get tested we have the greatest capacity in the world not even close if people want to get tested they get tested but for the most part they shouldn't want to get tested there's no reason that they feel good they don't have sniffles they don't have sore throats they don't have any problem if they do feel there's something happening they have the absolute easy in fact Rhonda Santos of Florida the governor's doing a fantastic job in Florida he said he's got a little bit of the opposite problem he's got so much

testing

that people sit around and wait for people to come in that they have far a great over capacity for

testing

and there are numerous other...
states that have told me the same thing that's by the way a good problem not a bad problem okay yeah go ahead please many times that the u.s. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to

testing

yes why does that matter why is this a global competition to you if everyday Americans are still losing their

live

s and we're still seeing more cases every day well they're losing their

live

s everywhere in the world and maybe that's a question you should ask China don't ask me has China that question okay when you ask them that question you may get a very unusual answer yes behind you please sir why are you saying that to me specifically I'm telling you I'm not saying it's specifically to anybody I'm saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that please go ahead okay anybody else please go ahead in the back please it's okay I had two questions the next next place I did and you didn't respond and now I'm calling on the young lady in the back please ladies and gentlemen thank you very much appreciate it thank you very much