Trump says mail-in voting will result in fraudulent election
President Donald Trump presents a July 30, 2020, update on the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and the national response to it.
of a wonderful man and a dear friend of mine, Herman Cain. He was a very special person. I got to know him very well, and unfortunately, he passed away from, I think, all the China virus. We send our prayers to Herman's great wife, Gloria. Wonderful family. And I have to say America grieves for all of the 150,000 Americans who had their lives taken by this horrible, invisible enemy. We mourn their loss as a nation. We mourn their loss as people, as people that love one another. And we're working very hard to not only contain this horrible event, this horrible plague, it's what it is, is a plague, but also to come up with therapeutics and vaccines. And we're making a lot of strides all over the world that having tremendous problems. Resurgence has taken place in many countries that people thought were doing well. Despite a wide range of approaches to the pandemic between countries, this resurgence in cases is occurring throughout large portions of our planet in Japan, China, Australia, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, places where they thought it was really done. Great. Uh, it came back and in a couple of cases came back very strongly. The virus was said to be under control, but new cases of risen very significantly once again. So when you think somebody's doing well, sometimes you have to hold your decision on that. You have to hold your statement. Since the beginning of June, daily new cases have increased by a factor of 14 times in Israel 35 times. That's 35 times in Japan and nearly 30 times in Australia, just to name a few. These were countries that were doing incredibly well. Leadership was being praised. Latin America now leads the world in confirmed infections, and with the scarcity of testing and Latin America, the true numbers, you have no idea what they might be. And I could say scarcity of testing almost anywhere except for our country. This disease is highly contagious and presents unique challenges to our border states. Meanwhile, states like California, Washington State, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada, Illinois, Oregon and many others. They were thought to be doing well, and they had a big resurgence and were hit very hard, and governors that were extremely popular are not so popular anymore. They were held up his models to follow. Then they got hit, and I'm not even saying the same fault. It's probably not therefore just the way it is. That's the way it is highly infectious, one of the most infectious diseases that anybody has ever seen. Not since 1917 over 100 years ago. Has anyone seen anything like what we're witnessing now? But these states have also seen the virus substantially rebound, and again no one is immune. No one is immune. The's fax illustrate the imposing determinant, and it is a determinant that a blanket shutdown to achieve a temporary reduction in cases is certainly not a viable long term strategy for any country. People are starting to understand the disease now. We certainly have understood a lot about the disease that we didn't have any idea we didn't nobody ever saw anything like this. The primary purpose of a shut down was to flatten the curve, insure sufficient hospital capacity and develop effective treatments and therapies to reduce mortality. And we've done that, but it can come rearing back when you least suspect it. We did the right thing. Initially, we saved millions of lives. What we did did the right thing, but a permanent shutdown would no longer be the answer at all. A small shutdown of certain areas. But we don't want to do that. Small shutdowns could be very helpful, but not for long periods of time. We understand what we're dealing with now, but it's a very complex situation, and I can only say, Thank heaven that we that we are so advanced and what we're doing In terms of vaccines and therapies, we now know a great deal about the virus and how to treat it and who had targets. Almost half of the deaths come from less than 1% of our population. Think of it. Half of the deaths, really a tremendous number. Half of the desk come from less than 1% of our population, those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The average age of those who die from the illness is 78. We've announced very strong measures to protect those who are most vulnerable. The scientific path forward is to protect those at highest risk while allowing those at lower risk to carefully return to work into school with appropriate precautions. I'm once again urging the American people to protect their gear, family and friends and anybody who's elderly, especially if somebody's elderly and they have heart problems if they have certain illnesses. Uh, diabetes is very bad, one having to do with what we're discussing, but you want to protect the elderly and socially distance where a mask. If you can not socially distance and practice vigorous hygiene, everyone, even healthy young people, should be taken extraordinary care to avoid infecting those at the highest risk from this terrible disease. The elderly and those with chronic health issues have to be protected in the current hot spots across the Sun Belt. The data is showing very encouraging signs. Arizona in particular, has crossed an important threshold for every person with the virus. We're now seeing an average of less than one additional person infected, and the numbers are coming down and coming down very substantially. They're starting to come down in Florida. Arizona is really leading away. I was in Texas yesterday, and they're starting to come down significantly. We believe in Texas. I need another few days to figure that one out, but it looks like they're coming down very significantly. Earlier today, I visited the Red Cross headquarters to discuss plasma therapy, which is a tremendous, a tremendous thing that they're looking at. And they have a lot of experience with it. Potentially life saving treatments that infuse sick patients with powerful antibodies donated by those who have recovered successfully from this disease where the two million Americans have recovered from the virus. And today we're asking them to visit Corona virus dot gov corona virus dot gov and volunteered to donate Plus. But we need plasma. It's something that's been very effective, and we need plasma from those that were infected and successfully recovered, as most people do most people do. Plaza is one of the many promising treatments my administration is accelerating. We've secured over 90% of the world's supply of remnants of our, which is an encouraging anti viral drug that can effectively block replication of the virus. We've also approved the use of the widely available steroid, which has been very successful decks, a method zone which has shown success even in patients at more advanced stages of the disease. On July 17th we announced a $450 million agreement with Regeneron to build manufacturing plants and hundreds of thousands of doses of its antibody treatment, which is currently in late stage clinical trials. Moving along very rapidly. That's re general as a result of such significant strides and treatment, the mortality rate and those over the age of 18 is 85% lower. Then it was just in April. So in a very short period of time, think of that just 18 85% lower than it was in April. It's a big statement now. I want to provide an update on our efforts to ensure a strong economic comeback, including our negotiations on Capitol Hill. Throughout this crisis, my administration has taken the most aggressive action in history to rescue American workers. We love our American workers, and we've set records on job creation records. Two months in a row, we enacted a $3 trillion economic relief package. The paycheck protection program alone saved over 50 million jobs. We delivered $300 billion to direct cash payments to Americans. We approve $500 billion for our hardest hit industries, $500 billion. We allowed homeowners to reduce or defer their mortgage payments, and we put a nationwide moratorium on evictions from federally backed properties is a big thing. Very big thing. We also suspended student loan payments for six months and we're looking to do that Additionally, and four additional periods of time. As a result of these extraordinary steps by the administration, we added a record seven million jobs in the two months past alone to ensure this comeback continues, which we think it will a great foundation to build on. We were the strongest country in the world. Nobody close. We were out doing everybody from China. If you remember for many years you heard that in 2019 China would surpass the United States. Well, it didn't. We gained on them very significantly. We took it to a level that nobody has ever seen. 2019 and we'll be back there very shortly. It will take very long based on everything that we're seeing, not gonna take very long. I think next year is gonna be an excellent year. Maybe one of our best years ever. From an economic standpoint, we can never, ever forget the people that have been lost. We never will never forget them. Never forget what happened. This could have been stopped in China. They should have stopped it and they didn't. But I'm asking Congress to pass additional legislation to support Americans in need. First, we want a temporary extension of expanded unemployment benefits. This will provide a critical bridge for Americans who lost their jobs to the pandemic through no fault of their own. This would not anybody's fault. From the standpoint of jobs happened, terrible thing happened, could have been stopped. It happened. I want to thank Senate Republicans for fighting to extend unemployment benefits today and the face a very strong Democrat obstruction, which I'm surprised that because this is great for our country and it's great for our workers and it wasn't our workers fall Second, we're asking Democrats to work with us to find a solution that will temporarily stop evictions. We do not want people who have lost their jobs due to the virus to be evicted from their homes for apartments. We don't want that to happen. Third, we need Democrats to join us to pass additional economic relief payments for American citizens like the payment sent directly to 160 million Americans earlier this year, which was a tremendously successful program. This money will help millions of hardworking families get by. My administration is also asking Democrats to work with us to pass $105 billion to help schools safely reopen Children or not at the lowest risk. If you look at, uh, what's going on, the younger, the better amazing immune system for Children, the lower they are in age, the lower the risk in terms of the age group itself. I tell the story that in New Jersey, with thousands and thousands of people dying sadly dying, the governor was telling me that only one, Phil Murphy, only one died under the age of 18. That's incredible. With thousands of people that died in the state of New Jersey. One made an impact. One died Under the age of 18. Children are at the lowest risk of any age group from the virus. Indefinite school closures will inflict lasting harm to our nation's Children. We must follow the science and get students safely back to school while protecting Children, teachers, staff and family. We have to remember that there's another side to this. Keeping them out of school and keeping work clothes is causing death. Also economic harm but causing death for different reasons but death, probably more death. If governors do not want to open the public schools, the money should go to parents so they can send their Children to the school of their choice. So we say the school doesn't want open or of a governor doesn't want to open, maybe for political reason. And maybe not. But there is some of that going on. The money should go to the parents so they can send their Children to the school of their choice. If School ST close, the money should follow the students. So families Aaron control of decisions about their sons and daughters about their Children. But to pass a bill. Democrats much reject the extreme partisan voices in their party. They have tremendous voices. They're looking at November 3rd and probably a day later, they'll say, Let's open up the country. But the Democrats have to reject the extreme partisan voices in their party so that we can get our country going even quicker than it's going. Right now we have a lot opening. We have a lot of states that you thought were doing pretty poorly from the standpoint of the virus, and they're actually coming back very strong. This pandemic has underscored the importance of economic policies that put American families and workers first got elected on the fact that I put America first for many, many decades, in my opinion, would put America last. If you look at the crazy, horrible, disgraceful trade deals that we've watched for many years destroy our country NAFTA, we terminated it. We have USMC A now, which is a great deal and a farmer's air doing really well despite the pandemic. But we put America First, America's families first and America's workers first. But that means bringing jobs and factories back to our shores, reducing unnecessary regulations and creating new training opportunities for jobs. And for the future. We've cut regulations at a level that no president has ever cut regulations, and we've cut taxes more than any president in the history of our country. Americans always rise to the challenge and we will emerge more resilient, more self reliant, more independent and more prosperous than ever before. So I just want to thank you all. And if you'd like, we'll take a few questions. Steve, please. Are you going to launch an effort to travel, delayed the act, the election, or was that just a problem this morning? What I want to explain to people, but it doesn't need much explanation. I mean, you look at article after article. New York's male vote disaster. Uh, tens of thousands of mail ballots have been tossed out in this year's primers. What will happen in November? It's a mess. This is done by Washington Post. Can you believe The Washington Post of wallpapers? Fake news? But in this case, it's not fake. It's true. This is done by The Wall Street Journal. Here's another one vote by mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead in the November election, and you see what's happening with so many different places. They're doing even trial runs or a disaster, and I don't want to see an election. You know, so many years I've been watching elections and they say, the projected winner or the winner of the election. I don't want to see that take place in a week after November 3rd or a month or, frankly, with litigation and everything else that can happen years years or you never even know who won the election. You're sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail in ballots, hundreds of millions. Where they going? Who are they being sent to? Its common sense. You don't have to know anything about politics. And the Democrats know this. The Democrats know this, Steve. So I want to see I want an election and a result much, much more than you. I think we're doing very well. We have the same fake polls, but we have real polls were doing very well. I just left Texas and Biden came out against fracking. Well, that means Texas's gonna be one of the most unemployed states in our country. That means Oklahoma, North Dakota, New Mexico would be a disaster. Ohio, Pennsylvania disaster. No fracking. I want to have the result of the election. I don't want to be waiting around for weeks and months and literally potentially if you really did it right years because you'll never know. These ballots are missing. You still Paterson, New Jersey. So many other instances. This tremendous litigation on that right now and that doesn't include absentee. Absentee is different. Absentee. You have toe work when you have to send in for applications. You have to go through a whole procedure. Like, for instance, I'm an absentee voter because I can't be in Florida because I'm in Washington. I'm at the White House, so I'll be an absentee voter. We have a lot of absentee voters, and it works. So we're in favor of absentee. But it's much different then. Millions of people in California, they're going to send out tens of millions of voting forms. Well, where they're gonna go, you read where postmen are in big trouble. Now you read where city councils are in big trouble now voter fraud all over the the ballots. So no, I want to get I want to be standing hopefully hand held high, Big victory because we're doing things with our country that I think nobody else could have done. Our country is despite this pandemic, which is devastating the rest of the world, by the way, devastating. One of the the articles that came out was the world's Covic resurgence. This is the Wall Street Journal editor of the main Editori yesterday, The Wall Street Journal. I don't always agree with them, but they have the world's Covic resurgence countries hailed as models to see. And then they go. The virus returns at a level like it's never they haven't even seen. We've been giving praise to certain countries, and the virus has now come to them like like the first time. But it's a very interesting talks about many countries where everybody was holding them up and saying What a great job they did. Well, it's just one of those things Didn't work out so well. So we wanna have an election. I'd love to see voter I d But this is the opposite of voter I d. The Democrats love it. The Republicans hated we all agree that absentee voting it's good mail in ballots will lead to the greatest fraud. You know, we talk about Russia, Russia, Russia for 2.5 years. And then they found nothing. There was nothing, but they talked. Russia, Russia, Russia. They talk China. They took all of these countries. They say they get involved in our elections. This is easy. You can forge ballots. This is much easier for foreign countries. Guys, action is probably a non starter. Would agree with that. I just feel I don't want a delay. I want to have the election, but I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything. That's what's going to happen. See, that's common sense, and everyone knows it. Smart people know it. Stupid people may not know it, and some people don't want to talk about it, but they know it. And no, we want to have a new election where people actually go in and what's your name? My name is so and so boom. You signed the book like I've been doing for years. It's very, very unfair to our country. If they do this, our country will be a laughing stock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn't work. How many ballots is he sending in California's 28 million or some massive number other states air sending out millions and millions of ballots? Well, they've done it. They had experiments. They had news organizations experimenting and look read the story in The Washington Post about mail in voting. It's a disaster. I'm very surprised to see that story, frankly, from them. The story is a disaster. So we're asking for a lot of trouble and, uh, no. Do I want to see a day change now? But I don't want to see a crooked election. This election will be the most rigged election in history. If that happens to you, I don't want to see a delay in the election, but then it looks like the process of these mail in ballots is going to continue to November. Well, we have many court cases. We have one that's been filed for a while now in Western Pennsylvania as an example on mail in ballots and anybody, Why don't we give tremendous examples numbers of examples of all the fraud and all of the things that have taken place with respect to mail in ballots? The net effect of what you tweeted this morning and what you're talking about now to cast doubt on the results of its had an interesting impact. I didn't know it was gonna be the impact it had. What people are now looking at is am I right, But not me. Are all these stories right about the fact that these elections will be fraudulent? They'll be fixed. They'll be rigged and everyone's looking at it. And a lot of people are saying, You know, that probably will happen Please, Jennifer, to break the logjam in Congress and to prevent that unemployment insurance from lapsing. What do you plan to put on the table tonight? It's a great question. I can't tell you, though, because that wouldn't be very smart from a negotiating standpoint. But we'll be putting certain things on the table. We want to get money to people. It wasn't their fault, and we want to get money to people, and it has to be substantial. It's not their fault what happened. The fact is, people don't like saying it. They know it's true. Its China's fault. Okay, it's not their fault. It's not the worker who lost his job. It's China's world, and that's the way it is. Uh, just maybe, cover or the officers. Oregon State troopers took over. Mayor Ted Wheeler was noticeably absent from that agreement. Are you confident, sir State Oregon will be able to quell the protests, and if the violence does continue, would you consider redeploying? So are people have done Homeland security have done a fantastic job. They went to Oregon a little more than a week ago. Uh, place was a mess. The city Portland was just a disaster. Uh, you see it and a lot of people weren't reporting it right. They tried to pretend it was a protest, as opposed to anarchists and agitators. You understand what I'm saying? It's a mess. They went there a short while ago and they saved a federal courthouse that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and they put a ring around the courthouse and they saved it. But the group that's there is basically meant to save buildings. And they were very strong, very powerful. And they didn't come out too often out of this cocoon that they built in order to save these very expensive, valuable and psychologically important buildings, right? Like courthouses. Uh, the governor and the mayor. We've been dealing with him, and we think they don't know what they're doing because they should not have been going on for 60 days. It's not our job unless in case of emergency, which I consider now to be an emergency, it's not our job to go in and clean out the city's that's supposed to be done by local law enforcement yesterday. The governor work to deal with. They'll do it, we'll standby, they'll do it and that's good. What was very good. But she did reported that way. What you reported was totally different, she said. I think Trump wants to take over the country. It's crazy. So what happened is our people are staying there to see whether or not they could do it today and tomorrow, and if they don't do it, we will send in the National Guard and will take care of it. And we're telling right now these protesters and many should be arrested because he's a professional agitators. The's a professional anarchists. These are people that hate our country. We're telling them right now that we're coming in very soon. The National Guard, a lot of people, a lot of very tough people, and these are not people that just have to guard the courthouse and save it. These are people that are allowed to go forward and do what they have to do, and I think that makes the governor's job in the mayor's job a lot easier. So they're working today and probably tomorrow to clean out this beehive of of terrorists. And if they do it, I'm gonna be very happy and then slowly weaken, start to leave the city. If they don't do, it, will be sending in the National Guard. Please, Mr Trump Given, given what's happening with Major League Baseball and now today, Rutgers football teams hoping to assure people that schools will be safe. Really? So can you assure anybody of anything? I do say again, Young people are almost immune to this disease. The younger the better. I guess they're stronger. They're stronger. They have a stronger immune system. It's an incredible thing. Nobody's ever seen this before. Various types of flu will hurt young people more than older people, but young people are almost immune. If you look at the percentage, it's a tiny percent of 1%. It's a tiny percent of 1%. So we have to have our schools open. We have to protect our teachers. We have to protect our elderly. But we do have to have our schools open. Yeah, Please, wait, Go. You said you're in the process of developing a strategy that's going to be very powerful. Revolving credit? Where is that? Well, I think you're seeing it, and I think you will see it and one of the things that we've done that we're getting it hasn't been utilized fully yet, but we're all set to march when it comes to the vaccine. We have great therapeutics that are testing very well, and we have great vaccines from incredible companies Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer and Merck and all of these great companies, and they're doing very well. And the delivery system is all set. Logistically, we have a general that that's all he does is deliver things, whether it's soldiers or other items. And I think you're going to see something that's going to be spectacular. The FDA has approved things at a rate that's a tiny fraction of what it would what it would take during a another administration. Let's say we are way ahead on vaccines way ahead on therapeutics and when we have it, we're all set up with our platforms to deliver them very, very quickly. The vaccines are doing well, the therapeutics air doing well, and we're all set to deliver him as soon as we have them, and that's gonna be very soon. Thank you very much. Thank you.