Trump dismisses Biden's call for nationwide mask mandate
President Donald Trump provides an Aug. 13, 2020, update on the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and the national response to it.
more that they caught the killer of legend Ferro Horribly shot young man. Wonderful young man. And, uh, we have just just just came out two minutes ago. So Attorney General Barr just announced, As you know, we named Operation Legend after legend too far where we're going to be helping out and in the process of helping out cities throughout our country that have difficulty with crime, in particular, certain types of crime. So that's really good news. They caught the killer of legend Today. We saw Joe Biden continued to politicize a pandemic and to show his appalling lack of respect for the American people. That's what it is. At every turn, Biden has been wrong about the virus, ignoring the scientific evidence and putting left wing politics before facts and evidence. Sleepy Joe opposed both e China and the Europe travel bans. You know that he opposed the China travel ban that I instituted very early and the Europe travel ban that I instituted quite early. If he had followed, if we went after I listen to his advice, hundreds of thousands more people would have died. This is according to many people. I believe that Dr Fauci agreed with that. He said that President Trump made a great decision when he put the bed on China. Joe Biden wants to fling open American borders, allowing the pandemic to infiltrate every US community. Based on his policies, he wants to have ridiculous open borders. I've been saying from the first day I started campaigning for this great office that you have open borders, You don't have a country, you don't have a country with open borders, so he wants open borders. The Democrats want open borders, and if you take a look at our southern border, we would have criminals pouring through. The wall is getting close to 290 miles long, and it's having a huge impact, so we disagree with him on that. That's one of the many different many things that we disagree with. But while Joe Biden would allow rioters and looters and criminals and millions of illegal aliens to roam free in our country, he wants the federal government issue a sweeping new mandate to law abiding citizens. He wants the president, the United States, with the mere stroke of a pen, to order over 300 million American citizens to wear a mask for a minimum of three straight months. I guess this just happened. He thinks it's good politics, I guess no matter where they live and no matter their surroundings, because different states there much different both in terms of the atmosphere itself and also in terms of, uh, the Corona problem. He does not identify what authority the president has to issue such a mandate or how federal law enforcement could possibly enforce it, or why we would be stepping on governors throughout our country, many of whom have done a very good job, and they know what is needed. Also, many of our 50 states are doing the, uh, the job at a level that, frankly, people are really surprised, including foreign governments that are calling us constantly and asking for advice. So I want to just say our governors have I worked very hard. They've worked with Vice President Pence and myself and everybody else. It's been going. We have Scott now involved. So Scott, congratulations where you'll be working with a lot of governors you've already started, and Dr Fauci and Dr Berks, if the president has the unilateral power to order every single citizen to cover their face. In nearly all instances, what other powers does he have? That's why he refused Biden to take questions he couldn't answer. Any of them couldn't answer the questions. He refuses to take questions. He never takes questions. I take questions. He never takes questions, and you sort of wonder what's going on because they're not that difficult. Some can be nasty, but they're not that difficult. But he never takes questions, so he just, I guess, left. I didn't see it, but I guess he just left the podium, Put it in your minds. My administration is a different approach. We have urged Americans to wear masks, and I emphasized, uh, this is a patriotic thing to do. Maybe they're great. And maybe there just good. Maybe they're not so good. But frankly, uh, what do you have to lose? I have nothing to lose. So we dio and we've been saying where, um when it's appropriate, especially in terms of social distancing if you can't distance enough, and, uh, what do you have to lose? But again, it's up to the governors, and we wanna have a certain freedom. We want to have a certain freedom. That's what we're about the same time. We also understand that each state is different and is facing unique circumstances. You have very, very different states facing very unique differences and circumstances. We've entrusted the governors of each state elected by the people to develop and enforce their own mask policies and other policies. Following guidance from the federal government and C. D. C. We're working with each day to implement a plan based on the facts and science. We will continue to urge Americans to wear masks when they cannot socially distance, but would not need to bring the full weight of the federal government down on law abiding Americans. To accomplish this goal, Americans must have their freedoms, and I trust the American people and their governors very much. I trust the American people, and the governors want to do the right thing to make the smart decisions. And, uh, Joe doesn't Joe doesn't Joe doesn't know too much. Unlike the Biden approach, our approach is guided by science. That's why we're focused on protecting the high risk Americans. That is why we're delivering effective medical treatments to dramatically reduce the fatality rate, and that is why we're developing a vaccine and therapeutics in record time. You'll see that, I think very soon. Sleepy Joe rejects the scientific approach in favor of locking all Americans in their basements for months on end, which I think is something that Scott would be very opposed to. I think I can speak for you. We've been dealing pretty strongly over the last number of weeks, but he wants them in the basement for months on end, and you have governors that have been very, very strict on keeping people in. The house is keeping people in their, uh, wherever they may be apartments and frankly, ah, I don't think the results unnecessarily better than other results. But he wants to shut down our economy, closer schools and grind society to a halt, and he wants it done by a federal decree. This would lead to a crippling, long, long lasting depression. This would be a crippling, long lasting depression, and yesterday I showed you the numbers about how well we're doing, coming back with auto sales and auto manufacturing, and used car sales and housing sales at numbers that nobody would have believed and we're back and very strong It's a very strong V. It's almost a straight up. V will be discussing that over the next couple of days. But the economy is coming back and the employment numbers over the last three months or a record in history of our country and we'll be back next year. I think we'll be maybe even stronger than the previous year, where we set every record in the book unemployment and stock market. By the way, our stock Walker numbers are very close to record, and NASDAQ is actually record over the last 14 days, 14 for 14 times. Now it's been record and that's uh, during what we hope will be the more final stages of the pandemic. So if we did what Biden wanted to do, it would shut down our health care system and lead to a massive increase in mortality, including suicide overdose, heart disease and countless other physical or mental harms. It is very, very bad on the other side of the equation. When you do something like that, those shutdowns are very punitive, very punitive. They hurt a lot of people in a lot of different ways, through depression, through suicide, through so many other things. Um, alcohol, drugs. Biden's approach is regressive, its anti scientific, and it's very defeatist but will be very bad for our country. While Joe Biden has been playing politics from the sidelines, he has no clue. We've been solving problems and delivering tremendous results. The most advanced in robust testing system on the planet. The number one producer of ventilators in the world by far unprecedented industrial mobilization, biggest since World War two. Operation warp speed to deliver lifesaving treatments and very soon, a vaccine. What a planned by Joe Biden has actually laid out would do. We've really already accomplished. In fact, many of the things that was well reported over the last few days, every single thing he said to do, every single thing we did and we did him well. So Biden is no idea on his own. He only knows what he thinks we should do when he spews it out. And then he I guess you could say plagiarize is and he really did in our case, because every single one of the events, I think Caylee we could say that was something we had already done. So will defeat the virus. But not by hiding in our basements. He's got to come out of his basement, will defeat this virus through a common sense mitigation effort, shielding those at highest risk and unleashing America's medical and scientific genius, which is what it is. And we've already been doing it and were very close to having something that's gonna be very, very special. The form of therapeutics and vaccines. To Joe, I would say, Stop playing politics with the virus To Siri's partisan politics is no place here. It's a shameful situation for anybody to try and score political points while we're working to save lives and defeat the pandemic in times of national challenge. America's in Americans and we are, by the way, we're working with countries from all over the world, and they're trying to learn from us and some of the countries that you spoke most well about our having a tremendous surge right now, but it will work out. But Americans must unite together, and they must put politics aside and have to really unite for a common good. Three vaccines air in the final stage of clinical trials. They're doing really well. We're producing the most promising vaccine candidates in advance. As you know, part of the largest industrialisation ever. It's ah, incredible. When I meet with heads of companies that are doing this that are the best companies anywhere in the world, it's incredible where they are, how they're doing and the speed with which they're doing it. And also the speed with which the FDA is approving things, because by any other standard you would have been two or three years away from being at the point that we're at. By the end of this week, we will have shipped 1846 rapid point of care testing devices to nursing homes, which are very important source, as you know, for people that are not handling the plague from China very well. This week alone, we're sending 992 testing devices and 450,000 tests to more than 950 nursing homes across the country, and these tests are incredible. These air tested are all new, very modern, and we're also getting on the three test that are not done immediately with the 5 to 15 minute timing. When they do send them to a lab. They're coming back now in three days. So it's a three day process, which is about as good as you could do. You have one day of delivering one day of receiving on one day in the lab. We're also requiring all nursing homes to test all members of their staff at least weekly. By unleashing America's scientific genius, we have delivered effective treatments. The case fatality rate for Americans over 70 is declined by about 85%. It's a fantastic numbers declined. That's case fatality. It's declined by 85%. Europe has seen 40% more excess mortality than the United States compared to a non pandemic year. So, uh, you hear the numbers on those numbers are very interesting, but that's the way it is. We continue to urge all Americans to wash your hands socially distance, wear a mask when necessary, and when you cannot distance and protect. Very importantly, the vulnerable protect people that are older and especially people that have problems with heart or diabetes or some other problem. Earlier today, very exciting news, very big news all over the world. They're talking about it all over the world. It was amazing we finalized a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. After half a century, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. Nobody thought this was something that could happen for a long time. It is the most important diplomatic breakthrough since the Egypt Israel peace agreement was signed over 40 years ago. We have Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Here. Thank you, David, for being here. We were much You would agree that this was a big day for Israel and a big day for the world. Thank you, David. You've been fantastic two fantastic Ambassador and representative of our country. Thank you very much. The deal that was reached today will enable Muslims toe have far greater ability to visit many historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at the El Aqsa Mosque, which is very important to them, which save I wanted to have access to for many, many decades. This is a monumental step to forging ties of cooperation in the Middle East. And I think you're gonna have other countries come forward. I can tell you we already do, and they want to make a deal. You could have peace in the Middle East be fantastic. Israel is also suspending settlements in the West Bank, which is a big deal, a bold step toward achieving peace. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have also agreed to immediately expand and accelerate scientific collaboration to develop effective treatments and vaccines to defeat the China virus. They've both been hit virtually every countries but it 188 countries and to save lives in their region and in their world. So they are working very much on the vaccines also with us and again some very good news is going to take place with respect to that are unprecedented. Diplomatic engagements laid the groundwork for this historic peace agreement which was just announced a little while ago. Today we will not rest as we continue to work toward a world of greater harmony and prosperity for all. I want to thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed Benzia, head of the United Arab Emirates, to fantastic people for their vision and their leadership, and I look forward to hosting them at the White House very soon to formally signed the agreement will probably be doing it over the next. I would say three weeks and they're becoming to Washington. So that was a tremendous day. That was a tremendous thing that happened. And, uh, it's great sign. We have a lot of other interesting things going on with other nations also having to do with peace agreements. And, uh, a lot of big news is coming over the next few weeks, and I'm sure you'll be very impressed. And more importantly, it's a great thing for our country. Great thing for the world. So thank you very much. Please go ahead. Thank Mr President. I appreciate it. I'm gonna ask you about school age, kids and food. One of the real problems when you shut down schools. These air kids are produced and free lunch programs. They need these meals to make it through their day with District's shutting down school. What, if anything, can the federal government do to make sure that the kids still get decent meals as long as the school's air out? Well, you know, we don't want the schools shut down. We want the school's toe open and especially very young Children and Children, all Children, but especially very young Children handle it very well. So we want schools open. We don't want to be in that position. We want schools open, We've made payment. And we would Frankly, if the school isn't gonna open, we would much rather follow the child with the payment. Give the money to the child, meaning the parents of the child. And let that let the parents do what they have to do, including bringing the child to another school. Because we're finding that whether it's, uh, parents or Children, people want to get back to school. They want to have their life back. Some people say they don't want The Democrats don't want schools open because that's where you have a lot of polling booths on. If you have a school clothes, you can't very easily have polling booths at the school, and that's becoming, I think, maybe will be able to show that as fact. But that's another thing that they're doing to try and keep people away from the pole. So we have to look into that, but it's you've been reading about it. I've been reading about it and I don't like it, but we'd like to see the schools open that we don't have that problem. Good question. What's your understanding of how long Israel will suspend this West Bank annexation player? Uh, what do you think? Tell me we have putting our necks into the basket Peace way. Have an agreement with the Emirates. We're gonna male down all the details. Embassies, overflights, commercial, were extrapolated that to the rest of the region how long that takes, I can tell you, but that's we prioritized peace over the sovereignty movement. But it's not off the table is just something that will be deferred until way Give peace every single chance away from this deal. Well, but they are supported largely by some of the countries that we're talking to and that have already signed in the case of the one country. But others will be following, and, uh, I think the Palestinians will, without saying it necessarily yet I think they very much want to be a part of what we're doing. And I see ultimately the Palestinians see peace between Israel and the Palestinians. As I see that happening, I think as these very big, powerful, wealthy countries come in, I think the Palestinians will follow quite naturally. Uh, Pless, do you believe that a deal without Israel's agreement to temporarily temporarily uses fund annexation? Say it again? Could you make a letter? Do you believe that a deal could have been reached without Israel's agreement to temporarily suspend annexation? Do you think about that, David? It's interesting. I think you can do both at the same time. So I think again prioritised peace, sovereignty after pieces. Given every opportunity, I don't think two could have been on Israel permanently. Consider this is a temporary. This morning you said that you do know funding U. S. Postal Service because Democrats are trying to expand voting by mail. So I've got two questions for you one. Are you threatening to veto any legislation that includes funding for the post Post office sign something that doesn't and shepherd thing? I would do it. But what are the reasons the post office needs that much money is to have all of these millions of ballots coming in from nowhere, and nobody knows from where and where they're going to. So what happened in Caitlin in Virginia? It was, you know, 500,000 applications coming in going all over the state. Nobody even knows where they came from. You. So what happened in New York? Which was a disaster with Congresswoman? Uh, Carolyn Maloney. It was It was a basic disaster. And you see, Paterson, New Jersey, what's going on there? And we can give you many other locations inside. What has happened is that's part of a big negotiation that's actually small part of a big negotiation, to get more money to people that it wasn't their fault. It was China's for and post offices part of it. Another part of it is they want 3.5 $1,000,000,000 just for the ballots himself. Why, it's so much, I don't know, but that's what the Democrats want. But if the bill isn't going to get done, that would mean the post office isn't going to get funded. And that would also mean that the 3.5 $1,000,000,000 is it gonna be taken care of. So I don't know how you could possibly use these ballots. These mail in ballots, absentee ballots, by the way, you are fine. But the universal mailings that had just sent all over the place where people can grab them and grip stacks of them and sign them and do whatever you want. That's the thing we're against. Precisely the problem is that you're saying you do not want to give this post office funding in this current Morris legislation. They say they need it so they could be prepared. The pandemic is still going on in November, when the election happened, and people don't feel safe to go vote in person. They can vote by mail and it can be safe and it can be secure. I can understand the post office, And if we could agree to a bill the overall bill, which is obviously a much bigger number than just the post office, that would be fine. But they have the post office as one of their requests. It's their request. You said you were against it, didn't you? I'm only against What I'm against is I'm against doing anything where the people aren't taken care of and the people are being taken care of properly. We have. We want people to get money. It wasn't their fault that they got shut down. They got shut down by China. So whether it's the post office or whether it's a 3.5 $1,000,000,000 you know, they're asking for 3.5 $1,000,000,000 just for the universal male and balance. But they're not willing to make a deal. These air two points within a very big deal. The thing they want more than anything else, Caitlin. And you know, this is bailout money for the states and for the cities that are in trouble, which for the most part of Democrat run states and cities, so New York has a problem. California has a problem. Illinois has it tremendous problem and others. They want to be able to bail out thes states, and we don't want to be doing that or certainly don't want to do it to the extent they're looking for $1 trillion we don't want to be doing that. Please go ahead. They need that money in order to make the post office works that can take all these millions and millions of ballots. And you said that would be fraudulent. So it sounded like you said it will end up being fraudulent because if you look at what's happened over the last few weeks, just look at the few instances where this has happened. It's turned out to be for Well, if you look at New York, it was fraudulent. If you look at Paterson, New Jersey was for that, the whole thing is a mess. In fact, Carolyn Maloney's opponent is his gun crazed, he said. They took the election away from him and he may be right. I think they should redo that election. And if you look at Virginia, it's terrible. Look at some of the things that have happened in California. Look at California, where they found a 1,000,000 non eligible voters. That was done by Judicial Watch Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch. We have to have an honest election, and it is not going to be an honest election. I guess people have to sit down and think really long and hard about it. But if the post office, if they're not going to approve a bill and the post office therefore won't have the money and if they're not going to approve a big bill, a bigger bill and they're not gonna have the 3.5 $1,000,000,000 for the universal male and votes, how can you have those votes What would mean is the people have to go to the polls and vote like the old days, like two years ago, three years ago, four years ago. They have to go to the It doesn't say anybody's taking the vote away, but it means that the universal mail ins don't work. Absentees do work. It's a very different thing, an absentee where you make an application and you send it in. They send you a vote is different. But so, Caitlin, I'm not saying anything wrong with voting. I want him to vote. But that would mean that they'd have to go to a voting booth like they used to and vote. It's a voting in person. People want a vote by mail. Well, they're gonna have to feel safe and they will be safe. And we will make sure that they're safe and we're not gonna have to spend 3.5 $1,000,000,000 to do it. And when you go to a voting, it would be wonderful if we had voting. I D. And some states have that in some states don't because they can't get it passed most states wanted, but we want people to vote, but we want people to vote. So when they voted means one vote, it doesn't mean ballots all over the place. You saw what would what was happening in Virginia, where piles of ballot applications are dropped all over the state. They had him named after dogs. They had him named after dead people. We want to have an accurate vote. I'm not doing this for any reason. Maybe the other turns out to be my advantage. I don't know. I can't tell you that. But I do know this. I just want an accurate vote. And it's a fair question. By the way, so does everybody else. Okay, Mr President, How's the accord today between Israel and the U. A. E. Help struggling and persecuted Christians in the Middle East help but help struggling at persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The deal today. So I think it's going to I think it's a big start and you're right about that. Christians have been persecuted by some countries, in particular in the Middle East, and I think this is a big start. It's gonna be a very strong start, very powerful start, and it's something that I will tell you, I've told David and I've told everyone of our negotiators. If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it's it's beyond disgraceful. It's, uh, if I if I had information and if I had absolute proof some of the stories that we've heard which are not easy, which is not easy to get. I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn't believe what they do to Christians in the Middle East, and it's It's disgraceful. It's disgraceful. You're right. It's a very big part of the overall negotiation. And as countries come in, for instance, you A has agreed very strongly to represent us. I think they will very well with respect to Christianity, because in the Middle East it's not treated well. It's not treated well. It always treated horribly and very unfairly, and, uh, it's criminal what's happened, and that's for many, many years. I think it's a great question and very it's a very unfair situation. Please thank you, Mr President Larry Kudlow said that there is a room saying Check in cold with the China on the phase one trade deal, My question is. What if they bring up tick talking and also we check We're joined Gate. Would you instruct your team to engage them on that? Exactly. A deadline of September 15th and whether it's Microsoft, I understand and others air negotiating. We also said that obviously, it's worthless if we don't allow him into the country. So we said that the United States Treasury is going to be getting something out of this deal, something very substantial. But what we want is total security, but we have a deadline of September 15th so I know Microsoft and others are very interested in it. But that's our deadline, and it has to be proven to be totally secure. We don't want to have any information going into China with what we've been through, and I have to tell you talked about the deal. You mentioned the Phase one deal well, the Phase one deal. It's very interesting situation because you've been hearing the largest order of corn in history, the largest order of soybeans, the largest order of beef They've dunmore than they've ever done. So you're gonna have to figure that one out with where I'm coming from. I could have because they see my attitude. My attitude toward China is not friendly, but they have gone into orders that are extremely large, extremely large. And our farmers are very happy. But with what they did with respect to the pandemic, the the plague that came in from China. Uh, it just is a different feeling. It was an incredible deal, but I have a very different feeling. But they are giving. They are giving the Midwest. Are farmers among the largest orders they've ever seen? Somebody told me today, Bob Lighthouse, that it's about 40% of the of what they're selling now is going to China. So maybe they're trying to make me, uh, changed my mind a little bit because you know my attitude on China and it's not it hasn't been very good. Well, we're not talking to them. Know we're talking to the company's theory. It's a company, but it's a company within China. That means China and the deal will have to be substantially beneficial to the United States, and we need total security. Okay, say what you yourself think that annexation should be off the table for Israel, and if so, something they've discussed, but Israel has agreed not to do that. I mean more than just off the table. They've agreed not to do it, and I think that was very important. And I think it was a great concession by Israel, and I think was a very smart concession by Israel. But David, you have anything for the prime minister? Was was pretty clear today at his own press conference that he considers this to be a temporary suspension and that the deal would still be open to him at some point in the future. I'm asking what you think you should dio. Right now I can say it's off the table so I can't talk about sometime into the future. That's a big statement, but right now it's off the table. Is that a correct statement, Mr Ambassador? Yes. The word suspended was chosen carefully by all the parties. Suspend. By definition, looking up means temporary hold. It's off the table back, but it's not good, you said you want an accurate vote from the rest of postmaster general to reverse some of the policy changes that they're in order to prevent the late No, I wouldn't do that. It'll No, I want the post office to run properly, but which makes sense? They would need a lot more money if they're gonna be taken in tens of millions of ballots that just come out of the sky from nowhere. And so they need additional financial help. It's a part of the bill that the Democrats don't want to make because they want a trillion much bigger part of the bill. They want a trillion dollars to go toe states that are run by governors who happen to be Democrats who have not done a good job for many, many years. And those estates that Oh, a lot of money and need a lot of money. They're talking about $1 trillion. So the post office and the 3.5 $1,000,000,000 for the votes themselves, which sounds like a lot of money. They're looking for 3.5 $1,000,000,000. Think of that $3 billion to have mail in ballots again. Absentee. Good. Universal, Malin. Very bad. Uh, negotiations are still ongoing about whether to get more money to the Postal Service. Why not put more resources and more money yourself, find a way to do that to make sure there is what they can do it very easily. All they have to do is make a deal. If they make a deal, the Postal Service is taken care of. The money they need for the mail in ballots would be taken care of. If we agree to it, that doesn't mean we're going to agree to it, but all they have to do is make a deal. But again, more important to them is not that. That's a lot of money, but it's small time compared to the other what they want to do, and very, very, very strongly. What they want to do is bailout cities that are run by Democrats and have been for many years, and these cities and states have done very badly and they desperately need money for that. And we're open to something. But we're not open to the kind of money that they need. Go ahead place just one second. What are you doing? Is President to make sure there is a fair election? Do what? What are you doing this President? To make sure there is a So everyone talks about Russia, Russia, Russia, They talk about China, China. They talk about all of these different countries that come in and run our elections, which is false. But what they do, what they don't talk about are things like very loose mail in ballots, universal in nature that, frankly, Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, all of these countries that we are reading about hearing about and in some cases they're writing about intelligence waas the's countries. Congrats, those ballots or print forgeries of those ballots and they would go out and they would have a field day. This is the easiest way for the mail in ballots. Is the easiest way for a country like a China or Russia or North Korea or Iran, I hear ran to, you know, that was part of the report. This would be very easy for them. This is much easier than what we have been very strong. Have you remember President Obama was informed about Russia by the FBI in September? The election was in November. President Obama decided to do absolutely nothing about it. People don't mention that very much anymore. That's a lost fact. But he was informed very powerful E that they're going to do and President Obama did nothing. We have done a lot, and we've really short it up. But what? People can never prepare for our millions and millions of mail in ballots because they could be forged. They could be captured. They could be taken. No. Well, that's a very hard thing to do. We have to make sure that we can do that. Please. 3.5 years, you regret it all. All the line you've done to the American people. Know what holder lying All the dishonest ease that who is done. You have done, uh, tens of please, please. I wanted a payroll got cut. One eye's gonna be optional or mandatory for employers to defer and not collect the payroll tax. The payroll tax is very important and a very big benefit to people. As you know, two companies because we want the company's very strong, but now directly to people. And it's a very big number, and we're taking care of it. And we this will go directly to the people, the workers within the company. It's a payroll tax. It's called a payroll tax cut. We're cutting the payroll tax, and it's a very large number and that will go directly to the workers of the company. Players collect that through. Fighting will be suspect. Assist. Are they required not to collect that month? The you mean later on. You mean later on. Later. So September 1, when I get my paycheck, we'll be able lawyers. The employers will collect it and give it. Most likely the employers will collect it and give it okay. I just can't get understand She circulating in social media. Harris is not eligible to be run for vice president because she was a baby. Do you or can you definitively say whether or not Tom Harris is eligible? Legal meets the legal requirements to run for president. So I just heard that I heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements. And by the way, the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer. I have no idea. That's right. I would have. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president. But that's a very serious You're saying that they're saying that she doesn't qualify because she wasn't born in this country. I don't know about it. I just heard about it. I'll take a look recently said that you She is hoping that you might be able to deliver the speech in front of the U. N. General Assembly in person, even though other leaders will be sending in their video recording. Can you confirm that? Yeah. I'm thinking about going directly to the U. N to do the speech. A lot of people will not because of Cove. It will not be able to be there A Z, you know. But I'm thinking I think it's, ah appropriate. If we can do it, I'll do it directly. And, uh, again, this will not be like in the past, because some countries won't be able to escape the problems they're having, you know, countries having a tremendous problem with the China virus, so we'll see what happens. But I would prefer doing it. I can do it the other way. I could do it viral, as they say. I could do it in that form, but I'd rather be at the United Nations. Deliver it. I think it's I think it better represents a country. Also. I feel sort of a at least a semi obligation as the president of the United States to be at the United Nations to deliver what will be an important speech. Well, the room won't be empty. The room will have different people there in representatives of countries. But I can understand how it's, you know, it's very difficult for countries to be there. They won't be the only for that reason they'd love to be there. I've already had people call facts. A couple of them. I'd love to be there. If you want, I'll be there. So don't be there. You have to be there. Uh, no. The room would be I think the room will not be. Although there may be a spacing requirement like you have in this room. This room was always packed. This room would be packed again if we had the seats open. But you have a spacing requirements. So I understand that the United Nations they may have that too. Yes, please. Thank you. Mr President. I'm way don't lined by my questions times. Sure. Yes. Thank you. I'd like to ask her opinion about what recently happened in Hong Kong. Recent attack on press freedom in Hong Kong and you lie. It was arrested. I was raided. How will the U. S. Response? Well, I think it's a terrible thing. But when Thing that we have done, you know, we gave tremendous incentives to Hong Kong because of freedom. We want freedom and we were giving tremendous economic incentives to Hong Kong. And we have now withdrawn all of those incentives and it will be impossible for Hong Kong to compete with the United States. With respect to that, it just won't be because we've taken all of the incentives away. If you look at China with the World Trade Organization as an example, they getting tremendous because they're considered a developing nation, which is ridiculous. Why should they be a developing nation? But we're not and they get tremendous incentives. We have, by the way, told them it's unacceptable and we've been We've been doing that for a long time. They understand exactly how we feel and big changes are being made. But with respect to Hong Kong, they get tremendous financial incentives so that they could do business and compete in the world. We have now withdrawn all of those incentives. It's gonna be very hard for Hong Kong to compete. And I will tell you that the United States and I say this from any standpoint you want to hear it will end up making a lot more money because of it. Because we lost a lot of business to Hong Kong. We made it very convenient for people to go there for companies to go there. We've withdrawn all of that and the United States will be a big beneficiary from an economic standpoint. But I hate to see what happened to Hong Kong because freedom is a great thing. Thank you. Ovary much. Thank you. Thank you.