Trump predicts mailed ballots this election will be 'scam of all time'
President Donald Trump holds a Sept. 18, 2020, news conference at the White House.
out of work has been going on with respect to the vaccines. Very successful work, I might add. We have three great great companies doing somewhat different variations, but they're all looking very good. From the beginning of the China virus, all nations have understood that our top priority must be to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible to end the pandemic and get life back to normal. The successful vaccine will not only save millions of lives, it will put an end to the restrictions and some of the things that go on and have to go on. In the meantime today. I want to discuss the historic progress we're making to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in record time. And there's never been anything like this ever in our history. There's never been in history period world history. Since January, Americans, brilliant doctors and scientists have been working around the clock. These are the best medical minds in the world by far, and the vaccines were going through the gold standard of clinical trials and very heavy emphasis placed on safety. Three vaccines are already in the final stage. Joe Biden's anti vaccine theories are putting a lot of lives at risk, and they're only doing it for political reasons. It's very foolish. It's part of their war to try and discredit the vaccine. Now that they know that we essentially have, it will be announcing it fairly soon as part of Operation Warp Speed. My administration's manufacturing all of the most promising vaccines in advance, and actually, it'll be fairly long in advance. As soon as a vaccine is approved, the administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin within 24 hours after notice. And the general, I think those are the words specifically you wanted us to use. Within 24 hours, you are all set to go on. A massive amounts will be delivered through our great military, and the general is one of our best. And he is ready to go. Will have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year and likely much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April. And again I'll say that even at that later stage a delivery will go assed fast as it comes. They can deliver their very good best. I think probably the best in the world. The estimates are providing today are based on the manufacturing that's in process, and that's in process immediately. Right now, we've already exceeded our ambitious goals under the Defense Production Act contracts that we've secured. We may even get far above these numbers and numbers that I'm telling you today. I think we'll exceed them very, very substantially, and I think that also includes distribution. I think distribution will go even quicker than most people think. I'm relying on our military. Everything I've done with our military's worked out very well. In a short time, we'll have a safe and effective vaccine and will defeat the virus. Interestingly, as I was saying that go very well, just like yeah, what we did with our military with respect to Isis went very well, long ahead of schedule. They have been incredible in working with May. Let's go to Puerto Rico because Puerto Rico's been hit very, very hard by a lot of different storms and they're great people. It's a great place. I know it well, great place today my administration is making the largest emergency relief award in history to rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid and educational system. We're awarding $13 billion to permanently repaired, replaced thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines. That should have been done many years ago. This was beyond even the storms. It was just a joy and a lot of the salt. The salt from that ocean is a killer for electrical stations and power generation systems. But on top of the salt, you had these massive storms or hurricanes come in and Maria in particular was a disaster. But for many years, they've been trying to get this done, and they have been had the political will power in Washington to get it done. So we're gonna get it done for them. We're also gonna be bringing back very, very major amounts of medical work. You know, where you have pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical manufacturing at levels that few places head and a lot of its left Puerto Rico. And we're gonna bring that back, especially now since our emphasis is going to be making our product. So we're gonna bring pharmaceutical manufacturing back to Puerto Rico. A lot of it left over the years. Over a long period of time, it's been leaving and going to China and other places that we're bringing all of that back. This was done in previous administrations. I'd like to just point out we've done more for Puerto Rico than anybody, and this is just a example of it. But we've done more for Puerto Rico by far than anybody will also be launching a major effort to repair and renovate the schools across the island following Hurricane Maria. My administration immediately deployed the full power of the federal government to bring the electric grid back online so they could, at least temporarily, and it certainly wasn't a permanent fix. It was ripped to shreds, but a lot of that was ripped to shreds long before even the storm came in. For many, many years they've been trying to do it, but we wanted to restore water supplies that we did make emergency repairs to critical infrastructure, which we took care of and save countless lives which we did. FEMA's response in Puerto Rico included the longest sustained air mission supplying food and water in American history. We supplied it for long after the hurricane was gone. The largest disaster commodity distribution mission in U. S. History and the largest sea bridge operation in federal disaster aid. U. S history. My administration's also pre positioned vast quantities of relief supplies for the future disasters. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico's in in the way of a lot of different storms, a lot of hurricanes, and the island is now stocked with nearly eight times as much drinking water and 13 times as much food is it had before I took office. So they're ready to go if something should happen. They got brushed by a storm recently, but they're in a good position. So we're gonna bring back medical distribution and manufacturing to Puerto Rico and at a level far greater than it was before. And it's been emptied out. It's been largely it largely left the island for many years. Uh, one point it was, uh it was the talk of the world, and now it's the talk of the world in a different way. We're bringing it back, so we're gonna be bringing it back from various other parts of the world is going to Puerto Rico, and I think that's gonna be very exciting for the people, and we're undertaking the largest federal investment in Puerto Rico's history. So you have a lot of a lot of friends in Puerto Rico, and I told them about it. I asked him about it conceptually, What do you think? And they're very excited. I just want to say. By contrast, Bidens devastated the island of Puerto Rico. He Joe Biden. What he's done to Puerto Rico, meaning the past administration is, is devastating. 1996. Biden voted to eliminate a critical tax provisions that had allowed Puerto Rico to become a dominant player in global pharmaceutical manufacturing. That's what happened when Biden voted to repeal this provision. The pharmaceutical industry was ripped out of Puerto Rico, All incentive to stay there was taken away, and all of the jobs went to China and other places, but mostly to China. That's what happened. This was done with a vote of Biden. This was even before the Obama administration. This was This was early on, but so, so sad that that was done and then Obama came in and got worse. So for the people of Puerto Rico, they were a disaster for you and I have to say in a very nice way, very respectful way. I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico. Nobody even close. But as a result, the island's economy under the previously mentioned names right, it just absolutely cratered. Biden's vote also left the United States at the mercy of foreign suppliers for essential medicines, putting our national security and our health at risk. We had a tremendous industry potentially going to Puerto Rico, and they just absolutely cut it short with bad votes and took all the incentive away and it went to other places far away lands. So they really in a sense, we're voting to destroy Puerto Rico and we're bringing Puerto Rico back and we'll have it done fairly quickly, and the $13 billion is That's a tremendous That's a tremendous amount of money, but it's a very important amount, and I think you're going to see something terrific and it's very exciting to me. What the most exciting is bringing the whole pharmaceutical industry back. We've spoken to various companies and they're willing to go there. Uh, they wanna have a little bit of help, but they're willing to go to Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico is gonna be very exciting. What's gonna happen? They were on the verge of doing it and they took away all the incentives. I don't know how that was allowed to happen, but they allowed it to happen. That was very, very bad for Puerto Rico and the people of Puerto Rico. That was done by Democrats. And a Republican is bringing it back. So with that, we could take a few questions and we are again very advanced on the vaccine. We think that sometime in the very near future will have it where I would say, I think I can say years ahead of schedule, what it would be if it were and administration other than this one. It would have been. You would have been years before you ever had anything approved by the FDA. John, please, Mr. President, This this huge aid package to Puerto Rico, why not a year ago? Why not two years ago were not three years ago by 46 days to? Because what we're doing is we've been working on it for a long time to get it passed. Very tough to get things passed. Democrats, where they don't want to see this happen, and they probably certainly didn't want to see it happen at this point. But it's a big package. It's a great package, and I think the most exciting part of the package isn't necessarily the billions of dollars. It's gonna be what we do with the pharmaceutical industry. We're gonna get them back into Puerto Rico. They liked being there, but they changed the text situation. They ripped it out. So they really ripped apart the island and we're gonna bring it back, John. It may be simply coincidental, but it does coincide with the big push for Puerto Rican voters that the Biden Harris campaign. I think that's well, they can't do anything. Look, the Biden Harris campaign what they did they hurt, You know, I've gone through it. And whether it was President Obama or Vice President Biden, they were a disaster for Puerto Rico, a disaster and what we're doing and what we've done. But what we're doing is something that will be fantastic for many years in the future. Bringing back the farmer pharmaceutical industry manufacturing in Puerto Rico is what they've wanted for years, and we're doing that in addition to the $13 billion. Yes, please, Mr President, Think I heard you right? Saying that you said that there should you expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April? So as we sit here in mid September and there have been questions about the timeline can you walk us through now and the beginning of April to which every American could have a vaccine when I think we may exceed those numbers? Even Scott, do you want to discuss that mhm way? Have all the people that are involved in the actual vaccine distribution here, But we were just going through this. As of the end of the year, we will have over 100 million doses manufactured. The people who are not prioritized list of including high risk, including first responders, will have, uh, the ability to take the vaccine. No one's being mandated to be vaccinated at the latest in January, and as we said yesterday, and or I think yesterday they there will be hundreds of millions of doses delivered for people to take it during the first quarter. And so that by April, every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated. It's not a force vaccination, of course, Dr Fauci said today basically echoed Doctor Redfield's comments that Q to Q three Some point the summer of next year, the entire country, potentially or at least many Americans that need to be vaccinated will be vaccinated. Is that timeline we think we will next summer? That's that's on the way. We think we can beat that number way if you don't. If you don't mind through the Commerce Department essentially gave you a runway today to strike a deal after the election. Do you expect the Ticktock deal before the election or after the election? I think it could go quickly. We have great companies talking to us about it. You know about Oracle. You know, Microsoft has been involved and let's see whether or not they're continuing to be involved. Walmart is truly a great company. They're very much involved. They wanna do something. So we have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy, but have the security that we need. We have to have the total security from China. We just know we're not going to do anything to jeopardize security at the same time. It z an amazing company. Very, very popular so that we could do a combination of both. I'd be very happy doing that. Could go very quickly. That could go very, very fast. Yeah, Please go ahead. What do you owe in? Thank you, Mr President, on Kuwait. So the Ambassador Thio, Kuwaiti ambassador to Austria this week told the i a e A that the Kuwaiti government is very concerned over Iran's constant breaching of the p o. A. In your discussions with the Kuwaitis today, have you discussed where they stand this week as we go into the U. N. As United States tries Thio extend sanctions on Iran? Well, they just left my office as you know, the Oval Office and we had a very good meeting with the Amir and I think we understand each other very well. There very excited about a lot of things that are happening in the Middle East. They they are so excited that we signed the first two countries and I think they'll end up fairly quickly being a part of it. I have I would say seven or eight countries that want to be a part of it without even working very easily. Very quickly. Nobody thought this would happen. And not only is it happening, it's happening rather easily. We discussed that very briefly because that zone easy one Believe it or not, that whole thing is now Ah, beautiful puzzle that's coming together very nicely. But we are talking to them and others about various aspects of the Middle East. The Middle East is straightening out with all this happening, you know, we've brought a lot of our troops back. A lot of them are coming back in the very near future. We're out of Syria. Other than we kept the oil, I kept the oil and we have troops guarding the oil. Other than that, we're out of Syria. We took him off the border between Syria and Turkey. We had a lot of troops on the border. Ultimately, we got it down to 50 and I thought they were in great danger. When you have two armies sitting there looking to fight and you have 50 people in the middle, I don't care who you are. Even if the you're the U. S. As 50 people are in great danger. We took them out, but we had a lot of troops on the border and we took them out. I said Look, they've been fighting on their border for 200 years, a lot longer than that under different names and they can continue Thio do that. That's not for us. We're guarding our own borders were doing very well in our southern borders. An example. So we're out of Syria except we kept the oil and we'll make a determination. Will probably be dealing with the Kurds on the oil and see what it all ends up. But we'll be out and very importantly, we're down to Very few soldiers in Iraq on board were down. We'll be down very shortly over the next couple of weeks to 4000 less than 4000 in Afghanistan and then we'll make that final determination a little bit later and we're dealing very well with the Taliban. They're very tough. They're very smart, They're very sharp, but you don't spend 19 years and even they are tired of fighting in all fairness and we really served as a police force because if we wanted to do what we had to do, we would have fought a lot differently than they have over there. 19 years. They didn't fight it properly. They were police. Okay, They're not police there, their soldiers. So there's a difference. The police. Nobody has more respect for police than I do, but they have to do their own policing. So we have is a very good discussions with the Taliban. As you probably heard. It's been public and we'll be down to very shortly will be down to less than 4000 soldiers. And so we'll be out of there knowing that certain things have to happen. Certain things have to be fulfilled, but 19 years is a long time. 8000 miles away, 19 years is a long time, and the Middle East, the whole Middle East equation. If you look at what's happened, if you've looked at the stupidity of decisions that were made, including the deal that was made, I mean, take a look at what happened with Iran had that deal state had not broken that deal. You could have never done the deal that I'm doing that where all the countries of pouring in. I had two calls this morning with countries they want to know. When can we go into the deal? They wanna go. It's not that we're giving anything. They want security. They want peace. And they're really tired of fighting. It's incredible. They're tired of fighting. They've been fighting for so many years. They tired of fighting. Thank you very much, Mr President. Mr. President, question the vaccine. But first on Puerto Rico. I heard you many times over the past couple of years saying that Puerto Rico got too much money last year. You said Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. We'll talk to Congress and they have money. You said never again. You said Congress gave too much money to Puerto Rico. Why now? You were building it up a Zaid Great medical pharmaceutical manufacturing area where, you know we're going to be taking back a lot of the business that we let go for years and we're bringing. We're gonna bring it back. They were very good at it. They did a fantastic job, but they destroyed it with their tax policy. They made it impossible for people to stay. So people went to China mostly, and other countries. Uh, Puerto Rico has been very corrupt in terms of its politicians. You see that there one after another? Uh, it's been unbelievably corrupt, and we're studying that and working on that. And we think we have a good group of people were working very well with the politicians right now, but I think more exciting than the dollars, and you have to do something with respect to their grid. Their grid is a disaster, their generators air wiped out, and they've been wiped out for years, long before Maria came. They've been wiped out for years. So if we can build Puerto Rico back into a pharmaceutical manufacturing area, we're going to designated as such. I think it'll be unbelievable for Puerto Rico. Unbelievable for the people of Puerto Rico. And we could make it very successful. A larger question on the vaccine and on other issues regarding the experts in your government last night, you criticize what Christopher Wray told Congress, your FBI director, you obviously said that the CDC director was flat wrong on a couple of things this week. How is it that you don't trust your own expert, Steve? Do you think you know Ben out. Do you know, I think I think I have you In many cases, I did. I think we have a bigger problem with China that we have with Russia. I think China is a far bigger problem and I said, Well, that's okay if you want to think about Russia. But what about China? I think that's appropriate. I thought that the definition of antifa was absolutely incorrect. Definition. So I speak up. I like to speak up. Uh, I have a fantastic people. That's why we're able to make these great trade deals. That's why we're able to do things like we're doing today. That's why, uh, the country has done so well, the country is done. Numbers like nobody had we not had the China plague come in. If that If that virus didn't come in the plague, I call it the Plague from China didn't come in. The numbers we had were were not only records said they were beyond anything anyone's ever seen in any country. Frankly, now we closed it up, and now we're opening it up. And by the way, the Democrats auto open up their states and they gotta open them up fast. John. The faster, the better because they're hurting their people. A lot of damage done with these extended shutdowns. But we saved millions of lives by doing it the way we did it. And now we're opening it up and you see the kind of numbers of manufacturing numbers. See the retail numbers. You look at the employment numbers, they're setting records. It's an incredible thing that's happening. Had the plague not come in, we would have been right now at a level that nobody's ever seen before. Nobody's ever seen. But even before it was at the highest stock market, best unemployment numbers and employment numbers were up to 160 million people just short of 160 million people employed. We were never close to a number like that, and now we're doing it again. And next year we will have a great economic year. I think one of our best, Yeah. About what promises did you? The Postal Service had planned on sending 650 million facemasks to Americans back in April. That never happened. Why not? And was it because I don't run it? To be honest, that's run. As you know, that's run by a commission and they run it. I think, frankly, if they would raise the price of packaging, you end up making a lot of money or breaking even or doing something. The post office has been a mess for many, many generations, but for certainly decades, and it loses a lot of money. It's always lost a lot of money, and one of the reasons it loses a lot of money now is that it's delivering all these packages, and every time they deliver a package, they lose $3 a package or whatever the number. Maybe so. I would suggest that they raised the price of packages and you might get something where it loses very little or maybe broke even or maybe even made some money. What can you imagine a thing like that and whether it's Amazon or any of the other Internet delivery services. Uh, if you did that, you'd have a whole different post office, so hopefully they'll be doing that. In the meantime, I know so many people in the postal system, and I've known him over the years. They're incredible people and they're very secure. They're gonna be very secure. You know the problem they have with the ballots, not the post office. The problem they have with the ballots is the people sending the ballots and the people counting the ballots. And who are they sending them to? Where they being sent? Are they being sent to the wrong areas and they're not being sent it all. There'll be tremendous corruption if they don't do something about it. Now. One big hope is that we're in front of numerous federal judges in Nevada were in front in Pennsylvania. As you know, we're in front and Michigan. We have numerous court cases out there that are very well advanced and you'll start seeing decisions just like we won the case on opening up Pennsylvania. That was a great decision by a judge that came down two days ago, and that was a very important decision. So But we have a lot of very important decisions coming down on this on the scam of unsolicited ballots where they're sending out tens of millions of ballots to everybody, people that didn't expect him. People are getting inundated with. They'll be showered with ballots. Everybody in this room knows It's a scam. Okay, everybody in this room, even John. Don't say it, John, because it's a scam sending ballots, sending ballots at a level, they are never gonna be able to count them. Let me ask you a people. A that's different. That's called solicited. When you solicit when you go out, it's called absentee or solicit. When you go out and you request a ballot, you want to say I want a vote because I can't be in Florida. I can't be someplace you request. So you're sending something in? It's handled professionally. They send it back. It's a whole thing that's much different than unsolicited When you get millions of ballots, I heard numbers like 80 million ballots. Now, just this week, they had another one. Another one of the disasters that took place an election. But look at what happened in New Jersey and they had another one in New Jersey. Avery. Very bad. Different than Paterson. Look at what happened in New York with Caroline, uh, care of your congressman Murphy Maloney. Carolyn Maloney. Look at that. I mean, look at that race. Carolyn Maloney had a race. It was a disaster. Ballots are missing ballots of fraught thes air. Small races easily. And look at what happened in Virginia. Look at what happened in various other parts of the country, even over the last short, pretty well. And these aren't 80 million or 50 million or 20 million votes. These air small elections thes air congressional elections were, in theory, is easy. So what's gonna happen in November 3rd when somebody is leading? And they said, Well, what? We haven't counted the ballots. We have millions of ballots to count. It's a disaster. Everyone knows it. Everyone knows it's a disaster. And I don't expect people here to say, although some people will. Some people would say it. Everyone knows you don't even have to know politics to know. And this has nothing to do with post office. By the way, where these ballots going? Who's sending them? Who's signing them? You have in Nevada, you have a governor that signed something where he doesn't want verification of the signature. So what does that mean? So he doesn't even want verification of the signatures. So I think it's going to be a terrible time for this country, and we're counting on federal judges. Thio do a great constitutional job when they there right now analyzing it. Many, many federal judges when they e think five or six. But many federal judges. I can tell you in Pennsylvania, big in Nevada very big. I believe it's in front of a judge in Michigan. We have Ah, lot of judges have not yet ruled on this. But if it's ruled in a different manner or it's ruled where thes million's and million's of unsolicited people that aren't even asking there's such a difference, you write in, you ask, they send it to you, sign it, you send it back. That's perfect. That's absentee. There's nothing like going to the voting booth, by the way, nothing where they check you as you go and there's nothing like that. But that's absentee. That's okay. But the scam of sending millions and millions of dollars and you know who knows this better than ideo the Democrats. They know it's gonna be a mess. They know it's going to They're gonna be millions of missing ballots or tremendous numbers of missing ballots you could be talking about. Large percentages of these ballots are gonna be missing. There's gonna be fraud It's a disaster and everybody and would be a lot easier for me not to bring it up. But everybody knows I'm right. And you don't have to know a lot about elections. You don't have to know a lot about politics. Thistle is going to be the scam of all time and hopefully the federal judges all respected, all highly respected. Hopefully they'll be able to see this clearly and stop it. OK, thank you very much, everybody. So I want to congratulate Puerto Rico and I think you're gonna have a great period of time. I think you're going to see a rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Thank you very much. If you win investigation, cause communities.