Trump briefs public on spread of coronavirus
President Trump briefs the public on the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
thank you very much. Let me begin. By sending America's deepest sympathies to the people of Lebanon, where reports indicate that many, many people were killed, hundreds more were very badly wounded in a large explosion in Beirut. Our prayers go out to all the victims and their families. The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon a very good relationship with people of Lebanon, and we will be there to help. It looks like a terrible the attack. I also want to provide the latest on tropical Storm. He say Jesus. Approximately 600,000 are without power along the East Coast, and utility companies are working around the clock to restore service as quickly as possible. I spoke to Governor Cooper. I spoke to Governor Santis and I spoke Teoh all of the people that FEMA and they're working very hard coastal areas in the storm's path can expect to see the storm surge and recurrence well inland areas could see flooding and very, very high winds. FEMA is responding to states that have requested the assistance. We have a list of those states. We can give them to you in a little while, and my administration is monitoring the situation very closely. We have the military on guard, but we have. FEMA is there in all cases. Kormakur of engineer is ready if needed. The Army Corps of Engineers. Very talented people. I urge everyone of the storm's path to remain alert and to follow the guidance of your state and local authorities. I now want Teoh update you on the path forward having to do with China virus. Before I do that, I want to give you some numbers which air? Rather spectacular. That just came out. The manufacturing index of the Institute for Supply Management. That's, I sm, most of you know it by I s m increased for the third month in a row, rising nearly two points in July to 54.2. I was fantastic, the highest reading since March of 2019. This is remarkable considering the survey was conducted throughout July and showed significant improvement despite the Southwest in particular virus hot spots, the I S M measures and, uh, it's a very strong measure of new orders rose five points in July to 61.5, and its highest reading that would be since September of 2018. That's big number since the April load. New orders air up over 34 points, which is the largest increase in the history of the I S M. Dating back all the way to 1948. So 34 points. That's the largest since 1948. Similarly, the I S M's measure of production is up 35 points from its April low to a reading of 62.1, which is the largest three month gain in over 70 years. At some some number, these were somewhat surprising, but I've been saying we're doing well. Those numbers are really spectacular. Automobile sales like WAAS are a key factor in the resurgence of manufacturing since the March low of 8.8 million units, with sales and all of the numbers that are going up stunningly, it's 65% increase since then, to 14.5 million units, which is a a massive number. The great strength and great news is really four states like, in particular Michigan and Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania. Very good Florida. Little bit. These are great numbers, record setting numbers, the strength and new car sales is also evident in the used car market, where soaring demand literally soaring demand is putting upward pressure on the used car prices. This is a leading indicator of the motor vehicle industry. The need to restock depleted shelves will further galvanize the factory sector, and we think very substantially based on the numbers. We're very, very happy with these numbers, and I think most people are anywhere from surprised, too shocked by these numbers in a very positive way. Economy wide inventories crashed at a near $320 billion annualized rate last quarter. Crash in that case means a good thing, not a bad thing. That's the largest drop ever on record ever. Home builder sentiment. Likewise, the soaring as our home sales sentiment is now higher than last year in new homes recently made a 13 year high. So we have a 13 year high in new home new home construction, new business applications, Avery Strong that just came out the widely followed Atlanta Fed GDP, and it's ah, something that they have just come out with. Now. Forecasts see new data point and incorporates it into quarterly estimates. It looks like it's showing a 20% annualized growth in the current quarter, so 20% in the current quarter will take that all day long. I listen. If that's right, that's a projection. So we'll see. If that's right. The Atlanta Fed very respected the, uh, virus back to that. We'll continue to monitor and monitor of particular hot spots across the South, Southwest and the West, and we're seeing indications that are strong. Mitigation efforts are working very well, actually, especially to protect those who are most at risk, which has really been our primary focus for ever since. We've gotten to understand this horrible, horrible plague that's been unleashed in our country by China. As of yesterday, cases air declining in 70% of the jurisdictions, compared to 36% last Monday. That's a big big number. 11 out of 13 states with the positive rate above 10% have seen a decline in daily cases since mid July. In other states, the data suggests that the need for continuing vigilance always a strong, even though the numbers are getting very good, states that have a test positivity rate between five and 10% and in the states with the lowest positivity rates We also see slight increases in daily cases and a couple of them. We must ensure that these states did not become new flare ups, so we're watching them very, very closely. Fortunately, thanks to substantial improvements in treatment and the knowledge we have gained about the disease itself, the recent rise in cases has not been accompanied by a significant increase in deaths. Fatalities nationwide are that roughly half the level of the April pick. So the death, the number of deaths or fatalities are at half the level. One is too much one death because it should have never happened to us. It should have been stopped it very easily by China. In Wuhan, thanks to our major advances in treatment, we've seen vast improvements in recovery rates across all age groups. Compared to April, mortality rates are 85% lower among individuals aged 18 to 69 and 70% lower among individuals over 70 years old. We've also made significant strides in sheltering those at highest risk, especially the elderly. Approximately 85% of all current cases are individuals under the age of 65 just getting some very accurate numbers in this and these air people, who are generally at a much lower risk of complications. Since the pandemic began, nearly half of all fatalities have been at nursing homes or assisted living centers. It's an incredible statistic when you hear that number. This data underscores that the best path forward is an aggressive strategy focused on protecting Americans at highest risk. As we race toward the development of a vaccine, we must continue to take extraordinary precautions to shield the elderly. And we're doing that were doing that at a level that we've never even dreamt possible, both with testing and with common sense and those with underlining conditions, especially the elderly, with the underlining, whether it's heart or diabetes, they seem to be the to most predominant conditions that caused tremendous problems while allowing those at lowest risk to carefully return to work and to school where embers flare up. We must engage immediately, and that's what we're doing. This is the science based approach, and it's good with us working very hard on that and extended locked down would fail to target resource is at the highest risk populations while inflicting massive economic pain, long lasting damage on society and public health as a whole, so there won't be lockdowns, but we watch specific areas were very careful, and we're putting out embers were putting out flames. When you look at what's happening with, uh, Miami and it's going, the numbers are going down. But Florida's going down very significantly, Texas and California going down rather significantly when telemedicine, as we discussed the last time, is and as I said uh, numerous times during this day, it's an incredible thing that's happening. A central part of our effort to protect the elderly is to greatly expand access to telehealth so seniors can be treated from the safety of their homes. That's what's happening. The number of Medicare better Fisher is using telehealth increased from roughly 14,000 week to nearly 1.7 million, so from 14,001 0.7 million per week in total 10 million Medicare beneficiaries of excess telehealth services since the pandemic began. It's a tremendous thing that's happened with telehealth as we shelter. Those at high risk were also pouring every resource at our disposal into the development of therapies and vaccines. Two vaccine candidates are currently in the final stage of clinical trials, with several more vaccine candidates entering Phase three in the coming weeks and you've read and seen what's happened today. Today's news was very exciting through Operation Warp speed. We're also mass producing all of the most promising vaccine candidates and were determined to have a vaccine very quickly with it. We're gonna have something very soon. We have great companies. These are the among the greatest companies in the world. But right now they don't like me so much because I'm forcing them to drop drug prices, prescription drug prices very massively. Some of these companies were involved in that. Some of them are. We're having, uh, the tremendous You'll see a tremendous drop in price. We using favorite nations were using the rebates were using everything so long I've heard about how wealthy the middle men are. They call him the Middle men, and they are very wealthy. Nobody even knows who they are, but they're very wealthy people, and we're doing the rebates were doing purchases from other countries like Canada, which buys drugs for much less money than the United States is allowed to under a very bad system. I don't call it archaic. I call it bad because it's meant, really, for drug companies to get higher prices. But under under the system of matching that we have in Germany has a pill for 10 cents and ours is $2. We're allowed to say we want favorite nations and we want the pill for the same. The same is the lowest country in the world. If they sell to one country lower than anybody else, that surprise we're going to get Drug companies aren't too happy about that. Big pharma. We've also dramatically accelerated the availability of plasma therapies, steroid treatments, anti virals and other therapies to treat the illness. Today, the N I H, wherever exciting, announced that they're beginning the trial of two new antibody treatments, which will take place in 40 cities across the country. We gonna move, move very quickly. Results look very good. Already incredible results. More than 230 clinical trials for potential treatments are underway, and we've secured 500,000 courses of treatment for um de severe of rendez severe. We're really doing a job with it, and it's helping a lot of people. That's what you see. The fatalities and mortality numbers looking very good, relatively speaking, that is. But that's for American hospitals through the month of September. So we have room severe at a very high level for hospitals through the month of September, and it's big news. The United States also is far, in a way, the most robust testing capacity in the world. Testing has been incredible. What we've been able to do. Nobody's even close. Since March 12th we've increased daily testing by 32,000% house at 32,000 percent. Somebody would say that must be a typo. It's not a typo 32,000%. We now have conducted over 61 million test nationwide, averaging over 820,000 tests per day in nearly five million tests per week. And now that we're understanding the virus were understanding very much what we're doing with respect to who it effects, who it's destroying and who gets away with it like young people, Very young people will be having some interesting statements having to do with testing and focus testing. I could focus tastic by comparison, Mexico. So we're doing numbers that are incredible. But by comparison, Mexico, as you know, the president was here is a great guy, but their their numbers air much different. They do about one million tests. France is done 2.9 million tests. Canada's around the four million mark. Australia's around the four million mark. The United States is testing more people in a single week than in many cases, large segments or large, well known countries all put together. It's been an amazing achievement. The testing and equality of the testing also. And now we're doing testing where you can have results in five minutes, seven minutes and 15 minutes. As opposed to waiting to come back from labs for to come back from labs over the last several weeks, HHS is open surging testing sites in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Phoenix, Miami, Jacksonville, Florida, McAllen, Texas. Bakersfield, California And this week we're opening new surge sites and Houston, Texas Atlanta. To date, more than 130,000 tests have been conducted at these sites. Last week, the FDA also authorized the 1st 2 tests that display an estimated quantity of antibodies president and the individuals blood, which is a big deal, allowing us to learn more about the immune response. FEMA and HHS has worked with the private sector to deliver more than we have new numbers. More than 200 million n 95 masks, 855 million surgical masks, 36 million goggles. Face shields, 364 million gowns and cover alls and 21 billion loves bilion. Can you believe that? 1,000,000,000 loves and we distribute that to the governor's different states. And there, when we get on the phone with them, they're very happy that I can tell you no, no complaints from any of them. They're very, very happy what they say to you separately. Maybe we'll change for political reasons, but they are very happy with the job we've done in our national stockpile. We've tripled the number of N 95 masks on hand to more than 40 million, triple the number of gowns to 15 million and quadruple the number of ventilators to nearly 70,000. These numbers are growing every day and were now making thousands of ventilators, many thousands of ventilators a month, and we're getting them to other countries who are desperately in need of ventilators. They're very hard to produce that very complicated machines. So we're fully stocked here, and we've made sure that every state is fully stocked, but we're getting them to. A lot of countries that need help will continue to work with the governors and local authorities to help them insure significant hospital capacity, protective equipment, supplies and medicine. I'm more confident than ever that we will get a vaccine very soon and we will defeat the virus. And I want to thank you all for being here will take a few questions I wanted to ask you about Kodak. You had a big announcement the other day getting Kodak into the pharmaceutical business. But the SEC is now investigating. What happened, Can you say, in order to what do you think that there might have been some kind of a problem in terms of how those arrangements were made? There any grounds for concern? From your perspective, I don't know. I wasn't involved in the deal. The concept of the deal is good, but I'll let you know we'll do a little study on that. We'll find out if this if there is any problem, we'll let you know about it very quickly. But I wasn't involved in it. It's a big deal. It's a way of bringing back a great area to. In addition to pharmaceuticals, Kodak has been a great name, but obviously pretty much in a different business. And so we'll see what that's all about. But we'll, we'll let you know very quickly. I want to follow up before I ask the krona virus question on Lebanon. You call this an attack? Are you confident that this was an attack and not an accident seem like it Based on the explosion, I've met with some of our great generals, and they just seem to feel that it was This was not a some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event. This was a seems to be. According to them, they would know better than I would, but they seem to think it was a attack. It was a bomb of some kind. Yes, and on crow virus, you've talked a lot about when you talk about the mortality rate deaths as a proportion of cases which I understand that is significant when you look at how deadly the viruses or how good a country does keeping people alive get infected. But when you're talking about the scope of this virus. When you look at the percentage of the population that's died, there's only three countries that have more deaths in the U. S. So how do you explain that why the percentage of the population has died so much higher in the US? Well, I think actually the numbers are lower than others. I'll get back to you on that. But we proportionately are lower than almost all countries with the bottom of the list, and we're relative to Cases also were at the bottom of the list, which is a good thing being at the bottom of the list. But I can get back to you. We have about four or five different lists on that and were generally speaking at the very bottom of the list. So look at the Johns Hopkins you know, wires resource centers On their website, it says the most affected countries We'll get debts for 100,000 people, the populations of how many people the population have died. You have the UK, Peru, chile and then the U. S. You know, Canada has 17,000 deaths. Obviously, they're smaller than us, but that's only 6% of the population. Uh, you know, of 6% of our total cases. So why aren't the desolate hired? A lot of our numbers were based on the New York had a very tough time. As you know, New York, New Jersey, that area. And when you take them out just as an example, take a look at Florida relative to New York. That's not to say anything wrong with New York. It was just a very tough place. People are close together. It's crowded. It's, uh it's not easy, but when you take that out, our numbers are among the lowest, and even with it in, I will get back to you. But we have among the lowest numbers. They've done a fantastic job thing. I would like to ask a question of the election, but one thing on unemployment first, are you considering taking executive action to extend or rather, reinstate the unemployment benefits that expired last week of Congress? Can't get a deal by the end of the week, and as a general point, what rate then would you want in their percentage or flat rate? We are looking at it. We're also looking at various other things that I'm allowed to do under the system and such as the payroll tax suspension. And so we're allowed to do things. We're talking with the Democrats. They seem to be much more interested in solving the problems of some of the Democrat run states and cities that have suffered greatly through bad management. I mean, really bad management. So that seems to be where they they're looking for a trillion dollars to help out with cities that are run by Democrats in some case radical left Democrats that have not done a good job. I appreciate today, the Wall Street Journal said very good things that we did a great job in Portland by having our people go in Homeland Security. Chad Wolf and the folks we went into, uh, Portland and we've done a great job, and they had that in an editorial that we that we really one that situation, but we want the whole way. Did save the courthouse security courthouse was gonna be burned down or knocked down. It was in tremendous danger. We went in, we took care of it and we appreciated what The Wall Street Journal said as Faras the various things that I may or may not sign, I may not have to sign. I mean, progress is being made, as you know, very well in the hill. We'll see what happens. But I have the right, including the payroll tax suspension way may do some things. We want to take care of the eviction problem. People are being evicted very unfairly. It's not their fault, its China's fault. It's not, therefore, and people are being evicted, and we can do that with an executive order. So if we don't get and we want to do it relatively quickly, even from the standpoint of Cove it people get evicted and then they go into shelters and there thousands of people in the shelters. And this is not a time you never want to be in a shelter. But this is not a time to be in a shelter with covet. They catch it, they get it, and it's no good. So I may have to do something on evictions, too, because the Democrats, amazingly don't want to do it. We offered him short term deals, and we offered him lots of alternatives. But so far, the only thing they really want to do is bailout states that have been poorly managed by Democrats. You're basically arguing that the U. S government is going to collect from a transaction, including to companies in a way to doesn't pull a state, that's impressive. And that's never happened in U. S. History before. And the administration has offered very little explanation about how that's going to work tanking box your statement of and provide specifics about how you say That's impressive. Did you actually use that? I said It's unprecedented. What's almost the same thing? Not quite e like, impressive, impressive. So tick tick. Tic TAC is very successful. It does tremendous business in the United States. People are riveted by it. I have many friends when they saw that announcement that calling, I think their kids love it. They don't because they don't get to see their kids anymore. But they are. It's It's an amazing thing, whatever it may be. And I told Microsoft, and frankly, others if they want to do it, if they make a deal for Tic tac, whether it's the 30% in the United States or the whole company, I say it's OK. But If you do that, we're really making impossible because we're letting you operate here. So the United States Treasury would have to benefit. Also, not just the not just the sellers. And I said, inform a very simple way. Have we have all the cards? Because without us, you can't come into the United States. It's like if your landlord you have attended the tenants business needs a rent, it needs a least. And so what I said to them is, whatever the price is, a very big proportion of that price would have to go to the treasury of the United States. And they understood that. And actually, they agreed with me. I mean, I think they agreed with me very much. Yeah, please. So that you may or may not happen. We've give given him till September 15th or so, and we'll see if we could have it. And if they can be great security, meaning the obvious security, Microsoft would be a company that would be good in that respect. Their approved in that respect at many levels, including working with the Department of Defense and, you know, they're very high level approvals, so it would be good, but there are other companies also. Yes, you are the anyone Administration reached out to other companies, aside from Microsoft, to see if there we've had other companies call us. Microsoft called me directly, and we've had other companies call. I don't know where they are. Sounds like Microsoft is along the way of doing something. I don't blame him be. It's great company. It's really a great company. But we cannot take the security risks of any of those companies, including Wal Way, which is, you know, we put a hole to, but we can't take the security risk. I think our attitude on China has changed greatly since the China virus hit us. I think it changed greatly, had hit the world and it shouldn't have. They should have been able to stop it. So, no, we feel differently. I just don't know when you lose. When you lose so many thousands of people, you know, ultimately it'll be millions of people around the world, uh, to terrible thing that happened to the United States and Europe and the entire world really a terrible thing. Yes, please one on fire, someone on the virus, he said recently. that there would be too much testing. You explain what the downside would be competiting. Too many Americans virus. And why haven't provided a date by which all Americans might have the same kind of testing that we have here at the White House? Well, we do more testing than anybody in the world is explained, and I don't mean just a little bit. If you look at India there at about 11 million, there were 61 million. And there comes a point when you just you want to focus your testing in a different way and we'll be announcing some. What we've done is incredible with the testing, not only the testing, not only the number of tests, but also very importantly, the quality of the test and the machinery itself to do the testing. Nobody thought it would be possible to get a five minute and a 15 minute result. That's a very accurate result, and we do with Abbott. Abbott Laboratories has done a great job. Many of these companies have done an incredible job, So we're looking at that very strongly and we're looking at, uh, doing something that if we do, if we do it. Look right now, what the testing is doing is helpful, but we're spending massive amounts of money and we wanna have it. We want to have a channel very accurately. We want to be able to help the most people we can. But we are testing at a level that no country in the world and I've spoken to the leaders of the world and they'll ask me about it. No country in the world thought it would be. It's even believable that were able to test so much. 61 million versus you know, most countries don't even test, you know, when they test when somebody is feeling badly, If somebody is feeling badly, they're symptomatic. That's when they test, and that's a big difference with us. We go around and looking because if we find we find spots, we find hot spots. One problem is from the standpoint of the media, we end up with far more cases than we would normally show. So it's you know, as I called it the other day statement, I said it's called Media Gold for the media is gold, but the truth is, it's, uh, we've done an incredible job in testing. Nobody in the world has done the job. Other leaders have told me the same thing. They can't believe we're able to do it and we will continue. But we want to really be able to test very specifically the people that are in most danger, most in need to ask you first about what you tweeted out earlier today in regards to Florida on your comfortable. This as it relates to mail in ballots for Florida, Florida and it doesn't apply to mail in balloting across the country. Florida's got a great Republican governor, and it had a great Republican Guard, got Rhonda Santa's Rick Scott to great governors, and over a long period of time, they've been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally, for Florida is different from other states. I mean, in Nevada, where you have a governor, he said. Let's just send out millions of ballots and the post office cannot be prepared. I haven't spoken to the post office about it, but I don't know how they could possibly be prepared. Florida has been working on this for years, and they have a very good system of Malin and that would be absentee or even beyond absentee. So in the case of Florida, there aren't too many people that would qualify there so well, run. Florida's a very well run state, low taxes, low everything. They've done a great job, really a great job. And the two governors between the both of them. They've really got a great system of absentee ballots and even the even in the case of mail in ballots, the Postal Service's air built up there. You know, it takes a long time when you look at the Carolyn Maloney election. I think they and I will give you the story. I think you have to do that election over that elections. No good. You have to take a look in New York. If thousands of ballots they don't know what happened to him. Is there fraud? Is there? It's a disaster That's only for a relatively small number of ballots, but I think they have to do the election in New York over. The Times wrote a big story about it yesterday. Front page story. It's a disaster, It's a mess and they have to do that. I think they have to do that election over. Nobody can know what the election result is. So in the case of Florida, they've done a great job. They've had tremendous success with it, but they've been doing this over many years, and they made it really terrific. So for Florida, you can mail in your ballot. You don't have to go in. Maybe a couple of other states. They worked out a system, but this took years to Dio. This doesn't take weeks or months. In the case of Nevada, they're going to be voting in a matter of weeks and you can't do that. I can't imagine the post office could do it. All of a sudden, it's supposed to be dealing in millions of ballots. But Florida has done a great job, and we have total confidence that if you mail in your ballot in Florida, it's going to matter. Thank you all very much about another. Do you encourage voters in other states