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my condolences and we're with you till the end it's a tough deal i was a bad bed level 5 that was a bad group that's as high as it gets it's a bad tornado grouping something that's something amazing the power the horrible destructive power states United continues to make critical progress in our war against the virus over the weekend. The number of new daily infections remained stable across the country. Hospitalizations are slowing in hotspots like New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Louisiana. the virus is working and that the Americans are following the guidelines, what they have done has been incredible, looked at the graphs and the graphs are and the models from the beginning, the predictions, we are 100 and 120 thousand people, it seems that they did right. unfortunately we will perish and hopefully we will be well below that number, so it will be a sign that people are doing things right, but it is still horrible.
Worldwide, 184 countries, all of this is a tribute to our wonderful advisors and healthcare experts who have been with us from the beginning. We appreciate it very much. we go further thank you very much Tony please Thank you mr. president, just a couple of things and then i just want to make a comment about something that happened yesterday that you will hear from dr. Burke soon on the numbers we've been talking about how things are starting to even out and I think the further we go each day I think we'll see and again I never like to get ahead of myself or Dr. .
Burks, but it seems like even though we had a really bad week last week, remember when I was talking to you before I told you this was a really bad week, there's still going to be a lot of deaths, but we're starting to see in some areas now that kind of of flattening particularly in a place that was a hot spot like New York that's the first thing the second thing is I had a really very productive conversation with the Congressional Black Caucus this morning for about an hour and I really wanted to know what exactly we're going to do short and long term on health disparities and discrepancies in both infection and poor outcomes in minorities in general, but specifically in African Americans, and I made that very clear. to them that what we need to do is focus on getting resources where the vulnerable are to be able to test to be able to get the proper identification, wear a proper suit, and where appropriate isolate and contact trace if we can, but also to help to mitigate in a community that is suffering and suffering much more disproportionately so I just wanted to understand that the other point I wanted to make is I had an interview yesterday where I was asked a hypothetical question and hypothetical questions can sometimes get you into some difficulty because it is what would or could have been by the nature of the hypothetical question if in fact we had mitigated sooner good lives have been saved and the answer to my question was as always do and i am doing it right now in all honesty say yes I mean obviously if the mitigation helps. you saved more lives if you started it later you probably would have lost more lives you started it at a certain time that was taken as a way that maybe somehow something was here so let me tell u from my experience and i can only speak for my own Our experience is that we've been talking before any meeting we've had about the pros and cons, the effectiveness or not of strong mitigations, so the discussions were mostly among clinicians about what that would mean the first and only time that The doctor.
Burks and I went in and made a formal recommendation to the chairman to really close a listing in the sense that it not really close but really have strong mitigation we discussed it obviously some would be concerned that in fact that might have some negative consequences however the president listened to the recommendation and went for mitigation the next second time i went to dr. Burks on the president and he said 15 days is not enough we have to go 30 days obviously there were people who had a problem with that because of the potential side effects however at that time the president followed the health recommendations and we extended it another 30 days, so I can just tell you what I know and what my recommendations were, but clearly, as happens all the time, there were interpretations of that answer to a hypothetical question that I just thought wouldn't be very nice for me to clarify because they didn't.
I don't have a chance to clarify. Thanks. You know I'd be honest with you. I don't even remember what the date was, but I can tell you the one and only time I went in and said we should mitigate. emphatically the answer was yes we will, no the travel restriction is separate i.e. whether or not we wanted to move to a mitigation stage of 15 days of mitigation travel was another recommendation when we went in and said probably probably we should be doing that and the answer was yes and then again we should do it with Europe and the answer was yes and next time we should do it with the UK and the answer was yes no it was not that was the wrong choice of words you know what which was when people argue not necessarily vs present when people argue they say well you know this will have a damaging effect on this or that so that was a poor choice of words.
Nobody says no, you shouldn't do that, no, I'm doing it. Everything I do is voluntarily. when on January 6, well before the dates you speak of, the CDC issued a travel advisory for Wuhan, China, an advisory even before there was a confirmed case of the virus in the United States, that's January 6 January, everything is documented because we have it. a lot of fake
newsI like to document things January 6th Well before the dates we are talking about, the CDC issued a Wuhan travel advisory for Wuhan on January 11th. We have zero cases in the United States.
Zero. We don't have any cases, so there are no reported cases. We know if this is January 11th. the cdc issued a level 1 health for health travel advisory while there were no confirmed cases yet so we had no cases people want me to act im supposed to shut down the economy economy and world history and not we have a confirmed case in the United States which is on January 11 On January 17, the CDC began implementing public health entry controls at the three major airports in the US that received the highest volume of passengers from Wuhan , following my instructions, there was not a single case of the corona virus in the United States, so on January 17 there was not a case and the fake
newssays: oh, you did not act fast enough, remember what happened because when I acted, Nancy Pelosi criticized me and sleepy Joe Biden criticized me. d by everyone, but in fact they called me xenophobic.
I asked Biden to define that for me the Democrats and a few others, not many others, actually called me something else, so the media definitely now January 21 is way before the time. we're talking because when Tony Tony is talking I think he's talking about late February on January 21 okay we're still early there was a case of the virus at that time we call it the Wuhan virus right Luhan there was a case in the entire United States we had one case all of this is documented or it all comes from you much of it comes from your people on january 21 the cdc activated an emergency operations center there was only one case one person that's why that announcement was so false, there was one person in the United States, you know they use it, there is only one person that Saber was made at that time, one case in the entire United States, one case, I'm supposed to shut down the government, the largest largest economy in the ry history of the world turn it off we have a case seven cases were on january 31 now on january 21 there was a case no person had died here in that state right no person so we have this massive country the united states of america us We have the largest economy in China by far because of what we've done in the last three and a half years before the virus, but including the virus, we have the largest economy the largest economy we've ever had. the highest employment figures the best employment figures the best unemployment figures also the best of all so on january 31 think about it not one person has died nobody nobody that none john you don't think you'll find anything this is reported by cdc confirmed for the news that means nothing to me because they don't tell the truth but cdc reported on january 31 that no person has died and i issued a travel restriction from china think about it so no one died and i issued that you may not arrive before n you so we don't have no one died and i said china you can't come in i'm sorry because i saw what was going on it wasn't so much what they told me it was i saw what was going on and i didn't do it i didn't like it but i didn't talk to tony about it, I didn't talk to many people about it, I didn't like it, so what did I do?
Ready January 31 in the United States. The Wuhan virus, so I issued travel restrictions and that date even though no one died and I was brutalized by the press because it was too soon. I shouldn't have. in the last four years I was doing well before I decided to go into politics, but I guess I'm doing well because to the best of my knowledge, the President of the United States, despite the things that are said, then first the mandatory quarantine. in over 50 years we made mandatory first in 50 years the same restrictions that the democrats in the media call ed xenophobic now Joe Biden said he's racist call me racist because I said we're shutting down three of china we're shutting it down he called me xenophobic and called me a racist and other stuff since then on a Friday night two weeks ago Joe Biden aired and he says it wasn't him he didn't write it I'm sure he doesn't even know it aired but the people on his campaign who were smart people who writes his little PR he posts a pretty smart reasonably good nothing the best but they're not bad but they put out a statement saying Joe Biden agrees the press said President Trump was right to shut down China now that he did although he aired it on a friday night we all have heard of john friday nights, in fact his was later on friday night i posted mine on friday nights night, okay, so he did it pretty late.
I know it's pretty late anyway, so Joe Biden cast and it's one of those things, but in February, Nancy Pelosi said we should come to Chinatown. This is at the end of February. Come to Chinatown. We think it is very safe. Come here. this action early and then the story in the New York Council is a total fake it's a fake newspaper and they write fake stories and someday hopefully in five years when I'm not here all those papers go out of business because nobody is going to want to read them but now they like them because they write about me now with that I have a couple of interests and we have some clips that we are going to put we could turn down the lights a little bit I think I will find them interesting and then we will answer some questions.
I will ask you some questions because you are very guilty, but forget it, but the most important thing is that we will return to the reason why we are here, which is success. we are good please could you upload it people should be more concerned right now with the flu in this contract, more concern about the corona virus because they are hearing a lot of news about it right now, but the reality is to compare it with the flu for example , it's not even close to being at that stage what if it's worse is this a time where maybe countries put politics aside for a bit of pride and do we have US officials in case US professionals like you get involved?
How concerned should Americans be about the
coronavirustoward a virus? because one of the main ones is the United States, well we have asked them to speed up what they are doing in terms of a vaccine, we will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days to unleash the full power of the federal government. government of this effort today I am officially declaring a national emergency Medicare patients can now visit any doctor by phone or video conference at no additional cost the first 1 million masks will be available immediately And as there were more cases and it was clear that it was spreading Outside of China, where it originated, the president took this move for which he was widely criticized by Democrats and even some Republicans at the time he halted a series of flights from China. to the US the idea was to stop the spread of the disease keep transmissions to a minimum they accused him of xenophobia they accused him of making a racist move at the end of the day it was probably effective because he actually took quite aggressive action against the spread of the virus your team is working they've been responding late night early morning and so far they've been doing everything they can do and I want to thank you and I want to say I appreciate you returning calls reaching out you've been proactive we've got that shipof mercy here in Los Angeles that was directly because he sent it here 2,000 medical units came to the state of California these FMS these field medical stations and that has been very, very helpful the president has been outstanding through all of this the vice president has been very receptive top members of the
forceask us if we could make it so New Jersey could have access to a portion of the beds that are in the US and as a convenience and the president came back and called a few minutes before I came in here to say that they would actually give that to New Jersey, so that's a big step for us on top of all the other capacity that the News has literally taken out of the press and I appreciate the president and vice president who are on the call together, the President Trump approved Arizona's applications for presidential ma For the disaster declaration, I want to thank the president for a quick response .
We applied for this on a Wednesday and got approval on Saturday morning. We are grateful to the administration for their continued support and responsiveness. Well, first of all, I want to thank the president. vice president for doing a really good job reaching out to all the governors so we can give you hundreds of clips like that of governors including democrats or democrats as i call them governors which is actually the correct term we could give you hundreds of clips like we have them , we didn't want this to go on too long but i just want to say it's really sad when people write fake tours like in that case i guess it was mostly got from the new york times which is a highly i mean if they had laws against smear they would have been out of business before they even end up shutting down so that's too bad but we could have given you the statements we have hundreds of f statements hundreds of statements even from democrats and democrat governors and if you look they all said that we need fans we need you to know that here more fans have all the fans they need, in what you had We are right we said you are asking for too many you don't need that and in all fairness these two people here dr.
Burke's doctor said I don't think they need that many ventilators I said I agree at one point and I'm not a doctor in New York for this but they ask you to remember 40,000 ventilators and that's more than they have in the entire country and we got them lots of ventilators and no one complained we got them as you know beautiful we built hospital rooms all over the country louisiana governor john bel Edwards who was very nice said you know what you don't have to build a second hospital because good news is happening no they can fill the beds they needed two hospitals we built one it was perfect we're getting it we were just starting the other one i called him i said you think we should build the second one i don't think you'll need it he said let me come back he came back we didn't need it with Governor Cuomo in all good spirit and faith, wanted to finish the Jacob Javits Center and we built 2900 amazing beds so he did it. acemos we did it kov in me or to be exact kovat 19 and that was a lot of work we had to change the ductwork we had to seal certain areas we had to put ceiling areas over the beds we did a lot of work and we had but never really had much use for it and they also called the mayor de Blasio rightly called and said it would be possible to get more medical help so now they are not just building facilities with them they ask us for help because I can't handle it and we got it to help.
We got a lot of help from Mérida Blasio, then when the Javits Center wasn't used much and then, as you know, Mercy we took Mercy and we took the comfort and we did them. both in Los Angeles and New York we made them adaptable to kovat which was not easy to do and we sent almost no people there they didn't need it at first because they didn't need it for anything other than this because there are fewer accidents their motorcycles its everything and what we did was like an amazing job but they didn't need it it turned out they were there we were ready you know the expression they have an expression ready willing and able we were ready willing and able what the Army Corps of Engineers did was It was a miracle what FEMA did it was a miracle what the doctors did so two days ago I received a call from the mayor of New York, he told me that he could help us even more with medical personnel and we sent him there were 448 doctors, nurses and experts respiratory real experts and I got a call from the mayor and he said I want to tell you amazing these people are amazing he said they lifted the spirits of the hospital workers New York City ital like nothing I've ever seen before, it was amazing, what he said was really appreciated and I left them. i know i let the military say they went in there so brave so amazing it lifted everyone's spirits we did all this work but when you read the fake stories no one no one acknowledges helping and it doesn't have to be acknowledge from my point of view but it has to be recognized for the great work these Army Corps of Engineers nurse doctors do. no one is asking for fans except outside of our country outside of our country they are calling me from all countries they are calling me from so many countries and I will try to help them because we have thousands of fans under construction but no one is asking for fans no one is asking for beds because we build hospitals I think we billed 20,000 beds in a period of a couple of weeks the work they have done is incredible with all that being said I get along very well with the governors and yes mike pence had a call today with the governors and it was like a 10.
I said how it was he said it's 210 he used one of my expression sections but he said it was like a 10 and I'm sure you guys were probably in the kolo t which you weren't supposed to be but you were sitting in the someone's office listening to it because any time we have these, you know and you will know that for weeks those calls have been very good, but there was no loud voice. t even a statement that we think you should do this or i heard it was like a perfect phone call it might not be reported that way they'll say i thought someone maybe raised their voice a little bit didn't even raise their voice my only my only point to send this because i want to get back to why we are here these amazing people who have done a great job have not been treated unfairly by the press they are so wrong we were way ahead of schedule and please remember this because time, sir, it was fake, but all remember this, everything we did.
They criticized me because I arrived too early. I would have been criticized you know criticize d for being too early, so with all that said, we get it. I think I have educated a lot of people about the press and I would love to say that we have a very honest press. Honestly John it was nothing I would be more proud of if the press worked and I don't mind being criticized but not when they're wrong not when the people have done a great job yeah I've never seen a video like that in this room I know It looks a bit like a campaign ad that produced that video where it was made by a group in the office and was made by simply putting together a few clips.
I could give them. I bet I have over a hundred more clips. even better than them they were rebuilt in the last two hours that was just oh we got so much better than that that's nothing compared to someone who produced here at the White House yeah this was done by a Dan and a group of people and they just put it together in a period of probably less than two hours do you feel the need for them to do that because we get fake news and I like them to correct it they are saying what a great job we are doing and the media these are the governors of California Governor of New Jersey Governor of New York Look at New York We work very closely with Andrew on the New York ventilators we're going to be a problem we don't they didn't have a problem we got them a lot of thousands but we got them a big amount of ventilating you don't hear fans their problem beds was going to be a problem I mean I'm happy about it the Javits Center which is amazing is almost empty because they don't need it that's good news not bad I'm you know I'm not saying geez I wish more people were there I don't want more people there we brought in the boat we brought the comfort and originally the comfort was not supposed to be not for this at all the karana virus wasn't supposed to be for this at all they called they said you can we got it that was several weeks ago we said we don't think you do need it but if you need it we will then they said can you get medical staff to run the Javits Center?
Could you get the medical staff to run the ship? We said that if necessary, we will do it and we did it. military personnel those are the ones that Mayor DeBlasio was so good to in terms of his statements I mean I really appreciated his statements he was so impressed with them and I to the level of genius and bravery they are great people the military and we. piece that as a whole I would say took less than two hours that was done in st this was produced by government employees by people here in the White House this style of campaign I'll use the word produced all they did was do a few cartwheels and they just ran them for you and the reason they did it is to keep you honest now i don't think that's going to work it's not going to have any impact but just think about it did you hear the clips did you hear what i said they said he acted late shutting down the country some people w ish we never closed it now if we hadn't lost it hundreds of thousands of people you know interesting so i'm against it we did the right thing what we did was right if we closed a long time ago here do you think everything you did was right look the governor should have had fans they chose not to have them we were able to get fans you haven't heard other than you know there was a lot of panic a lot of screaming ga Let's say Finley they got the ventilators he doesn't have them anymore and the surge is supposed to come now and if they need ventilators John we have almost 10,000 that are ready to move we have people that are on those ventilators right now if they needed 2,000 in New York, which you don't have, but if you did, we can have a grouper in less than 24 hours.
We are ready to rock. regular we could talk about this but all i'm doing ng is this i could have given you like that's four or five clips we just played. I could have given you hundreds of people. I mean, Gavin was on TV two days ago with one of your competitors singing prayers. He says look you know the question was asked in a negative way he said look I know what you mean but what we've said but it's been very good it's hard for me to say actually it's impossible for Me say Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, I have a lot of clips of whatever I have some clips of Anthony that I didn't want to put up that were really good I think Anthony would be the first to say when I closed the country to China when I closed the China band what you want to Call him Anthony said I saved a lot of lives doing that I mean am I right?
I don't want to put words in Anthony's mouth, by the way, and I like him today. I enter. I heard I'm going to fire him. I will not fire. I think he is an excellent police officer and dismiss. I retweeted someone. hey he said away it doesn't matter that's someone's opinion oh that's a pinion and you know that was thought of that I said I'm not going to fire effective friends of USQ in the office and the PR office called me right away and I said no, I like them, I think it's fantastic because this was one person's vision, not everyone is happy with Anthony, not everyone is happy with everyone, but I will tell you that we have done a job like no one has ever done, the mobilization , getting teams, all the things we've done no one has ever done a job like this we have 50 governors and territories by the way people never mention that we have territories we have 50 governors and territories and a lot of those governors are Democrats and they can't find something to complain about and honestly a lot of them didn't do their job i'll let you know one day we'll see what happens but i'll let you know who isn't doing their job i can tell you the ones that are good so To Republicans like Democrats and those who don't know what they're doing, but we help some of those who don't know what they're doing, they should have had their own reserves and now if they want we can build them reserves of ventilators. the hardest thing like a fan because it's expensive it takes a while to get it we got it and no one believed we did it now many of the governors were asking for too many and we said they were asking for too many we talked and told them you told them very
forcefully they just don't need me you said they don't need that many beds deborah so that's it steve ok you're on the same page yeah what happened from the beginning i don't know what it is exactly but if i put in someone's opinion you know i don't mind the controversy , I think controversy is a good thing, not a bad thing, but I want it to be honest controversy now, whenI got a call, I got a call not very fast and no one you know saw that it was a big problem, they said how are you, what a doctor, fat man, I said I'm fine and I didn't talk to the doctor. even or until we just got there doctor foul she asked one of the people if she could get up and talk and she did and they totally misunderstood it i saw what they did she said the question was hypothetical but what she was just acknowledging is that lives would have saved if mitigation practices had been put in place earlier, that seems obvious, wouldn't you agree with that?
Yes, since I know what she's really saying, but how could she have? you as you close it you have no death hs and no cases on january 11 doctor i would recommend closing the United States of America oh this must be terrible how many cases we don't have how many deaths we don't have on january 17 go back another week on January 17, this is ten days before. I did it a little less than ten days before I did the ban. I banned China. Do you think it was easy? I didn't ban Europe and a lot of people said it was an amazing thing because you look at Spain and by the way we're doing really well because when you look at all those flat graphs and add it up the United States is very low and the per capita was very low , we are doing very well, but how do you close the United States of America, so on January 6 there are no deaths when on January 11 there is no this and you note that there are no cases on January 17 there are no cases there are no cases there are no deaths I am supposed to close the United States of America when I have no cases on mid March I closed from China sorry I closed it from China and by the way some people think I should have waited longer and maybe got over it.
I don't agree with them, okay, but it was contrived. I mean it was an alternative. I'll give you the good news if he had done that, I think it would have been catastrophic because his numbers are somewhere between 1.6 and 2.2 million people. Don't say 2.2 million Divide it more than half Say a million people died well That's a lot more than the Civil War Divide it in half Take the million and divide it in half That's 500,000 people would have died now that number we would have arrived well that would have been easy to reach if we hadn't done anything so we did the right thing and our timing was very good but here's the one thing and you gotta say this when you ask me why you didn't do this how come when did i do it? china ban and some very very instituting some very hard th How come Nancy Pelosi a month later is in Chinatown saying let's go all March?
This is not going to happen. How come we have a lot of the pundits from CNN and a lot of other networks for people to watch a network? I personally don't but we have CNN we have many other places and everyone says you don't need to do it you don't need to do it all I'm saying is this how do you shut down the largest economy in the history of the world when on January 17 you have no cases and no deaths when the January 21st has one case and no death one case think about it now we're supposed to shut down the country but this is what happened when January 31st I instituted the ban Joe Biden was crazy he said you don't need the band no you're going to meet no prince like him he didn't even know what the hell the ban was but he didn't go crazy but he said he called me Xenophon in a minute he called me xenophobic he called me a racist because since then he apologized and said I did the right thing So when you say why didn't you do this all the democrats thought I made a mistake when I did it saved tens of thousands maybe hundreds of thousands of lives paper you bought the argument is you bought something long time you don't use it to prepare hospitals you didn't use it to increase testing so you're so embarrassing it's so embarrassing the way you said it let me just listen to it i went through it just no one thought we should do it and what i did what do you do what do you do when you don't you have case in a whole united states when you hear sorry you reported it zero cases zero deaths on january 17th daniel i said on jenny or on january 30th a lot and in fact we will give you a list of what we did in fact part of who was there we did a lot you know it's fake you know your whole network the way you cover it is fake and most of it and not all of you except the people wise to you that's why you have an approval rating lower than ever before probably three times and when you ask me that question let me ask you this why did he invite why not why did biden apologize why did he write an apology letter careful oh thats important enough why the democrats thought i acted too fast you know why because they really thought i acted too fast we have done a great job now i could have kept it open and i could have done what some countries that are taking a pretty bad beating are doing i could have kept it open i thought i would keep it open because no one has ever heard of shutting down a country, the United States of America, but if it had done that, we would have had hundreds of thousands of people who would be dead right now, we've done well. and we've really done it well the problem is that the press doesn't cover it the way it should go one more question steve God has a debate about what authority do you have to order the reopening of the country what authority do you have well I have the ultimate authority ima, but we'll get into that in a minute we're going to wrap this up we'll tell you other things we've done right but I'll say this if we had said let's keep going and don't do it closing if it's 2.2 which at one point they predicted as an outside or one point six at a lower number, you bring it down to six or seven or eight hundred thousand takes just a fraction of the number that could have literally happened, it would have been more than the civil war, it would have been a disaster, so the minimum number was hundred thousand and I think I feel pretty good that we're going to be substantially below Anthony's hundred thousand and I hope we'll be fine, so today the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing five new contracts s to acquire a large number of additional ventilators under the Defense Production Act which we used a lot, by the way, which he didn't like to talk about, in addition to the 1,300 we received t Today we received 1,300 additional ventilators.
Now we probably won't need them, but we can add them to our pool, which is very large, and we can move them in case there is a surge and in case it is a very large increase. we are ready to be ready to rock the contracts are with General Electric Hill ROM Medtronic rest med and VY air combined with the DPA contracts we announced last week with General Motors and Phillips and two other contracts with Hamilton and salt we are adding six thousand one hundred ninety ventilators to the strategic national reserve of which we have many thousands already close to ten thousand but this will be added before May 8 another 29,000 by the end of May and over 120,000 in total we will by the end of the year now we are going to help other countries we're going to help states if they need we can help some states get through here you know they're supposed to buy their own reserves they have state reserves they're supposed to or be using that and unfortunately most of the States weren't there and a lot of people didn't want to talk about it, but they weren't there, we'll talk about that at the right time if you want.
At this point, I am more focused on getting through this nightmare of an epidemic or pandemic, whatever you want to call it, we have to get through it. No one who has ever needed a fan does not have a fan. Think about it. ventilators because they didn't have them because the state should have had it no one who needs a ventilator hasn't gotten a ventilator no one who needs a hospital bed has been denied a hospital but that's not even our responsibility now if we can help we will, but that's where the Army Corps of Engineers did a great job we built over 20,000 beds in fact we built thousands more than we really needed to be safe we wanted to be safe and they really rose to this incredible occasion I want say we built more beds than we thought we thought in Louisiana we were getting heavy and again when I called the governor I said maybe we shouldn't build that second hospital because we don't want to build it if he doesn't need it He called back and said no I think we need it.
They had a thousand rooms, a thousand beds and they used a lot of them, but they didn't need the other one, so we stopped it because we don't want to. waste, but we are prepared to build thousands more if we need to. I don't think we're going to need it because it looks like we're plateauing and maybe even in many cases going down, plus we've ordered a total of 60 mobile decontamination and contamination systems so the Patil decontamination system in Ohio is an amazing thing because take the masks and up to 20 times you can decontaminate a mask and I've been asking all along why can't we sterilize and disinfect these masks and it turns out we can and there was a great company in Ohio that is a great team and they're doing it now and now we're going to have over 33 million n95 masks a week being cleaned and decontaminated and it's going to be great it's something that frankly I think people should have thought of a long time ago five more flights landed today as part of the project airlift, our massive airless lift operation to bring personal protective equipment to the United States, now being delivered almost midway io million n95 masks, 370 million gloves, 25 million surgical masks and for five points. nine million gowns so we have millions of gowns, gloves, masks, all the surgical equipment coming in just in case states need it, now the state where states are supposed to buy their own products but in case they need it we are ready to give it to them because we are hoarding our stock again like crazy remember it's me and you saw the stories I inherited this management Mike himself all of management we inherited a stock where the cupboards were empty there was nothing and I say so and I'll say it again like we didn't have ammunition we didn't have medical supplies we didn't have ventilators we didn't have a lot of things that they should have had and you can read your own stories about that because you know what happened they didn't want to spend the money but we did it until the To date we have facilitated the supply of more than 38 million n95 masks across the country this week we will ship two million n95 masks for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the vice president will go into more detail he has a lot of detail about it and I think it's a pretty amazing story we already have a lot of masks in stock and we have more to come we are further expanding hospital surge capacity in key areas of the opening and we have a portion of certain VA hospitals and non-vet coronavirus patients including East Orange New Jersey Medical Center as well as facilities in Manhattan Brooklyn are ready, capable, beautiful hopefully we won't need too much of any of them because frankly we built everything the governor wanted and in many cases it's too much we told him it was too much but we wanted to err on the side of caution the United States has now done almost 3 million tests for the virus three million, the most of any nation, we are conducting approximately 115,000 tests every day and our test rate ebas is especially high in the areas hit hardest by the virus if you look and that's really and it has hit some areas the virus very, very hard for example per capita testing in New York is higher than the rest of the world , the NIH CDC and the FDA are also currently validating several antibody tests that will allow us to determine if someone has already had the virus and has potentially become immune to infection.
Antibody tests may be very exciting in the coming short as many things unfold as we speak in the race to develop effective treatments, the pharmaceutical company Gilead has announced. that his drug room des aveer has shown very promising results in compassionate use settings, plus the fda has just granted emergency clearance for a device that removes certain proteins from the bloodstream, possibly preventing the patient's immune system from patient overreacts to the virus and damages vital organs, which is a big problem; Also, in the last seven days, my administration has deployed approximately 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine from our national stockpile, we have millions of doses that we purchased and many people are using them across the country and recently a friend of mine told me that I improve from the use of that medication so who knows and you have combined it with z-pak you combine it with zinc depending on the recommendation of your doctor and having very good results I will tell you what you think of any recommended person other than me the place will be used to be honest honey i think the fact that i recommended it and set it up correctly doesn't come back much but it's a lot of good things are it's happening with a lot of good evidence scientists are also looking at a blood therapy known as plasmaconvalescent convalescent plasma this therapy uses antibodies from the blood of recovered patients to treat those who are sick and this is something that is actually a very old procedure but it is done in a very modern way during this difficult time we are also working to ensure for the 2020 census to be completed safely and accurately, we may ask for an extension because obviously they can't be doing much right now, they wouldn't be allowed to do it, so the census we're going to ask for a delay, a delay important.
I think how is it possible that they are knocking on doors for a long period of time? Now, the Census Bureau recently made the decision to temporarily suspend its field operation. data collection activities to help stop the spread plus while millions of americans continued to fill out their online questionnaire the Census Bureau says Congress is asking for an extension 120 I don't know that you even have to ask them this is called an act of God this is calls a situation that has to be given and i think 120 days is not enough my administration is also taking bold steps to help working america on fridays american began receiving the cash payments authorized by a historic relief bill $2 trillion by the end of the week, nearly 80 million Americans will receive a total of $147 billion, and the Treasury secretary tells me it's a very short time and it's going very well he'll be speaking in a moment in payments these payments go directly to the banks and bank accounts of these people millions of additional payments they will follow the typical family of four will get $3,400 that's for a family of four that's something extra through our paycheck protection program that is a tremendous success and they should extend it and increase it has been a tremendous success so successful that banks should take it easy a little longer to distribute the money but it's going fast we've already processed over 200 billion dollars in loans to help small businesses retain their workers now we urgently need legislators to put aside partisan agendas and reset this program with new funding because it's really something that's been an incredible success and they need more money to keep it going to take care of these businesses and keep a note keep them open I want to thank the many scientists, the Governor's health professionals and business leaders for your incredible hard work and contributions over the past month and even more to the More than a month, Mike, I would say you know we've been working together with a lot of them because it seems like forever.
I have had many discussions with my team and top experts and we are very close to completing a plan to open up our country hopefully even ahead of schedule and that is so important that we will be finalizing very important new guidelines to give governors soon the information they need. you need to start safely opening up your states my administration's plan and guidelines will give the american people the confidence they need to start getting back to normal life that's what we want we want to get our country open we want to get back to life normal our country is going to be open and it will open successfully and we will explain in a very short number of days exactly what it will be.
Also, as you've probably heard, we developed a committee that we're actually calling various committees with the most prominent people in the country, the most successful people in the various fields that we'll be announcing tomorrow this weekend, the United States also helped facilitate a deal unprecedented among the 23 OPEC nations plus that's OPEC plus other energy producing nations representing many of the largest oil producing countries in the world to stabilize all the markets and actually and I think they've seen a lot of stabilization in recent In a couple of days together, countries around the world will reduce our oil production by about 20 million barrels, people say 10 million, but we think the number they will actually reach will be closer to 20 million barrels per day and us.
It will go a long way in saving jobs throughout Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and many other of our great energy states. This historic action will help nearly 11 million American workers who are supported by the US oil and gas industry. It's a monumental deal. I want to thank Saudi Arabia and the King of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia both I want to thank President Putin of Russia and I want to thank a very good friend of mine man who has become my friend the president of Mexico showed great flexibility The President López Obrador showed great flexibility and tremendous intelligence doing what he did was not that easy for him and I want to thank Mexico and the president this is a very historic very historic deal so we will see how it all goes at this time and challenge, and indeed we are at a time probably the likes of which we have not been in many decades, we are strengthened and sustained by the bonds of love and loyalty that unite all Americans.
I am so proud of the American people everywhere you look you see the patriotism of our people shining through and the courage of our doctors and nurses on the front lines in the dedication of our food supply workers and the commitment of every citizen to achieve victory over the virus that is what is going to happen it is going to happen sooner than people think and we are going to be smart about it very very smart about it we are going to be sure about it we are going to also listen to the great doctors and medical professionals together we are defeating to the invisible enemy and we are paving the way for a great revival really a great revival for american prosperity our country wants to go back they want to go back to work they are going back k for sure and that is what we want now i would like to ask the vice president penny to say some words followed by dr.
Fauci and Dr. Burks I think before we do this because I know there's an emergency where they want Steve to come in so what I'm going to do is ask Steve to come in Secretary of Treasury he can talk a little bit and then maybe take a couple of questions about what is happening, comment on the success we are having thank you very much thank you mr. president mr. vice president as you announced we are very pleased that we are ahead of schedule in delivering the economic impact payments these were what were known as the checks in the mail that we want to deliver in direct direct deposit this is ahead of schedule we started processing those on Last Friday we expect over 80 million working Americans to get direct deposit by this Wednesday and we know how important it is for all those hardworking Americans, many of whom are home from work right now if they don't receive it by Wednesday the Wednesday we will be launching on irs.gov click on irs.gov go get your payment if you filed a tax return in 2018 and 19 or 19 you have that information available you will be able to identify yourself you will be able to enter your direct deposit information and within several days we will automatically deposit the money into your account we want to do as much of this electronically as we can it is very important in this day and age it is safer and you do not have to go to the bank if you were a beneficiary of social security you do not need to do anything they will deposit you directly if you have not filed and did not need to file a return 2,000 or 18 and 19 they give you back you can go to irs.gov now and enter your information and authenticate yourself, so again we're really glad that's ahead of schedule.
I would also like to announce the progress we are making on the new SBA program the PPP just let me remind you all this is a brand new program now a week old we have distributed and confirmed 230 billion loans to over 4,600 participating lenders that are multiples in multiples of anything the SBA has and in a year prior and I want to especially thank the broad based community banks that are participating again at over 4,600 banks if you have not processed your loan you will receive a process this week , since the president said we went back to Congress and we ask them for more money to make sure that every company has access to this also let me comment for the states that we are distributing half of the money this week to the states which is a week early and we'll deliver the other half of the money to the states next week and then let me finally comment that we've been working m Very closely with the Federal Reserve last week, we announced expanded facilities and new facilities totaling $2.3 trillion of liquidity, and in particular I would like to highlight a Main Street line of credit that will be for businesses between one worker in 10,000 people for midsize businesses and also a municipal facility so state and local governments can access funding given the shortage they have so I'm happy to answer any questions decisions thank you sir both Speaker Pelosi and the leader of the Schumer minority.
They have said that they are in negotiations with you right now about additional funding for these small business loans that the leader of the package, McConnell, has said is not going to add anything to the package that should be specific to small business loans. What is the administration's opinion of him? Should there be some kind of haggling here or should it just be a small business? For the president and the vice president, in my opinion, this was bipartisan. program this sba program was not a republican program was not a democrat program was a bipartisan program we have committed to small businesses we should supplement that program now i know the democrats want to talk about more money for hospitals and states right now we are just sending the money to the hospitals and to the states that have not reached out to use that money and I know the president and the vice president once we are done with the SBA we can move on to another funding bill that the president talked about potentially adding infrastructure and other things we think there is a possibility that we need more money and we will and we will sit down and try to get a bipartisan bill but this is important we comply with small business s 50% of people work for small business sir , what is the emergency that the president said he had to go to?
Had an emergency negotiation on this bill, yes, well, because we don't want to run out of money, we've used about 220 billion of the 350 billion we don't want to run out of that money we don't want to create panic that people won't get it so we want to top that up and we've asked for another 250 billion for that program and again let me remind you that every dollar we spend on this program we save a dollar from unemployment insurance so even though we're asking for 250 billion it really won't cost that much . the guidelines too soon what is the economic impact I understand the economic argument for getting people back to work obviously but what is the economic risk of lifting them too soon and seeing an increase in cases where there are economic risks in both directions that we review with the president today a very broad list of over a hundred business people who will help advise the president on what needs to be done to reopen the economy we want to make sure and again the mix of economic impact payments small business payments enhanced unemployment insurance the president He made it very clear what we want to do.
I'm sure hard-working Americans have cash while we wait to reopen the government. So do you think the government should be rehabilitated? Are you the country? Excuse me and on May 1 I had conversations with the president. to make a decision later the way everything needs to be safe my advice is as soon as you are ready to open and based on the medical professionals and again we are working very closely with the president and outside business leaders to develop a plan. President, what do you think they have outlined for us? What does the economy look like when we open?
Do you think it's going to be all I've ever done? about that and exactly what it looks like I know what that looks like but I also want to get the council in a sense we have some of the biggest from each company on this council we are actually setting up a number of different councils or committees I guess you could call them and we have a lot of smart people. I think they will give us good advice as well, but no, we want to be very, very safe at the same time that we have to open up our country.
Do you think there is then is there a chance that what you do is open incrementally do you think people go back to rest pink concert the theater and they say let me dig eventually they will and I think we're going to have a boom I think we're going to I think it's going to go fast our people want to get back to work and I think there's pent up demand like that hasn't been good in a long time so that's why you look at the stock market I want to think that the stock marketsvalues at the level of this now with all that this world and this country have turned and look at the European Union how severely decimated they have been look at other countries look at China by the way I have seen the numbers look at China look at how these countries have been decimated by this and to think the stock market is at this tremendously high number not so much you know it looked a little bleak for a while but it got to a certain point and then it started going up I think it's a great tribute to the fact that there is Adam, yes.
Mr. President thank you sir all good in regards to some of your tweets today and I think that was Steve's question, my question is what provision of the Constitution gives the president the power to open or close state economies and then review what What do we expect, sir, but following what happens if you say, for example, that we want the states to reopen, but California or New York do not open, what would you do if you ordered the schools to close? There have been states that have mandated businesses like restaurants because I let that happen because I would have preferred that to happen but if I wanted to I could have closed it but I let that happen and I like the way they have done it and the seven that remained really in a kind of semi lockdown if you look at those states they have really done a very good job they are very different from New York or other places where they have been concerned that you open your schools I order you to go yes mr.
The president goes on to say that there are two consortiums of states today, California, Oregon, Washington, in the Northeast West Coast states, that together represent about a hundred million people who said they are going to cooperate and decide on a real window, they can decide, but what they are trying. on our own let me tell you very simple i'm going to put it very simple the president of the united states has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do which is very powerful the president of the united states makes the decisions if we weren't here for the United States you would have had a problem in this country like you've never seen it before we were here to get your back and we got your back we have more to get your back we did a job that no one ever thought was possible.
It is a decision of the President of the United States. Now, having said that, we are going to work with the states because it is very important that you have local governments. They are identified. ke a microchip are identified we have a local government that will hopefully do a good job and if they don't do a good job they would step in so fast but no they can't do anything without the president's approval some states refused to reopen and you order them to the tenth amendment to the constitution says that all powers that do not resign the president of congress reside in the states how they beat well some states to refuse to open i would like to see that person run for election they are going to open for pick it all up at the ballot box, right?
I think that is something that is not going to happen. They want to open have to open have to open each of those states that people want to go and they want to now some will be in a different situation you have I won't name states now but I will in the next two or three days. I'll be very specific, but there are some states where this is not the case. the kind of problem that is in New York or Louisiana or Michigan or other places that were hit hard Illinois was hit hard but every state wants to open and they want to open as soon as possible but they want to open safely and so do I, yes today the french president on the menu and McCullen said here we keep the lockdown in France in mid-May, does that mean the US will keep that ban?
France was hit very hard. France was hit very hard and again it has to do what it has to do my friend but France, Spain has just been decimated look what happened in Italy it is a well known fact what happened in Italy no they were hit a very question hard for the secretary Venetian has everyone you would like to have the hundred businessmen in financial trouble what have they all been? everyone has already been believed that they have not been invited yet, we only reviewed the names, but the president today, the sectors yes, basically there is a vertical, so we want each area of the economy to be represented, excellent or What happens is that something more needs to be done to work in the industries jobs in the oil industry to save the jobs in the oil industry after the agreement last weekend well I think there are always things so we are working with Larry Kudlow. has the economic plans for each part of the economy, obviously, in the case of the oil industry, they have been especially affected because they have had coke, the supply problem and they have had the demand problem, bailout money for the airlines with the airline allocations, so I'm pleased to say that we've worked very hard.
I think as you've probably seen we put out a press release that we've now had discussions with almost all of the airlines. I've personally had discussions with all the major airline CEOs, we specifically created an exception for small airlines that we could process very quickly and I think you'll see very quick decisions. I am very satisfied with the discussions we have had. had discussion wait excuse me a second we've had very good discussions with the airlines very good discussions if it's possible to reopen the economy in the first I don't want to say you'll hear in the next couple of days about this push rather than another stimulus so again let me comment by which I mean Congress on a bipartisan basis passed an unprecedented amount of money to help American workers in American businesses because it wasn't their fault the business went out of business, we had been very diligent. running that everyone said it would take months to get money out of people we are running very quickly we created a whole new SBA program in a week our job now is to run the 2.3 billion to which we can add several trillion dollars with the The area that we're particularly concerned about is the small business program, frankly, it's even more incredibly popular and successful than we expected, so the president wants to make it very clear that we have money. for that and once we're done with that we'll review it the president if there's more money that's needed to support this economy to support hardworking Americans we'll work with Congress to finish phase four so phase four that the president has talked about infrastructure for a long period of time.
We have talked about hospitals needing more money because of medical problems. We will monitor that we want to make sure that there are incentives for restaurant entertainment people to come back. those kinds of things, so we're going to look at very specific provisions to stimulate parts of the economy, some of them may be money issues, some of them may be regulatory issues, just to clarify that you were your authority, these are from the governor, just be very specific. for example if a governor issued a stay at home when you say my authority the authority of the president rapmon because that me is when someone is the president of the United States the authority is total and that's so he has to be at home total the governor's senate but now you have a couple of bands of excuse me excuse me you have a drink you have a couple of bands of democrat governors but they will agree they will agree with her but the authority of the president of the United States that has to do with the issue what we are talking about your total that we saw in your video was the travel ban from europe which is part of reality america do you want to reopen the borders so that there are people from europe from the uk at the right time.
Very good question, actually well. I'll have to take a look. I wouldn't say Italy is doing great right now and I wouldn't say Spain is doing great right now and we just heard that France is extending their stay-at-home order just as they have. I see that and I think for a short period of time, but no, when they come back, we want to do it very quickly, but we want to make sure everything is okay. well no right now we have everything right now we have a very strong band, we're going to keep it that way until weeks months are over, what would you like?
I have to see how they do, I mean, France was only there for another two days, another two weeks, we have to say Jack about it he said that you took his advice on the mitigation issue he made the recommendation he accepted it he put it into action at make the next decision that well i'm not sure who actually gave me advice on the band i think i took it i think i took it my own advice to the man i don't know social distancing i'm talking about closing ok but not from a trip of more than a foot of activity, so my question is if you make the next decision that you've said might be the hardest. or a major decision from his presidency will reassure the american people that he will once again follow the advice of doctors at doctor copy of dr.
Burks, you would take the advice of health experts before you know it and a lot of other people too, but I will absolutely take his advice. Would you go? Would you help against his recommendation if they say you need another 15 or 30? I do not think so. It would likely be because I think we're not too far from being on the same page, yes sir. Chairman, one thing Governor Cuomo said today is that states don't have the capacity to mass-front nineteen tests before a reopening and they have to do it both because diagnostic tests or equipment and federal health needs as well they'll need it help but they're there, they're on the ground, they've got local mayors, local representatives, they've got people doing it and what we did last time is unprecedented we literally rebuilt the test suite we rebuilt an entire industry because we didn't inherit nothing we inherited. from the previous management it was totally broken which someone should say eventually not only were the cabinets empty as I say but we inherited the broken tests now we have great tests.
I just left it to the senior executives at Abbott who would have thought that would have happened where they a big test is that in fact what I will do I think unless you have any more questions for the Secretary of the Treasury do you have someone to see if anyone is that? for the secretary and the treasurer if they introduce me we can wait that's the second time we have to get him back to work for the secretary position a question from one of my colleagues can't be in the room they are curious about the rule of SBA what's keeping small casinos from getting some of this relief is something you're looking at if they're going to be a change she said no not small casinos but there are things like small taverns and restaurants that literally have you know little things of games and we're going to offer additional guidance on that, but I want to make it clear that these are not small casinos.
The clerk knows there was a letter that some House Republicans sent out this weekend about the quiddity for mortgage servicers. Oh sorry, can you explain? what you're seeing on that front for sure so i think i commented on this a week or so ago we had a subcommittee working group on F sock that looked specifically at this topic we have all the appropriate people on it ginnie Mae. has automatically taken some action, we've had discussions with the FHFA about what they're going to do for Fannie and Freddie and we've said as long as they need certain Treasury authorities, we'll accommodate, so we're very aware of the problem, frankly, we have been looking at this issue long before kovat and we were concerned that some of these non bank managers were not well capitalized but we are good we will make sure the market works properly thank you sir we have seen in several of these bills help that Democrats and Republicans have been able to push for different non-roads because of our specific funding priorities.
Are you trying to keep funding specifically for coronavirus and then if there are going to be any other additions? for example, a change in work rules is something that many on the left when someone on the right wonder if they should also if you should also push for them to know their preferred plugins. I think our expectations have all. somehow this is related to kovac some people have a pretty broad view of what is related to kovat because it has impacted almost every business i mean i think the president has talked about the kennedy center which is a good institution, obviously that was not. top priority is the bill but they were affected by the kovat related items so please know the president has given instructions we want to be very specific on the next bill your kovat related items the Center Kennedy, just so you understand that what they wanted was done. we had to agree to do something for the workers but we want this to be for theworkers and by the companies that employ the workers that is what we are looking for we are not looking for nonsense unrelated to what they argued at the time it was being discussed, but that was too disruptive to the global economy.
It had nothing to do with the Chinese ban. I was not in the
taskforce at the time. I'm not even sure. I think he was traveling. at the time but never had any. I was not part. I became very active and after the China ban, but that report in The New York Times was not accurate. He was not hard on the work group at the time and was and was not involved. in fact, I think I'm riding with Senator Holly to get direct payments to employers to pay people who have been laid off and to keep people on the payroll.
Does the administration support that this is the PPP? The PPP is basically sending money to small businesses. fifty percent of American workers to keep those people well and it's the most efficient way that every dollar, as I said, we do it through is one dollar less unemployment and, more importantly, we want those people are associated with the business as soon as the president is ready to open up the economy those businesses are together we don't want those businesses to fall apart that's why this is such a successful program but he assisted on unemployment he said indirectly to the states we would have preferred send it directly to the people the democrats wanted it sent through the unemployment system and you know I talked to them about it we have 40 year old teams in many of those systems that are run by the state but I hear they are pulling the money and he was a little bit some of them are and some of the states are not and we encourage you to know that we are working with the states to try to update their com computers, but this is a long-haul phase for Steve, phase four, come on, Steve, you said that someone is president of the United States, his authority is total, that's not true, that's fine, you know, if they're going to write articles about this, it's not, they're going to be necessary because the governors need us in one way or another because in the end it comes with a federal government that said that we get along very well with the governors and I feel very sure that there will be no problem if you please go ahead and have a government or agreed that you have the authority to decide when your state I have not asked anyone because it is you know why because I don't have to go on please enough please mentioned the vice president's call with the governor today Governor Hogan of Maryland has urged his administration to ask Congress for $500 billion to help stabilize budget deficits created by corporate Governor Hogan himself.
We greatly appreciate Governor Hogan's statement. Boyd adoration said the care bill ignored budget deficits well they're looking at things in phase four where they know where they're talking about states and they're also talking about hospitals they're talking about states that have been battered and they're also talking about hospitals, so we're certainly willing to see that Congress on you and we'll see what happens, but they're talking about states and they're talking about hospitals. Moines Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has on Thursday signed an executive order banning the sale of non-essential goods if other states are not essential goods she has banned the sale of non-essential goods many are calling this draconian unconstitutional as president do you think if other states followed it? example in the next few weeks intervene well i don't think that's going to happen i think it's very extreme but she's doing it and i think it's going to be over long before we even have to start thinking about it t Much is strong, it's a very position strong to take, but they're making a lot of progress in Michigan, so let's see how it all works out, set up funding for the World Health Organization, we'll talk about that very soon. getting a full report I'm not happy with the World Health Organization I'm not happy with the World Trade Organization or everyone has ripped us off and we have this country for so many years has been ripped off by everyone whether it's a world of health or the world trade and they are what I call them the Bobbsey Twins they look at our country for years and years we had people who did nothing about it we are doing a lot about it so we will have a report and we are also talking about the World Trade Organization but we've made a lot of progress there now we're winning cases for the first time because they know i'm leaving if we don't get a fair deal this country our country was at a point where we rarely win lawsuits within the world trade organization but now we are winning a lot of them because they know I'm not, I'm not playing, we'll back down if we have to, we just won a seven billion dollar lawsuit , which was a very good respective decision this week on the funding cut for the yes i would say at the end of the week i will make a decision that there is a lot going on right now there is a lot going on china why no consequences for China for the misinformation? no consequences we've been asking how you know no cuts i wouldn't tell you china we'll find out why i would tell you worried they still know you started off saying why no consequences why do you you know how you know there are no consequences you're gonna find out i wouldn't tell you you'd probably be the last person on earth i would tell go ahead mr. vice president, do you agree with the president's statement and his understanding of federalism that his power is total life in a way that they describe there anything that you would like to add or any context that you would like to have to wait for I was discussing that I I support the President's leadership under the declaration of national emergency that he signed.
We stand before you today for the first time in American history that all 50 states and territories have issued declarations of emergency. This is an unprecedented moment in the life of the nation. and hopefully as presidents reflected and our health experts will continue to reflect because the american people have paid attention to the president's coronavirus guidelines for america because state governors took them and implemented them even in states where there was no significant outbreak and implemented measures additional data as we provide them with case data s and best practices we are making real progress as a country how about circumscribing today, with a lot of hope, well make no mistake about it in the long history of this country, the authority of the President of the United States during national emergencies is, no doubt plenary and you can look back through the times of war and other national emergencies and as president. he said will happily report that, but in the next few days what the president has charged us to do is work with our health experts, we're going to bring together an extraordinary group of American business leaders to advise the president and then work with the CDC. we're going to produce new data-based guidelines from every state and territory in this nation, give them guidance, and, as the presidents have directed, continue to honor the leadership and partnership we forge with every governor in America. but this is an unprecedented time, but I have to tell you when you look at the fact despite the heartbreaking loss of over 22,000 Americans and you look at the fact of what the health experts told us could be, I think I can only feel a sense of gratitude to the American people, gratitude to the extraordinary team that has mentored this president with the steps that President Trump has taken than the policies that the governors have. implemented throughout the United States.
I mean, today we were discussing in the working group that when you look at the European Union as a whole, they have a death rate almost three times that of the United States of America and that's a tribute to our extraordinary health care. workers their dedication their tireless work but it is also a tribute to the fact that the American people implemented the mitigation efforts that the president advised the nation following the advice of our best scientists now over a month ago and our hospitals were not overwhelmed and you're not overwhelmed right now and I have to tell you that standing here today I couldn't be more proud to stand with this president and to be a part of this team that has served the American people during this challenging hour and I'm just saying to everyone Americans watching as we see the numbers level off and maybe even start to decline, I just encourage you to keep doing what you're doing because of the sacrifices Americans and American families have made through these mitigation efforts. , you are saving lives and you are seeing our nation through this day, the states tell you that you have been soft on the governor quite a bit those coalitions of states on the west coast and in the north told you what they were going to announce before announcing it when governor phil murphy and the governor of connecticut said today that they were going to talk about it and discuss it with regional level what their recommendations would be and we assure you today that we show you today on our conference call with I think 48 governors who were with us today for the better part of an hour and a half If we told you that what the president would produce is intended to be a true producer.
Additional guidance for the state certified by the CDC that would inform those governors and local communities and mayors on how best to move forward based on the unique circumstances that those states and those communities are facing, I think what is clear is that the American people You've seen the experience in Washington state, where it really all began for us, and in California, and now the extraordinary challenges in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Connecticut, the challenges in New Orleans in Louisiana and Detroit are still parts of Chicago from Houston, but they're also seeing that in each of those cases the mitigation efforts are really working and so we'll work with those, we'll work with those states and in some cases, it makes a lot of sense.
Let them work together now that I had a regional base, but the president will be the president. Sorry, I didn't hear you a question. Can you tell us if they let you know that Jerry is very threatening? the partnership that this president has forged with governors across the country, I mean, it's an extraordinary statement and you'll see some data when the admiral mining object lifts in just a few moments, but the flow of resources from around the world that we've moved into areas that have faced challenges, I mean, this president has directed us to make sure that every state has what it needs when it needs it and the spirit that I heard again from the Republican and Democratic governors today reflects that partnership and as that we advance for the president's goal of reopening america we expect the same kind of partnership in the interest of the nation sir please can you hear me through the mask early can the district of columbia argue that they weren't slighted in the most recent funding bill because they were treated as a territory instead of a state that was made right to phase four, well we are looking at that complaint, but the mayor seems to be very happy with everything. doing her actually and she was today saying some very nice things alright yeah go ahead and do that yeah mr.
President, you talked about this being the hardest decision you'll ever have to make about whether to reopen the economy. I wonder how much the thought weighs on your mind if there is a second way to reopen the economy and you may have to shut things down again and I hope that doesn't happen I certainly hope that doesn't happen but it weighs on my mind , okay in the back yes thank you a question for one of my colleagues who was not able to be here China deployed an aircraft carrier in southern time and she except China saw this weekend in the middle of Chinese state media claims that Kovat has reduced US military readiness in the region.
What kind of answers are you thinking? Will you have an answer? to this action China has its own difficulties we have a relationship with China we're not happy with certain things that happened over the last period of time as you know he's been very explicit about it but we know all about it and we know China, we've seen what they've done, we've seen a lot of other things that they've done both for and against, and we'll be fine where you said they were putting together the economic task force and then you thought the recommendations happened sooner than expected Do you want to suggest that you might be before May 1 to start recommending?
I don't want to say that, but we're going to be putting out guidelines and recommendations pretty quickly in a few days. what it would be before, I won't say, but look, certain states are doing very well, certain parts of the country are doing very well, they are doing very well, sowe're going to put out recommendations and guidelines very soon Steve your guidelines are where they fit in each area or would it be a uniform you see I don't want to tell you right now but right now we have a very strong indication that we pretty much know we have some good ideas that I also want to get I want us to have a video conference or at least one the conference goes with a lot of very good people who have to do with certain fields, be it energy or entertainment and restaurants etc. we've got to get people back to restaurants we've got to do what we've got to do either deductibility or we won't see it but it should be deductibility it'll get them back so fast I mean they used to have deductibility the restaurant business was one of the hot deals and then they ended it a long time ago many years ago but we may need that to get people back to restaurants please yes Michelle Obama today behind me foreign voting across the country like a possible solution for the states, she said it should be a partisan issue, her advisers told her that's to save lives. speaking of i don't know what massive scale because of quran bible oh i don't know what she did i mean i didn't see that when did that happen today yes today she is part so we have to call yes sir ? .
President: There's a bit of confusion about your phone calls yesterday with President Putin, the Kremlin says you discussed current issues to ensure strategic security that weren't mentioned in the White House reading, can you clarify for us a lot of things we discussed about China ? We discussed a lot of different things, but mainly it was a call and oil, as you can imagine, they were very helpful in getting a price stabilization stabilization of the number of barrels I think. the numbers will be closer to 20 maybe 15 but closer to 20 which will be 10 and I think it was a very important call I also spoke to the king of Saudi Arabia and that was a very important call and the bottom line is OPEC plus it's called OPEC plus because there are other states also other nations we got to a very good place of agreement so what was the part about strategic security?
I would say that we were mainly talking about China, we were talking about their borders and We were talking a little bit about our borders, our borders with Mexico because, as you know, Mexico was a big part of the deal and Mexico really was very complex from the point of view of Mexico, it was not an easy deal for Mexi. co and the president we appreciate a certain amount of flexibility but we talked about borders we talked about china we talked about mexico it's like well i mean we talked about guns yeah we did that was a very important part of the call, actually, yeah, good. point you said testing is going great we know they have these machines that have been sent to some of the governors but what they were saying is they don't have the materials really clean well they have to get the material you know the governors they have to get the material now if they can't get it they're going to see us talking about the local governments I'm talking about the governors they have to get the material now they have machines in fact we are going to go and digest microphone to go as soon as I leave they have very powerful machines that they don't even know they have I'm not talking about Abbott I'm talking about the governor they have machines that are used for this you know what I took you know what I mean is see and very powerful machines where in certain cases in the States just they're using 10% capacity and they didn't know it happens to be Illinois John, these 15 minute tests that you sent, these new ones that I had in the Rose Garden say, including the Governor Sununu they put on the cartridges and actually run the test so they're going to get those cartridges what do you think they're rising rapidly? the states have the big machines that can do a lot they didn't even know they had them they didn't even know they had them and mike is going to talk about that where you mentioned several weeks ago that google was putting that website together or that it would handle the drivers like and apple has you humbly give me an apple coke after a lot of people don't like it from the point of view of constitutional rights I mean a lot of people don't like it and some people the ink, it's great, no, they're working on it, yeah that i'm testing most of the website represented on the google website and it's just eating copper and i think five counties in california right now are not looking at it but google is also working with apple or looking at something we have the best companies in the world analyzing things that within a year everything that we are analyzing now will be obsolete that's how good it is that incredible things happen today I saw a presentation that I still I can't talk about it, but it's amazing, plus I think Tony is doing well. that some cool stuff is coming out regarding that now it needs a trial period but it will have some cool stuff please that google and apple are doing such a different thing in the shack now this is google and apple I don't know if it's a partnership or what, but they're working on something good, they're working on more than one item, they're working on a couple of different things, Google and Apple, Google is also working on something that, as you know, has to do with testing I think they're doing it in a singular way so my question isn't about the test drive website it's not that great on contact tracing google apples they don't want any they have this process now where they can put it, you know. contactors, you have your phone if you opt in, you can get an alert if this has been your contact with any of the clarifiers, how are you feeling? well it's kind of amazing but a lot of people have some really big constitutional issues with if you know it's something awesome and it would actually be like you know other countries are thinking of using something similar but not as good.
I heard that Singapore is Singapore. You know Singapore had a bit of a setback because they had a break, you know that and they'll take care of it. I know I know the people of Singapore are doing a great job and they will get it back very quickly but Singapore and other countries are looking at other things and some countries are doing other things beyond the Americans some I don't want to get into that because we have everything a constitutional issue, we have more of a constitutional issue than a mechanical issue, but we will make a determination on that, that is something that we are going to discuss with a lot of people over the next four weeks which would be a very precise way to do it, but a lot of people have a problem with that, yes lascaux test question maybe for dr.
Patchi too, can you talk about where the antibody test is? It is improving. I think, kids, because I have to stop moving a little fast. progress well. It's a test that's been around for many years, except now we have something very modern. very amazing versions of him but that's coming through the antibody test going along nicely okay more kovat nineteen kovac nineteen captain crozier the reformer well that's going through the Navy as I understand it the Navy he will make decisions about all of that and they had a break I don't think the ship should have called in Vietnam when you have a pandemic to be honest with you you know I don't think the captain should have been writing letters he is not Ernest Hemingway like I said before and he should have been writing letters and I don't think I don't know who gave the order to stop in Vietnam but they stopped in Vietnam and all of a sudden they get on and now you have over 500 sailors and people on the ship that's affected I don't know whose the idea, but it was not such a good idea in the middle of a pandemic on this question of constitutionality.
I'm just wondering what changed your opinion because nothing changes, no, no, I know. exactly what you are going to say nothing changes the fact that I want to depend on the States or maybe I will or maybe I have and the fact that we have achieved that is one thing the fact that I don't want to use power is another thing , look, look at the point of view of the Constitution, yes, because you follow the tribute, you can look at constitutionality, you can look at federalism, you can look at it in any different way, John, the fact that I don't want to exercise my power is very different, We have the power, you just like the federal government has the power, the federal government has absolute power, it has the power to use that power or not, we'll see.
I prefer to stay John, I prefer to work with the states because I like going to a local government, which is for what I guess it's seven states now, not eight, because South Carolina, did you know they moved away from what we discussed last time? That's why I looked at the individual states to do a very good job, they're really doing very well. job I'd rather make the decision now the fact that I'd rather have that's fine but I have the absolute right to if I want to maybe I don't want to we have a very good relationship so we'll see what happens if you look at the few statuses you talk about they all have Democratic governors, but if the governors are doing a good job and they control it better because there is no one in Washington who says they set up a testing site in the Deedle parking lot of a Walmart and we are in Washington and they are in a state that is very far , that's really what it should be and it always should have been and I've always said it was, but the relationship that we have now with the states and the governors is very good and we'll be announcing it in the next very short time ago exactly what what are we going to do ok a couple of things he's the presumed one do you have any plans yet on when you will start sharing or when the
housewill start sharing part of that information about the corona virus?
Nobody is bothered by the coronavirus from their point of view, look, they had h1n1, which is the swine flu, and that was a huge failure, there was a tremendous failure, they had many failures, and look what you look at, history, and you know that 17,000 people died, and you speak that they were late they were so late they were late like there never was that was a big deal because a lot of other people are a big deal too so you know if Joe Biden would like a
briefingI would certainly give him a
briefingI don't know what would i do with that yes please or Jenna vodka about serving on the new task force and how are you going to fix what different councils or task task forces can you just? explain exactly where you have a similar position ich is the White House Task Force that really brought us to this point brilliantly I have to say they dealt with governors and they dealt with governors throughout the process and I was on a lot of those calls and every call got better and better and better it was hostile at first by the time we finished i mean today's call was a very good call very friendly call i think everyone is online and again no one is freaking you out saying they are not getting ventilators and that they're not getting all the different things they need more beds they have a lot of beds right now and we always listen I think it's important you know we always win by giving more even when we didn't think we didn't think New York needed the beds they were asking for we didn't we thought they needed the ventilators they were asking for and we were right now in ventilators we are ready to go I told them this is We are ready to go with 10,000 fans we are ready to move them anywhere in the country when we need them, if we need them we are also building many fans that will be used at some point.
I think they know that we will have reserves, including state reserves, if they want to reach some kind of agreement with us, but we are also going to help other countries, whether it is Italy, Spain or another country, France is having a big problem, they all desperately need to Germany, they also need fans, so we are going to have a lot of fans, we have a lot. numbers we have a lot to come next we are next week we have a tremendous final question and it's good to see No then we have in addition to that we have a series of committees we will have a transportation committee we will have a manufacturing committee you will see tomorrow we also have a religious leaders committee we have a large group of religious leaders we have committees with religious leaders you have been seeing what is happening with the churches and all that and we are going to have a faith leaders committee and for what we have we are going to have some committees i will call them committees and then ultimately we're going to make decisions so we're going to make decisions pretty quickly and I think they're going to have to be the right decision hopefully Steve forms the economics task force tomorrow when do you want them to have a recommendation soon ?
And they already know what I want, so when we line up when you say I don't have to give. they instructions these are very sophisticated people these are the best people in their fields so i would have to say wow we just met and we will meet in two weeks and this is what i said this is what i want we have already done it i said and that the best names in the various businesses and professions and religions, I mean, these are the best names, the people that I think you probably know the best, so we've called them and we're going totalk to a very soon. and we want them to have whether it's questions or statements that ask them to have that for us and we'll have an answer or maybe I mean ideally we're going to learn from them and we'll be able to do that and put everything we learned from those calls into our new guidelines soon we will have new guidelines I think it will be very good I think it will be very easy and I hope it will be very safe.
Thank you very much to all. Unfortunately, Shara has been a long-time friend of mine. time he's a great real estate person he passed away he was a great real estate person a great great kind of legend in New York real estate he called me a couple of weeks ago he said he had tested positive for Stanley between early and mid 80's yeah and stanley went to the hospital and never came out went into a coma was unconscious for a long period of time and never made it a great man left very charitable really a great philanthropist a very successful person in manhattan in the real estate business then I knew him a lot he was so excited when his friend from New York became president of the United States he was like the kid and he was not a kid but he was like a kid he was so excited he thought he would a good job and he was so happy and he was very proud of what we have done in this administration, but he tested positive and unfortunately he didn't make it. .
The president as chair mentioned that the task force spoke today with 48 of the nation's governors on that call, we reflected on the fact that all 50 states had emergency declarations, which was the first in the history of the United States. $5.2 billion distributed to states under the Stafford Act and it was a productive call
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