Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses election
President Donald Trump holds a Sept. 23, 2020, news conference at the White House.
Hey, Johnson and Johnson announced that their vaccine candidate has reached the final stage of clinical trials. This is record time. This is the fourth vaccine candidate in the United States to reach the final stage of crowds. So we have four candidates already at Overy late date late being a very positive word in this case. Earlier this year, Johnson and Johnson anticipated that they would reach Phase one trials by September. But due to our support under Operation Warp Speed and Thio, some of the incredible scientists involved they've reached phase three trials by September, far ahead of schedule. We encourage Americans to enroll in the vaccine trial. It's a really interesting. It will be a terrific thing for our country. We encourage everybody to enroll as many people as we can today straight. What's that? We are awarding $200 million of cares act funding to all 50 states to prepare to distribute the vaccine to high risk residents. And we want to do that the instant it is approved, not the following day, but the following moment and eso We're going to be doing that and we'll be distributing getting it ready because we have some great vaccine is going to be coming out through operation Warp speed. We also continue to accelerate lifesaving therapies. We're seeing promising results that are mono clonal antibody treatments, which help the immune system fight the virus and help. Very significantly, we're finding can reduce hospitalizations now by more than 70% American medical from the China virus. That's a number that's been in really increasing substantially with time as Children go back to school were encouraged that early research shows only. A Brown university conducted a study of more than 550 schools across 46 states and found that only 460.0 percent of students had confirmed cases of the virus. That's a tiny percentage, and only 0.15% of teachers confirmed cases. Patients coming to the emergency room due to the virus is down to only 1.6% of all emergency room visits, the lowest since the pandemic began. 1.6% emerging visits a za faras protecting the vulnerable is concerned $21 billion to our nursing homes. We are really focused on the nursing homes, everybody in including our governors, we have, uh, governors were working very closely with the task force and with the vice president and everybody involved. We've sent rapid testing devices to nearly 14,000 certified nursing homes in the country this week. We're sending hundreds of thousands of additional rapid tests to nursing homes to ensure they can test staff regularly. And the staff now is being tested on a very, very powerful and uh on a regular basis, but very strongly at the finest level. The highest level of the best Tests were encouraged that the number of Americans getting the flu vaccine is increasing by roughly 50% compared to last year, substantially up when it's mixed with, UH, covert or China virus is, uh, going to be very interesting to see what happens. But that could drive numbers and we just don't know what that will be yet. But you'll have flu numbers and you'll have some covert numbers. I think we're rounding the turn very much. You see what's happening in Europe. However, they have a very big spike. Countries that we thought were doing well aren't doing well. They had some very big spikes, very, very big surge. Months ago, we increased our nation's procurement of the flu vaccine by 66%. And we ask Americans to go get their annual flu shot as early as possible. It's possible I would imagine, Scott, that the flu can get mixed up with the virus. And people can think it's the virus when actually, it's another flu season coming on. I don't know it. I hope they can keep them separate. Can they keep them separate? We hope so. Uh, yeah, They will it, Zainab. A very interesting time. But we have a flu season coming up. We've had some flu season. Sure. Uh, really massive over the years over many years. Dumb that air. Much less so. But it's still significant. So I hope they can separate them because it's it's pretty close. In the past 0.6 million jobs, we cut unemployment rate nearly in half. The unemployment rate is cut nearly in half. Larry Kudlow is here. He will be discussing that in a little while. Retail sales are up 121%. That's far above what we thought. Manufacturing is up 61%. That's above also above. Our schedule in our schedule is a heavy schedule. Automobile production is up six fold. Homebuilders sentiment is at the highest level in history. That's an amazing statement. Larry the highest. The optimism is higher than any time under the last administration, substantially higher small business optimism higher than at any time over the last more than the last administration. Today, I was proud to award nine companies and organizations with the first ever pledged to America's Workers Presidential Award. This award recognizes outstanding training programs that air giving Americans the skills to hone a trade and earn a great living great people. Over 400 companies have competed and committed to 16 million training opportunities for the American Worker. And it's really been amazing. We've created the fastest economic recovery in American history. You are witnessing it, you're part of it. Our approach is pro science. Biden's approaches anti science. If you look, it's, I don't think they know what their approaches, although a lot of it's copied from what we've done. Biden opposed the China travel ban and the Europe travel ban on strategy that they have was just never ending lockdowns. We're not locking down. We're actually growing at a rate that we've never experienced before, but they're talking about. If you have a question, just locked. Do that. Our plan will crush the virus. And actually, buttons plan will crush America. If you think about it, you can't lock down again. We're growing at levels that nobody's ever seen before. Our plan is unleashing a rapid recovery. Our opponents plan would hurt America. Vory badly send us into a depression. And, uh, with all of that being said, we are going to be having a very exciting Saturday at five o'clock in the Rose Garden, where I'll be putting forth my nominee for Supreme Court justice, and I think it will be a great nominee. Brilliant nominee A Z, you know, for a woman to to be chosen with everything that's happened and with Justice Ginsburg's passing, we are going to go sometime tomorrow morning as I understand it to pay our respects and will be over there, and I guess they probably put that announcement down, but that will be done tomorrow morning. Vice President was there today, and so if you have any questions, we'll take a few questions. So I didn't have kids in them right here. Mr. President broke quickly when loser drawl in this election. Will you commit here today for a peaceful transfer? Ferral of power after the election and there has been rioting in Louisville. There's been writing in many cities across this country. Red and your so called red and blue states transfer all the power after the election, We're gonna have to see what happens. You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster on that. But people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure that there's a peaceful way? Wanna have get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very transfer Will have a very peaceful there won't be a transfer. Frankly, there'll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else. The Democrats know it better than anybody else. Go ahead. E o you ask the question. What? Ugo Russian? Say it. Mr. President, do you plan to meet with Barbara logo at the White House? E cannot hear you. I'm sorry. Do you plan to meet with Barbara logo in Washington? And is she still on your short list? She is on my list. I don't have a meeting planned, but she is on my list. Do you have literally talk about the meetings? Plan E Speak to people. I talk to people, but I don't have a meeting plan. Do you have a response to the governor of Missouri? Uh, testing positive for coronavirus. I didn't know that. No. Yeah. Mr. President, we asked you earlier today about Briana Taylor case. Could you comment now? I assume you've been briefed on the charges in the booth. Really brilliant. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is doing a fantastic job. I think he's a star and he made a statement that I'll just read. Just is not justice is not often easy. It does not fit the mold of public opinion. And it does not conform to shifting standards that answers only to the fax into the law. If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there's no justice. Mob justice is not justice, justice sort, but not justice. It just becomes revenge. I heard that. I said, write that down for me, please. Because I think it was a terrific statement. Uh, he's handling it. You know who he is. E think you know, I think everyone now knows who he is. Uh, I will be speaking to the governor, and we have a a call scheduled to make very shortly with the governor. I understand he's called the National Guard, which is It's a very positive thing, and it'll all work out. E. Just follow on your Supreme Court nominee. It's highly unlikely that any Democrats will vote for your nominee if it when it comes to a vote in giving the public good, give it the posture. E think that's a pretty safe assumption. But on that point, would you want to nominate someone who, in their confirmation to the appellate court, received Have you even chosen that person yet? I could say any one of the five their outstanding women, but the person I'll be putting up is highly qualified, totally brilliant. Top of the line academic student, the highest credentials. All of them have that, but the highest credentials, and you'll see on Saturday who that is. I can't imagine why a Democrat wouldn't vote for this person. What you mean Joe Biden Get your reaction to that? I'm not a fan of hers, and I would, and she probably has heard that. But I wish a lot of luck, Harry, because he's gonna need it. Mr. President Theo, FDA is reportedly considering stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of a Kobe vaccine. Are you okay with that? Well, actually, what we're looking at that that has to be approved by the White House. We may or may not approve it. Uh, that sounds like a political move, because when you have Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Madonna, these great companies coming up with these vaccines and they've done testing and everything else I'm saying, why would they have to be, you know, adding great length to the process? We wanna have people not get sick. The vaccine is very important. It's the final step. I believe it's going to be the final step. And now we're looking at that. But I think it's I think that was a politic. Uh, it's designed to improve trust in the vaccine. Do you think that's not needed? Well, I have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests. I mean, I don't know that a government Aziz Bigas, we are could do tests like this. We've made it possible for them to do the tests and rapid fashion. But when they come back and they say that we have something that works and absolutely works, and they're coming back with great numbers and statistics and tests and everything else that they have to come back with, I don't see any reason why it should be delayed further, because if they delay it a week or two weeks or three weeks, you know that's a lot of lives you're talking about. Scott, would you agree with that? How do you feel about mhm? Yeah, thanks. Um, yeah. I mean, there is no I think that people don't understand what's going on with Operation Warp Speed. It's unprecedented What's happened here. A typical vaccine takes roughly four years or so, and now we're likely in far less than one year, but without cutting any safety corners, because the president has done things concomitant to the development of the vaccine, that is the manufacturing logistics. Everything is being done at the same time, and that's never been done before. But there is zero cutting of safety concerns. There should be no hesitation about the safety. You shouldn't be punished by doing something faster than other people could have done or thought. It's the opposite. We have a pandemic. The urgency is the pandemic, not politics. Are you amended, Thio? Extremely political way. Come back with these great results and I think you will have to wait. Why would we? Why would we be delaying it? But we're gonna look at it. We're gonna take a look at it, and ultimately the White House has to approve it. And maybe we will. Maybe we won't, but we'll be taking a look. E No way. I'll be I'll be back. I will see you tomorrow. Way. Just one more question on Briana Taylor time right now. Where? Americans way. Question If I can tailor, people are protesting in the streets. What is your message to that? You can feel like you're on this carriage. So we're another black lives to see. So here we have Dr Scott Atlas and Larry Kudlow. I encourage you all to be respectful and show a little bit of decorum here as they take your questions. Yeah. Can you clarify for us your views on the impact of the virus spreading in the community is reporting that maybe you favor or have talked about or looked at some sort of heard community strategies. You said to Fox in July that when younger, healthier people get the disease, they don't have a problem with the disease. Lowest groups getting problem In fact, it's a positive. Can you say what you meant? By that? Does that should indicate no sure, spreading among younger folks who are less susceptible. I think I've answered this multiple times, but I have never advocated a herd immunity strategy. There has never been a desire to have cases spread through the community. That's a false story. I've denied that multiple times, and I just don't That false story doesn't seem to die, but that's the fact. And the description of immunity coming when people get an infection is not something I'm inventing that, but that has never been a policy that I have advocated. There has never been a policy recommendation to pursue that to the president, and that is not the president's policy. 60,000 cases yesterday Do you have any sense? It is the task force have any sense of what is driving that That's the highest level in six weeks. Why? We're still seeing cases at this level. Yeah, well, I mean, there's several things to Patrick are the following hospitalizations per day are coming down. That's per day are coming down. Number of people in the hospital is 47% lower than it was since its peak. The number of people sick with Covad illness coming to the emergency room is 1.6% as the president said, the lowest number since the pandemic began. All of these trends are positive. The cases per se are defined by tests. If I tested a million people, I would Seymour cases. The only thing that counts are the problems with the cases. So when we see that hospitalizations per they're coming down, people are not dying as much. These are all very positive trends. And that's exactly what we want to see. Oh, Robert expect. Go ahead, Doctor. Doctor? Doctor Atlas, Is there any bad blood between you and Dr Deborah Berks? No. I saw the story in really a super journalism story. Uh, Dr Berks speaks for herself, but that's a completely false story. And she did. When do you expect the vaccine. Yeah. So this is a very important question. The vaccine is proceeding at an extremely rapid pace as we know everything's being done simultaneously so that the logistics and the technology in place to deliver it is ready to go, as everyone knows. And it depends on the data. Okay. The data is being monitored by an external group of experts called the Data Data Safety Monitoring Board. And when we have enough cases that when they see enough cases that have shown a statistically significant difference, they will tell the company. And then the company will say, Look at and say Yes, we have it. And we think that that has a good chance of happening in October, kind of just follow. You did say that last week in this room pretty much the same thing. But you said it could be true. Yeah, well, I understand, but I want to clear it up because you said it could be a Salaita's January. Could be after the election that there's no clear cut time. And that's what I wanna make sure that you're saying this is the current thinking that I have been told I'm not in charge of the vaccine development. I'm relaying information, and what I've been told is exactly what I said, and there will be 100 million plus doses available by the end of this year. It is highly likely we will have a vaccine before the end of the year. And it is also likely that we will say the data is good. We have the vaccine, and then it will be submitted, of course, for approval and authorization. Sometimes the No. One can really save with certainty when it's coming. That's just impossible. I don't see the data until the data happens. Stop Carly. Dr. Redfield today said that more than 90% of the population remains susceptible to coronavirus. Do you agree with that assessment? Yeah, I think the doctor wrecked field misstated something there in the last time. I'm gonna answer your question if you let me finish the data on susceptible. That he was talking about was his surveillance data that showed that roughly 9% of the country has antibodies. But when some of it goes back to march or April before many of these states have the cases, that's point number one point number two is that the immunity to the infection is not solely determined by the percent of people who have antibodies. If you look at the research and there's been about 24 papers, at least on the immunity from T cells that says different type of immunity than antibodies and without being boring. The reality is that, according to the papers from Sweden, Singapore and elsewhere, there is cross immunity highly likely from other infections. And there is also T cell immunity in the combination of those makes the antibodies a small fraction of the people that have immunity. So the answer is no, it is not. It is for I'm not a doctor. I defer to your expertise on this end to his. But so Americans here, one thing from the CDC director and another thing from you who are we toe believe you're supposed to believe the science, and I'm telling you the science. He's not telling a science. I'm telling you the science, and that's the answer. And if you wanna look up all the data you're free to, you can also talk to the following epidemiologist. Why is he still going out before Congress and speaking? If you say he's staying today? And the president said he missed the last time Americans were looking for the best information, right? I'm giving you the best information, and it's confirmed by people like Martin Cold ORF, who is a Harvard epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School. Let me finish, please Jay Bhattacharya and Johnny and needs both epidemiologists at Stanford. Uh, Professor Gupta, University of Oxford. These are people who know the latest data on the immunology and what's happening, and I just recited it. Thio. I'm gonna give Scott a little time off. I'm just gonna give Scott a little time off. I want to reinforce some of the things that President Trump said about the economy, because that's very much a key part of the story. We got some new numbers out late last week and this week, and I wanted to underscore that if we can get the charts back up, I want to show you some more examples of the V shaped recovery. All right, actually, I could jump in here. This is from the Census Bureau report changing the number of people living in poverty during President Trump's first three years pre pandemic 6.6 million pure people. 6.6 million fewer people living in poverty. What's the number of post on the What's the number of? Well, we'll have to wait. See on that. Let me go to the Under the Obama years, 787 0 people moved into poverty. So that's the problem. We have the second chart. Isn't that get no, this is a brand new. This stuff just came out. What do you think? If I may just like accurate information, this is the accurate information this'd from the Census Bureau just came back. Well, let me just go back into this. Three years, the President Trump's presidency. Under his policies, riel family income is the best 1000 over $6000. That is five times the rate of the eight years of the Obama administration. But this is some kind of has been a K shaped recovery where only the wealthy did well on the bottom did not do it. In fact, this is the middle riel family income, and I will add to that now. It was this five times higher, but the biggest gains came in the lower income levels, significantly higher than the top 1% hit another chart. Put this up, See where we're doing this by feel. Go ahead. More charts. There we go back to the V shaped recovery. You've heard me speak about this. I just want to underscore We've got new production numbers this week. This is a V shaped recovery in automobiles, a key sector of the economy. And we had additional numbers on housing that I'd like to show confirming the V shaped recovery. Housing, housing. There we go. We're at an all time high in homebuilders sentiment. It's very important. Leading indicator clear V shaped recovery. And if anything, it's strengthening. And finally, I think the last chart is on existing home sales here. It is their highest reading in 14 years. I just want to say we have more work to dio with respect to the to the recovery and return to economic health. We have more work to do. There is still hardship and there is still heartbreak. But the numbers coming in how many Americans are living in poverty right now? That won't be That won't be reported. I could Onley wait until the Census Bureau. I don't know if you cover this beat a number of Americans living in poverty right now. Do you happen to know that? Answer? No, you don't know. I will. Wait. You're an economic adviser and you don't know if you just stop nit picking and let me explain thes numbers. You should, Thio. But I'm going to say to you, These are census Bureau numbers the most accurate, comprehensive. They are not out yet. So I'm giving you the ones that were released late last week. They're the most up to date numbers under the president's policies of lower taxes and regular energy independence and better trade deals. We've had a phenomenal increase in living standards five times what the prior administration had for eight years, and we're proud of that. And this is a topic that will come up again and again. Second point I wanna make is while living standards went up, poverty went down and inequality went down. So the notion that under President Trump on Lee, the top end benefit is simply not true. Backed up by many other facts that we've talked about, Aziz, I've discussed with those of you. And then finally, the V shaped recovery. We've got more work to dio on unemployment, unemployment. No question about that. I think this is a self sustaining recovery. As I've said, we would welcome some additional assistance and a covert related safety precaution program. But the recovery itself continues to move ahead nicely. We're in the right direction, and this is no time to change policies. Yes, ma'am. Comment on a pending stock deal that's gonna be taking place in I p. O in the Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Technology Group, they could raise as much as $40 billion potentially the largest AIPO in history. There have been a lot of security, national security concerns, a lot of human rights concerns about the technology used potentially to suppress the weaker people. What is the administration's position on the and technology group? AIPO. I'm going to reserve comment on the deal itself, but I will add to your question. We are examining all these deals and publicly held companies, China based companies that may list on our exchanges. We are examining them with respect to possible fraudulent accounting. This comes from a financial working, and we've given them one year to shape up order, including their backdrop books. They're supporting papers to prove to the Public Accounting Board and the SEC that they are safe for American investors. Withhold comment on that. California governor issued an executive order designed to move the state to the point where there will be no gas powered vehicles sold by 2035. What do you make of this move that's taking place in California? Do you expect it Thio to spread around the country? And what are the three economic ramifications? Don't expect it to spread with respect to Governor Newsome, whom I know, um, it just seems like a very extreme position. I don't know how you get there. I'll have a look at the proposal. If there's more detailed meat on the bones, I don't see this happening elsewhere. I don't think we should be taking any steps to get rid of fossil fuels, for example. And by the way, there should be consumer choice for all automobiles, and that includes electric automobiles. But I'd have to look at the governor's proposal. It just sounds very extreme to me out and how you do it, Larry going to have a major impact on the possibility Thio get tpp extended and what impact will that have on the economy? If, for example, aid for airlines does not get extended in October, it doesn't have to interfere. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. They operate on different lanes legislatively. So I guess that's my take. We would like very much to help the airlines. We've told them that you can't run a healthy economy without the airline channel on. We'll see what has to be done there with respect to possible legislation or even possibly with respect to executive administrative action. We will take a look on that again. You heard me say, I don't think this recovery right now is dependent on additional assistance package. But there are a number of targeted areas and man package, including airlines, most particularly small business loans, and getting back to school five or six measures, which is what's been happening. Even though you don't get the whole deal, why not do it? It will help Americans move ahead in terms of recovery last one. Do you think that we need another broad stimulus package, or do you think Well, I think that's what do we think? Do you think the U. S needs another broad stimulus package or do you favor sort of Allah cart type measures like on airlines, for instance? I would say to you, sensible, efficient, targeted measures might be very helpful. I don't think we need another gigantic multi trillion dollar package. And as I say, the latest numbers coming in are looking very good. The V shaped recovery I mean, the Atlanta Fed GDP now model is showing over 30% growth in the third quarter. The blue chip forecasters air well over 20%. Our view has been 20%. Plus, we'll see we'll get that number in due course. I'm just saying, Let's be smart about some promote that Haley is the president spoken to the family of Rianna Taylor that he asked.