President Trump Participates in a Meeting with the Governor of Arkansas and the Governor of KansasJun 11, 2021
Well, thank you very much, it is an honor to have ASA Hutchinson, the
. The relationship with the governor has been very solid. We have sent you everything you need and we will continue. I just talked to Gretchen. Whitmer will go to Michigan at the right time.
kansas, we all know ASA and they have been doing a tremendous job, and also Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas, fantastic state, great people, hard workers, puts Fisher right, hard workers and let's go. We will be discussing various things, I guess everything you can imagine and we have been doing some of these
meetings with the
. The relationship with the governor has been very solid. We have sent you everything you need and we will continue. I just talked to Gretchen. Whitmer will go to Michigan at the right time.
They have a big problem with dams breaking. You see it's a big problem, so we sent in FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers and they're very good at dancing. They're probably better there than anyone else you can think of, right, the Army Corps of Engineers, they've done a fantastic job, and I'm going to Michigan at some point in the not-too-distant future. In fact, I'm going to Ford tomorrow too, now that I think about it, I think they called the governor, they invited the governor, so we'll go out, maybe do both at the same time. I don't want to get in the way.
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However, the solution is because there's a lot of water out there, so it was a bad break, so we'll take care of that in Michigan and Michigan, these are great people and great survivors, when you get down to it, Larry, they've made. We've been through a lot over the years and a lot of car factories are being built there and a lot of good things are happening. The States are opening quickly and safely and we look forward to that and I think we will return. I think we will have very good numbers. I think we will have a big transition period, which is the third quarter.
I think you will have a very good fourth quarter. I think you'll have an amazing year. You may have something to say. About that, Larry, because you just got some numbers that are pretty important. The Congressional Budget Office just remade their estimates and after the pandemic contraction, as expected, in the second quarter, they are looking for a growth rate of 21.5 percent, sir, in the third quarter, actually If it came true, it would be the fastest growing quarter in US history or since the fourth quarter data, over 10 percent and in fact, they now show 2021 at four point two percent, so they have raised your estimates, that would be a really wonderful thing.
They would be big numbers, that's right, it would be amazing to tell you what's happening and that's why the stock markets are so good because there are a lot of smart people who are projecting very good results for this country tomorrow. Would you like to say something? You have these wonderful people here and they would love to hear from you please. Thank you, Mr. President, I appreciate the invitation here today and I appreciate what your team has done for us as we work through this pandemic and recovery. I think one of the most important things that happened was when we put out a cry for help with our meatpacking plants.
Yes, they sent a SWAT team from the CDC that came to southwest Kansas, where we have several meatpacking plants, and really helped us establish the type of system that we needed to have in place to ensure that those plants. our plants were able to remain in production and I am very proud to say that Kansas is one of the few, if not the only, states that did not have to close all of our packing plants. We were able to create a safe environment and we were also able to provide them with assistance and our own living agencies outside of Congress, so because many of the people who work in these major packing plants have lived with many other people, we were able to work with our community colleges and the hotels in that area ratified the quarantine space for people and that worked and our people work very well together after saying your representatives and my representatives really worked well together, they did a good job together and I want to say thank you a little to the Senator Pat Roberts was absolutely instrumental in improving our private health, that's true, that's true, thank you very much, good job, it's like, thank you, sir.
President and thank you for this opportunity to be here. I have enjoyed visiting dr. Burks before and Larry Kudlow on the economy but also the health aspect and I want to say thank you for your leadership in producing food for our country. Ar
kansashas 60 meat processors here in this state of Arkansas, all of them are active none of them are closed, they are producing because we know that the country depends on that production, but your support of that industry has been fundamental and I also want to thank you for your leadership in the economy, the message that you have that we need to get back to work if we need to get back to work is critical in terms of shaping the direction of our country in Arkansas.
Today we go back to work. All of our retail stores are open. All of our retail locations are fully open. Our gyms are open. the barbers are open our restaurants are open now sure they have some restrictions, one third occupancy and things like that and we are emphasizing social distancing but we are at work and the result of that is that we were projecting a 10 percent loss of our sales tax revenue here, ten percent reduction, we're getting the numbers and we're going to be five percent, it's going to be about five minutes, great news and obviously there's a missed bug, we expect it, but we're overcoming all of those projections, including our payroll, so we want to work and we really appreciate what you've done for small businesses, the Payroll Protection Plan that we'll talk about over the course of this
meeting, Laurie Frog, who's here, but also on In terms of testing, just to give you an idea of Arkansas, we have less than 100 hospitalized in Arkansas, we have about 5,000 cases, all cumulative total, active cases are much less than that, but we are increasing our testing because last month everyone They said that 90,000 children could be tested, so we can test 2% of our school population this month, which was our goal.
We'll do 60,000 in May and then we committed to doing it next. In the month of June we will be testing all of our nursing home residents and their workers, and that is our goal for June that will really help the safety of those in the nursing home as well as the staff that are there, but as we do grow the economy. In Arkansas it has to be a national effort because we're not really going to move in Arkansas until New York is strong again and until Kansas and our entire Navy and you mentioned the auto industry, we are the supply chain, so we can.
We won't really produce until they are operational, but a lot of interesting things happened in the state, but it couldn't have been done without the support and partnership we have with their federal agencies who have been very responsive and thank us. Thank you very much, you have done a great job, you have both done a great job and it has been an honor to work with both of you. Thank you so much. It was really fantastic. Any questions please. Well I think if we're talking about mail ballots if people mail ballots there are a lot of illegalities they send ballots they collect ballots you know all about collecting and they do a lot of bad things ideally people go up and vote now if you need a mail-in ballot.
If you need a specific example, like I'm at the White House and I have to send the ballot to Florida, that makes sense, so if you need it for some reason or if someone is unwell, that's one thing, but when you send 7.7 million mail-in ballots there are forgeries, frankly there is duplication with printed ballots or the same type of paper with the same type of machinery and you can't tell the difference and they send thousands and thousands of fake ballots and I say what This The nation cannot follow that path because it is a very dangerous path.
Now we just want a great choice. You've probably heard of this one in California. California 25 Mike García just wants a very big election and that was the ballots and it was the opposite, they won the case of the ballots. He was doing very well because on his ballot, you see, he was way ahead in an area that, frankly, was not expected to be Republican for the first time in 22 years. California Democrat to Republican the first time in 22 years that had happened and they actually put machines there in the last three days because they thought they were referring to the Democrats because they thought that could happen but it didn't but that was a case that was a positive case but voting by mail is very dangerous, there is tremendous fraud involved and tremendous illegalities that are also being transferred to voting by mail due to the pandemic and people are afraid to go vote, well let's see how it turns out everything but They have seven point seven million requests sent.
They have in the state of Nevada. They have tremendous momentum. They have tremendous momentum where you're just hitting your balance. You can not do that. You have to go and vote. People have to check you out. they have to see that it's you, they're supposed to look at you and check you and make sure that, I mean, when you get thousands of ballots and that's what I'm going to do, Vega, because I'm going to bring them in just like the people caught in who knows where. They come from it's so obvious, I mean, frankly, they should have a voter ID, that's what they should have, you really want to know what the country wants, the country wants a voter ID, otherwise it's going to be subject to tremendous illegalities. and fraud, yes, well.
I have very specific funds. I just spoke to the governor, we didn't discuss, we really discussed more the issue at hand plus the dam breach, so we didn't do it, but we will let him know if we have to, he will find out. We will definitely find out very soon if it is necessary. I don't think it's going to be necessary because mail-in ballots are a very dangerous thing, they're subject to massive fraud and, by the way, you know someone on the spot if they have something to say others say or Laura but how could you make your firm people those who know who signs these ballots have a ballot they chose about it they take it out of the mailboxes they go around and harvest cumulatively I guess the word? is harvested and was especially prevalent in California and it's just not a fair situation.
Do you have any comments? Well, I take a course. Arkansas supported a voter ID law, but in terms of the November election, there's a lot of discussion about how we can make it accessible if there's an ongoing concern from the hill's standpoint and we want to be able to use no excuse, absolutely no excuse, absentee voting as one way to do it, but it's still a person-to-person identification of the individual versus mail-in. variety that, as you said, can be manipulated, so we're looking at that, but we believe in engine identification. I think this common sense would tell you that it is massive manipulation that can take place in a massive way, they and you have cases of fraudulent ballots where they actually print them and give them to people to sign, maybe the same person I signed them with different letters, different pens, I don't know, since a lot of things can happen now, if you can, you should go and vote, voting is an Honor, it shouldn't be something where they send you a lot of things and you you return Another thing that happens to many people in certain districts.
Historically, many people in certain districts never get their ballot and stay. going Where is my book? Where is my ballot? Then Election Day passes and they forget about it and that can happen to thousands. I'm not saying it's like that, but I can, it probably is. Are you simply worried about the message you are sending? Do you believe? may withhold funds from Michigan. What is also happening because of these problems with water. What helped Michigan? Michigan is a great state. I got a great deal to go to Michigan. Michigan is one of the reasons I ran.
I was honored in Michigan for a long time. before I thought about it I was honored as man of the year in Michigan and at a big event and I stood up and I remember it so well that I spoke for probably five six years before I even thought about running for
presidentand I stood up and spoke and I said Why do you allow them to steal your car business? You know, we lost 32% of our business in Mexico and a lot of it came out of Michigan and I said why did you let that happen and I asked Michigan a lot of questions.
No, I think it made a big impression and now we have those same auto factories coming back, except in a brand new ER and a big renovation, so I think we'll do very well in Michigan. I guess we just received a survey. That's very good, very good Paul on how we are doing in Michigan and other swing states and in general in the elections, but I won't show you that. I'm sure you can understand it. I won't turn this around. boo says: could you turn it over, but no? I think we're doing very well in Michigan, very good place and I'll be there tomorrow and I guessIt will be tomorrow, but tomorrow I will be there at the Ford plant and maybe I will do the same thing. double stop or I will go back to the dams, but we have to take care of that percentage of the world's population and 30% of the outbreak, what would you have done differently when facing this madness?
I think if you take New York and New York. Jersey, which was badly affected, we were very, very low in morbidity and in terms of deaths, relatively speaking, we are at the lowest level along with Germany, Germany, we, it could have been some smaller countries, maybe I would like . to ask you maybe about if we could have done it, you know, I think the most important thing we did was stop the influx of China into our country and Deborah was a big advocate for that, I mean, in terms of how important that turned out to be. and so was Tony Fauci, they were very, very Tony said that we saved thousands and thousands of lives, that it was a big decision that was made and it was made very early, Denver police, yeah, I think it's always confusing, it's particularly confusing for the American people when we don't.
We do not emphasize the size of our country, we are the third largest country in the world, but each country has a different experience with this virus, so you have to adjust everything to the size of the population, so when you look at Spain and Italy , our attack rates are this virus is identical to other countries that have experienced the type of epidemic that we have experienced, so each country is different, that is why it is necessary to always report the normal data and then you look at the mortality by population and it's true that we've compared it to our European counterparts, they have the lowest mortality, about half of Italy and Spain, so I think it's really important that these two states represent what we've been asking states to do in Kansas. , they found that 50% of their clusters are in nursing homes specific meat packers identified their clusters, found their clusters, took care of those clusters and that was 50% of all their cases in Arkansas. 80% of your Arkansas individuals have recovered with less than 2% mortality, so these are the ones that are really important, we are a big country, but each state is different, but as a country we are different from other countries in the world. world, we will ask questions later about, you know, why are we in certain countries completely safe and I think that is It's always a question that we have epidemiology, but if your country has never had significant infections, you can't compare it to a overall number.
There are several countries in Africa where there are actually almost no outbreaks and then South Africa has a very different outbreak. So each one of these outbreaks is different and that's why you have to be very detailed to understand it and respond to it. You can see that these two states have done exactly what we asked them to do: find cases, contact trays contain outbreaks and ensure that their citizens do as well as possible and that is what these states illustrate and only a few do. they question, so we're in that category along with Germany as the lowest and I think that's a great honor and that includes New York and New York.
Jersey, you've had a very high number, so if you include New York, New Jersey, do everything, if you don't include New York and New Jersey, we work in a class alone with everyone, well, China, tell me. Do you think they write numbers? Do you think China is giving the right number? I don't believe it. I don't believe it. Take a look at the numbers they gave. They were so short. I mean, I saw more problems on TV than they did. We were reporting just looking at a picture, so I don't include China in any numbers because those numbers were not correct, obviously, that has been easily demonstrated and proven, but no, our people have done a fantastic job.
I never, always talk. the fact that our tests are so advanced that it was close to 14 million in the tests 14 million and you would say that John is not China, if I said Germany it would be maybe three, yes, three South Korea, that is a number, tell us what. that number is good, we have been way ahead of South Korea for a long time, yes, Germany has done three million tests, Italy, three million tests, the United Kingdom, about 2.7 million, three million and I think which for us is not only the amount of tests, but what those tests are like. used and I think in both states you can see that they concentrated testing where they knew the outbreaks were and now they are proactively testing and in nursing homes where they believe the outbreaks could be next and finding asymptomatic cases, I think Solo We've learned in the last few months how many asymptomatic cases there are and I think a lot of people initially wanted to approach this as if it were the flu.
You know, most people get the flu or are symptomatic, so I really think our our thinking has evolved, our understanding has evolved, and the states have evolved with us really working in partnership to really change the way we look for cases and I think that that's really remarkable, we're not waiting for people to get sick to find cases now and you know. what they are doing with testing and what they are doing with testing proactively is the way we are moving out of the country and since we can do almost 14 million tests, we have the luxury of being able to be proactive in our testing now , but when you do 14 million tests, you will find more cases if instead of 14 million tests we did 3 million like Germany, approximately 3 million, South Korea, 3 million and they have done a very good job, it is not a blow . but we are almost 14 million, we are going to pass the 14 million version, so you will have more tests if we did 3 million, everyone says, oh, we are doing very well, you know, in terms of cases, we can have more cases if we get 3 million maybe that's what we should have done this if I had done it 3 minutes ago they have very few cases United States is welcome we are finding a lot of people doing tests you are finding people so we are doing 14 German is 23 South Korea 2 3 and I think it's numbers 2 and 3 so we're way ahead of everyone but when you do that you have more cases so a lot of times the fake news media will say you know there.
There are a lot of cases in the United States, well, if we didn't test at a level that no one would have ever dreamed of, we wouldn't have a lot of cases, so we're finding a lot of cases and we're doing a great job. Once we find it, thank you very much, a lot of our tests compared 4% per capita, so some of the states, some of the European countries, they are between 4 and 5% and I think our goal is to ensure that we can find them and I. I think that's really our focus right now: working with each state to help them identify where these groups are coming from historically and then proactively looking for those groups, identifying them early and finding the asymptomatic individuals before and after, no one intends to distribute them. .
I always want To be very clear, it's a dramatic patient that people don't know what to expect, so together we're really working to find them and I think it's a unique challenge and I think together we're making progress and you know. when you look at per capita, this amount per capita is equal to per capita relative to what, but you can look at almost any category and we're really at the top, which means positive in per capita terms: they've done a great job. Please, Republican lunch, you were complaining about the CDC and the delay in rolling out testing, do you think they gave you that fake news?
Robert Redfield is doing a good job leading everything I do as fake news. Caitlin fake this, you didn't come. to CNN, well you know you're asking me a know-it-all question at the beginning and, again, I didn't put the CDC in there. The CDC has been there long before if the Trump administration came in, but they did a test to see if anything happened to it. it was dirty, it was dirty or frustrated, but it was a problem, a short-term problem, it lasted about a week and then they resolved it and, frankly, the bottom line is and this was done outside of the CDC, this was done by private companies and people we're involved in and what we've done, you know, you look at the numbers.
I know you don't like to talk about the numbers of what we've done, but yes, during the first week they had a problem with the CDC because something went wrong with one of the tests and it can happen. I don't blame the CDC for that. I don't think I did a very good job. I think my entire team has done a very good job. I think it's not my responsibility. they were there, the CDC has been there for a long time, there is great talent at the CDC, I deal with them, so now what you are saying is fine, we have done 14 million tests, so we can't hit the
presidentwith that, so let's go.
Going back to the first week, the CDC did a really good job, no, and I didn't say anything bad about the CDC at the meeting, in fact we had a very good meeting, the Republican Party, the senators, I think pretty much everyone was there, I think you We had 53 people there and we had a great meeting, we did great things for the country, we are helping people with stimuli, we are giving money to people who need it and we are going to open up very big, we are going to open up. I call transition to greatness, that's what it is, it's a transition to greatness and when Larry Kudlow tells you the numbers, those are really surprisingly good numbers so early, I mean, we're doing very well, I think it's going to be something special.
The two governors we invited did a fantastic job. One turns out to be a Democrat and one a Republican, but I think I worked at UPenn on most of those calls. Lauren. I think we can say that the Democrats have been so It's good what we've done as Republicans and it's been fantastic, and you know, Laura, I know that she will speak her mind and so will some of the others, and if she wasn't happy , I would let you know what we have done. great job, we have gotten along very well with the Democrats, the Democratic governors and we have gotten along very well with the Republicans, it has been a tremendous thing to witness and we are doing it, but we are doing a fantastic job and you have been fantastic Deborah, I have to say that you have been working 24 hours a day and I hope that people appreciate what you are doing, but I do, thank you very much.
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