President Trump press conference on coronavirus response
President Trump is scheduled to hold a press conference at the White House with the latest information on what the government is doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
protect American workers as we battle the China virus. Since the virus escaped China, my administration has enacted $3 trillion in economic relief. It's been very, very successful, and you saw that by the numbers that were issued yesterday and the day before as to use car sales and auto production. They've been incredible numbers, actually, shockingly incredible. We've been negotiating in good faith with Democrat leaders in the House to extend relief payments were negotiating right now as we speak and we'll see how that works out. But if Democrat leaders put partisan demands aside, we would reach an agreement very quickly be happened. It would happen very quickly. In the meantime, my administration's exploring executive actions to provide protections against eviction evictions a big problem very unfair to a lot of people. It wasn't their fault that this virus came from a far away land, as well as additional relief to those who are unemployed as a result of the virus. Very importantly, I'm also looking at a term limited suspension of the payroll tax, something that is great support from many, many sides, especially some of our top economists and some people that we have great respect for, So we're looking at a suspension of the payroll tax. The Democrats are primarily interested in a one tree and dollar bailout of the poorly run states. We have some states and cities, you know Mall would have to go through names, but they've been very poorly run over the years, and we can't go along with the bell out money. We're not gonna go along with that, especially since is not Covic related. Earlier today, I met with a great governor. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has really done a fantastic job beyond even the covitz situation, which you've been reading about as it pertains to Arizona, a state that is a model for applying a science based approach to the decreasing cases and hospitalizations without implementing a punishing locked down Arizona's record in reducing the spread of the virus while maintaining hospital capacity and allowing society to continue functioning and functioning very nicely, very successfully is an example that shows how our path forward can work in other states. Arizona has a record and a record, really to be proud of its reduce the number of daily new cases by over 75% cut the positivity rate in half and reduced E. R visits by 2/3 all the while keeping the economy functioning and functioning really well. When cases surged in June, the vice president and Dr Burke visited Arizona to consult with Governor Ducey. They had long consultations with Governor Ducey and his staff, and the vice president has been in constant contact ever since. My administration's also collaborating with state and local officials across the South and Midwest to provide similar guidance. We had a great relationship with the representatives in Arizona, and it's been such a successful endeavour. The federal government is supplied or delivered. More than 400 million pieces of personal protective equipment toe Arizona, along with nearly 70,000 vials of run remedy severe We provided over one Excuse me. We provided over 18 $1,000,000,000 in economic support to Arizona, including more than $8.6 billion to support over 80,000 small businesses. So we really have been helping Arizona and it's gotten tremendous results. Our goal is to protect the most vulnerable increase recovery rates, you know that something so important and prevent hospital overcrowding all the while avoiding the kind of stringent lockdowns that would inflict substantial suffering in the phase and this phase of the battle. We have the tools resource is and knowledge to implement a targeted approach as we raised to deliver a vaccine. And we are really working very hard on the vaccine and we're doing. I think they're doing a fantastic job. I've been meeting with officials of some of the greatest companies in the world meeting with scientists, and they're getting getting very close. If not there, they're getting very close. They're testing any proper analysis of infection control. Measures must take into account the short term and long term public health harms, including death caused by a far reaching shutdown. When you shut down, you have many, many things that happened from suicides to depression to drinking alcohol problems, too. Drug problems, problems with marriages, problems with marriages that you have people confined to their house, their apartment for long periods of time because a lot of problems with that. Also, instead, Arizona's adopted the following measures. The governor advised residents to aggressively social distance when possible and maintained strict hygiene. The state encourage mask use and crowded public's place places, especially when social distancing is not possible. The governor also exercise his discretion to restrict capacity at indoor locations to limit the possibility of super spreading. It's a big thing. My administration surged treatments. We've got them a lot of treatments and therapies to the state, including nearly 70,000 vials of room to severe enough to treat over 11,000 patients. And it's been very successful in my dad. My administration also delivered PP and point of care testing to over 100 Arizona nursing homes. In total, the federal government has provided massive amounts of masks and equipments and gowns and you know some of those numbers. But Arizona was a very big beneficiary, and they very much received very much really appreciate it. More than 1000 National Guard and medical personal have also been deployed in Arizona, and they've really helped. They've been terrific and I want to thank them. They have been brave and brilliant combination of both. We also supported our tribal communities that tribal communities were hit very, very hard. Governor Ducey and I personally delivered rapid testing systems to the Navajo Nation, which has been, uh, really, really in originally bad shape and now getting better and very very quickly. The Navajo Nation, now as one of the highest levels of testing per capita anywhere in the world, really worked very hard on the tribal areas and in particular in this case, the Navajo Nation. They've done incredibly well. Overall, Arizona has conducted over 1.1 million tests, more than the entire nations of Japan, Mexico and Switzerland. Arizona's per capita testing is higher than Germany, South Korea, France and Canada. And tribal governments in Arizona have received nearly $1.3 billion for the Corona virus relief fund. Meanwhile, outdoor dining, limited indoor, dining and most of the other businesses and Arizona have remained open and very vibrant. They're doing incredibly well. This is an approach, and it's an approach that's been incredibly successful. Arizona has been able to protect high risk populations and quickly bring it's outbreak under control without the need to impose overly punitive measures. Thanks to advances in treating the virus, the fatality rate across all age groups in Arizona is very low. Arizona scientific and data driven strategy also preserved hospital capacity, ensuring that those who need care were able to receive it and receive it immediately, very quickly at the peak, approximately 15% of beds remained available. State Why that was at their peak, with roughly 20% of all occupied beds going to patients hospitalized for the virus, they kept other things going. They kept other forms of operations going. They kept elective surgery going did a really amazing job. Today, only 6% of the current hospitalizations in the state are related to the China virus. Arizona has also demonstrated success in protecting the state's African American population. Only 5% of patients hospitalized were African American, and African Americans represent just 2% of all deaths from the virus as it has worked to contain its outbreak. Arizona has also been formulating a plan to get Children safely back to school as soon as possible. We want our schools open all over the country. We want our schools open. Arizona's worked very hard on this and they're doing very well. The Department of Education is providing Arizona schools with $625 million. They're working very hard and that's in conjunction with cares funding. My administration is actively working with other states in the same way we worked with Arizona in recent weeks, members of the Corona Virus Task Force have visited over 15 states to encourage them to follow our path forward, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. And I'll be going to Ohio tomorrow. I look forward to it very much. It's a great place in a great state with an excellent governor, and we look forward to being there tomorrow. Next week, Dr Burke will be visiting Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. And also, I believe they're trying to get in West Virginia great place, a great state. And I'm sure that will happen because we'd like it to happen. They'd like to see her, So we're gonna try very hard to get the doctor to West Virginia. In addition to those states to deliver aggressive, tailored and targeted guidance the strategy were taken to these states will protect those at highest risk while allowing others at a lower risk to safely resume work in school. If we do this successfully, it could be really something incredible cause we're talking about a lot of states. We're talking about many, many states. It's really great to see also that Florida, we're coming down. It's coming down and pretty substantially in many locations, and even Miami is starting to come down at Miami. Was hit very hard California. Likewise in Texas. Likewise coming down and really starting to be a substantial amount of reduction. It recognizes that prolonged lockdowns impose a wide range of serious public health threats, including higher levels of suicide drug overdoses and other significant health harms resulting from the Depression that we talked about social isolation, economic hardship. It's been very tough for those people that are put in a locked down position for too long, really has been a very tough and harmful situation for many people. The fact is that these harms air, not measured daily here or abroad. It makes them really a very serious threat because people don't know exactly what they are and how bad they are. But I think they're very bad going forward. You must continue to remain vigilant and shielding of the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Approximately half of all deaths have occurred in nursing homes and long term care facilities, which is an incredible number and statistic. If you think about it, I also urge Americans to help us stop the spread of the virus. Practice good hygiene, socially distance. Avoid large crowds and wear a mask where distancing is not possible. It's a patriotic thing to do. If you are sick, isolate yourself, especially from high risk family members and friends. So important. Isolate yourself from high risk family members and friends. You're not feeling well together. We will defeat the virus and emerge from this safer and stronger than ever. Thanks to the robust federal action in partnership with state and local leaders, new cases of the virus are declining and 80% of the jurisdictions, which is an incredible number, and the overall test positivity rate has declined by 8% since last week. Zero states have seen outbreaks get worse since yesterday, so zero states. We're also continuing to make progress in the development of a vaccine. This is something so important. Also, therapeutics are on the front burner. We're having tremendous. I think we'll let you know very soon, I think long before the end of the year, having tremendous success on therapeutics and tremendous success on vaccines that were ready to deliver them literally as soon as they're okay. This morning, my administration approved $1 billion for Johnson and Johnson has been working very hard, and they think you have something very special to manufacture and distribute 100 million doses of a China virus vaccine as soon as one is available. And again, we think that's going to be soon. And we think we're going to have the vaccines before the end of the year, maybe long before the end of the year. Finally, today, I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has issued $35 million in grants to 73 organizations nationwide, providing assistance to human trafficking victims. A terrible thing you think of human trafficking is being an ancient form of crime. It's not because of the Internet. It's a very modern crime all over the world, not just here all over the world, human trafficking. It's usually in women or women and Children. But it's, uh, again because of the Internet. It's a terrible situation. Never been like this and also survivors who face heightened dangers during the pandemic. It's actually increased during the pandemic. I guess some reasons are obvious and some reasons or less obvious. But human trafficking we're working very, very strongly. The wall is up to 200 77 miles right now, and it's going up by the end of the year. It will be largely finished shortly, shortly after the end of the year. And it's had a tremendous impact, a very positive impact on human trafficking. Unbelievable impact. Actually, my administration will never rest in our fight against the human. Trafficking is one to be. It's one of the most horrific of crimes, and we worked very hard on that. With that, we'll take some questions. Questions. Thank you, Mr President. First of all, he said that voting by mail is an invitation to fraud. Could you lay out and tell us exactly where the evidence is right now that mail in ballots in Nevada and other states will lead to widespread fraud? Well, if you read, even The Washington Post had a terrible story on mail in and The New York Times and many, uh, many newspapers have had terrible stories. You see him all over the Internet. They've had some just horrible stories on mail in ballots. Uh, you look at Arizona, you don't even have to have, you know, they have a provisioned where they don't have to check signatures, so you sign it and you could have a totally different signature. It's OK. It won't be approved. They have the right to go seven days after the election for approval. So you're not even gonna know who won the state of Nevada? Well, I just want to point out we did Call Nevada Secretary of State's office election division, and a spokeswoman there said that that simply isn't true, Mr President, and that Nevada will continue to check out signatures against voter registration cards. It's done at the county level. OK, but that's not what they said when they approved it. They said they're not going to check signatures. They're not gonna be able to. And their machinery, which is old, doesn't allow them to. So they're gonna be. It's going to be physically impossible for them to do that, especially in a short period of time. In addition, you have the November 3rd election, and they're allowed to count votes until seven days after the election. So what does that mean If if Nevada, which is a big state in a great state of state, I like very much and I think we're gonna do very Well, there are we gonna wait a week after November 3rd if it comes down to Nevada, which it could very well, I don't think so. I don't think it's appropriate. So with all of the bundling that you're going to have with the harvesting, you're going tohave with people being sent ballots all over that that have maybe nothing to do with the state anymore. It's a terrible thing in New York that had the Carolyn Maloney situation, and I criticise it badly over the last two years and two days. I mean, I gave it some very, very strong criticism and all of a sudden, like a miracle, they just approved the winner. Well, what happened? Did the person that was second concede the race? Even that was very close and all mixed up. They have a terrible situation in New York with the ballots, You know that. And as soon as I said, well, I think you should have a new election because the election, obviously they're not going to know what to do. I think you should have a new election. They all of a sudden announced a winner. I assume it was her, but they announced the winner. Well, I don't agree with it. Did somebody speak to the person on the other side? The opponent? Did they do something for the opponent on the other side? Take a look at Paterson, New Jersey, Take a look at many things. It's all over newspapers. What's going on with the melon ballots? They They send out millions of ballots, millions of ballots that totally unprepared to do it, and then they come back in the millions. It's going to be a disaster. I'm doing our country a big favor by bringing it up and, you know, from a common stance. But even common sense standpoint, if you look at it just out of common sense and pure, basic, beautiful intelligence, you know it can't work now. Florida's worked very hard for years and years and developing a system, and I'm sure they probably have problems also. But absentee ballots are different than mail in ballots. What you call universal male in Bell, it's a much different you have to apply for it. You have to do different things, and it's a much better system, and it's a system that can be reasonably accurate. But there's no system like going to the pole and voting. So I would like to find out why, all of a sudden, out of nowhere in the midst of all of this grief, Why is it that they approved the New York race? What us that question. There's no evidence of widespread voter products. Dwyer. Really? Well, then you're reading. Then you're reading a different newspaper than may. Go ahead the delivery. Go ahead, play stuff. Corona virus. This thing's going away. It will go away like things go with despite ongoing cases. Della isn't actually, it's going away now. It'll go away. Things go. Absolutely. It's no cash in my mind. It will go, at least frankly, sooner rather than later. This president praised government disease dangling. One of things that he did was delayed. The start off public schools opening Is that a lot of that governors in states experiencing hot spots should should do s competing in school doesn't Well, I would like to see the schools open. I think many of the school's most of the schools will be opened. I can say that Republican areas want to see him open, and the Democrats probably want to keep them closed until after November 3rd because they think it's good for them politically. I actually I don't think it's good for them politically. Parents want the schools open, We want him open, We want him open safely. We're gonna practice very strong hygiene and all of the other things that I've in numerator did many times. But we want to see the schools open. Follow governs, uses model here and what part of that model? I think he's done a very good job. He's really done a great job. You look at the numbers, you look at how it's dropped and very rapidly. He's done a great job. He's a great governor interview this morning. President, you're talking about opening the schools and he said Children are virtually immune from Cove in 19 but you would have a contractor fires. And so I said that I'm talking about from getting very sick. If you look at Children, I mean they're able to throw it off for easily and it's an amazing thing because some flues, they don't they get very sick and they have problems with flues and they have problems with other things. But for whatever reason, the China virus. Children handle it very well, and they make. They may get it, but they get it and it doesn't have much of an impact on him. And if you look at the numbers, the numbers of in terms of mortality fatality the numbers for Children under a certain age meaning young, their immune systems are very, very strong, that very powerful, and they they seem to be able to handle it very well. And that's according to every statistic right thing. President. At least two people connected to Kanye West effort to get on the ballot have been connected to the Republican Party. Is this hungry West with including in swing states? And, as you know, his wife is raise issues about whether he's had mental issues right now. So my question to you is who said his wife said. I mean, I like him. He's always been very nice to me. Are you aware? Are you aware of what? Have you encouraged anyone in the party helping get on the ballot other than I get along with him very well. I like him. I like it's what So wife recommended certain people, as you know, for including Alice Johnson is a fantastic woman, but his wife recommended certain people to get out of prison. They were in prison for a long time, a long, long time. That should have never happened. And, uh, I took what she said. Very strong Kim Kim Kardashian. And it's got a good heart, very good heart. And I like Kanye very much. No, I have nothing to do with him getting on. We'll have to see what happens. We'll see. He gets I'm not involved way I wanted to ask you. The group of Republican senators are backing $25 billion in payroll assistance to keep the airlines that being able to pay their payrolls. Do you endorse that? Republican senator Senators want to go ahead with another $25 million for airlines airlines to keep their payrolls going well, if they need it. Certainly that's a business. Some businesses are doing better than they would normally. Obviously, we know what those businesses are. Obviously, the airline business is not doing very well. You shutdowns all over the world, and you have airlines that essentially shut down. Some airlines are doing, you know, modest vested. Doing his modest I think it's very important that we keep the airlines going. They'll be very good times very soon, I hope and we don't want to lose our airlines. So if they're looking at that, whether they're Republican or Democrat, I'd be certainly in favour. We can't lose our transportation system. Yes, go to Babe Ruth. So there's been some question about your comments yesterday saying that it was an attack and that you've heard from military officials that there was, you know, an explosion. That was I can tell you, whatever happened, it's terrible, but they don't really know what it is. Nobody knows yet. At this moment they're looking. It could I mean, how can you say accident? Somebody was, you know, left some terrible explosive type devices and things around. Perhaps perhaps it was that perhaps it was an attack. I don't think anybody can say right now we're looking into it very strongly right now. It's, uh I mean, you have some people think it was an attack and you have some people that think it wasn't in any event, it was a terrible event and a lot of people were killed and a tremendous number of people were badly wounded, injured and we're standing with with that country. You know, we have a very good relationship with that country, but it's a country under a lot of turmoil, a lot of problems, but we stand with them earlier today that you are considering using the White House is the venue for your nomination speech. Senator John Thune question whether or not that's actually legal, given the Hatch Act. Is this something that you would get clearance for Johnson? Republican Jonathan. Okay, well, it is legal. There is no hat check because it doesn't pertain to the president. But if I use the White House, we save tremendous amounts of money for the government in terms of security traveling. If we go to another state or some other location, the the amount of money is very enormous, so that's something to consider. Also, I think it would be a very convenient location that would be by far the least expensive location that be very little in terms of that tremendous traveling security, with airplanes and everybody flying all over the place. So I think it would be a very convenient idea. It's something that we throughout it would be very cost conscious by comparison to any other location. Your place? Yeah, your son Don Jr tweeted yesterday asking you to direct the FDA to reject the Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. It's a giant copper and gold mine, and thinking is what way just reject its construction. The Army Corps of Engineers two weeks ago suggested it be okay to proceed with the project. But it would. Sportsman, like your son, are saying that it would be hard for Fisher. Listen to both sides. I don't know of the argument yet, but I would certainly listen to both sides. Uh, my son has some very strong opinions, and he is very much of an environmentalist. And he was very impressed with what we did yesterday because that's one of the great environmental bills and beyond that ever signed since, uh, since, uh, well, I guess over 100 years, if you think about it's been a long time. But, uh, I will look at both sides of it. I had heard about it. Uh, I will be. I understand They're gonna be doing a briefing sometime over the next 48 hours. It's gonna go very quickly I've done a lot for Alaska level ask. It's a special place. Anwar was one thing. The Highway Cove highway or whatever the new name is, whatever the old name is, we getting approvals for tremendous highway that's been sort for 40 years. They've been trying to get it approved, and I'm getting it approved. Uh, we've done a lot for Alaska. It's a special place, and I'll take a look at that. It's interesting. Thank you, President, too. Brief questions. First, your administration is praised ambulance drivers and the ambulance service for their role in dealing with the Corona virus. And recently there is Scuttlebutton that the ambulance associations, drivers and all have not been fully reimbursed for the work they're doing. They said they are old, $2.89 billion they've only received 300 million from the provider Relief that 303 103 100 million, The provider relief fund at HHS Are you going to look into this? I just started For the first time, the ambulance people have done an incredible job, as have the doctors, the nurses, the front line workers. Law enforcement has been incredible. Uh, the military FEMA I mean, I could name almost every group I can tell. You have a group that's done poorly, but the ambulance people have done ever. It's a tough job to very dangerous job. Very tough job. I will certainly looking. I mean, you tell me something that for the first time, uh, nobody is complaining about not getting paid too much. But we'll take a look at the ambulance drivers secretary today that based on what he had heard the incident in Beirut, he felt waas. I'm accident. Now he's disagreed with you on other things. Before you have any comment about whatever he if he if that's what he heard. I think that I've heard it both ways to I've heard accent. I've heard explosives and obviously it must have been some form of explosives, but whether it was a bomb intentionally set off, it ended up being a bomb. But no, I've heard it both ways. He could have been an accident, and it could have also been something that was very offensive. And I wouldn't be very happy with you. Just have suspicion that the explosion is a bomb. Do you have any plans pertaining to U s assets in the region, for example. I mean, how how are you looking into? We're working very closely with the government, and we're working very closely with many different agencies, including the military, and we'll be able to figure it out. We already probably have figured it out. Thank you very much, everybody. It is what it is. About 1000 Americans dying day.