Starting session with manufacturing jobs, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks to the media (May 20)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gives a May 20, 2020, update on the coronavirus and other issues.
financial. All remember then candidate Donald Trump, now President Donald Trump being adamant about bringing manufacturing jobs back to America. President Obama and the Democrats had given up on manufacturing with President Obama's erroneously prediction that Trump would need a magic wand in order to bring back American jobs. Not so. The reality is President Trump revive manufacturing in this country. Any tour up disastrous trade deals that hemorrhaged American jobs like NAFTA And like the plan that wasn't work the transpacific partnership. Instead, he put in place better trade deals to bring back American jobs and to bring back American manufacturing. And in the battle against the invisible enemy, President Trump took action to shore up our domestic supply chains in order to deliver the necessary PPE and other medical equipment to the states. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are currently promoting a $3 trillion liberal witch list. Among a litany of Democrat priorities and material to the Corona virus crisis are embedded in this, and one would require the president to appoint a quote medical supplies response coordinator who would quote serve as the point of contact for the health care system, supply chain officials and the States on medical supplies. I'm happy to report this individual already exist. This bill ignores reality because the medical supplies official is an existence. He's been working on this since March to deliver to date over billions and billions more than one billion. I should say pieces of PPE to countries in hospitals across the country. Since March 29th Rear Admiral John Bluff Check, vice director for logistics for the Joint Chiefs, has been on the job as the head of FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force. This is a historic partnership with the private sector and under the leadership of President Trump, FEMA directed the greatest mobilization of the private sector since World War two. Rear Admiral Plump Check and FEMA quickly realized the power of the private sector and addressing the Corona virus. Recognizing that the sixth largest private sector medical distributors would have the ability to source, procure, manufacturer and deliver as many as one billion pieces of PPE in a single week. That is extraordinary volume by our private sector and at the direction of President Trump, right Rear Admiral, Plug check and FEMA were able to harness this power every day at 9 a.m. Rear Admiral Plump Checks Team huddles with E six large private sector medical distributors, and together they reviewed data compiled by Dr Berks, as well as information provided by the CDC to set priorities and ensure sufficient levels of supplies go down not just to the county level but to the hospital level. After focusing geographically, Rear Admiral PlumpJack and his team orients the data to set point of care distribution priorities for public hospitals, VA and D O D facilities, private hospitals, nursing homes, acute excuse me, acute care clinics, first responders and labs. In just 2.5 weeks, Rear Admiral Plump Check and his team were able to combine data streams, utilize supply chain visuals, visualization tools from D. O. D. And input data into the cloud. This system is now available to generate reports for governors showing what their state received from the federal government and commercial partners all the way down to the hospital level. As I noted, and thanks to President Trump and his administration, governors now have visibility as to where their supplies air scent and where they're received. And from March 1st through May 10th this public private partnership has led to the delivering these air extraordinary numbers of over 113 million and 95 respirator mask nearly half a 1,000,000,000 surgical masks, nearly 18 million face shields in over 12 billion gloves. That is a lot of PPE, and we think our private sector partners for engaging in this effort with us. Also, I just wanted to note that earlier today, the president held an hour long call with thousands of Hispanic community, business and faith leaders across the country. He recognized the many contributions of the Hispanic community to our country and addressed important issues like how to reopen their businesses and build the greatest economy and history again. And finally, before I take questions, I just wanted to note on a separate note that I wanted to acknowledge the passing of Robbie Zachariah, say, renowned Christian apologists who left this world yesterday. Our prayers are with Robbie's family. During this time. He meant a lot to a lot of people around this administration, and as my father said, Billy Graham was the great evangelist and Ravi Zacharias was the great apologised, and we're all thinking about him and holding him close to our hearts and his family today. With that, I'll take questions. Really? What does the president believe is illegal about the secretary of State of Michigan setting of absentee ballot applications? And what federal funding is he considering withholding from the state of Michigan is so you know, I won't get into exactly what the funding considerations are. I would note that his tweets were meant to alert Secretary Mnuchin and Mr Vote about some ahead of a would be about his concerns, with trillions of dollars going to the States and his noted concerns about Ah, lot of fraud that is potentially at play when you have mass mail in voting. So with regard to the illegality and legality of it, that's a question for the campaign as to their voting and ballot practices. But I would just note that his tweet was meant to alert and be want to be very careful as we send trillions of dollars to states that we keep this important point in mine, and we ensure that there's fairness in our voting system and absolute accuracy. The president himself has voted just two months ago by a male and ballot. There are several Republican states. They're also doing these middle in applications for balance. And so I'm confused. What is it that he thinks is illegal? That's happening in Michigan? Doesn't really specify so first with regard to the president doing a mail in vote, the president is, after all, the president, which means he's here in Washington. He's unable to cast his vote down in Florida, his residence, state of residents, eso for him. That's why he had Teoh do a male and votes. But he supports mail in voting for a reason. When you have a reason that you are unable to be present, there's right now, we're very far from November 3rd, I would I'm glad that you have the prediction tool and you could tell us what will be happening on November 3rd 2020. I certainly don't notice the present Aires coming up, and that's like what's happening in? I would also I assume you care about fairness and accuracy in our elections. Do not, of course, evidence that there is so voter there. There's evidence you can go look this up on ProPublica. There is a bipartisan consensus on the fact that mass mail in voting can lead to fraud there was a 2005 commission by none other than President Carter, who is not a member of the Republican Party. I mean, also James Baker about this, concluding that these ballots quote remained the largest source of potential voter fraud. So this is a concern. The president's right to look at this. We want a free and fair election, and that's his concern. Yes, President deleted his first tweet, which alleged faulted the state division of sending out a balanced everybody back absentee ballot request. Was president misinform this morning? And why is he only dragging? That is best for Michigan, not over state. Georgia knows that sending similar ballot request to president corrected his tweet. As you noted on and with regard to going state by state and looking at ballots in the way they're distributed, that would be a question for the Trump campaign, and I'd refer you to the campaign on that point from the G seven. You get any more details on the time when the president would like to schedule after Washington? And does that mean that travel restrictions that are currently in place on travel from from Europe, trying to Notre places would potentially be relaxed before that meeting will take place here, so I won't get into the mechanics of how that would happen. I would know that the president really wants to see the G seven happen here in Washington, as we be it again, not just to reopen the country, but as the world begins to reopen. I would like to see it happen sometime in June, but as to a particular date, I don't have any announcement on that front or to the mechanisms of how we make that work. A couple of questions for you one. Does President Trump's support this easy? Guidelines that were released over the weekend and if so, why were they released so quietly? Why not talk about them? Roll them out here from the podium. So the CDC guidelines. There was a 60 page document that came out last night that I assume you're referencing on that document. I talked. I talked to Dr Redfield earlier today about it, and much of that was already out there. So appendixes, ABC Andy had been out there for a while. Appendix E, He said he thinks got posted sometime late last week. Um, and again. These were his rough estimates. He was giving me Appendix F was being discussed on. There was constructive criticism of it through the task force in the interagency process. So that was refined. And my point and sharing that with you is that the 60 page document was merely an aggregation of a lot of what was already out there. So it's not as if this was new information that we were announcing. But it was more guidance pursuant to our reopening of America guidance that was issued several weeks ago. President support the guidelines. Does he think Americans should follow those guidelines, or should they be following the initial guidelines that the president's been very clear? He supports the reopening of America guidelines? The CDC guidelines are in concert with those guidelines. He wants to safely reopen this country. It's very important we do so and it's good to see that most states, I think basically all of them have plans at this point to Rio Ben and we're starting to see the safe re opening of several states and Americans getting back to work. He gets a reaction to something he's got. Moments ago, a statement from the American Nurses Association, which says Quote The American Nurses Association has not received reports from nurses or other front line health care workers. Utilizing Hydroxy Clark Win as a preventative treatment for Cove in 19. What does the president continue to say? That many or thousands of frontline workers are using it as a prophylactic? Well, there is a man. Henry Ford Hospital is doing a study on this now, where 3000 frontline workers will be taking hydroxy claure Quinn to look at its use as a prophylaxis. I believe there's, ah, a few 100 or 190 workers and in Tampa General hospitals. So this is being used by by some. And one thing I want to note with regard to hydroxy floor clean cause I think it's very important that were as accurate as we can be with our reporting on this hydroxy chlor. Quinn has been a drug that has been in use for 65 years for Lupus arthritis in malaria. It has a very good safety profile. But as with any drug and as with any prescription, it should be given by a doctor to a patient in that context. So no one should be taking this without a prescription from their doctor. But that being said, I've seen a lot of apoplectic coverage of Hydroxy Florrick. When you had Jimmy Kimmel saying the president's quote trying to kill himself by taking it, you had Joe Scarborough saying, Quote, this will kill you, Neil Cavuto saying, What have you got to lose on one thing? You have to lose our lives on. And you had Chris Cuomo saying, The president knows that Hydroxy claure claim is not supported by science. He knows it has been flying flagged by his own people, and he's using it well. Cuomo mocked the president for this on. Interestingly, I found this out just before coming here. Hydroxy claure Quinn of Horses, an FDA approved medication with a long proven track record for safety. And it turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it called Qy nine, which the FDA removed from the market in 2006 because of its serious side effects, including death. So really interesting to have that criticism off the president on that note to Chris Cuomo, I'd like to redirect him to his brother, the governor of New York governor Cuomo, who has several on the record statements about hydroxy Chlor Quinn, saying, I'm an optimist. I'm hopeful about the drug, and that's why we'll try it here in New York as soon as we get it. There has been anecdotal evidence that it's promising. That's why we're going ahead. And I have about eight other quotes from Governor Cuomo. Should any of you have interesting that you decided studies, though their trials that are in their early phases? Do you have any evidence that thousands of frontline workers are currently using it because they believe it actually will prevent them from three? FDA has approved this for off label use. You know, this president's a big believer and right to try legislation, people who or in their last there several studies that have been brought that the president has actually mentioned that I'd refer you to There was one out of France, a French study, um, involving more than 1000 patients that found that the vast majority had quote good clinical outcomes, and by the vast majority that was more than 90%. There is an Italian study of more than 65,000 patients that demonstrated. Only 20 tested positive of those were taking it prophylactically in a South Korea study as well. So there are several studies. And if you're someone out there and this is a safe drug to use in your doctor importantly, to underscore that in your doctor prescribes it for your use as a prophylaxis or after coming into contact with Covad, then it's something you should take if it's prescribed by the doctor. And that's your personal medical choice. Yes, totally. Governor Stances just suggested that the president may be going down to Florida for the Space six NASA watch next week. Is that accurate? So we have no news on scheduling at that front. But if I if I get news in the future, I will certainly provide that for you. Yes, Kaylie. How often does the president talkto director bullet or acting director book from the old todo to the acting director of envy? Often, I he just was in the Oval Office with the president, so they do speak often. I don't have a read out of the president's schedule, but they do speak regularly. He wanted to flag to him his concerns about Michigan. Why don't you just tell him instead of sending a tweet? Because the president believes an unprecedented transparency. And I'm sure you, as a journalist, Ammar very eager and excited when you learn about the president's decision making process in real time, whether that's on Twitter for me here, up on the podium, you just said that was that was the reasoning for reasoning. But I'm saying this is a transparent president, and I think that that's something that you should be lauding rather than question as to why he decided to tweet this president Macron you. Do you have any other answers from G seven leaders that they were willing, definitely willing to come here So we'll get into the president's private conversations and correspondences with world leaders. But we do hope to see this happen. We hope that how can you characterize the response is being great? Do a little thinking about so I don't have any information about the response from world leaders, but we certainly hope to see this happen. Yes, yes, thank you. Could you clarify please? President Trump's comments about saying that it was a good idea It was good that there were so many positive tests for for Kobe 19 whereas a lot of people look at that and say that this was actually a terrible that we have actually 1/3 of all the cases in the world. Well, look, I would note this that the president, what he was saying there is that we are testing when you have more cases. In order to identify those cases, you have to have tested ah, high volume of people. So the more you test, the more cases numerically, not necessarily as a percent positive, but numerically, you will see just by volume sheer volume of your testing and the president's done extraordinary job. On this front. Washington Post surveyed Governor's offices and state health departments and found out at least a dozen states have testing capacity that outstrips the supply of patients. That's a very good job done by our federal government in supporting the states, Decide the governor of New York again, quote. We have more sites and more testing capacity than we're using, so we're testing a lot. Thus we're finding a number of cases. But as we safely reopen, we do have some encouraging, um, numbers on that front that we continue to see a week over week decline a 15% decline in deaths in just the last week. April 1st to mid May, 50% decline in new hospitalization and under 25,000 cases today. So we are seeing progress. Can you tell us what law specifically the president thinks the secretary of of state in Michigan broke by sending out the applications? And did the secretary of state in Georgia also break that law by sending out applications for their final Again, I wrecked reference you to the campaign. These air ballot questions reference you to the campaign on. That's the president of my color, my German employers, the White House. So that's not a campaign question. That's the president United States saying that a question about initiatives that you have an absentee ballots so I would refer you to the campaign on that front, and I would note to you that many of those ballots that are submitted via mail can be fraudulent. I cited to the bipartisan study. I can read it again. Maybe you weren't paying attention when I read it the first time. So read it again. Um, President Carter, a Democrat, not a Republican, and James Baker concluded that these ballots remained the largest source of potential voter fraud. So if you cast a ballot via mail and you do so fraudulently, that would be an illegal act, and I'd point you to that and for further. I want you to my former employer, which is the Trump president. Yes, thank you, Kaylie, to questions, if I may, I firstly, on airports, the TSA is reportedly considering setting up temperature checks at airports, given the numbers of people who could be asymptomatic or sick without a fever. Do you think that sufficient and why wasn't more done screaming at her sooner, particularly in light of the House oversight investigation that called screening from international hot spots and March eliminated Staten. So the president is working with TSA is working with airlines. We want to ensure that our TSA employees air safe that those who are travelling are safe, and he has had those conversations, and we're keeping people safe at the TSA and the passengers as well over 500 employees from sick six or so. Do you think this has been enough? We have taken action. We're working with the TSA we're keeping America's essential workers safe. Onda We are praying for all of those who have been affected by Corona. On another front, I wanted to ask about the president's son and business partner, Eric Trump, he recently said. A Corona virus that quote the Democrats are trying to milk. This predicted it will quote magically. All of a sudden, go away and disappear and everyone will be able to reopen after the election in November. You think Trump's comments are accurate and also appropriate? I think we all hope Corona virus goes away, and I think we as we continue to take the president, his family out of context, we should endeavour Teoh, quote them accuracy. And I think we should all hope that the Corona virus goes. We should all hope that the Corona virus goes away. Yes. Is there a timeline for when UK and European Union citizens and visitors are allowed to come back into the United States? Will all European countries be included or could be a case by case basis? So we don't have a timeline on that just yet, I can tell you the president three imminent concern is keeping Americans safe. His travel restrictions have saved lives, as Dr Fauci and others have noted, so we don't have an announcement. Last one will be rolling those back. But his priority, his number one concern is America first and held them well being of the nation first thanks. A spokesman for Governor Whitmer said that she isn't planning to present with a good education tomorrow. Wonder if there's a reason why Governor Wittner whimpers or in Michigan wasn't extended. An invitation to the president's here in Michigan tomorrow, tomorrow, and I was wondering if there was a reason why. I don't think there was a particular reason I didn't come up. But, you know, while on that note I would point to Governor Witmer. It sounds like she's curious about an invitation, but she should be quite happy that thanks to this federal government, FEMA obligated more than $216.2 million to Michigan, 8.6 million and 95 respirators. 740,018 Surgical mask, 311,571. Face shields. I should around these upper will be here all day. 760,000 gloves, 700 ventilators. The president has done quite a bit for Michigan, and her concerns an invitation. But she should be thanking the president for all the supplies that he's delivered to her state. Yes, yes. Clearly, the president has made clear that he's concerned about liability issues as companies reopened. Now it is the White House engaged with Republican senators about this issue. And would the president signed another bill, another Kobe bill without liability being addressed in that. So I will lay out the presence, conditions or lack thereof for any upcoming legislation. He has mentioned it that it's something that needs to be looked at closely, and he is looking at closely, and he is discussing with members of the Hill about that. But he has made clear in terms of a face for that he wants to be slow as we approach to face for on and not rushed forward with spending trillions, more dollars of taxpayer money. We've done a lot so far and, well, look at doing more in the future, and liability is definitely something that he's concerned about him working on right back there. One more G seven years. Do you think that would be appropriate to hold a G seven summit in view as while ordinary citizens are still not allowed to travel freely, for example, from Europe. Yeah, the president wants us to start reopening. Travel restrictions are something that you he wants to make sure American lives are protected before those are lifted. But that being said, I do think it's entirely appropriate. So does the president have a Jew? Seven Here? America's reopening the world's reopening? I mean, what a show of strength and optimism to have all of the leaders of these countries come together at the White House and pursue business as usual. And as we move forward through this pandemic, is there anyone I haven't gotten to? Just guess. Okay, so we'll do it. We'll do a few more. Yeah, I had a brief answer. Your Susan Rice rolled out yesterday in The New York Times that sent that President Trump is couch Oh to the President G. And also as saying that called his response to the Corona virus evidently six. Classified, is it? Danny mishandled. What's the White House's response to um So you said that that came from Susan Rice? Was it okay, So first I would want to take a moment to address the president's response. Because the president has had an extraordinary an early response to the Corona virus, I would know Dr Burkes, the early work of President Trump. Both the travel restrictions and quarantine has bought us the time and space necessary to have this task force be very effective. Dr. Fauci, saying that the president's response has been impressive. He can't imagine under any circumstance that anyone could be doing anything more. I can go through the actions. There's a detailed timeline out there of January 6th from Wuhan issuing a travel, a travel notice issued on Wuhan when there were zero cases in the United States, the 17th zero reported US cases. And there were public health entry screenings at Major U. S. Airports, of course, the infamous travel restrictions that were called xenophobic by Democrats on January 31st lot of action in February on developing a test on and making sure we were moving forward as speedily as possible. On that keep in mind. In late February, Pelosi was saying, Come to Chinatown. It's very safe, but the president had already taken very early action, and I know you brought up Susan Rice in that context, but I'm going to bring her up in another context that's equally as new newsworthy. And that is the email that was declassified from Susan Rice on Inauguration Day, which is so peculiar. Set the scene. It's Inauguration Day. Your move out of the White House. This is the most powerful building on planet Earth. Susan Rice is moving out, reflecting on her time here. And what is she doing? She's not packing her boxes. She's not being nostalgic about her time in the White House. What she's doing is writing an email. We're three times, she writes, that President Obama emphasized to conduct the investigation into Michael Flynn by the book by the book by the book. She writes it three times as a Shakespeare said thou doc protests too much. Susan Rice. Hey, don't have the Susan Rice part in there, but I'll add that in, um to She was asked specifically about the unmasking of Michael Flynn after after she discussed it on January 5th in the Oval Office with Obama. After she wrote this email to herself on Inauguration Day, she was asked by a good journalist, Judy Woodruff, about this email and she said about the unmasking of Michael Flynn, not the email, but the unmasking. Um, she was asked specifically about Nunez's claims, specifically so me clarify was known as his claim and she said, I know nothing about this. So it was a lie. Um, and then Susan Rice and Stolen brought it up to me. I will bring it up to you. Her attorney said that this was the first opportunity three weeks after this Oval Office meeting that she had to write this email memorializing for Oval Office meeting with the Barack Obama discussing Michael Flynn. It was her first opportunity, she said, Uh, interesting, because she had an opportunity in those three weeks on January 10th to do a passing of the baton event with none other than Michael Flynn, where she praised him, wished him success and talked about the great transition into the White House. And then, on January 12 she was able to participate in a story that published on that date in the lifestyle section of The Washington Post says she never on time to write this email until Inauguration Day as she's rushing out the door when in fact, she had an opportunity to do all of those things. I'll leave that with you. Thank you for bringing up Susan Rice. Not in the context that I wished, but for allowing me to share that with.