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>>>GOOD DAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE ARE BEGINNING THEIR DAILY BRIEFING. LET’S LISTEN IN TO THE PRESIDENT.>>WE’RE ALSO DEALING WITH GETTING SOME PEOPLE OUT THAT GOT CAUGHT UP. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT VERY WELL WITH THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT. THEY’RE WORKING WITH US. I APPRECIATE THAT. WE HAVE A COUPLE OTHER LOCATIONS THAT WILL REPORT TO YOU AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET A YOUNG WOMAN RELEASED FROM A CERTAIN AREA WHO WAS BEING HORRIBLY ACCOSTED, HORRIBLY TREATED AND WE SPOKE TO GENERAL MILLY, GENERAL MILLY TOOK CARE OF IT. WE WENT IN AND GOT HER OUT. WE’LL REPORT FURTHER ON THAT ONE. IT WAS ROUGH STUFF. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED AND THE PEOPLE THAT WENT IN TO GET HER. I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AS WE CONTINUE TO MARSHAL EVERY RESOURCE AT AMERICA’S DISPOSAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CHINESE VIRUS, WE’RE PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL TO OUR NATION STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS, DOCTORS, NURSES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE WAGING THIS BATTLE ON THE GROUND. IT’S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S GUIDELINES, SO IMPORTANT ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING, NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL AND HAND WASHING. DEFEETING THIS UNSEEN ENEMY REQUIRES THE HELP AND COMMITMENT OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. I WANT TO JUST SAY THAT SENATOR RAND PAUL, A FRIEND OF MINE. HE’S BEEN GREAT FRIEND OF MINE. HE’S ALWAYS THERE WHEN WE NEEDED HIM, WHEN THE COUNTRY NEEDED HIM. HE JUST TESTED POSITIVE. JOSE DIAZ-BALART TESTED POSITIVE. SOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO HOME. IT’S A TERRIBLE THING THAT’S GOING ON. THE HIDDEN ENEMY. I CALL IT THE HIDDEN ENEMY. I THINK THEY WILL ALL BE FINE. I HOPE THEY WILL BE FINE. WE’RE WORK URGENTLY WITH CONGRESS ON LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT THE MILLIONS OF WORKERS, SMALL BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES WHO HAVE BEEN HIT HEART BY THE VIRUS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. OUR GOAL IS TO GET RELIEF TO AMERICANS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT FAMILIES CAN GET BY AND SMALL BUSINESSES CAN KEEP WORKERS ON THE PAYROLL. THIS WILL HELP OUR ECONOMY AND YOU WILL SEE OUR ECONOMY SKYROCKET ONCE THIS IS OVER. I THINK IT WILL SKYROCKET. IT’S A PENT UP DEMAND. IT’S A BUILT UP DEMAND. I GUESS YOU HAVE TO SAY WHO KNOWS BUT I THINK IT WILL BE A TREMENDOUS DAY WHEN WE WIN THIS WAR. WE WILL WIN THE WAR. WE WANT TO WIN THE WAR WITH AS FEW, IF YOU LOOK AT IT, DEATHS AS POSSIBLE. WE WANT TO HAVE AS FEW NUMBER OF DEATHS AS POSSIBLE. TODAY I’M ANNOUNCING ACTION TO HELP NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON ENSURE THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD CAN EFFECTIVELY RESPOND. THESE ARE TREMENDOUS PEOPLE. THEY ARE FULLY ON ALERT. WE HAVE SIGNED WHAT WE HAD TO SIGN AND IT’S BEEN ACTIVATED. WE’RE DEALING ALSO ACTIVATED. WE ARE DEALING ALSO WITH OTHER STATES. THESE STATES HAVE BEEN HIT THE HARDEST. ACTUALLY, PRETTY MUCH BY FAR YOU COULD SAY THE HARDEST. EVERYBODY CAN SEE THAT. JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. AND THROUGH FEMA THE GOVERNMENT WILL DEPLOY MISSIONS TO STOP THE VIRUS. THOSE GOVERNORS REMAIN IN COMMAND. SO THE GOVERNORS LOCALLY BE IN COMMAND AND WE’LL BE FOLLOWING THEM. AND WE HOPE THEY CAN DO THE JOB. AND I THINK THEY WILL. I SPOKE WITH ALL THREE OF THE GOVERNORS TODAY, JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO, AND THEY ARE VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT WE’LL BE DOING BECAUSE WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING SOME OTHER THINGS FOR THOSE THREE STATES AND OTHER STATES WHERE IT’S HIT THE HARDEST. THIS ACTION WILL GIVE THEM MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO USE THE GUARD AGAINST THE VIRUS WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT COSTS OR LIABILITY. AND FREEING UP STATE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DEPLOYED HUNDREDS OF TONS OF SUPPLIES FROM OUR NATIONAL STACK PILE TO LOCATIONS WITH THE GREATEST NEED IN ORDER TO ASSIST IN THOSE AREAS I APPROVED THE STATE OF NEW YORK’S REQUEST FOR A MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION, SOMETHING THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS BEEN ASKING FOR AND WE DID IT IN RAPID FASHION. WE APPROVED THIS FRIDAY EVENING, AND WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET ALL THESE THINGS, NOT ONLY SIGNED UP BUT COMPLETED AND WIN. THE REQUEST FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR DISASTER WAS APPROVED. THE REQUEST FROM CALIFORNIA WAS JUST RECEIVED AND WE’LL HAVE IT APPROVED VERY QUICKLY. I TOLD THAT TO GAVIN NEWSOM. AND WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING THAT DONE VERY QUICKLY. IT WILL BE DONE MAYBE TONIGHT. WE HAVE LARGE QUANTITIES OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ON THE WAY BASED ON ALL OF THIS TO THOSE STATES, INCLUDING RESPIRATORIES, SURGICAL MASKS AND GOWNS, COVERALLS AND GLOVES WITH LARGE QUANTITIES ALREADY DELIVERED TO WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK. IN ADDITION TO LARGE QUANTITIES OF SUPPLIES, I’VE ALSO DIRECTED FEMA TO SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING. FOUR LARGE MEDICAL STATIONS WITH 1,000 BEDS FOR NEW YORK, 8 LARGE MEDICAL STATIONS FOR 2,000 BEDS FOR CALIFORNIA, AND THREE LARGE FEDERAL MEDICAL STATIONS AND FOUR SMALL FEDERAL MEDICAL STATIONS WITH 1,000 BEDS FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. THE GOVERNORS KNOW. THE SUPPLIES WILL BE DELIVERED WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS. IN ADDITION THE NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP THE U.S. MERCY. IT’S INCREDIBLE SHIPS. THESE TWO SHIPS ARE INCREDIBLE. ONE ON THE WEST COAST, ONE OF THE EAST COAST, WILL BE DEPLOYED TO LOS ANGELES TO HELP WITH THE SURGE CAPACITY. AND THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS CAPACITY. THEY ARE REALLY SOMETHING. I WILL SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING, AND NOW THOSE NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP, AND JUST TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXACTING, WE HAVE DONE A PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL FOR REQUESTS FOR MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK. APPROVAL OF TITLE 32 NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATION FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK. WE ARE PROVIDING ALL OF THIS AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNOR. I SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO HE’S WORKING HARD, WE ARE ALL WORKING HARD TOGETHER. THE RELATIONSHIP HAS REALLY BEEN AMAZING. BUT ALSO ENABLES THE GOVERNOR TO PROVIDE ROBUST NATIONAL GUARD SUPPORT TO THE STATE, AND THE 25% WE ARE GOING TO BE WAIVING THAT 25% COST. WE ARE PICKING UP. WE’LL BE COORDINATING. AND THEY’LL BE DOING SOMETHING WITH VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. MISSION ASSIGNMENT OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO BUILD OUT ALTERNATE CARE SITES. THEY ARE DOING VARIOUS ALTERNATE CARE SITES, WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN DESIGNATED BY NEW YORK. FOUR LARGE FEDERAL MEDICAL STATIONS OF 1,000 BEDS. THESE ARE VERY COMPLEX PLACES, ACTUALLY, WITH GREAT EQUIPMENT AND GREAT PEOPLE. STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE ORDER. AND THIS IS AS OF A NUMBER OF DAYS AGO, SO FAR DELIVERED TO NEW YORK, AND THIS IS THE 19th, WE HAD THE N 95 RESPIRATORIES, 186,416 DELIVERED. WE HAVE DELIVERED 444,000 078 FACE MASKS. SURGICAL GOWNS, 64,000 TO NEW YORK. COVERALLS, 352. GLOVES, 342,486. ALSO TO NEW YORK IN TERMS OF WHAT’S BEEN DELIVERED JUST SINCE THEN, THE NUMBERS ARE QUITE LARGE, AND WE HAVE TREMENDOUS NUMBERS OF COMPANIES, ALSO, MAKING EQUIPMENT. FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WE HAVE DELIVERED 369 N95 RESPIRATORIES, 507, 406 SURGICAL MASKS. THIS IS AS OF DWREE FREE DAYS AGO. SURGICAL GOWNS, 107, 850. GLOVES 240,000. AND WE HAVE MANY, MANY THINGS PENDING. IT’S ACTUALLY NOT PENDING. THEY ARE BEING FABRICATED. THEY ARE BEING MADE. AND THEY ARE MOVING. NOW FOR WASHINGTON, SO WE HAVE FOUR SMALL FEDERAL MEDICAL STATIONS, 250 BEDS. AND FOR WASHINGTON, STATE OF WASHINGTON, WE HAVE THREE LARGE MEDICAL STATIONS, 750 BEDS. AND THEN YOU HAVE, AS I SAID, THE APPROVAL F TITLE 32 NATIONAL GUARD. STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AGAIN, TO BE VERY PRECISE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ALL OF THE TITLE 32 NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATION. AND WE ARE PROVIDING ALL OF THIS, AGAIN, LIKE IN NEW YORK, AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNOR, MEANING THE GOVERNOR NEWSOM AND THE STATE, NO COST TO THE STATE. IT ENABLES THE GOVERNOR TO PROVIDE ROBUST NATIONAL GUARD SUPPORT TO THE STATE. SO THEY CAN HAVE CONTROL OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SENDING THESE ARE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE BEING SENT. WE HAVE EIGHT LARGE FEDERAL MEDICAL STATIONS WITH OVER 2,000 BEDS, AND THAT’S GOING TO CALIFORNIA. AND STRATEGIC STOCKPILE ORDER, WE HAVE ORDERED LIKEWISE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT ITEMS. I WON’T GO INTO THE EXACT NUMBERS, BUT THE NUMBERS ARE VERY SUBSTANTIAL. BUT WE ARE HAVING TREMENDOUS ADDITIONAL NUMBERS SENT. AND WHATEVER THE STATES CAN GET, THEY SHOULD BE GETTING. I SAY WE ARE SORT OF BACK UP FOR THE STATES. AND SOME OF THE STATES ARE DOING REALLY WELL, AND SOME DON’T DO AS WELL. BUT ONES THAT DON’T DO AS WELL NEED MORE HELP. BUT THESE ARE THREE STATES THAT REALLY DO NEED HELP BECAUSE THEY ARE HIT VERY HARD. AND THE OUTPOURING FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS ALSO BEEN SPECTACULAR. I’M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ON HONEYWELL WILL PRODUCE IN RHODE ISLAND MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL N95 MASKS. THEY ARE HARD TO GET. THEY ARE ACTUALLY QUITE COMPLEX. BUT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT NATIONAL STOCKPILE THEY’LL BE IMMEDIATELY THEN DELIVERED TO THE VARIOUS STATES. THIS EXPANSION IS ALREADY UNDER WAY AND WILL PROVIDE A LOT OF JOBS FOR THAT STATE. PROBABLY AROUND 500. THE MASKS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE USE OF THE HEALTH SAFETY AND EMERGENCY, AND THIS FOR RESPONSE WORKERS, PRIMARILY FOR RESPONSE WORKERS. THESE ARE VERY HIGH END. THIS EXPANSION IN ADDITION TO HONEYWELL ACTION TO DOUBLE PRODUCTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING PLANTS. THEY MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS. AND THEY ARE DOUBLING AND TRIPLING THEIR PRODUCTION AROUND THE CLOCK. TODAY I’M ALSO ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF A NEW PUBLIC PRIVATE CONSORTIUM ORGANIZED BY THE WHITE HOUSE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND IBM TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF AMERICANS SUPER COMPUTED GO TO HELP THE CHINESE VIRUS. THE FOLLOWING LEADERS PRIVATE INDUSTRIES, ACADEMIA, AND GOVERNMENT WILL BE CONTRIBUTING. AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE CONTRIBUTING A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT PRIMARILY COMPUTING RESOURCES TO HELP RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW TREATMENTS AND VACCINES. THEY’LL BE WORKING ALONG WITH NIH AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING ON THIS. BUT TREMENDOUS HELP FROM IBM, AMAZON, GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, MIT, POLY TECHNIQUE INSTITUTE, NATIONAL LABORATORIES, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND NASA, THEY ARE ALL CONTRIBUTING TO THIS EFFORT, AND THEY ARE FULLY IN GEAR. THIS AFTERNOON I ALSO WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING TO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COUNTRY’S 18 MILLION VETERANS. THESE ARE GREAT PEOPLE, OUR AMAZING VETERANS. THEY HAVE SHOWN THEIR LOYALTY TO OUR NATION. AND THIS IS THE TIME WHERE THEY ARE IN NEED AND WE ARE GOING TO SHOW OUR LOYALTY TO THEM. WE ARE BEING VERY PROTECTIVE OF OUR VETERANS. WE ARE WORKING ON CERTAIN HOSPITALS WHERE WE MAY BE DOING SOME WORK. IN LOUISIANA IN PARTICULAR AND OTHER STATES, VETERAN’S HOSPITALS. IT WILL BE VERY PROTECTIVE OF OUR VETERANS. SOME OF THEM ARE OF THAT VERY VULNERABLE AGE. AND SOME OF THEM, OBVIOUSLY, ARE NOT FEELING WELL. AND SOME OF THEM ARE STILL SUFFERING THE WOUNDS OF WAR FROM MANY YEARS AGO. YESTERDAY I SIGNED VITAL LEGISLATION TO ENSURE THAT THE GI BILL WILL COVER DISTANCE LEARNING DURING THIS EMERGENCY. I ALSO SPOKE WITH MANY OF OUR VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS OR THE VSOs TO DESCRIBE OUR UNPRECEDENTED ACTION. IN FEBRUARY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ESTABLISHED 19 EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET DONE FOR MANY YEARS, YOU ALL KNOW THIS FROM FOLLOWING ME OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, BUT WE GOT IT DONE PRETTY QUICKLY. THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET IT DONE FOR MANY, MANY DECADES WAS CHOICE, VETERANS CHOICE, AND ALSO VETERANS ACCOUNTABILITY. NOW, IF IT’S CROWDED WITHIN THIS, IF THEY CAN’T GET TO A DOCTOR, WE HAVE GREAT DOCTORS IN THE VA, I HAVE TO SAY THAT, WE HAVE FANTASTIC DOCTORS, AS GOOD AS THEY COME, BUT IT’S HARD TO GET TO THEM BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS BUREAUCRACY BUT NO LONGER BUREAUCRACY. WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF THINGS BECAUSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE IF PEOPLE AREN’T DOING JOBS OR IF THEY ARE BAD OR SADISTIC OR STEAL, WE ARE NOW ALLOWED TO FIRE THEM. SO THE VA IS WORKING AND JUST TOLD BY OUR GREAT LEADER OF THE VA, ROBERT WILKIE, HE SAID FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE HAVE THE HIGHEST MARKS IN THE HISTORY, HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, CAME OUT A WEEK AGO, THAT THEY ARE HAPPY. LOOK, ONE OF THE REASONS THAT HAPPENED, HIGHEST IN HISTORY, ONE OF THE REASONS THAT HAPPENED IS BECAUSE OF VETERANS, IF THEY HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE THEY SEE A PRIVATE DOCTOR AND WE PAY THE BILL AND THEY GET BETTER. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TWO OR THREE WEEKS, BUT THEY GET BETTER. AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY WAITED SO LONG THEY WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM AND IT WOULD END UP BEING TERMINAL BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T GET THE KIND OF TREATMENT THAT THEY DESERVED. SO HIGHEST POLL NUMBERS, HIGHEST APPROVAL NUMBERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE VA. I WAS JUST GIVEN THAT INFORMATION YESTERDAY. WE RESTRICTED VISITORS ACCESS TO 135 VETERAN COMMUNITY LIVING CENTERS WHICH HOUSED NEARLY 8,000 VETERANS WITH CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS SO THAT WE LIMIT THEIR EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS. WE WANT TO TOTALLY TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS. AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE DOING. THE VA HAS CANCELED MOST ELECTIVE MEDICAL PROCEDURES. THEY ARE DELAYING THEM UNTIL AFTER THIS IS GONE. AFTER WE HAVE WON. WE BEGAN PROVIDING LIFE SAVING CARE TO PATIENTS WHO HAD SYMPTOMS ACROSS THE 171 VA MEDICAL CENTERS NATIONWIDE. THAT’S A BIG DEAL. UNDER MY ADMINISTRATION, THE VA HAS ALSO BEEN A LEADER IN EXPANDING TELEHEALTH. TELEHEALTH IS BECOMING A BIGGER AND BIGGER FACTOR IN MEDICINE. THIS MONTH WE HAVE TAKEN BOLD ACTION TO CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE AND MAKE TELEHEALTH AVAILABLE FOR MILLIONS MORE AMERICANS DURING THIS CRISIS. THEY CAN SPEAK TO A DOCTOR FROM THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOME RATHER THAN RISK BECOMING INFECTED. OR MAKING A TREMENDOUSLY LONG TRIP, WHEN FRANKLY YOU’LL SPEAK TO A GREAT DOCTOR RIGHT FROM YOUR HOME. IT’S HAPPENING, TELEHEALTH. WE ARE VERY MUCH AT THE FOREFRONT OF THAT. TEE ARE PROUD OF IT. AND ALSO TAKES A BIG BURDEN OFF OUR SYSTEM. WE CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SAFE AND EFFECTIVE VACCINES. WE ARE ALSO AGGRESSIVELY INVESTIGATING A NUMBER OF ANTIVIRAL THERAPIES TO LESSEN THE LEVEL OF SYMPTOMS. AND YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL, AS I FEEL ON TUESDAY, THEY’LL START IT ON TUESDAY MORNING. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME MEDICATIONS DELIVERED THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE IF THEY WORK. THEY CERTAINLY ARE EFFECTIVE IN OTHER WAYS. AND THEY ARE SAFE FROM THE STANDPOINT THEY ARE NOT KILLING PEOPLE. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT. SO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING IN THAT REGARD. I JUST WANT TO FINISH, AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO ASK A COUPLE OF PEOPLE TO SAY A FEW WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN SO MUCH IN THE FOREFRONT OF THIS INCREDIBLE JOB THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN. BUT I WANT TO SAY THAT I KNOW THAT THIS IS A CHALLENGING TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE ARE ENDURING A GREAT NATIONAL TRIAL. AND WE WILL PROVE THAT WE CAN MEET THE MOMENT. I WANT TO REASSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CONFRONT AND ULTIMATELY DEFEAT THIS HORRIBLE, INVISIBLE ENEMY. WE ARE AT WAR. IN A TRUE SENSE WE ARE AT WAR AND WE ARE FIGHTING AN INVISIBLE ENEMY. THINK OF THAT. FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING BEING ALONE AND ISOLATED, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE ALL JOINED TOGETHER AS ONE PEOPLE INTERNALLY LINKED BY OUR SHARED NATIONAL SPIRIT. WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY. THE SPIRIT OF LOVE AND PAY. WE ARE VERY UNITED. PEOPLE ARE SAYING THINGS NOW THAT THREE WEEKS AGO THEY DIDN’T TALK THAT WAY. WE ARE VERY UNITED. IT’S REALLY A UNIFIED AMERICA, UNITED AMERICA, AN AMERICA LIKE WE HAVE IT RIGHT NOW. FOR THOSE WORRIED AND AFRAID, PLEASE KNOW AS LONG AS I’M YOUR PRESIDENT, YOU CAN FEEL CONFIDENT I AM ALWAYS FIGHT FOR YOU AND I WILL NOT STOP UNTIL WE WIN. THIS WILL BE A GREAT VICTORY. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VICTORY. AND IT’S GOING TO BE A VICTORY, THAT IN MY OPINION WILL HAPPEN MUCH SOONER THAN ORIGINALLY EXPECTED. IT’S NOW ATTACKING, THE ENEMY IS ATTACKING 144 COUNTRIES AT THIS MOMENT. 144. THAT’S UNTHINKABLE. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. AND IT’S VICIOUS. IT IS VICIOUS. SOME PEOPLE RECOVER WELL. AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME. WE ALL KNOW THAT. BUT WE WILL BE TOTALLY VICTORIOUS. WE WILL THEN GET OUR ECONOMY UP TO A LEVEL THAT IT WAS. AND IN MY OPINION BEYOND. BECAUSE IT WILL BE A PENT UP DEMAND. THERE IS A PENT UP DEMAND. AND A LOT OF GREAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN. BUT I’M VERY PROUD OF OUR COUNTRY. I’M VERY PROUD. I’M VERY PROUD TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT. AND JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I’M GOING ASK, IF I MIGHT, COMBINATION OF PETE WHY DON’T YOU START OFF, PLEASE. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. >>THANK YOU. >>JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, AND NEW YORK. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATES OF WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, AND CALIFORNIA ARE SEEING A STEADY INCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS 19 VIRUS CASES. IN ORDER TO ASSIST WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS IDENTIFIED IN THOSE AREAS, THE STATE OF NEW YORK WAS APPROVED FOR MAJOR DISASTER AND DECLARATION THIS MORNING. WASHINGTON STATE WAS ALSO APPROVED EARLIER TODAY. CALIFORNIA MADE THE REQUEST AND THE PRESIDENT WILL CONSIDER IT IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE MEDICAL SUPPLIES EN ROUTE TO THESE STATES INCLUDING RESPIRATORIES, SURGICAL MASKS, GOWNS, FACE SHIELDS COVERALLS, GLOVES, WITH QUANTITIES ALREADY DELIVERED TO BOTH WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, AND CALIFORNIA. AND WE ANTICIPATE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES TO BE DELIVERED WITHIN THE NEXT 4 TWO HOURS TO ALL OF THESE STATES. UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON MARCH 15, FEMA IS HELPING GOVERNMENTS INCLUDING REIMBURSING ELIGIBLE EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES TAKEN AT THE DIRECTIONAL GUIDANCE TO THIS EMERGENCY. ALL 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FIVE TERRITORIES AND TWO TRIBES ARE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH FEMA UNDER THE NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR COVID-19. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE FEMA ADMINISTRATORS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WE ARE WORKING WITH STATES EVERY WHERE. THEY DO NOT NEED TO REQUEST SEPARATE EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS FEMA ASSISTANCE. THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION DOES NOT DIRECT FINANCE ASSISTANCE AT THIS TIME. JUST A NOTE ON THE U.S., MS MERCY. BASED ON ANALYSIS OF POTENTIAL NEEDS FOR HOSPITAL BEDS ON THE WEST COAST, DECISION WAS MADE TO DO THIS THAT MERCY CAN GET INTO POSITION WITHIN A WEEK OR LESS OF TODAY’S ORDER. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE MORE CASES RIGHT NOW IN WASHINGTON, THE PROJECTED NEEDS FOR BEDS IN CALIFORNIA IS FIVE TIMES MORE THAT OF WASHINGTON. THE MERCY WILL BE USED TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF LOCAL HOSPITALS, OTHER MEDICAL NEEDS AND COVID-19 CASES. FINALLY, A LITTLE ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKES PRO-ACTIVE STEPS TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 THREAT AS WE PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT REMAINS OUR PRIORITY. WE CAN ASSIST FEDERAL AGENCIES WHILE SERVING THE PUBLIC. IN RESPONSE TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED NATIONWIDE, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS APPROVED WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, AND NEW YORK NATIONAL UNDER TITLE 32 STATUS FOR THE COVID-19 RESPONSE. THE PRESIDENT’S ACTION PROVIDE THE NATION’S GOVERNORS CONTINUE COMMAND OF THEIR NATIONAL GUARD FOCUSES AND STATES TO USE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO MEET THE NEEDS NECESSARY IN THE COVID-19. THIS IS A RESPONSIVE AVENUE TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED ASSET. I WANT TO BE CLEAR, THIS TITLE 32 ACTIVATION DOES NOT FEDERALIZE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS STILL UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF EACH GOVERNOR. THEY WILL WORK IN CONCERT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. AND WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF DYS INFORMATION CIRCLING. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS NOT MARSHALL LAW. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL LEAD THIS TASK. AND FINALLY WE CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO HUNDREDS OF REQUESTS FROM GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN FILLING ALL THEIR CRITICAL NEEDS. THANK YOU, SIR. >>THANK YOU, PETE, VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. GOOD EVENING. WHAT I WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT IS THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. AND TO GIVE YOU THE OVERVIEW HERE, USING THE FULL POWER OF THE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND FULL FORCE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MY JOB AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS TO MAKE SURE TACTICALLY WORKING WITH FEMA AND HHS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS GET THE GLOVES, MASKS AND ALL OF THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED. AND I CAN TELL YOU, SIR, THAT SINCE YOU SIGNED DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, MY JOB HAS GOTTEN EASIER. LET ME EXPLAIN WHY. THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT IN THIS CONTEXT HAS TWO PRIMARY FUNCTIONS. ONE IS MOBILIZATION OF THE INDUSTRIAL BASIS, IN THIS CASE THE PUBLIC HEALTH INDUSTRIAL BASE, AND THE OTHER IS ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES BOTH FROM THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO THE MANUFACTURERS AND FROM THE MANUFACTURERS TO THE END USERS SUCH AS THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. NOW, WHAT WE ARE SEEING ON A PURELY VOLUNTARILY BASIS BASED ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, WE ARE SEEING THE GREATEST MOBILIZATION IN THE INDUSTRIAL BASINS WORLD WAR II. AND EVERY DAYS WORKING WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MANUFACTURING, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEXTILE ORGANIZATIONS, AND SO ON IN TERMS OF BUILDING UP RAPIDLY OUR CAPABILITIES TO GET WHAT YOU NEED. NOW LET’S THINK WHAT MOBILIZATION MEANS. IT CAN MEAN FOR EXAMPLE REPURPOSING A FACTORY. SO PERNO CALLED US LAST WEEK. AND THEY HAD PREHURDLES THEY HAD TO DEAL W CALLED MY OFFICE. MAKE A CALL TO THE TREASURY AND H H.S. TO CLEAR THE PATH. WE GOT THAT DOWN THAT DAY. THEY STARTED THEIR PRODUCTION THAT DAY. MOVING FROM ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO HAND SANITIZERS. AND AS WE SPEAK A TRUCK IS MOVING TOWARDS NEW YORK AND WILL ARRIVE THERE TUESDAY TO SHARE WITH THE HOSPITALS OVER 1,000 GALLONS OF SANITIZER. SO THAT WOULD BE A REPURPOSE. A SECOND EXAMPLE WOULD BE ONE THAT THE PRESIDENT OFFERED WITH HONEYWELL. AGAIN, THEY CALLED THE WHITE HOUSE ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT. AND WHAT THEY SAID IS, LOOK, WE WANT TO DO THIS NEW FACTORY IN SMITH FIELD, RHODE ISLAND. THEY CALLED ME ON A FRIDAY MORNING. AND BY THAT NIGHT WE HAD A CONTRACT IN TO HHS, THEY FLIPPED THAT IMMEDIATELY, AND I HAD HONEYWELL MOVING EQUIPMENT AND PEOPLE FROM MASSACHUSETTS TO THAT FACILITY IN SMITH FIELD, RHODE ISLAND AND WE’LL HAVE THAT PRODUCED IN 30 DAYS. SO MY POINT IS REPURPOSING BUILDING UP CAPABILITIES. THE OTHER THING IS ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES. WHAT I CAN TELL YOU SO FAR IS THAT THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, SIR, HAS GIVEN ME QUIET LEVERAGE. WHEN YOU HAVE A STRONG LEADER, YOU CAN TAKE A LIGHT HAND INITIALLY. SO WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH THIS OUTPOURING OF VOLUNTEERS FROM PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, WE ARE GETTING WHAT WE NEED WITHOUT PUTTING THE HEAVY HANDED GOVERNMENT DOWN. THERE WILL BE POSSIBLY CASES DOWN THE ROAD. AND THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE ACTUALLY ASKED ME AND ALERTED ME OF THIS WHERE SOME PLACES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN THEY MAY HAVE PROBLEMS THAT THE WHITE HOUSE WILL HAVE TO BREAK THROUGH USING THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. WE WON’T HESITATE TO DO THAT. . THE LAST THING I’LL TELL YOU IS I ALSO GET A LOT OF CALLS THAT ARE VERY DISQUIETING. BROKERS ARE OFFERING MILLIONS OF ITEMS, WHETHER GOGGLES, MASKS OR WHATEVER, AND GO THROUGH THREE DIFFERENT BROKERS TRACING TO A WAREHOUSE IN LOS ANGELES THAT ALLEGEDLY HAVE 10,000 MASKS AND CHARGE YOU SEVEN TIMES WHAT THEY COST. THAT’S PRICE GOUGING. MESSAGE TO THE HOARDERS IF YOU HAVE ANY LARGE KWAUBT OF MATERIALS THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW, GET THEM TO MARKET, WE’LL PAY YOU A FAIR PRICE. BUT IF YOU DON’T DO THAT IS CORRECT WE’LL COME FOR YOU AND MAKE SURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT WOULD BE A GOOD USE OF THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT. SO I SA SALUTE YOU, SIR, YOU’VE MADE MY JOB EASIER AND I APPRECIATE THAT. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. TASK FORCE MET THIS AFTERNOON. AS WE DO EVERY DAY. AND LET ME BEGIN TODAY BY SIMPLY SAYING THANK YOU TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THANK YOU FOR THE WAY THAT PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, SEVEN DAYS INTO 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD. THE PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL ACROSS AMERICA ARE RESPONDING, ARE COOPERATING, ARE COMMUNICATING. NOT JUST ON BEHALF OF THEIR OWN HALF AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR FAMILY, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY ON BEHALF OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. SO ON BEHALF OF YOUR PRESIDENT AND OUR ENTIRE TASK FORCE, JUST THANK YOU TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION TO THE GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE PRESIDENT TODAY JUST ANNOUNCED ACTION IN NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, AND WASHINGTON STATE, AS THE LATEST DEMONSTRATION THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUPPORT THE LEADERSHIP AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONFRONT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS THAT ARE UNDER WAY BEING NEGOTIATED ON CAPITOL HILL AS WE SPEAK, THE BIPARTISAN SPIRIT THAT’S TAKING PLACE THERE, THAT’S REFLECTED IN ALL OF OUR INTERACTIONS WITH STATE LEADERS AROUND THE COUNTRY IS A GREAT CREDIT TO THE NATION. BUT IT SHOULD BE A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AT THE STATE LEVEL, WORKING WITH COURAGEOUS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA ARE COMING TOGETHER TO MEET THIS MOMENT. AND THAT IS THE WAY OUR SYSTEM WORKS. IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE US DIFFERENT IS WE HAVE A SYSTEM OF FEDERALISM. AND BY PUTTING FEMA IN THE LEAD, THE PRESIDENT HAS EMPHASIZED OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS IS IN THE ANTHEM OF FEMA, IT IS LOCALLY EXECUTED, STATE MANAGED, AND FEDERALLY SUPPORTED. WE WANT THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND, THE DECISION MAKERS TO HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. WE WANT STATES TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THEIR STATES. AND WHETHER LEGISLATION MOVING THROUGH THE CONGRESS OR THE EFFORTS THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TODAY, MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATIONS TITLE 32 OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, RESOURCES FLOWING, HOSPITAL BEDS FLOWING, WE’LL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE OUR STATES HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO MEET THIS MOMENT. OUR TASK FORCE CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON THE PRIORITIES THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN US. THEY ARE TESTING, MITIGATION AND SUPPLIES. AND ON THE SUBJECT OF TESTING, AS IS EVIDENT TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TESTING IS MORE AND MORE AVAILABLE EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE’LL BE DETAILING TOMORROW FROM THIS PODIUM THE PROGRESS THAT WE ARE MAKING ON TESTS. AT THIS DAY’S REPORTING 254,000 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TESTED AND RECEIVED RESULTS IN CORONAVIRUS TESTS. WITH SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 30,000, ACTUALLY, TESTING POSITIVE. THERE IS A BIT OF AN ENCORE AGING WORD IN THAT FOR EVERY AMERICAN, REMEMBER EVERYONE TESTING NOW WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS, ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SYMPTOMS THAT MAKE THEM THINK THEY MIGHT HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS. AND AS OUR NUMBERS COME INCONSISTENTLY, BECAUSE THE 254,000 DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL THE LOCAL HOSPITALS OR ALL THE LOCAL LABS IN OUR STATES, IT’S WORKING OUT TO BE ABOUT ONE IN 10 AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN TESTED THAT THOUGHT THEY HAD CORONAVIRUS ACTUALLY HAD IT. NINE OUT OF TEN DID NOT. BUT WE’LL CONTINUE TO ROLL OUT THE TESTING TO PROVIDE THAT RESOURCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE ARE WORKING TO MAKE TESTING HAPPEN FASTER. WE EXPECT FROM WORD FROM THE COMMERCIAL LABS THAT WE SHOULD BE CAUGHT UP ON THE BACKLOG IN TESTING BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. AND WE ARE URGING TODAY ON THE PRESIDENT’S BEHALF THAT ALL LABS WOULD PRIORITIZE INPATIENT TESTING. LET ME SAY AGAIN, ALL OF THE COMMERCIAL LABS IN THE COUNTRY, YOU WILL RECEIVE GUIDANCE FROM HHS TOMORROW, BUT ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, WE ARE URGING ALL COMMERCIAL LABS TO PRIORITIZE INPATIENT TESTING. WE WANT PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN CHECKED IN TO A HOSPITAL THAT ARE BEING TREATED FOR WHAT THEY SUSPECT TO BE CORONAVIRUS TO RECEIVE THOSE TESTS MORE QUICKLY. ALSO, I’M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT YESTERDAY THE FDA APPROVED AN EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION ON A NEW TEST THAT SHOULD BE IN PRODUCTION BY THE END OF MARCH. IT ACTUALLY WOULD BE A CORONAVIRUS TEST. THE RESULTS OF WHICH COME BACK IN 45 MINUTES. AND ALSO WORKING, FDA IS WORKING WITH MANUFACTURERS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO COME UP WITH EVEN FASTER, MORE INNOVATIVE TESTS. AND AS WE TOLD OUR GOVERNORS IN SEVERAL CALLS THIS WEEK, GOVERNORS AND STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SHOULD SIMPLY CONTACT FEMA FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON TESTING SOLUTIONS. LET ME ALSO SAY, TOMORROW WHEN WE GATHER AT THIS PODIUM WE’LL BE UNVEILING WITH DR. BOB REDFIELD IN THE LEAD NEW GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE THAT WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. FIRST RESPONDERS. PEOPLE THAT WORK IN WHAT WE CALL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS IN EARLY MARCH PEOPLE THAT WERE ASYMPTOMATIC BUT EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH CORONAVIRUS WHO GAVE THEM GUIDANCE RETURNING TO WORK WEARING A MASK FOR 14 DAYS. AND TOMORROW AT THIS PODIUM CDC WILL UNVEIL IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY NEW GUIDANCE WHICH WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO RETURN TO WORK MORE QUICKLY BY WEARING A MASK FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME. LET ME ALSO AMPLIFY A POINT ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT AND ON BEHALF OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT ABOUT AMERICANS ABROAD. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE UNITED STATES IS IN A DIFFERENT POSITION TODAY THAN PORTIONS OF EUROPE ARE AND CHINA AND ELSEWHERE IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT SUSPENDED ALL TRAVEL FROM CHINA. HE SUSPENDED TRAVEL FROM EUROPE AND U.K. AND IRELAND. BUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO ASSIST AMERICANS WHO MAY FIND THEMSELVES OVERSEAS. THEY ARE ABLE TO COME HOME. THERE IS NO BARRIERS TO AMERICANS COMING BACK TO AMERICAN SOIL. THEY ARE SCREENED THROUGH A SERIES OF AIRPORTS WHEN THEY COME HOME. BUT WE ARE AWARE WITH FLIGHTS BEING CANCELED SOME AMERICANS ARE UNA IBL TO FIND A WAY HOME. AND AS THE PRESIDENT SAID WE HAVE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY THROUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS HAVE BRN CHARTERED. ALSO WORKING WITH THE MILITARY FOR BACK UP ON FLIGHTS. AT THIS POINT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS BROUGHT MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICANS BACK HOME. BUT SPEAKING TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE TODAY, HE WANTED ME TO SHARE A WEBSITE AND A PHONE NUMBER FOR ANY AMERICAN THAT MIGHT BE LOOKING ON FROM OVERSEAS. YOU CAN CALL THE SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM AT 1-888-407-4747. ORP YOU CAN GO ONLINE AT STEP.STATE.GOV. THIS WILL ALLOW EMBASSIES AND CONSULATE TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SITUATION AND WORK TO FACILITATE TO BRING YOU HOME. LET ME SAY, FINALLY, AS I BEGAN, LET ME CLOSE, AS THE CHAIRMAN OR THE LEADER OF THIS WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, WE ARE SEVEN DAYS INTO 15 DAYS. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING. BECAUSE AS WE SPEAK ABOUT SUPPLIES AND SPEAK ABOUT TESTING, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVERY AMERICAN CAN DO IS HEED THE GUIDANCE AND THE DIRECTION FROM YOUR STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE WE HAVE WIDESPREAD CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS. BULL FOR EVERY AMERICAN, PUTTING INTO PRACTICE THESE MEASURES THE PRESIDENT ALLUDED TO AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF HIS REMARKS IS IT A WAY WE CAN DO THIS, AMERICA. AND WE CAN LESSEN THE MAGNITUDE OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN OUR COUNTRY. WITH THE COOPERATION, COMPASSION, GENEROSITY, AND PRAYERS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE CAN SLOW THE SPREAD. WE CAN PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE. AND WE CAN HEAL OUR LAND. SO LET’S DO IT, AMERICA. >>THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. THANK YO VERY MUCH, MIKE. JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS AND WE’LL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS. MAYBE YOU’LL HAVE SOME, MAYBE YOU WON’T, THAT WOULD BE A SHOCK, THAT WOULD BE A SHOCK TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT I HAVE TO SAY ON THE TESTING, IF THIS WORKS OUT, AND WE THINK IT MIGHT, THE NEW TESTS WILL BE A SIMPLE ONE, EASIER THAN THE EXISTING TEST WHICH IS QUITE COMPLEX AND NOT A LOT OF FUN TO TAKE. AND THIS WILL BE A GAME CHANGER. BUT, REMEMBER, WE INHERITED A BROKEN, OBSOLETE SYSTEM. IT WAS GOOD FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, BUT NOT GOOD FOR THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. AND WE MADE THIS INTO A SYSTEM NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN THE WORLD, THAT’S WHERE THEY ARE GOING, HOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING IT SHOULD SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. SO OUR PEOPLE HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. REALLY A FANTASTIC JOB. AND I HOPE THE NEW TEST WORKS OUT. WE’LL KNOW FAIRLY SOON, I THINK, DR., WE’LL BE KNOWING ABOUT THAT FAIRLY SOON. HOPEFULLY IT WILL CHECK OUT OR TEST OUT. AND WE CERTAINLY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. THAT WILL BE A VERY SIMPLE TEST BY COMPARISON. IT WON’T BE UNPLEASANT AT ALL. AND ONE OTHER THING, THE SHIPS. SO WE HAVE THE MERCY, AND THAT’S GOING TO CALIFORNIA, IT’S ON THE WEST COAST NOW. AND YOU HAVE A SISTER SHIP THAT’S ESSENTIALLY A TWIN, THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, THEY ARE INCREDIBLE SHIPS. I’VE SEEN IT. I’VE SEEN ONE OF THEM. AND THEY ARE UNBELIEVABLE WHAT THEY CAN DO IN THEIR CAPACITY. MANY OPERATING ROOMS, THEY ARE WARTIME SHIPS, THEY ARE MEANT FOR WAR. MANY OPERATING ROOMS, STAINLESS STEELE, THESE SHIPS ARE AS GOOD AS ANYWHERE IN THE NATION. I SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY, WE HAD A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS TODAY, ACTUALLY. HE’S WORKING VERY HARD. AND WE ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING THAT SHIP, THAT’S CALLED THE COMFORT. SO YOU HAVE THE MERCY AND COMFORT. COMFORT IS ON THE EAST COAST. AND THAT SHIP WILL BE COMING OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR WEEKS. IT’S BEING — IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF MAINTENANCE. AND WE ARE MOVING THE MAINTENANCE VERY, VERY QUICKLY. AND ALSO SUPPLYING THE SHIP SIMULTANEOUSLY. BIG SUPPLIES GOING INTO THOSE SHIPS, BIG, AND THAT SHIP WILL BE COMING UP HERE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. AND WE’LL PROBABLY BE PUTTING IT IN NEW YORK HARBOR. AND WE ARE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THAT ALSO AS TO WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE DOCKED. SO YOU HAVE THE MERCY AND COMFORT THAT WILL BE COMING UP. MERCY WILL START VERY QUICKLY. IT WILL BE ARRIVING IN LOS ANGELES PRETTY SOON. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. QUESTION? ABC GO AHEAD. >>FIRST OF ALL, SENATOR PAUL TESTING POSITIVE. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD INPERSON CONTACT WITH HIM?>>I THINK IT WAS A WHITE AGO. >>FOUR SENATORS ARE IN ISOLATION. AND THE RULES SAY THAT IN TOWARD TO VOTE — >>WHO ARE THEY?>>ROMNEY, SENATOR LEE, GARDENER, AND SENATOR RICK SCOTT ALSO. TWO OF THEM WERE IN CONTACT WITH YOU. WITH THE CRITICAL STIMULUS PACKAGE. >>ROMNEY IS IN ISOLATION?>>YEAH. >>GEE, THAT’S TOO BAD. GO AHEAD. >>DID I DETECT SARCASM THERE?>>NONE WHATSOEVER. >>DO YOU THINK CONGRESS CAN CHANGE THE RULES VOTING REMOTELY?>>I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT TODAY. AND I’M SAYING YOU COULD HAVE A LOT OF SENATORS AND A LOT OF HOUSE MEMBERS. I SPOKE LAST NIGHT WITH A VERY, VERY GOOD MAN, WHO HAPPENS TO BE IN THE HOUSE, AS YOU KNOW. AND HE’S JUST STARTED. AND HE TESTED POSITIVE. SO YOU COULD HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, AND THEY ARE FROM CONGRESS, BETWEEN HOUSE AND SENATE A LARGE NUMBER. AND I THINK IT’S SOMETHING, AT LEAST I FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU SHOULD BE THERE, I THINK IT MAY BE A CONSTITUTIONAL REASON WHY YOU SHOULD. BUT WE COULD BE IN A POSITION WHERE I WOULD CERTAINLY BE IN FAVOR OF IT WHERE THEY COULD VOTE FROM A CERTAIN OUTSIDE LOCATION. I WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF IT T I WAS THINKING OF IT TODAY. I MEAN, WE COULD BE IN THIS, LOOK, WITH WHAT’S GOING ON, NOBODY HAS EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS, YOU COULD HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THERE FROM CONGRESS. AND IT WOULD CERTAINLY BE — THERE IS A REASON CONSTITUTIONALLY, AND THERE MAY BE, BUT I WOULD BE TOTALLY IN FAVOR OF IT ON A TEMPORARY BASIS. >>Reporter: IT DOES SEEM LIKE NEGOTIATIONS STILL HAVE A WAY TO GO ON STIMULUS PACKAGE. ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE TIMING?>>WE ALL HAVE AN INTERESTING THING. WE ALL WANT TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE. AND I JUST WROTE THIS DOWN JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO. WE WANT TO PROTECT THE WORKER VERY MUCH, SO DO THEY, SO DO THE DEMOCRATS. WE ALSO WANT TO PROTECT THE WORKER THROUGH THEIR COMPANIES. WE DON’T WANT TO NECESSARILY — WE ARE GOING TO HELP THE WORKER ANYWAY, BUT IDEALLY THEY COULD GO BACK TO THEIR GREAT COMPANIES. WE HAVE GREAT P CANS IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE NOW. AND WE NEED MONEY TO HELP THOSE COMPANIES SO THEY CAN GET BACK INTO WHERE THEY SHOULD BE, HEALTH. MOST OF THESE COMPANIES FOUR WEEKS AGO WERE HAVING THE BEST YEAR THEY WILL HAD. LAST YEAR BEST YEAR ALMOST ALL OF THEM OTHER THAN BOEING, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY HAD PROBLEMS. BIG PERCENTAGE OF GDP. BUT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH BOEING. BOEING WAS A GREAT COMPANY AND WILL BE A GREAT COMPANY AGAIN. I THINK SHORTLY. SO WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE COMPANIES. AND THEY DON’T WANT TO DO THAT IT’S CRAZY THEY DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. I DON’T WANT STOCK BUYBACKS. SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE PROBLEM IS THERE, BUT I KNOW THAT’S ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THERE. I DON’T WANT STOCK BUYBACKS. I DON’T WANT TO BAIL OUT A COMPANY AND HAVE THEM RAISE THE STOCK AND THEN GET A BONUS. OKAY. SO I MAY BE REPUBLICAN, BUT I DON’T LIKE THAT. I WANT THEM TO USE THE MONEY FOR THE WORKERS. I WANT THEM TO USE THE MONEY FOR THE COMPANY TO HELP THE COMPANY. AIRLINE BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PLANES AND ALL OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE TO DO, INCLUDING BUYING NEW PLANES, BUT I DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANY STOCK BUYBACKS. THE DEMOCRATS ARE WITH ME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS ON THAT ONE. BECAUSE I CAN’T IMAGINE THAT ONE IS TOO TOUGH. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THINGS COMING UP. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE — SOME OF THE ELEMENTS THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, THEY ARE DOWN TO, I MEAN, LITERALLY 95% OF THINGS YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULDN’T AGREE AND YOU WOULD THINK THE REPUBLICANS WOULDN’T AGREE TO IT, AND UNEMPLOYMENT AS AN EXAMPLE IS ONE OF THE THINGS THEY TALK ABOUT. AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. I THINK WE ARE VERY CLOSE ON THAT, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE NOT. SO RIGHT NOW THEY ARE NOT THERE. BUT I THINK THAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO GET THERE. AND I CAN TELL YOU FOR A FACT, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO GET THERE. AND I DON’T THINK ANYBODY ACTUALLY HAS A CHOICE. IT’S A BOLD PACKAGE. IT’S A BIG PACKAGE. WE DO HAVE MONEY FOR, ONE OF THE THINGS IS WE DO HAVE MONEY FOR SAVING SMALL BUSINESSES. I DON’T IMAGINE THE DEMOCRATS, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF MONEY SET A SIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE BIG BUSINESSES. BIG POWERFUL COMPANIES THAT WERE POWERFUL FOUR WEEKS AGO AND TODAY OVER EXTENDED. LOOK AT THE CRUISE LINE, THAT’S A TREMENDOUS BUSINESS, VERY IMPORTANT TO FLORIDA, AND IT’S UNTHINKABLE A MONTH AGO. JUST UNTHINKABLE. THEY WERE SETTING ALL SORTS OF RECORDS. THEY WERE BUILDING NEW SHIPS. WE CAN’T LET THE CRUISE LINES GO OUT OF BUSINESS. I MEAN, THAT WOULD BE MASSIVE NUMBERS OF JOBS FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND ACTUALLY FOR THE WORLD, BUT FOR OUR COUNTRY IT’S A MASSIVE BUSINESS. AND IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO KEEP THEM GOING. SO WE HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THAT. BUT I THINK BOTH THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS AGREED THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR WORKERS. AND WE’LL BE DOING THAT IN NUMEROUS WAYS, INCLUDING LA SUBSTANTIAL CASUAL PAYMENT. YES?>>Reporter: WHEN IT COMES TO DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT WE KNOW GOVERNORS ALL DAY TODAY WERE PLEADING WITH YOU TO UTILIZE THE DPA. >>DEPENDS WHICH GOVERNORS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. >>Reporter: FOR THAT ALLOCATION PIECE THAT YOU MENTIONED, MR. NAVARRO, WHY NOT USE IT NOW IF THAT WOULD ANSWER THEIR EMPLOYEE PLEAS FOR HELP. >>THE FACT WE SIGNED IT IT IS. WE ARE NOT A COUNTRY BASED ON NATIONAL ICING OUR BUSINESS. CALL A PERSON OVER IN VENEZUELA ASK THEM HOW DID NATIONALIZATION OF THEIR COUNTRY WORK OUT. NOT TOO WELL. BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHY, AS PETER SAID, WE MAY HAVE TO USE IT SOMEPLACE ALONG THE CHAIN. BUT WE ARE GETTING CALLS, HERE’S THE BEAUTY OF IT, IF WE WANT MASKS, WE DON’T KNOW HOW, BUT HAINES, THEY CALLED US, WE’LL MAKE MILLIONS OF MASKS. WE GOT A CALL FROM 3M THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE GREAT PRODUCTS. FOR INSTANCE, GENERAL MOTORS, FORD SPOKE TO US ABOUT DOING VENTILATORS. THE BEAUTY IS THEY ARE CALLING US. IF YOU GO TO THE NATIONAL ROUTE, NATIONALIZATION ROUTE, WE ARE GOING TO TELL THE COMPANY TO MAKE VENTILATOR, THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT A VENTILATOR IS. IN THE CASE OF ONE COMPANY, THEY USED TO MAKE THEM YEARS AGO, AND THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE THEM. IT’S A VERY COMPLEX PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, FRANKLY. SO WHAT WE ARE DOING IS, I THINK PETER SAID IT MAYBE BETTER THAN ANYBODY IS GOING TO SAY IT, WE HAVE THE THREAT OF DOING IT IF WE NEED IT, WE MAY HAVE TO USE IT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN A MINOR WAY, BUT WE HAVE MILLIONS OF MASKS BEING DONE. WE HAVE RESPIRATORIES. WE HAVE VENTILATORS. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. SO JUST THREAT OF USING IT. BUT USING IT ACTUALLY IS A BIG DEAL. I MEAN, WHEN THIS WAS ANNOUNCED, IT SENT TREMORS THROUGH OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THROUGH OUR COUNTRY. BECAUSE BASICALLY WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU ARE GOING TO NATIONALIZE AN INDUSTRY OR TAKEAWAY COMPANIES. THE TRUTH IS COMPANIES WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START. THERE ARE COMPANIES OUT THERE YOU WOULDN’T THINK OF THAT CALLED US SAYING WE CAN DO VENTILATORS. WE USED TO DO THEM YEARS AGO. AND THEY CAN DO THEM IN LARGE QUANTITIES. OTHER COMPANIES, IF IF I CALL COMPANIES AND SAY YOU BUILD VENTILATORS, THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT A VENTILATOR IS. SO IT’S REALLY WORKING OUT VERY WELL. ONE OF THE REASONS I READ THE NUMBERS TO YOU IS WE’VE GIVEN VAST NUMBERS OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. WE’VE TAKEN IT OUT OF OUR SUPPLY, AND WE ARE RESTOCKING OUR SUPPLY. BUT WE ARE REALLY BACKING UP THE GOVERNORS. THE GOVERNORS HAVE TO GO OUT AND DO THEIR THINGS. AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF GOVERNORS HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. USUALLY THE ONES COMPLAIN HAVE THE PROBLEMS. BUT WE HAVE HAD A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO AND GOVERNOR KNEW SON. AND STATE OF WASHINGTON, THOSE ARE THREE HOT BEDS. NOUL NOW WE ARE ALSO DEALING WITH OTHER STATES IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. ONE ARE VERY AFFECTED IN A MINOR WAY WHERE YOU HAVE TWO OR THREE PEOPLE. AND I DON’T MEAN DEATHS, I MEAN LITERALLY CASES. AND THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN NEW YORK WHERE YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, TREMENDOUS, WHERE EVERYBODY. I LIVED THERE FOR A LONG TIME. EVERYBODY IS EXTREMELY CLOSE, TIGHT. AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF CASES IN NEW YORK. YOU HAVE A LOT OF CASES IN NEW YORK. AND WE ARE HELPING GOVERNOR CUOMO. WE ARE HELPING GOVERNOR NEWSOM. THEY HAVE BEEN, FRANKLY, THEY HAVE BEEN TOTAL GENTLEMEN. THEY WANT TO GET IT DONE. AND WE WANT TO GET IT DONE. BUT DOING IT THE WAY WE ARE DOING IT IS REALLY MUCH BETTER. >>Reporter: BUT I’M TALKING ABOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN, NOT ABOUT ALLOCATION OR MANUFACTURING. SO THE COMPANIES — >>YEAH, YOU’RE RIGHT. AND WE COORDINATE WITH THE STATES AND FOR THE MOST PART IT’S BEEN REALLY GOOD. LOOK TWI DAYS AGO I HAD A PHONE CALL WITH THE GOVERNORS, I ACTUALLY LET THE PRESS STAY. THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO STAY. AND ONE PERSON OF THE MEDIA SAYS IT’S SURPRISING. IT’S ACTUALLY A LITTLE RISKY DOING THAT BECAUSE WE HAD DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. AND THEY ARE POLITICIANS AND THEY ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. WELL, I TOOK A LOT OF CALLS. AND WE REALLY DIDN’T GET ONE NASTY OR BAD RESPONSE. THEY WERE THANKING US FOR THE JOB WE DID. AND I HAD THE PRESS, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WERE TLRKS I DON’T , I SAID LET THEM STAND THERE. THE GOVERNORS WERE VERY COME AND I’M PROUD OF THIS COUNTRY AND FRANKLY PROUD OF A LOT OF POLITICIANS THAT NORMALLY FIGHTING WITH THAT WE HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THINGS. BUT WE ARE GOING TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE. WE HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS BUT WE’LL GET TO THE SAME PLACE. YEAH, PLEASE. >>Reporter: I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU WERE CONSIDERING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO FREE ELDERLY NONVIOLENT PRISONERS FROM PRISONS?>>WE HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THAT. AND WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT. IT’S A BIT OF A PROBLEM. BUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TOTALLY NONVIOLENT PRISONERS, WE ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THAT, YES. >>Reporter: THANK YOU. I’LL ASK ALSO YOUR ADMINISTRATION ELIMINATED A KEY POSITION IN CHINA IN JULY, MEDICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST IN CHINA DISEASE CONTROL AGENCY. AND JUST MONTHS WHEN THEY WERE SUPPORTED IN WUHAN. SO BASICALLY WHY THE POST WAS ELIMINATED?>>I COULD ASK. ANYBODY WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE THAT ONE, BOB? THIS IS JUST LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER STUFF THAT YOU, NOT YOU, BUT THAT THE PRESS WAS ASKING, ALL OF WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE, WE ACTUALLY GAVE CDC MORE MONEY, NOT LESS MONEY. THEY SAID WE DEFUNDED. TURNED OUT IT WAS MORE MONEY. EVERY ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WAS SAID WAS 100% WRONG. AND THIS SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER ONE OF THEM. BUT ANYWAY GO AHEAD. >>YEAH, AS YOU KNOW, CDC HAS OFFICES ALL AROUND THE WORLD RIGHT NOW TO DO OUR FUNCTION, TO DETECT AND PREVENT AND RESPOND TO OUTBREAKS WHERE THEY OCCUR. THE CHINA OFFICE IS ACTUALLY BEING AUGMENTED AS WE SPEAK. AND WE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR OVER 30 YEARS. REASON THERE IT’S CALLED THE CHINA CDC BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD THAT PARTNERSHIP. >>OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA IS A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP. I WISH THEY TOLD US THREE MONTHS SOONER THAT THIS WAS A PROBLEM. WE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT. THEY KNEW ABOUT IT AND THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD US WE COULD HAVE SAVED A LOT OF LIVES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ITALY AND SPAIN AND A LOT OF OTHER COUNTRIES, WE COULD HAVE SAVED A LOT OF LIVES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. KELLY. >>Reporter: GIVEN THE DIAGNOSIS FOR SENATOR PAUL AND SELF QUARANTINE, WHAT CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE THREAT TO THE SENATE AND ABILITY TO GET THIS IMPORTANT PACKAGE THAT PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR PASSED? AND SHOULD AMERICANS BE EXPECTING YOU TO EXTEND THE 15 DAYS GIVEN THE CLIMATE OF HOW THIS IS SPREADING AT THIS POINT?>>I HOPE WE WON’T HAVE TO. IT’S POSSIBLE, BUT WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THAT WORKS. AS FAR AS THE SENATE IS CONCERNED, WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME, YOU KNOW, SOME FOLKS ARE FEELING REALLY GOOD. SOME ARE QUARANTINED, BUT THEY ARE NEGATIVE. THEY MAY BE TOTALLY FINE. OKAY. OTHERS ARE POSITIVE. WE ARE JUST FINDING THIS NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME. I MEAN OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS WE FOUND THAT. >>Reporter: DO YOU FEEL IT AS A THAT TO THE AID PACKAGE AMERICANS ARE WAITING FOR?>>OBVIOUSLY, I DON’T SEE IT AS ANY THREAT. I’M NOT WORRIED. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN DO IT CONSTITUTIONALLY, BUT WE ARE CONSIDERING LETTING PEOPLE VOTE, SENATORS, CONGRESS MEN AND WOMEN VOTE FROM A SEPARATE LOCATION, FROM OUTSIDE, NAMELY A HOSPITAL OR HOME DEPENDING WHERE THEY ARE. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT. IT’S A LITTLE TRICKIER QUESTION THERE. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING KELLY WAS ALLUDING TO IT, WHILE WE WERE UP HERE, THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO GET THE VOTES. JUST REACTION TO THAT, SIR? AND WHAT IS MITCH McCONNELL TELLING YOU AND SECRETARY MNUCHIN?>>WE ARE DEALING WITH THEM ALL THE TIME. EVERYONE WANTS TO GET THERE. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I THINK YOU’LL GET THERE. TO ME, IT’S NOT VERY COMPLICATED. WE HAVE TO HELP THE WORKER. WE HAVE TO SAVE THE COMPANIES. BECAUSE AS SOON AS WE ARE FINISHED WITH THIS WAR, IT’S NOT A BATTLE, IT’S A WAR, AS SOON AS WE ARE FINISHED WITH THIS WAR, OUR COUNTRY IS GOING TO BOUNCE BACK LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. BUT WE HAVE TO GET IT TO THAT POSITION AND MAKE SURE THOSE COMPANIES ARE WHOLE THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN DISBANDED. BECAUSE IF YOU DO THAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE MUCH LONGER. IN A WAY IT’S PENNY WISE IF YOU DON’T. BUT WE WANT TO HELP THE WORKER AND COMPANIES THAT THE WORKER COMES FROM, AND THAT INCLUDES SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SMALL BUSINESS WORK IN THERE, YOU NO HE THAT. ONCE THEY GO OUT AND DON’T COME BACK, THAT’S A MUCH LONGER PERIOD OF BUILDING. >>Reporter: YOU MENTIONED OFF THE TOP, THERE WAS A WOMAN THAT WAS AN AMERICAN THAT WAS WAS SHE BEING TORTURED WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE?>>BAD THINGS WERE HAPPENING TO HER IN A CERTAIN COUNTRY AND WE ARE REALLY UNDER THE FEELING WE SHOULD KEEP IT SOMEWHAT PRIVATE UNTIL. >>Reporter: SHE’S COMING HOME?>>SHE’S ALREADY BEEN FREED. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU GENERAL MILLI AND HIS PEOPLE WERE UNBELIEVABLE. THEY WERE NOT PLAYING GAMES. GENERAL MILLI DOES NOT PLAY GAMES. HE’S A VERY INTERESTING GUY. THEY GOT HER OUT. THEY GOT HER OUT OF A CERTAIN SITUATION WHERE SHE WAS SERIOUSLY ABUSED, A COSTED, AND WHATEVER THE MAXIMUM WORD IS, OTHER THAN DEATH, THAT HAPPENED. BUT WE GOT HER OUT. AND SHE’S OKAY. AND SHE’S BACK WITH HER PARENTS.>>Reporter: CAN I ASK YOU ONE LAST QUESTION. PREVIOUS CRISIS LIKE THE, DO YOU HAVE ANY CONSIDERATION TO REACHING OUT?>>I THINK WE ARE DOING AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB. IF YOU LOOK IN, LET’S SAY, THE H1N1, YOU LOOK AT THAT WHOLE, THAT WAS A DISASTER, THAT WAS A TOUGH PERIOD OF TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU LOOK AT SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WEREN’T HANDLED SO WELL, WHETHER IT’S KATRINA OR SOMETHING ELSE, LOOK, I RESPECT EVERYBODY, BUT I FEEL WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TEAM AND I FEEL WE ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE JOB WE ARE DOING, AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE APPROVAL NUMBERS, I THINK WE ARE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB. AND I GUESS YOU CAN SAY THERE IS PROBABLY A NATURAL INCLINATION NOT TO CALL. NOW IF I FELT IF I CALLED I WOULD LEARN SOMETHING AND THAT WOULD SAVE ONE LIFE, IT WOULD SAVE ONE LIFE, OKAY, I WOULD MAKE THE CALL IN TWO MINUTES. BUT I DON’T SEE THAT HAPPENING. PLEASE.>>Reporter: CAN I ASK YOU ABOUT THE COMMENTS A COUPLE OF YOUR FORMER AIDS HAVE SAID TODAY? COHEN SAID IT IS TIME TO SEE WHEN THE ECONOMY IS BACK ON? WHERE BANNON SAID WE HAVE TO SHUT IT ALL DOWN. I WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE TENSION ECONOMIC GAIN WE ARE SUFFERING AND OF COURSE THE VIRUS ITSELF AND CASUALTIES AND DEATHS FROM THAT. >>I’M OF THE OPINION WE HAVE TO DO GREAT DURING THIS 14 DAYS, DURING THE 15-DAY PERIOD. WE’LL KNOW AT THE END OF 14 DAYS PRETTY MUCH WE’LL HAVE AN IDEA HOW WE ARING DO. I THINK YOU HAVE TO SHUT IT DOWN AND SEE. BUT THERE IS A POINT WE HAVE TO SAY WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS AND LET’S GO. IT’S NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. I SAW BOTH OF THEM TODAY. >>Reporter: SHUT DOWN RIGHT NOW?>>HE IS CALLING FOR A FASTER, JUST A BRUTAL SHUT DOWN, AND THEN OPEN UP MAYBE A LITTLE FASTER. SO, YOU KNOW, THERE IS THAT FINE LINE. LOOK, WE DID A BIG SHUT DOWN WHEN WE WOULDN’T ALLOW PEOPLE FROM CHINA THAT COULD HAVE BEEN VERY SERIOUS WILL I INFECTED, THAT WERE, WHEN WE CUT THAT OFF VERY EARLY. THEN WE CUT EUROPE OFF VERY EARLY, AS YOU KNOW. >>Reporter: WHEN DO YOU START OPENING IT BACK UP?>>I CAN’T TELL YOU THAT. WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS I THINK WE’LL HAVE GOOD RESULTS. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AMAZING. I THINK OUR STIMULUS PACKAGE WILL GET DONE. AND IT WILL IT BE A TREMENDOUS PACKAGE. WE ARE REALLY NOT, THEY MAY NOT HAVE GOTTEN THOSE VOTES BUT VERY CLOSE TO GET AGO DEAL DONE. I’D BE SURPRISED IF THEY DON’T. AND IF THEY DON’T FRANKLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE UPSET WITH THE DEMOCRATS. BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE READY TO APPROVE A DEAL. SO THE ONLY REASON THE DEAL COULDN’T GET DONE IS PURE POLITICS. YES. >>Reporter: DESPITE YOUR DIFFERENCES WITH NEW YORK CITY MAYOR de BLASIO, HOW DO YOU PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING THE NEXT ITALY?>>HE SHOULD HAVE THINGS TO GO. THIS IS BEYOND EVERYONE THOUGHT POSSIBLE. I THINK YOU CAN SAY THIS. NO ONE CAN REALLY SAY, OH, GEE THIS WILL HAPPEN. THIS WAS A VERY UNIQUE, AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE UNIQUE FOR MANY, MANY, MANY CENTURIES, FOR A LONG TIME, HOPEFULLY WE DON’T SEE THIS AGAIN. BUT, AGAIN, THE SYSTEMS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE READY, WILLING AND ABLE. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE READY TO GO. WE ARE HELPING THEM A LOT. AND I HAVE GREAT LOVE FOR NEW YORK CITY. AND I HAVE GREAT LOVE FOR NEW YORK STATE. AND WE ARE GOING TO HELP THEM A LOT. I WAS JUST SAYING WE ARE SENDING OUR SHIPS UP THERE. SENDING MORE THAN JUST A SHIP. WE MAY BE USING IF WE NEED IT SOME OF THE CRUISE SHIPS YOU’VE BEEN READING ABOUT, WE’LL BE USING THEM ALSO, BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY MEDIAN QUICK. THEY CAN BE THERE QUICKLY. WE HAVE GOOD DOCKING SYSTEMS IN THE PLACES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO WE MAY BE USING SOME. CRUISE LINERS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. BUT I THINK MAYOR de BLASIO IS TRYING VERY HARD. IT’S A TOUGH DECISION FOR HIM AND EVERY MAYOR, BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS EVER SEEN THIS SCALE. WHEN YOU’VE GIVEN MILLIONS OF MASKS IN A CERTAIN SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, THEN YOU HEAR THEY NEED MANY, MANY MORE. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE STARTED WITH RESPECT TO MASKS IS THE STERILIZATION PROCESS. SOME ARE — REALLY SOME WORKS VERY WELL, OTHERS DON’T WORK THAT WAY, YOU THROW IT OUT. BUT WE HAVE A STERILIZATION PROCESS THAT’S WORKING VERY HARD. SPEAKING OF THAT, HAND SANITIZER WHEN YOU ASKED THAT QUESTIONEN 0 THE COMPANY’S AND WHAT’S GOING ON, WE HAVE MANY COMPANIES NOW, COMPANIES THAT MADE WHISKEY, THEY MADE ALCOHOL. THEY HAVE NOW GONE VERY QUICKLY INTO THE HAND SANITIZER BUSINESS. AND YOU’VE BEEN READING ABOUT IT. THREE OR FOUR BIG COMPANIES WE ARE DOING INCREDIBLY WELL ON THAT. THERE IS NO WAY IF YOU TOOK EXISTING COMPANIES SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD HAPPEN. BUT IT HAPPENS, I’LL CALL PETER NAVARRO OR SOMEBODY, IN ONE CASE THEY CALLED ME, THEY SAID WE CAN DO THIS. WE CAN DO THAT. THE WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF THOSE CALLS WHERE COMPANIES WANT TO — THERE IS A COMPANY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT WANT TO MAKE VENTILATORS BUT THEY DO MAKE METAL EQUIPMENT, THEY’LL BE GREAT. THEY’LL MAKE A GREAT PRODUCT. SO PETER I THINK YOU ARE SEEING A LOT OF THAT. >>YES, SIR. >>Reporter: THE BILL THAT IS BEING CONTEMPLATED BY THE SENATE HAS A FUNDS OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO USE TO BAIL OUT STATES AND LOCALITIES AS WELL AS SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES. WILL YOU COMMIT PUBLICLY THAT NONE OF THAT TAX MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS YOUR OWN PERSONAL?>>FOR INSTANCE I COMMITTED PUBLICLY I WOULDN’T TAKE THE $450,000 SALARY, IT’S A LOT OF MONEY, WHETHER YOU ARE RICH OR NOT, AND I DID IT, AND NOBODY CARED. NOBODY SAID THANK YOU. NOBODY SAID THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NOW I DIDN’T COMMIT THAT, I JUST SAID I DON’T WANT T I DON’T WANT MY SALARY. I WORK FOR ZERO. I DON’T WANT MY SALARY. NOBODY SAID OH THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BUT I GUARANTEE YOU IF I EVER TOOK IT, YOU WOULD GO OUT AFTER ME, YOU IN PARTICULAR, WOULD GO OUT AFTER ME LIKE CRAZY. SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH REGARD TO THE ONE ELEMENT. EVERYTHING IS CHANGING JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND IT’S ALL CHANGING. BUT I HAVE NO IDEA. I COMMITTED TO DO SOMETHING. I RAN AND EVERYBODY KNEW I WAS A RICH COMPANY. I BUILT A BIG COMPANY. BUT I AGREED TO DO THINGS I DON’T HAVE TO. I STILL DON’T HAVE TO. BUT MY COMPANY I TOLD THE KIDS WHO ARE RUNNING IT, I’M NOT RUNNING IT, BUT I TOLD THEM DON’T DEAL WITH FOREIGN COMPANIES. I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. I COULD HAVE JUST RAN. AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT AT ALL. AND INSTEAD OF BEING THANKED FOR IT, AGAIN, NOT AGREEING TO DOING IT, BUT NOT DOING IT, I GET EX-CORE RATED ALL THE TIME. SO I LEARNED LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO SAVE SOME OF THESE GREAT COMPANIES. THEY CAN BE GREAT COMPANIES LITERALLY IN A MATTER OF WEEKS. WE HAVE TO SAVE THEM. YES.>>Reporter: CAN I GO BACK TO YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE TOP NATIONAL GUARDIAN ALSO THE MEDICAL BEING BUILT. YOU SAID EIGHT LARGE MEDICAL STRUCTURES BUILT IN CALIFORNIA WITH MORE THAN 2,000 BEDS. AND THEN I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY FOUR SMALL MEDICAL STRUCTURES IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WITH 250 BEDS. COULD YOU SAY WHAT CITIES AND AREAS THOSE ARE GOING TO BE IN SPECIFICALLY?>>SO WE ARE FILLING THE GOVERNOR’S REQUEST. SO WE SEND THAT RESOURCE TO THEM. THEY’LL PUT IT TO BEST USE WHERE THEY’LL HAVE THE MOST EFFECT. SO WE DON’T DICTATE EXACTLY WHERE IT GOES. AGAIN, IT’S REQUEST FROM THE STATE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR A CERTAIN ASSET. AND THOSE ASSETS ARE SENT TO THE GOV FLEUR CAN USE IT AS HE OR SHE SEES FIT. >>Reporter: AND YOU ARE STILL CONSIDERING, YOU JUST SAID USING THE CRUISE SHIPS AS WELL. >>WELL I HOPE WE DON’T NEED THEM. I HOPE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE GREAT LUCK ON TUESDAY MORNING. WE SENT A LOT OF THE MEDICINE, WE DON’T HAVE TO GO INTO IT AGAIN, BUT WE SENT A LOT OF THE MEDICINE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO. I BELIEVE THEY ALREADY HAVE IT. AND THEY HAVE SOME VERY CAPABLE PEOPLE. WE SPOKE TO DR. ZUCKER, WHO HE’S PRIMARY REPRESENTATIVE ON THIS, AND SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR HIMSELF, AND I THINK HE’S EXCITED ABOUT IT LIKE I AM. WILL IT WORK? I THINK IT HAS A GOOD CHANCE. WHY SHOULD WE BE TESTING IT IN A TEST TUBE FOR YEAR AND A HALF WHEN WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY, VERY SICK. AND WE CAN USE IT ON THOSE PEOPLE AND MAYBE MAKE THEM BETTER. AND IN SOME CASES MAYBE SAVE THEIR LIVES. SO GOVERNOR CUOMO SAID THEY’LL BE USING THIS STARTING TUESDAY MORNING. I THINK IT’S VERY EXCITING. I THINK BECAUSE IF THAT HAPPENS, MUCH OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH SHIPS AND HOSPITALS AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING, AND ALL OF THESE MASKS, AND EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE VENTILATORS, IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT GAME IN THIS HAPPENS. AND WE’LL SEE. THERE HAS BEEN SOME TREMENDOUS SIGNS THIS COULD WORK. NOW, AGAIN, SOME DOCTORS THINK IT SHOULD GO FOR YEARS IN TESTING. BUT THIS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN AROUND FOR MANY YEARS. IT’S BEEN PHENOMENAL, STRONG, POWERFUL JOB FOR MALARIA BUT WE THINK IT MIGHT WORK ON THIS BASED ON EVIDENCE, VERY STRONG EVIDENCE. WE’LL SEE. WE’LL KNOW ON, YOU KNOW, SOMETIME AFTER TUESDAY. BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO ASK GOVERNOR CUOMO. I THINK THEY’LL START THE PROCESS. WE’VE GOTTEN THEM THE DRUG. I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO START THE PROCESS OF GIVING THE DRUG MOUTH, YOU KNOW, THROUGH MOUTH. AND I THINK THAT STARTS ON TUESDAY MORNING. AND THAT WILL BE — I MEAN, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, I DON’T WANT TO GET ANYBODY OVERLY EXCITED. BUT I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF THAT. AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, THEY ARE WORKING, HIH IS WORKING ON VACCINES, AND MAKING GREAT PROGRESS, BUT THE VACCINE DOES HAVE TO BE TESTED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GIVE THOUSANDS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE A VACCINE THAT TURNS OUT TO BE DANGEROUS SO THAT HAS TO BE TESTED. BUT THIS ONE HAS BEEN TAKEN FOR A LONG TIME FOR SO WE KNOW THE RESULTS. >>Reporter: I WANT TO ASK ABOUT CHINA AND PRESIDENT XI. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A CONVERSATION?>>I HAVE SPOKEN TO PRESIDENT XI SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THIS, AND, LOOK, HE DOESN’T WANT THIS. YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HE WANTS. AND IT HAPPENED. IT HAPPENED TO CHINA. AND ONE THING THEY TOLD ME, I WAS TOLD BY OUR GREAT SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, SUNNY PURDUE, CHINA IS BUYING A LOT OF OUR FARM PRODUCT. BUT CHINA, DESPITE ALL OF THIS, AND IT STARTED, IT’S DELAYED IT OBVIOUSLY BUT STARTED FAIRLY RECENTLY, BUT CHINA IS BUYING, WE MADE A NEW DEAL AS YOU KNOW WITH CHINA AND THEY HAVE BEEN BUYING OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. >>Reporter: HAVE YOU TALKED ABOUT MASKS WITH THEM TRYING TO OPEN IT BACK UP?>>YEAH, AS A MATTER OF FACT THEY ARE SENDING MASKS TO ITALY. WE ARE IN A GOOD PROCESS WITH MASKS. BUT I’M A LITTLE UPSET WITH CHINA, I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. BECAUSE AS MUCH AS I LIKE PRESIDENT XI AND AS MUCH AS I RESPECT THE COUNTRY AND ADMIRE THE COUNTRY, I HAVE GREAT ADMIRATION FOR THE COUNTRY WHAT THEY’VE DONE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. OF COURSE OUR PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS ALLOWED THAT TO HAPPEN. YOU SHOULD SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL OF THEM. BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD US ABOUT THIS. AND I DID ASK HIM WHETHER OR NOT WE COULD SEND SOME PEOPLE IN. THEY DIDN’T WANT THAT. OUT OF PRIDE. I THINK REALLY OUT OF PRIDE. THEY DON’T WANT US SENDING PEOPLE IN CHINA TO HELP THEM. YOU KNOW, CHINA IS A STRONG COUNTRY. THEY HAVE THEIR SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS, VERY SMART, A LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT I DID DISCUSS THAT ABOUT SENDING OUR PEOPLE IN. AND THEY DIDN’T REALLY RESPOND. IF THEY WENT IN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL US A MUCH EARLIER INDICATION. BUT WE HAD AN EARLY INDICATION. THAT’S WHY WE SHUT OUT CHINA. IT WAS MY INSTINCT, THAT’S WHY WE CLOSED OUT CHINA. GO AHEAD, PLEASE. >>Reporter: CAN THEY BE TESTED WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING REPORTED TO IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS?>>I THINK IT’S A FAIR QUESTION. WOULD YOU LIKE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION?>>ABSOLUTELY. >>WE KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS CAN GET TESTED. >>Reporter: REGARDLESS OF CITIZENSHIP?>>WE KNOW THE VIRUS DOESN’T JUDGE BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE FROM. SO IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE TRY TO GET PEOPLE TESTED WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING THAT WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO HEAR IS THAT PATIENTS NEED TO BE TESTED. WE WANT TO PRIORITIZE HEALTH CARE WORKERS. ON BEHALF OF THE DOCTORS ON THE TASK FORCE, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, WE HEAR YOU. WE HEAR YOU. AND WE ABSOLUTELY ARE PRIORITIZING YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY MAKING SURE HEALTH CARE WORKERS CAN GET TESTED, INPATIENTS CAN GET TESTED, AT HIGHEST RISK. BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, YES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS SPREADING IT CAN GET TESTED. >>Reporter: WITHOUT FEAR.>>Reporter: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ADDRESSED THAT ISSUE A FEW DAYS AGO. >>BORDER AND PROTECTION ISSUED GUIDANCE THAT ABSENT CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION DOES NOT TARGET EMERGENCY ROOMS OR HEALTH CLINICS. AND I WOULD REFER YOU TO THE WEBSITE. THEY ISSUED A VERY CLEAR STATEMENT MAKING IT CLEAR TO ANY PERSON THAT IS IN NEED OF A TEST OR MEDICAL CARE, THAT CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION IS NOT FOCUSING ON EMERGENCY ROOMS OR HEALTH CLINICS OR THE DRIVE-THRU CLINICS. >>Reporter: SO THEY COULD COME IN WITHOUT FEAR?>>YES. >>I’LL ANSWER THAT. AND IF THAT’S NOT THE POLICY I’LL MAKE THAT THE POLICY. AND AS MIKE WAS SAYING, THE ANSWER IS YES, WE WILL DO THOSE TESTS. BECAUSE I THINK IN THAT CASE IT’S IMPORTANT. I THINK THAT IF YOU CAN SAY ILLEGAL ALIEN OR YOU COULD SAY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO USE, YOUR DEFINITION OF WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE ARE ALL TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING. YES, WE WILL TEST THAT PERSON. BECAUSE I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE TEST THAT PERSON. AND WE DON’T WANT TO SEND THAT PERSON BACK INTO WHEREVER WE ARE GOING TO BE SENDING THE PERSON, WHETHER IT’S ANOTHER COUNTRY OR SOMEPLACE ELSE. BECAUSE WE NOW BRING THEM RIGHT OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. BUT, YEAH, WE WILL TEST THOSE PEOPLE. OKAY.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, SIR, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS BEFORE IN THE BRIEFING. A LOT OF FOLKS WATCHING TV AND READING UP ON THIS CONSTANTLY. IF YOU ARE SOMEONE THAT SAYS I DON’T FEEL 100% AND YOUR MIND STARTS PLAYING WITH YOU, I COUGHED THREE HOURS AGO. WHEN DO THOSE PEOPLE WANT TO CALL THE DOCTOR? YOU DON’T WANT TO FLOOD THEM. BUT A THE LO OF PEOPLE HEALTHY THAT’S ALL I’M HEARING ABOUT. . WHEN SHOULD I CALL MY DOCTOR OR GET TESTED?>>DO YOU NEED A TEST?>>Reporter: I HOPE NOT. >>I ASKED THEM BEFORE THEY CAME IN. >>YOU BETTER NOT. >>THE VICE PRESIDENT GAVE AN IMPORTANT STATISTIC THIS MORNING, ONLY 10% OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS WHO HAVE BEEN TESTED ACTUALLY TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. MEANING NINE OUT OF TEN PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIKELY HAD SYMPTOMS DO NOT HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS. SO I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT SO THAT THEY ARE REASSURED. I ALSO WANT TO DIRECT PEOPLE TO WEBSITE, CORONAVIRUS.GOV. CORONAVIRUS.GOV HAS INFORMATION TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE SYMPTOMS, FEVER, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, BODY ACHES, AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR WORRIED. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN TELL THE PEOPLE CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND CALL THEM AND GO TO CORONAVIRUS.GOV WHAT TO DO. >>Reporter: YOU GOT TESTED YESTERDAY. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR YOU? WERE YOU STANDING BY THE PHONE OR HAVING AN ICE TEA? WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? AND WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME TO KEEP YOUR MIND AT EASE?>>THE TEST WAS FAIRLY QUICK BUT GOES UP INTO YOUR SINUSES AND NOT VERY COMFORTABLE. AND THAT’S WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO SAY TO ANY AMERICAN LOOKING ON, IF YOU DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS, YOU DON’T NEED TO TEST. AND CURRENT TESTING FORMAT, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE EVOLVING NOW, WE JUST MENTIONED AT THE END OF THIS WEEK THERE WILL BE A NEW TEST. AND ALL NEW TECHNOLOGIES. I WOULD SAY AGAIN TO ALL THE GOVERNORS LOOKING ON AND THEIR STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS, CONTACT FEMA AND WE’LL GIVE YOU ALL THE NEW TESTING THAT IS AVAILABLE AND INCLUDING ALL STEPS WHERE AMERICANS CAN TEST THEMSELVES AND SEND IT IN. >>Reporter: WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU, SIR?>>WELL, FOR ME AND MRS. PENCE IT WAS KIND OF A PINCH. IT WAS KIND OF INVASIVE. BUT WE WERE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT. WALTER REED HOSPITAL PROCESSED THE TEST. THEY HAD A LAB TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. AND GAVE US THE RESULTS QUICKLY. BUT IT ALSO INFORMED ME, WE WERE WONDERING DURING THAT TIME AS A FAMILY. AND IT’S ONE OF THE REASONS THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT SUCH A PRIORITY THAT WE BROUGHT ALL THESE COMMERCIAL LABS TOGETHER. AND NOW MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION TESTS HAVE BEEN DONE. WE BELIEVE WE’LL BE CAUGHT UP, IF YOU WILL, BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS WEEK ON A BACKLOG OF TESTS. BUT WE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT WE ARE DIRECTLY COMMERCIAL LABS TO PRIORITIZE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TESTS. BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND GUIDANCE FROM HHS TO GET THE RESULTS OF THAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE FOR EVERY AMERICAN. SO IF THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS THEY COULD BE PROPERLY TREATED OR PEACE OF MIND THEY HAVE SOME OTHER RESPIRATORY AILMENT BUT NOT THAT.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT. >>YOU KNOW EVERYBODY KNOWS KAREN PENCE KNOWS THIS, BECAUSE THE VICE PRESIDENT TOLD ME, SHE ACTUALLY HANDLED IT BETTER THAN HIM. RIGHT. THAT’S TRUE, RIGHT? I DIDN’T HANDLE IT SO WELL, EITHER. >>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SAID THE HOUSE MIGHT INTRODUCE ITS OWN BILL. ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THEM ON A HOUSE BILL? AND GIVEN WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SENATE JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO TO GET THERE BILL OVER THE FINISH LINE GIVEN THE URGENCY? SECONDLY, DID YOU SEND A LETTER TO NORTH KOREA KIM JONG-UN SEEKING COOPERATION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS? AND IF SO WHAT TYPE?>>SURE, WITH NUMEROUS COUNTRIES. IF THEY NEED HELP WE’LL GIVE HELP. NO ONE HAS THESE NEW TESTS COMING OUT. NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AND OTHERS. WE ARE OPEN FOR HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES. NORTH KOREA. IRAN IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING VERY STRONG. IRAN IS REALLY GOING THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD WITH RESPECT TO THIS, AS YOU KNOW. SO I PUT THE — IT’S REALLY A GLAD HAND, THAT’S ALL IT IS, TO NORTH KOREA, AND IRAN, AND TO MANY OTHER COUNTRIES. AND WE ARE WORKING WITH, AS THE DOCTOR CAN SAY, WE ARE WORKING WITH MANY DOCTORS WITH RESPECT TO THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY HAVE. AGAIN, IT’S OVER 140 COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW. BUT NORTH KOREA, IRAN, AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES WE WILL HELP. AND WE ARE WILLING TO. AS AN EXAMPLE, THIS NEW TEST, IF THIS NEW TEST WORKS OUT, INSTEAD OF GOING THROUGH WHAT WE ALL WENT THROUGH WITH THIS RATHER DIFFICULT TEST, TO PUT IT NICELY, WE WOULD HAVE — IS THAT JUST A SWAB ON THE TONGUE, DOCTOR, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK?>>IT’S A SIMILAR SWAB. >>NOT TO THE SAME — IT DOESN’T GO ALL THE WAY UP AND HANG A RIGHT UNDER YOUR EYE. IT’S A TOUGH TEST. SO IF WE DO THAT, THE PROCEDURE, THE TEST, AND NOBODY HAS THIS IN THE WORLD, NOBODY HAS THIS. THIS IS DEVELOPED BY US. WE THINK IT’S GOING TO BE CERTIFIED SOON. WE THINK IT’S GOING TO BE VERY GOOD. BUT IF WE HAVE THAT, WE’LL BE ABLE TO HELP A LOT OF COUNTRIES. WE’LL WORK WITH EVERYBODY TO HELP THEM. >>Reporter: ARE YOU GOING TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH NANCY PELOSI?>>YEAH, WE HAVE TO HELP THE AMERICAN WORKERS AND HELP THE COMPANIES, THEY CAME OUT OF THESE COMPANIES, YOU SAW WHERE PAYROLL WAS GOING WAY WAY UP. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME LIKE THIS. WE CAN’T LOSE THE COMPANIES. AND WE WANT THE WORKER TO BE HAPPY. AND WE ARE BEING MORE GENEROUS THAN ANYBODY HAS BEEN. WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THE WORKER BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE WIN THE WAR, IT’S A QUESTION OF WHEN, NOT IF, WHEN WE WIN THE WAR AGAINST THE VIRUS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE COMPANIES ARE READY TO CHARGE FORWARD. NOT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DISBANDED BECAUSE WE WERE PENNY WISE AND DOLLAR FOOLISH. >>Reporter: THERE ARE FACTORS AROUND THE WORLD THAT PRODUCE MEDICAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT RUSS OOHED IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS, THEY HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED FOR USE. IS THE FDA AND YOUR ADMINISTRATION WILLING TO LOOK AT A WAIVER FOR THAT EQUIPMENT TO BE SOLD FOR THOSE FACTORIES?>>WE WERE ASKED THAT QUESTION AWHILE AGO AND WE SAID WE MAY BUT WE MAY NOT KNOW T OUR STANDARD IS HIGHER.>>Reporter: MR. PRESIDENT, I WAS HOPING YOU COULD GIVE GUIDANCE TO AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURES. EARLIER TODAY ON ONE OF THE SUNDAY SHOES THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY STEVE MNUCHIN WAS TALKING ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IMPACTED BY THESE SHUT DOWNS HAPPENING IN THESE CITIES AND SOMETIMES FULL STATES. AND SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN SAID THIS SHUT DOWN, LOCKDOWN COULD LAST TEN TO 12 WEEKS PERHAPS INTO JUNE. GIVEN THAT WOULD YOU THINK ABOUT ANOTHER FEDERAL STIMULUS?>>WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. HOPEFULLY WE WON’T NEED IT. BUT WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. LOOK, THE GREATEST THING WE CAN DO IS WIN THE WAR. THE WAR IS AGAINST THE VIRUS. THAT’S THE WAR. WE DO THAT, I REALLY BELIEVE EVERYTHING WILL FALL INTO PLACE. IT’S GOING TO BE BEAUTIFUL. I CALL IT A PENT UP DEMAND. PEOPLE ARE DYING TO GO OUT TO A RESTAURANT. PEOPLE ARE DYING TO GO ON AIRPLANES. I THINK THERE IS A TREMENDOUS PENT UP DEMAND. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO THE DEGREE. I THINK IT’S GOING TO GO VERY RAPIDLY. BECAUSE THIS WASN’T A FINANCIAL CRISIS. JUST AN OPPOSITE. THIS WAS A MEDICAL CRISIS. >>Reporter: DID YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SELL STOCKS?>>NO, I DON’T OWN STOCKS. I OWN THINGS. >>Reporter: INVESTMENTS?>>YOU KNOW, IT’S INTERESTING YOU ASK A QUESTION LIKE THAT. NASTY QUESTION, YET IT DESERVED TO BE ASKED, I GUESS. WHAT I’VE DONE BY DECIDING TO, I KNEW THIS, I KNEW THT FIRST DAY, I SAID IF I WIN, IT’S GOING TO COST A LOT OF MONEY. IT COST ME BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE PRESIDENT, TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN THINGS THAT WOULD NORMALLY BE RUN CERTAIN THINGS, EVEN PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE ME BECAUSE THEY THINK I’M TOO TOUGH ON THE BORDER. SOME PEOPLE LIKE ME, SOME DON’T LIKE ME AT ALL. YOU KNOW, ME AND MY WIFE WERE AT A CHARITY EVENT, I JUST A UNITED STATES — ANNOUNCED I WAS RUNNING. AND I WAS WALKING IN, AND THERE WAS A SMATTERING OF BOOZE, AND A SMATTERING OF CHEERS. I WAS GETTING BOTH. AND OUR VERY POPULAR FIRST LADY, SHE’S TURNED OUT TO BE VERY POPULAR, PEOPLE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR HER, BUT VERY POPULAR FIRST LADY SAID TO ME, HUH, THAT’S STRANGE, I HAVE NEVER HEARD PEOPLE BOOING YOU BECAUSE I CALLED FOR STRONG BORDERS. AND I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT THE FACT I RAN, AND WHEN I RAN I SAID IT’S GOING TO COST ME A FORTUNE, NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF ACTUAL COSTS. LOOK AT MY LEGAL COSTS. YOU PEOPLE, EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY IS SUING ME. I’M BEING SUED BY PEOPLE THAT I NEVER EVEN HEARD OF. I’M BEING SUED ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND DOING VERY WELL. BUT IT’S UNFAIR. BUT I’LL SAY THIS, IN TERMS OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, I DON’T THINK RICH PEOPLE, MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SPENT A LOT OF MONEY, I THINK IT’S HARD FOR RICH PEOPLE TO RUN FOR OFFICE. IT’S FAR MORE COSTLY. IT’S JUST A VERY TOUGH THING. NOW, WITH ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, I’M SO GLAD I’VE DONE IT. BECAUSE YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF RICH PEOPLE AROUND. WE HAVE A LOT OF RICH FRIENDS. BUT THEY CAN’T HELP, AND THEY CAN’T DO WHAT I’VE DONE IN TERMS OF HELPING THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE DOING THINGS. WE GOT SIDE TRACKED BY THE INVISIBLE ENEMY. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE DONE, I SAID BEFORE, WITH THE VETERANS, WITH ALL OF THE THINGS WE’VE DONE, ESPECIALLY CHOICE, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE THINGS WE’VE DONE, REBUILDING THE MILITARY, THE TAX CUTS, WHICH THANK GOODNESS WE HAD THE TAX CUTS, BECAUSE WE HAD CUSHION. WITHOUT THAT THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN CATASTROPHIC. WE HAD A BIG CUSHION. I MEAN WITH ALL OF THE LOSSES THAT YOU’VE SEEN IN THE STOCK MARKET, WE ARE BASICALLY BACK, AND WITH THIS HORRIBLE THING, IF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD NOTHING LEFT. THIS WAS ALL CUSHION. BUT I WILL SAY THAT IT COST ME BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE PRESIDENT, AND ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE MONEY I COULD HAVE MADE WITH THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS. AND I DIDN’T BECAUSE I WAS BEING PRESIDENT. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN IT. I’M ALLOWED TO. YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW, GEORGE WASHINGTON, THEY SAY HE WAS A RICHMAN, SUPPOSEDLY, RELATIVELY RICH, AND HE RAN THE PRESIDENCY, AND HE ALSO RAN HIS BUSINESS. THEY SAY HE HAD TWO DESKS. NOBODY COMPLAINED UNTIL I CAME ALONG. I GOT ELECTED AS A RICH PERSON. BUT NOBODY COMPLAINED UNTIL I CAME ALONG. SO IT COST ME BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE PRESIDENT. AND I AM SO HAPPY I DID IT. BECAUSE WHO CARES? I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH THE JOB WE’RE DOING. AND I’M SO GLAD THAT THIS TEAM AND I’M HERE FOR THIS HORRIBLE THING. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID IT. AND I FEEL IT, ACTUALLY, I’M A WARTIME PRESIDENT. THIS IS A WAR. THIS IS A WAR. DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR THAN WE’VE EVER HAD. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE ECONOMICS OF THE WAR, IN THE PAST WE USED TO STIMULUS TO GET PEOPLE JOB. NOW WE ARE STIMULATING TO PROTECT PEOPLE BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT THEM TO WORK BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO STAY AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. WE DON’T WANT THEM TO GATHER SOCIAL GATHERING. SO WE ARE PAYING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE THAN THAT SO THAT THEY DON’T GATHER. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO DEFEAT THIS VIRUS, AND WE WILL. BUT IT COST ME BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE PRESIDENT, AND I AM SO HAPPY I DID IT.>>Reporter: FOREIGN COUNTRIES, I REALIZE YOUR PRIORITY IS TO AMERICANS AND OF COURSE THIS NATION. BUT WHAT ABOUT HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED SUPPORTING THE FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHO ARE ALSO FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC?>>WELL, WE DO HELP FOREIGN COUNTRIES, THAT WAS THE OTHER QUESTION. AND I’M HONORED TO HELP. THE DOCTOR HAS HELPED, SURGEON GENERAL ARE SPEAKING TO OTHER COUNTRIES ALL THE TIME. WHAT DO WE DO? NO ONE HAS SEEN THINGS LIKE THIS. THEY ARE CALLING OUR PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. AND YES I HAVE KNOWN WE’LL HELP PEOPLE INCLUDING NORTH KOREA AND INCLUDE IRAN AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES. IT’S IMPORTANT TO DO THAT. >>Reporter: ARE YOU CONSIDERING ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THEM? LET ME QUOTE, A RETIRED ADMIRAL COALITION, MO MATTER HOW SUCCESSFUL WE ARE IN FIGHTING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AT HOME WE’LL NEVER STOP UNLESS WE ARE FIGHTING AROUND THE WORLD. IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE STIMULUS BILL?>>NO, NOT IN THE STIMULUS BILL. BUT WE GIVEAWAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, FOR EXAMPLE, AIDES IN AFTER KARKS IT’S A TREMENDOUS BATTLE AND TREMENDOUS WAR ALSO, BUT WE ARE FIGHTING IT HERE, AS YOU KNOW, IN TEN YEARS, NOW IT’S EIGHT YEARS. IT SHOULD HAVE STARTED BEFORE, LONG BEFORE I GOT HERE, BECAUSE THEY HAD THE ANSWER EVEN BEFORE. BUT WE ARE FIGHTING THAT BATTLE. WE’LL BE AIDES FREE IN APPROXIMATELY EIGHT YEARS, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY. BUT SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE AID WE GIVE TO OTHER COUNTRIES, WE GIVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OTHER COUNTRIES. AND A LOT OF TIMES I SAY WE COULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY. WHAT’S IT USED FOR? IT’S USED TO FIGHT MALARIA IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE POOR. USED TO FIGHT AIDS IN AFRICA. USED TO FIGHT MANY OTHER THINGS. AND I DON’T THINK I SAID NO. I CAN’T. IT’S SO TERRIBLE. COUNTRIES THAT WE HAVE REALLY WE ARE NOT INVOLVED WITH THEM VERY MUCH, OTHER THAN THEY WOULD BE TREMENDOUS DEATH, TREMENDOUS DEATH. I MEAN, YOU COULD GET A LIST, AND I COULD GET YOU A LIST, WE GIVEAWAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OTHER COUNTRIES, AND WE ARE GIVING AWAY A LOT IN TERMS OF EVERYTHING. AND PROBABLY WE’LL END UP ECONOMICALLY DOING THINGS FOR OTHER COUNTRIES. BUT WHEN I’M CONSIDERED WITH THESE LISTS, IN AFRICA WE ARE FIGHTING AIDS OR FIGHTING SOMETHING ELSE, I START OFF BY SAYING WE COULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY, AND BY THE TIME THEY WALK OUT FROM MY OFFICE, I HAVE TO SAY WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING THAT. THAT’S HUMANITY. HOW ABOUT ONE MORE QUESTION. >>YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE DAILY BRIEFING BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE. THE PRESIDENT JUST DURING THAT BRIEFING ANNOUNCING A RAMPED UP RESPONSE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND ALSO WEIGHING IN ON THE NEWS OF THE DAY. THE FACT THAT THE FIRST U.S. SENATOR RAND PAUL OF KENTUCKY, A REPUBLICAN HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. THE PRESIDENT ASKED WHEN HE WAS LAST WITH SENATOR PAUL. HE SAID IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT CONGRESSMAN DIAS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. HE MISSPOKE CALLING HIM JOSE. THAT IS A NBC AT NEWS. HE INTENDED TO SAY TO THEM TO WISH A SPEEDY RECOVERY. SAYING THE NATIONAL GUARD WILL BE DEPLOYED TO NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, AND WASHINGTON STATE. ALSO ANNOUNCING RAMPED UP EQUIPMENT TO THOSE STATES INCLUDING MEDICAL FACILITIES AS WELL AS STEPPED UP PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR. HONEYWELL WILL BE PRODUCING THOSE MASKS. AND I WANT TO GO ALONG TO STEPHANIE RUHLE. WHAT ARE YOUR KEY TAKEAWAYS? AND WE SHOULD INFORM OUR VIEWERS A POTENTIAL DEAL MORE THAN A TRILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE WE THOUGHT WAS COMING TOGETHER, A PROCEDURAL VOTE, AT THIS POINT NO DEAL IT SEEMS AGAINST THE BACK DROP OF THIS?>>THAT IS ABSOLUTELY MY BIGGEST BREAKAWAY. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE GETTING CLOSER WITH SECRETARY MNUCHIN. BUT THE FACT THAT NO DEAL HAPPENED TONIGHT THAT’S DEVASTATING FOR INDIVIDUALS, SMALL AND BIG BUSINESSES A LIKE. SO LET’S START WITH INDIVIDUALS. . THE PRESIDENT SAID RIGHT THERE HOW MUCH HE CARES ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THEIR FAULT. THEY’LL BE GETTING CHECKS. WE’VE HEARD THE PROPOSAL FROM WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE $1,200 UP TO AMERICANS THAT MAKE $98,000 BUT THEY WON’T BE GETTING THAT. THEY HAVE EXTENDED SMALL BUSINESS LOANS TINCLUDE MORE BUSINESSES, A BIGGER NUMBER. BUT THINK ABOUT THE LOGISTICS, THESE ARE LOANS, THEY ARE NOT GRANTS. WE ARE ONE WEEK AWAY FROM CREDIT CARDS BEING DUE, RENT HAVING TO BE PAID. SMALL BUSINESSES 500 PEOPLE OR LESS, SO YES MORE AVAILABILITY FOR LOANS, BUT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ARE GETTING PASZED OR LOGISTICS TO GET ANY OF THIS MONEY TO THOSE COMPANIES. AND THE THIRD LEG WOULD BE BIG BUSINESS. SO PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES. I INVITE YOU TO LOOK AT DO YOU FUTURES DOWN OVER 900 ALREADY, AND DOW AND THAT SINCE THE PRESIDENT STARTED SPEAKING AND STILL SAYING SELECT BUSINESSES. HE MENTIONED THERE THE CRUISE INDUSTRY. HE SAID HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS ECONOMICALLY, SPECIFICALLY TO FLORIDA AND WHAT A BIG EMPLOYER THAT WAS. AND THAT’S TRUE. BUT I INVITE YOU TO LOOK, THREE LARGEST CRUISE LINES ARE NOT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE REGISTERED IN LIBERIA, PANAMA AND BERMUDA. SO WE KNOW A LOT OF PUBLIC PUSH BACK AROUND THESE PUBLIC BAILOUTS BECAUSE TLE ARE NOT ACROSS THE BOARD FWOR INDUSTRIES, SELECT INDUSTRIES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HEARD FROM LAWMAKERS, NOT ENOUGH DETAILS WHAT THESE BAIL OUT PACKAGES WILL BE. AND ONE OF THE GRIPES IN 2008 WHERE BANKS WERE BAILED OUT DIDN’T TRICKLE DOWN. THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED HE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE STOCK BUY BACKS BUS WE DON’T HAVE THE DETAILS AND THAT MEANS NO MONEY IS GOING THROUGH, NOT YET. >>STEPHANIE, VERY QUICKLY, BEFORE I LET YOU GO, THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS CONFIDENT THE ECONOMY WILL REBOUND. BUT IT COULD BE MONTHS OR LONGER, RIGHT? VERY QUICKLY?>>Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. PRESIDENT SAID HE FEELS THE PENT UP ANGER OF THE HE THINKS IT’S GOING TO SNAP BACK. THAT’S THE PRESIDENT’S POINT OF VIEW, LEADING ECONOMISTS WOULD DISAGREE AND BANKS. AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE SITTING AT HOME WONDERING WHEN THEY ARE GOING BACK TO WORK THEY ARE NOT FEELING ANYTHING SNAP. >>AND NATALIE IS STANDING BY AS WELL. DR. AZAR, VERY QUICKLY, IS WHAT YOU HEARD TONIGHT GOING TO BE ENOUGH?>>SO HERE’S WHAT I HEARD. I HEAR THAT, YES, WE NEED OUR PPE TO SAFEGUARD OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, KEEP THEM FIGHTING. YES, WE CAN PRIORITIZE TESTING FOR HEALTH CARE BUT WE NEED TO KNOW WHO IS POSITIVE TO PREVENT SPREAD. >>THANK YOU, SO MUCH. WE ARE ACTUALL

100 thoughts on “Trump, White House Coronavirus Task Force Holds News Conference | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

  1. Discover card found away around the money shortage while people die and are sick, they send out new late payment information by doubling their late fees while no one has work and small business goes bankrupt, thank your discover.

  2. Thank the Democrats for holding up the stimulus so more workers and families that lost a loved one to the virus now can loose what they own because of the time it will take to get back to work and get there money back for bills.

  3. 31:32 there you go. The defense protection act is just a hair short of martial law. If you have a lot of items stored up (think preppers) they can come take your stuff if they want to.

  4. President Trump definitely was being sarcastic when commenting on Senator Mitt Romney's recent self-quarantine.

  5. Don't say this is NEW for you guys. This is new for all the countries and governments in the world, and no governments complain like Trump's government.

  6. There comes a time When We head a certain call When The World must come together as one There are people dying And It's time to lend a hand to life The greatest gift of all We can't go on Pretending day by day That someone, somewhere will soon make a change We are all a part of gods grate big Family and the truth you know Love is all we need We are the world we are gods children we are the one's who make a Brighter day so let's start giving There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives It's True We'll make a better day Just you and me Send them your Hart So They'll know That Someone Cares And Their Lives Well be Stronger and free As God has shown us by turning Stone to Bread So We all must lend a helping hand we are The World we are gods Children We are the Ones Who make a brighter day So Let's Start giving There's a choice we're making we're saving our own Lives It's True We'll make a better day Just you and me. Biengood God Bless America land that I love.

  7. People first, small business second, corporations last if at all. Banks? Not a chance. And stop the tax loopholes and off shore accounts hiding money while the big money pushes for more tax cuts and less regulations…under any and all circumstances.

  8. Why are Italian men dying from this virus at twice the rate of women? My guess is that it is directly related to greater alcohol consumption which has been shown to increase susceptibility to infections, including pneumonia. A quick google search can confirm this adverse effect of alcohol on the body. And why are more younger people recently becoming hospitalized from this virus? Does it have anything to do with spring break, partying and drinking?

  9. You’re going to know shortness of breath; it’s mucus clogging the lungs; it weaken organs and cause hypertension. It’s important to have breathing equipment for good survival rate. My opinion; not a medical professional.

  10. So SARS killed more people than the corona SARS was around when Obama was president why didn't anyone question him like they are questioning Trump

  11. 4:00 I call it the"hidden enemy". Reminder Mr. President! You called it the Chinese Virus not too long ago, like during the last press briefing! What do you plan to call it next time? 🤔

  12. 53:51 I am not real keen on freeing the elderly non-violent prisoners. Not because I think they deserve to stay there, many probably do deserve to be released, but it would make it look like the government doesn't want to pay for their healthcare and would rather dump them onto their families who will then have to pay for it.

  13. Is it just me or is he saying a lot of crap without actually saying anything ? it they them that … wtf.. No details.. he actually never says anything… how come nobody says anything ?

  14. "Our economy is going to skyrocket after this is all over.." Donald Trump has run out of things to lie about in the past and present, now he's lying about something that hasn't even happened yet. This guy's stupididty is bottomless.

  15. So ignorant it hurts to see this muppet running U.S. os A's. Bad luck there in this time in history! Thank republican senators for that. Keep safe

  16. 1:16:56 "…If you don't have symptoms, you don't need a test…"
    🤔 Q: So did the VP and Mrs VP have symptoms which caused them to be tested? 🤦‍♂

    "DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!"😡

  17. Well, when hopefully this blows over we'll know who to blame when small and even large businesses die and that of people (with or without families) lost their jobs and are left to suffer . THANKS a lot Democrats for not being human, you evil fucs! Just remember people that TRUMP wanted to help everyone through this.

  18. I wonder if trump thinks he speaks more coherently than those men behind him, except for Pence the Dence, Pence is just a trump sycophant religious nutcase.

  19. "Whatever the maximum word is, other than death, that happened, but we got her out and she's ok and she's with her parents."

  20. Bet anything trump has a leaning disability, that’s why he refuses to show his school records, he must’ve been special ed!! There is no way this halfwit can develop a coherent thought.

  21. What is going on in india also shutting down car production etc. but very less corona cases likely all explainable with travellers but no mass spreading in hot india with only 341 cases but 1.4 billion people.

    https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

    Aircondition out in hot countries attacks virus ?

    Also hot philippines… no mass spreading inside ?

  22. pray, pray for the world pray, for our lives pray for peace, love and harmony! Pray, pray for our future pray for all the children, pray for peace, love and harmony!

  23. trump is mumbling and talking rubbish … taking credit along the way for anything good and blaming everyone else for any problem. reality is TRUMP = TRASH!

  24. Which one is the President and which is the Vice-President? One seems to carry himself better and keep America calm with his way of talking while the other talks about how he spent billions on himself to win presidency.

  25. I didn’t Watch all of this, but does anyone know when businesses, gyms Will be open or when is this coronavirus expected go down?

  26. UNITED HUH? Then why was the Stimulus Pkg. REJECTED? WHY wasn't a bill written Just to help American families instead of clumping it with Corp. relief which is the part that is being fought over. Americans NEED help NOW. We are out of work+ money. You keep stalling and there will be civil unrest, looting in Los Angeles/ NY/SF/ Chicago. People won't sit forever and wait if they need food + gas etc. I am seriously concerned.

  27. A crisis like this really shines a brighter light on the insanity of capitalism. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That is all.

  28. The reason the Administration has demanded the states take control is because they cannot manage this situation, and they want to profit off of the battling to purchase needed goods, this government is the WORST!

  29. Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus communist virus Communist virus

  30. We have 33,272 confirmed cases, that is #3 across the whole world. 7783 more confirmed in a single day! What those number will be in next 24 hours?
    There should be no more "criticism or finger-pointing" at the Trump administration's coronavirus response.
    Trump, do some constructive things. Save people, please!

    (Data came from a realtime coronavirus case tracking website http://covid19outbreak.today/ )

  31. Is he telling people to return to work, that have been exposed? With a mask, while there is a mask shortage. Wait,what?

  32. WHAT A SPEECH TRUMP JUST MADE TO USA PUBLIC, WORDS SPOKEN DIDN'T REFLECT AS A PRESIDENT, SO BORING, ALL ABOUT HIM – REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT.

  33. Pls give the Vaccine. Stop all this. STOP.

    Stop ALL this. Help to the people. Help to ecconomy, BUY Back ALL STOCK

    We want to go work back

    Why China win the Virus. Why we can not do it.

    Why so big ans strong country can not finde a Vaccine

    China told that they finde Vaccine.

    We do not nekk information how many people is infected

    We need the Vaccinde.

    You Juste make the Panik. Mr.Trumb give a Vaccine Pls.

    STOP All This. The Congressman is not think about the people.

  34. “We want to win this war with a, uh, if you look at it deaths as possible. We want to have as few number of deaths as possible.” Our president

    “I’m not concerned at all. It’s just one person coming from China.” Also our president

  35. This is something more than what were told. Top SECRET- N.W.O POPULATION CONTROL OR SABOTAGE? WHAT IS GOING ON SO POWERFUL THAT MAN HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OR CONTROL OF. MAY GOD HELP HUMANITY. WHAT IS BEING DONE SO WRONG FOR THE WORLD TO BE EXPERIENCING MADNESS. THE WORLD WANT THE TRUTH.

  36. frankly the whole world is not interested in what is deliberated in this or future social gatherings other than if there any new development beyond naming this virus 'chinese'.

  37. copper pennies and the euro are the cure. kills viruses super fast. your currency is the cure.Nothing to buy at the DEPOPULATION STORES. NOW IS THE TIME TO GO OFF GRID, GO CAMPING, PLAY SURVIVAL MAN. MIGHT NOT GET THIS CHANCE AGAIN. DO NOT DELAY, HAVE SOME FUN.

  38. Trump said that you couldn’t fire people at the VA that steal or were “sadistic” before he signed some accountability legislation. That’s such insane claptrap.

  39. Lies I said thank God that you wanna help and not be gready. When he said he would take the money when he won his election… Smh

  40. IAM SURE "TRUMP" IS WELL A WHERE OF THIS…..
    AND COLLECT THE MONEY FROM THESES COMPANIES AFTER HE WINS THE 2021 GENERAL ELECTION

  41. Make coronamericans great again HAHA ain't that kind of funny now make coronamericansvirus sick again ! Including the chinavirus , you see now death don't discriminate !

  42. Look at FEMA guy at right,at start of briefing,he wants no part of this s*** sandwich,while pence glumly looks and says you will get used to the taste.

  43. 42:35 the FEMA Rep. guy, see his twitchy face. He must’ve been thinking “ wtf are you saying for the love of whatever is holy”

  44. Deep condolences and pray for all patients and medical staffs. BTW, we are manufacturer of KN95 masks in China. We have over 100K pieces KN95 masks in stock now. If you need KN95 masks, you can buy it from our company webiste: www.tycho-tech.com. We sincerely hope we can help more foreign friends! Stay safe, rest at home and keep family especially senior parents protected. Let's get over it together!

  45. My employer will only pay the sick time if you are proven to have the virus. So I assume there will be sick people at work when it comes here. I'm interested in seeing what CDC's guidance for that will be.

  46. 'Pent up demand'? "Economy will go sky rocketing very soon?' Who has fed him with these ridiculous lies to say now, at this time of crisis?

  47. So he is going to save the world now …………………………… please teach that man how to smile he looks like a bouncer

  48. The coronavirus response by Trump’s administration helped me develop the respect they deserve and easily sort through the bias of most sensational reporting

  49. Pence's eyes say it all. What is going through his mind is that trump will be removed soon and he will be in charge. He is now hooding his eyes whenever Trump makes a comment that is outrageously crazy. We live in interesting albeit crazy times.

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