Sep 16, 2020

Donald Trump White House Press Conference Transcript September 16

Donald Trump White House Press Conference Transcript September 16
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President Donald Trump held a White House press conference on September 16. He provided coronavirus updates and discussed vaccine development. He also said “blue states” were the cause of high death rates and contradicted CDC Director Robert Redfield’s vaccine timeline from his testimony earlier today. Read the transcript of the full briefing here.

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President Donald Trump: (04:30)
Thank you very much, everyone. Thank you. Good afternoon, Hurricane Sally made landfall, as you know, in Alabama and Florida last night as a category two hurricane and has caused 35 inches of rainfall in some places, that’s a lot. We have hundreds of FEMA, Coast Guard. We have the National Guard personnel on the ground assisting in response to the efforts and Alabama is in great shape. And every place that we are working with the state governments, really in great shape. We are working very hard on that, but it looks like it’s going to be mostly safe, but just follow the instructions of all of your local and federal people there. We have the best people that you can have. So I want to thank everybody. I want to thank everybody for working so hard in Florida, and they’re very good at this. The people in Florida handle it, they know how to handle it and the people working there know how to handle it. The governors have all been spoken to, and it’s a combination of real spirit and they have a tremendous esprit de corps. They have a tremendous sense of working on hurricanes. They’ve gotten very good at it. We’ve certainly had plenty of, even since I’ve been here, we’ve had a lot of them. So that’s in good shape, hurricane Sally. We’re going to talk about Big 10 football, but that’s a terrific thing. We’ll discuss that at the end.

President Donald Trump: (05:57)
I just want to go into the vaccine distribution. Today, my administration released our detailed national vaccine distribution plan, and that includes a plan to ensure that we swiftly deliver the vaccine directly to America’s senior citizens in nursing homes. And it’s all set. We have our military lined up, everybody’s lined up and we think that’s going to go very nicely. We’re very close to that vaccine, as you know, and I think closer than most people want to say, or certainly closer than most people understand. To get the vaccine into the hands of American people, we’re fully mobilizing the awesome power of American industry and also our military. This is the largest, fastest, and most advanced vaccine distribution effort in American history by far. I was reading where Biden was saying that, oh, he’s going to have a plan. They did so bad on swine flu. You wouldn’t even believe it. Take a look at their record on swine flu. In fact, the person that headed it up said it was a total disaster.

President Donald Trump: (06:56)
We’re on track to deliver and distribute the vaccine in a very, very safe and effective manner. We think we can start sometime in October. So as soon as it is announced, we’ll be able to start. That’ll be from mid-October on, that may be a little bit later than that, but we’ll be all set. So as soon as it’s given the go ahead, they’re doing trials as you know, and as soon as it’s given the go ahead, we will get it out, defeat the virus. We’ve manufactured all of the necessary supplies, so that as soon as the FDA approves the vaccine, and as you know, we’re very close to that, we’ll be able to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020 and a large number much sooner than that.

President Donald Trump: (07:44)
I’m calling on Biden to stop promoting his anti-vaccine theories because all they’re doing is hurting the importance of what we’re doing. And I know that if they were in this position, they’d be saying how wonderful it is. They’re recklessly endangering lives, you can’t do that. And again, this is really a case that they just started talking a little bit negatively and that’s only because they know we have it, or we will soon have it. And the answer to that is very soon. The case updates, it’s very interesting to see what’s happening because the test positivity rate is down among all age groups and has fallen below 5% for the first time since this whole nightmare of the China virus began. So it’s fallen below 5%. The number of hospitalized patients has decreased by 43% from mid-July, 43%. Nationally people sick with the China virus now make up only 1.5% of all emergency room visits. So we’re down to the lowest number we’ve had. 1.5% of emergency room visits is for the China virus. And thanks to our life saving therapies and treatments, I think this is the best of all in terms of our great percentages and all the progress we’ve made.

President Donald Trump: (09:08)
The fatality rate has fallen 85% since April, 85% fatality rate. If you look at what we’ve done and all of the lives that we’ve saved, and I’m going to ask that a graph we put up and now it’s up. This was right at the beginning, this was our prediction that if we do a really good job, we’ll be at about a hundred and 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. And we’re below that substantially and we’ll see what comes out, but that would be if we did a good job, if the not so good job was done, you’d be between 1.5 million, I remember these numbers so well, and 2.2 million. That’s quite a difference. So we’re down in this [inaudible 00:09:53] and that’s despite the fact that the blue states had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue states out, were at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. we’re really at a very low level, but some of the states, they were blue states and blue state management. By the way, we would recommend they open up their states. I think it’s very important that they open up their states because if you look at certain of them, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and a couple of others, we have to get those states open. It’s hurting people. It’s hurting people far more than the disease itself. So we would recommend that you open them, let you people have freedom, and it’s unfair to your people to keep them closed at this stage. We know the vaccines are coming, but we know the problem, we understand who the vulnerable are, which is primarily people with medical problems, but in particular, people with medical problems that are older. So open up your states.

President Donald Trump: (10:58)
To facilitate routine testing of the nursing home residents and staff we’ve delivered rapid testing devices to all 13,850 certified nursing homes nationwide. So you have 13,850 certified nursing homes nationwide, and they are being facilitated in terms of testing and testing apparatus. Everything is there. We also have new tests coming and we have one in particular that I think I showed last night, which is literally two pieces of very fine cardboard. It’s actually a lot of delicate things going on inside that cardboard, but it’s an incredible test. It’s very quick, it’s very accurate and moves along rapidly.

President Donald Trump: (11:46)
We bought millions of those tests and they’re going to be distributed rapidly. So the testing process where there’s nobody in the world that has a testing process like ours, in addition to being a number one. Number two, which is India, is close to 50 million tests behind us, I believe, Scott. 50 million. They have 1.5 billion people. Tomorrow, Vice President Pence will be announcing the findings of the nursing home commission to continue protecting our most vulnerable, which is our senior citizens and we’re going to take good care of them. I want to congratulate Big 10 football. It’s back. And I want to, in particular, I’ve been dealing with him, thank Commissioner Kevin Warren, for the great job he did. We’ve been working with him for a while. There was a rumor being spread that I didn’t want football back and it was just the opposite. That was another disinformation rumor were put out by the Biden campaign and it was just the opposite, but it really spurred me into action.

President Donald Trump: (12:49)
I called the commissioner a couple of weeks ago and we started really putting a lot of pressure on, frankly, because it was no reason for it not to come back. And Kevin went in and worked very hard. I want to thank the players, the coaches for working along and they wanted it very badly. The players and coaches in particular, the parents also. And Big 10 football just announced, as you know, that they’re scheduled. They announced a schedule and it’s going to be great, important to have. I want to recommend that the PAC 12 also get going, because there’s no reason why PAC 12, shouldn’t be playing now. And perhaps they’ll start with at least partially, I had recommended today to Kevin and others that maybe you want to start off with 25% of the stadium, or maybe you want to start off with empty, I don’t know. I think they could have fans go, frankly, but they want to be careful. They want to be safe and they will be safe.

President Donald Trump: (13:43)
They’ve got a very good testing process for the players, coaches, families, et cetera. And so I just want to congratulate Big 10. It’s going to be great. We’re going to love watching that. And again, I want to recommend PAC 12. You’re the only one now. Open up, open up PAC 12. Get going. Said the same thing to Big 10 and they did. And now I’m saying it to PAC 12. You have time. You really have time right now. Get going. I want to thank all of those wonderful coaches, some of whom I spoke with. And we went through a process over the last a couple of weeks, and I want to thank Congressman Anthony Gonzales of Ohio, who, as you know, was a great football player. Some people know that. I know that. But Anthony was a great player. Great receiver, went to the NFL. Also, I want to thank Tim Pataki of my staff. He worked very hard on this and he was up day and night working with Kevin and everybody else. So I want to thank Tim Pataki. Great job. So Big 10 is back and it’s going to have hopefully a great season.

President Donald Trump: (14:49)
The census recently found that in the second quarter of 2020 Hispanic Americans home ownership reached a record all time high. That’s all time in the history of our country. Yesterday, the census reported that median income for Americans increased by an unprecedented $4,400 last year to a record of $68,700. In 2019 income inequality fell for the second straight year. The income gap widened under the Obama/Biden administration and it widened fairly substantially and it narrowed under the Trump administration. So there’s a little fact that you didn’t know, so it narrowed under us and it widened under Obama. Income grew more last year, we are alone than over the entire eight years of Obama/Biden. And that’s a big statement, but that’s the way it is.

President Donald Trump: (15:43)
In 2019, 4.2 million Americans were lifted out of poverty. That’s the largest poverty reduction under any president in history. 4.2 million Americans were lifted out of poverty. The Hispanic-American poverty rate reached the lowest level ever history of our country. Hispanic American poverty rate, lowest level ever. I created the greatest and fairest economy in history, the biggest gains went to lower income Americans as they measure that kind of thing. We will be back to full strength very soon. We’re going to have a fantastic year next year. It’s looking like that. I think you’re going to have an incredible third quarter. The numbers are looking very, very strong for the third quarter. We have numbers that we’re going to put out tomorrow. Some of the individual things, car production, housing production, housing ownership, so many different things that are just at levels that nobody thought possible as we round the turn on the pandemic. the anti-police crusade from the Democrats and the radical left and radical left Democrats also, has to stop. The left wing war on cops puts our officers in danger and our communities at very grave risk. Can’t do this.

President Donald Trump: (17:02)
Communities at very grave risk. Can’t do this. Biden described the police as the enemy. They’re not the enemy, they’re the friend. They’re our friend. They’re helping us. And if you go to… I just saw a poll, just came out or recently came out, where African Americans by 84%, wanted more police. They wanted safe neighborhoods. In Phoenix, last night, a federal officer was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. In L.A., this weekend, everybody saw that, this horrible human being, or whatever you might want to call him, [inaudible 00:00:36]. They’re looking all over, they’re trying to find him. We’re going to find out, we’re going to get them. But in L.A. this weekend, two Sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and viciously shot, and they can never be the same. They’re getting better, but they can never be the same. I’ll always stand by our heroes of law enforcement. And we want to stop this horrible rhetoric, and stop it fast.

President Donald Trump: (18:04)
I want to ask Scott Atlas to say a couple of words, because I heard Biden talking to today about, he wants to come up with a distribution plan, a distribution for the vaccine that we came up with. A couple of things, we came up with that vaccine, it’ll be announced fairly soon. But regardless, this month, next month. In a level of time that nobody thought was possible because of what we did with our FDA, in terms of streamlining it. I want to thank Dr. Hahn. But what we’ve done with the streamlining has been incredible and very safely. Number one is safety, number two is speed. But you can have perfect safety and have much more speed. And that’s what we did. We did this for more than the vaccine having to do with the China virus, this was also for other things. So many other great drugs are out there, that would take 10, 12 years to get them approved. We’ve moved those schedules up a lot.

President Donald Trump: (19:01)
But if this were Obama, Biden, this would have taken two, three years before you were at a stage where we are now at. So we’re going to be very soon. And it’s sort of funny to watch Joe Biden getting up and reading a teleprompter and saying how he would have done this. They had H1N1, he calls it the N1H1, it’s H1N1, it’s called the swine flu. And it was a disaster. And as I said, the person that ran it for him said the worst things about it. I mean, they didn’t know what they were doing, they quit. And they had no clue. And that was easy by comparison to this. This is the most contagious flu or virus that anybody’s seen. This is unbelievable how contagious it is. You found that out.

President Donald Trump: (19:54)
But I watched a Biden quickly as he discussed without knowing a thing about a distribution plan. And he said that we don’t have a distribution plan, but we do indeed. There are military. We have military, we have everybody involved. It’s a great plan. And it’s a plan like no other. And we can start doing it. I believe the day that we come up with a vaccine, when it’s done, we’ll start that same day or the day after. Our military is very much involved. And they deploy troops. These are the generals that do logistics and all of those things. And we’ll have it all over the country. And then ultimately, hopefully we’ll be helping the world with the vaccine. And it’s very exciting, but maybe I’d ask Scott Atlas to come up and describe a little bit about that, the distribution plan in particular. Because Biden acted as though there was no distribution plan. And we’ve been working on this for months and it’s ready. And Scott has really taken a haul of it and done an incredible job. And please, Scott, thank you.

Scott Atlas: (21:02)
Okay. Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. And I didn’t develop the plan. I’m just relaying information here. But this is a plan, that’s a 57 page document, that was sent to every state today. And there’s a different part of this that was given to Congress today. It was released by HHS, that’s on the website. And in fact, I thought it was covered actually by the media. So, I don’t think it’s a surprise, but it’s a comprehensive plan. It’s a public private partnership to get everything done in terms of logistics. The IT that’s necessary to trace the first dose because some of these vaccines are anticipated to be two doses. There’s tailoring, of course, by the States and their specifics. And there’s an administration of the vaccine plan that will be done in over 51,000 outlets, including for particular attention to minority areas, over 14,000 federally qualified health centers.

Scott Atlas: (22:05)
And as the president just said, within the first 24 hours of FDA’s approval under an emergency use, we will have vaccines being delivered within the first 24 hours. And it will be done at virtually no cost to Americans. And the terms of the dosage, there will be… It is anticipated that no later than January, all the top priority people will have received the vaccine or be able to receive the vaccine. And so that prioritization, which is the general prioritization done for all vaccines that are developed, particularly in a pandemic setting. It goes to the high risk people, the people with other underlying conditions, as well as first responders and people working directly in healthcare. And so that’s going to be done very rapidly. Okay. Thank you.

President Donald Trump: (23:05)
Good. Thank you [inaudible 00:23:01]. Yeah, go ahead.

Reporter 4: (23:06)
Mr. President, earlier today, Dr. Redfield confirmed that it looked like November, December, the first doses would be able to be distributed. But then he said that the vaccine for the general public, likely would not be available until probably next summer, maybe even early fall. Are you comfortable with that timing?

President Donald Trump: (23:25)
No. I think he made a mistake when he said that. It’s just incorrect information. And I called him and he didn’t tell me that. And I think he got the message. Maybe confused, maybe it was stated incorrectly. No, we’re ready to go immediately, as the vaccine is announced. And it could be announced in October, could be announced a little bit after October. But once we go, we’re ready. As you know, Pfizer’s making this, they’re taking a tremendous financial risk and they’re spending billions of dollars on actually making this vaccine. They’re at a stage where they’re actually making it because they feel very confident as to the results. They’ll be announcing their results fairly soon. And no, that’s incorrect information.

Reporter 4: (24:08)
He was clear in the way he said it, and what he said.

President Donald Trump: (24:11)
Yeah, I think so, but I don’t think he means that. I don’t think he… When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you, we’re ready to go as soon as the vaccine happens.

Reporter 4: (24:21)
So when do you want to see it available? What would be a timeline that you would be happy with?

President Donald Trump: (24:23)
I would say that, yeah, we will start distributing it immediately.

Reporter 4: (24:28)
But to the general, not-

President Donald Trump: (24:29)
To the general public, very shortly there. I mean, really to the general public immediately. When we go, we go. We’re not looking to say, “Gee in six months, we’re going to start giving it to the general public.” No, we want to go immediately. No, it was an incorrect statement. I saw the statement, I called him. I said, “What did you mean by that?” And I think he just made a mistake. He just made a mistake. I think he misunderstood the question, probably.

Reporter 4: (24:52)
So if you were to put a timeline on when every person in America will be able to get a vaccine, what would that be?

President Donald Trump: (24:59)
I think it would be very soon. I think our distribution process is going to go very quickly. I told you we’ve engaged the military. We have a General who’s in charge of all logistics, who delivers soldiers. He’s fantastic guy, supposed to be fantastic at what he does. And we figured that’s better than any company you’re going to hire. You can’t hire a company like that. And we look to do distribution immediately after we get the word that it’s good. And I think they’re having tremendous success with the vaccine itself. I think the results will be early and strong. The safety has to be 100% and we’re going to insist on that. And obviously the companies are going to insist on that.

Reporter 4: (25:38)
So, could you put an actual [inaudible 00:00:25:40], January, February, March?

President Donald Trump: (25:41)
Scott, what would you think?

Scott Atlas: (25:43)
Yeah, as I said, the high priority people will have in some time, no later than January. I mean, of course it depends on when things are approved and the emergency use is given.

Reporter 4: (25:54)
I’m talking, the low priority people-

Scott Atlas: (25:56)
I can finish. And then it is anticipated that there will be 700 million doses by end of Q1, that’s 700 million doses.

Reporter 4: (26:05)
By the end March?

Scott Atlas: (26:05)
That’s end of Q1.

Speaker 1: (26:07)
Doctor, do you mind if I ask you a question?

President Donald Trump: (26:13)
Q1, he said.

Reporter 4: (26:13)
That’s the end of March, correct?

Speaker 1: (26:13)
It’s one thing to have the doses, but we’ve talked to a lot of public health experts who say, “If this is happening in the winter and you have to socially distance, you can’t have the packed lines that we saw during H1N1. You can’t have packed auditoriums. You have to space it out.” So, that’s one thing. Another thing they’re worried about, is storing these vaccines. And since we don’t know which one is the winner, doctor’s offices may not have dry ice to handle -80 degrees. So these are challenges. Are you prepared to say that you can overcome all those in three months?

Scott Atlas: (26:47)
Yes. Because at least I’ve been briefed on the vaccine. And so, all the refrigerators that are necessary, everything is going to be in place for them. There’s a very detailed logistical plan that was started months ago. And you’re welcome to read it on the web. But basically, all those things are not a problem, really. I mean, if people know how to shop for groceries or go into a store or sit in the restaurants that are open, and use social distancing, I think they can do it for vaccines too.

President Donald Trump: (27:15)
And you also have more than one company. You have Johnson & Johnson, you have Pfizer, you have Moderna, you have others. So we could conceivably have vaccines being given out by numerous companies. And they’re all world-class companies, they’re fantastic companies. That could happen also. Yeah. Please go ahead.

Speaker 2: (27:33)
Thank you, Mr. President, are you prepared to sign off on the Oracle and TikTok deal, even though the treasury isn’t getting paid? And also does the deal meet your requirements in terms of national security concerns?

President Donald Trump: (27:43)
Okay, they’re giving me studies on the deal, has to be a hundred percent as far as national security is concerned. And no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal. We need security, especially after what we’ve seen with respect to China and what’s going on. We want security. So, I’ll let you know. They’re going to be reporting to me tomorrow morning and I will let you know.

Speaker 2: (28:05)
What about the payment to the treasury?

President Donald Trump: (28:07)
We’re going to see about that. Amazingly, I find that you’re not allowed to do that. You’re not allowed to accept… And I say, “What kind of a thing is this?” If they’re willing to make big payments to the government, they’re not allowed because there’s no legal path to doing that. And I’m saying, “Wait a minute, they’re willing to make a big payment to the government and we’re not allowed to take the money. When does this happen? How foolish can we be?” So we’re looking into that right now. You understand that?

Speaker 2: (28:35)
[crosstalk 00:28:37].

President Donald Trump: (28:36)
I said, “No, I want a big chunk of that money to go to the United States government because we made it possible. And the lawyers come back to me and they say, “Well, there’s no way of doing that.” You know why? Because nobody’s ever heard of that before. Nobody’s ever said that before. Nobody’s ever said, “Well, we’ll approve the deal, but we want a lot of money to go the government. Because by approving the deal, we’re making the deal valuable.” They’ve never heard of that before. Can you believe that? Right? Hard to believe.

Speaker 3: (29:02)
Quick follow up on TikTok. You had said earlier that it was really important to you that a US company by TikTok and according to the proposal submitted by ByteDance, ByteDance would keep a majority stake and Oracle would have a minority stake.

President Donald Trump: (29:18)
We’re going to find out about that. We’re looking into that from the standpoint of ByteDance, We don’t like that. I mean, just conceptually, I can tell you I don’t like that. That has not been told to me yet. That has been reported, but it hasn’t been told to me. It could be very accurate reporting for a change. So if that’s the case, I’m not going to be happy with that. Assuming that ByteDance is China, which I think it probably is. Yeah, in the back.

Speaker 4: (29:43)
Bill Barr told prosecutors, he wants to charge violent demonstrators with sedition. And you told Judge Jeanine, “That if there’s violent demonstrations on election night, we’ll put them down very quickly, if they do that. Look, it’s called an insurrection.” So, I’m wondering why you want to use that kind of rhetoric when there’s such a-

President Donald Trump: (30:00)
The question was asked to me about, if you have violent demonstrations. Yes, we will put it down very, very quickly, if there is. Absolutely.

Speaker 4: (30:07)
Are you making-

President Donald Trump: (30:07)
And I think the American public wants to see that. Yeah. OEN please. OEN.

Speaker 5: (30:11)
Thank you Mr. President.

President Donald Trump: (30:16)
Just a minute. If there’s any kind of demonstration or violence, there will be nothing that interferes with this product, this vote. There’s going to be nothing. The biggest problem we have right now, are the ballots. Millions of ballots going out, that’s the biggest problem. When you talk about other countries, whether it’s China, Russia, or many others that get mentioned. They’re in a much better position with these paper ballots to do something than they would ever be under the old system. And that’s our biggest problem. Our biggest threat to this election is governors from opposing parties, controlling ballots, millions of ballots. To me, that’s a much bigger threat than foreign countries. Because much of the stuff coming out about foreign countries turned out to be untrue.

President Donald Trump: (31:02)
What is true, is that many elections have taken place over the last year and a half using this ballot system. They’ve been off by 5%, 10%, 15%. I think I read one at 40%, 40%. And these are small, easy to control elections. This whole ballot system, where you can send it in and it’s not even requested. We’re not talking about it solicited, they’re unsolicited ballots. And they’re sent in, is very dangerous for our country. And you know, who knows that better than anybody, the Democrats. Look at what happened in Manhattan, where they had this kind of an election. And it was so fraudulent that it should never have been allowed to be called.

President Donald Trump: (31:48)
We could have five, 10, 15, 20% off. We could have more than that. The ballots will be stolen, who knows where they’re going, who knows where they’re coming from. It’s not just the counting of the ballots, which by the way, which will take forever. It’ll take forever. You think November 3rd, you might not have… I guess, at a certain point, it goes to Congress. At a certain point, it goes to Congress, you know that. This is a disgrace. This is being done on purpose. They know it’s no good. They know it’s going to be fraudulent. It’s going to be fraud all over the place. Who’s getting the ballots, who’s sending the balance. They have people saying you don’t need a verified signature. This is a serious threat to our democracy. And the Democrats know that.

President Donald Trump: (32:33)
All we’re asking, if you solicit the ballot, you go through a process. You ask for a ballot because you can’t be there. For a large number of reasons, for whatever reasons. I’m doing it myself. I won’t be able to be in Florida. You solicit and they send it back. You do it and you send it back. That’s a process that you go through. And it’s pretty secure. I used the word pretty secure. I guess, nothing’s foolproof. But what’s pretty close to what… The most foolproof thing, the thing that really works, is you go to the ballot box. It’s going to be very safe. I think by that time COVID will be even lower. It’s going to be very low. It’s going to be a very safe process. We did it during World War I. We did it during World War II.

President Donald Trump: (33:21)
The biggest threat to this election is these unsolicited ballots sent out by the millions. Controlled by governors, like in Nevada. Who is a political person, very political, far beyond being governor. Where they try to stop you from making the speech, unsuccessfully. But we had to move around a lot, had to move quickly. So, this same guy that tried to stop you from making free speech, outside, not inside, outside. They forced us inside because of what they did, but outside. This is the guy that’s controlling ballots. Then you look at Pennsylvania, you look at other places-

President Donald Trump: (34:03)
Then you look at Pennsylvania, you look at other places, it is a big threat. And as far as China’s concerned and Russia, and they say North Korea, they say Iran, they say places, who knows, who knows, but they say all these different places, they can make forgeries of these ballots, they can do things that will blow your mind. And the Democrats know it’s wrong, they know it’s going to end up being a disaster. Just take a look at what’s happened over the last year with this same kind of thing, except in a very small setting with very few ballots going out, so that’s much easier, not 53 to 80 million going out, a very small number. And you know what’s happened? Fraud like you’ve never seen, missing ballots, ballots that never showed up ballots with bad signatures, ballots with no signatures.

President Donald Trump: (34:54)
And in the case of Nevada, they don’t even want verification of the signature. It’s a disgrace. Now the hope for our nation is it’s before judges in Pennsylvania, it’s before judges in Nevada, it’s before judges and other places, it’s before federal judges. And hopefully they’ll do what they did the other day in Pennsylvania, where we had a great victory, open up your state, it’s unconstitutional to close it. Because what they were doing is closing it and closing it for political reasons. It’ll open on November 4th, it’ll open up right after the election. But they want our numbers to be as bad as possible, but the problem is our numbers are so good, with or without various states opening up, with or without. But we had a big legal victory, as you know, three days ago, a federal judge told them to open up their state, “It’s unconstitutional what you’re doing,” that’s in the case of Pennsylvania. Now the big cases are going to be the cases on these unsolicited ballots and we’ll see what happens.

President Donald Trump: (35:56)
All right, OAN please.

OAN Reporter: (35:57)
On the grounds that the Chinese Communist Party has been using slave labor in Xinjiang, your administration has imposed a limited ban on certain products coming out of Xinjiang, stopping short of a full region ban. What is your response to the Chinese communist party’s spokespeople who are saying that, “This is an outright lie, Xinjiang does not have forced labor.”? And number two, have allies expressed interest in standing with this administration in taking action against forced labor imposed by the Communist Party?

President Donald Trump: (36:28)
We don’t want to see that, we’ve been very strong on that. We’re getting reports in over the next two, three days, we’ll know very accurately what the story is and we’ll then take action, one way or the other.

Reporter 2: (36:37)
Yes, I just wanted to ask you about the WTO’s recent ruling against the United States over $200 billion in tariffs on China. Should the US remain part of the WTO?

President Donald Trump: (36:49)
Well, I have real questions about it. Look, the US, we just won a $7.5 Billion dollar lawsuit, which nobody used to sue before I came along, or they used lose them every single time. Now they haven’t been losing them. But we’re getting reports on the WTO, it’s not good. Never been good to us. The WTO, as far as I’m concerned, was created to suck money and jobs out of the United States to the benefit of China and other countries, that’s what my opinion is. Whether it was created, or it just turned out to be that way. But the World Trade Organization has been not good for the United States. It’s been good for everybody else, but it’s not been good. It was a method, in my opinion, of taking advantage of the United States. So we’re looking into what happened and we’ll get back to you fast.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (37:40)
President, two questions. One, you said you spoke with Dr. Redfield earlier, and you said that he made a mistake, did-

President Donald Trump: (37:45)
I think he made a mistake, yeah. I didn’t go into any great depth. I was very surprised to hear it. It doesn’t really matter. Here’s what does matter, we’re all set to distributor immediately. As soon as that vaccine comes out, that’s safe and good and works, whether it’s Pfizer, Johnson&Johnson or anybody else, we are ready to distribute it very rapidly. As Scott said, and as our team knows and they’re ready, and it could be in October, sometime in October, or November. I don’t think it’s going to be much later than that, but I think it could be sometime in October. We’re ready to move and it will be a very full distribution.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (38:22)
So, you all had the call, you said that you told him that he had made a mistake. What was his response and [crosstalk 00:38:26]?

President Donald Trump: (38:26)
No, I didn’t tell him anything. I said, “What happened?” And I got the impression that he didn’t realize he said what he might’ve said. I didn’t see him say it, but if that’s what he said, it’s a mistake because we’re so ready. We’re ready to distribute immediately to a vast section of our country. And then beyond, because we want to help other countries also. But we’re ready to distribute immediately.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (38:49)
But the timeline he gave saying that it wouldn’t be ready for the general public until the middle of next year, it sounds very like the one that you kind of just offered.

Dr. Scott Atlas: (38:57)
No, no. I said that there’ll be 700 million doses by end of Q1, and everyone in high risk will have it no later than January. That’s what I said.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (39:11)
Yeah, he said the general public for next year. He wasn’t talking about high risk, [crosstalk 00:39:10].

President Donald Trump: (39:11)
Kaitlan, we’re focused on high risk, but we’re going to focus also on general public very much. But our immediate aim is elderly people and especially elderly people with heart, diabetes problems. But we will have it… we’re not looking at a small distribution program, we’re looking at distributing to the whole United States with an immediate focus of the elderly.

President Donald Trump: (39:36)
Now, under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said. But I think that, frankly, if they hit him with that question, he said that, we are ready at a much faster level than what he said. We will have rapid distribution. We’re set up, our military and others are set up to do it. And we think it could even start taking place in October, but certainly during November, December would be the latest because based on what I’m hearing results are very good. So we’ll see what happens.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (40:15)
Okay, so my last question is, you told Bob Woodward, “The problem with the vaccine is a vaccine will take 13 to 14 months once you have it, because you have to test a vaccine.” So do you want to clarify what you told Bob Woodward?

President Donald Trump: (40:25)
Well, what I was saying to him… No, but that was a long time ago when I said that, we weren’t set up at that time.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (40:30)
Not that long ago.

President Donald Trump: (40:30)
Well, how many months ago? When was the statement made?

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (40:32)
He doesn’t say in the book when it was made.

President Donald Trump: (40:33)
His book is sort of obsolete because the book comes out… By the way I read the book last night very rapidly because it was very boring. I read it and if you see what I said, I said a lot of really good things. I mean, for the most part, people like to turn it around, but I said really good things in that book. And as an example, he doesn’t cover I told him what we’re doing in the Middle East, and we’re doing it in an entirely different way and that’s not covered in his book. The whole thing is not covered in his book.

President Donald Trump: (41:01)
And one thing I will say, and I respect the press for this one, which was interesting, almost universally, we’ve been praised for the deal that we made yesterday with Israel and with the two very important countries in the Middle East. And UAE in particular, where it’s a very powerful group, it’s a warrior country, it’s led by a great warrior and a man who’s highly respected. And if you take a look at that and Bahrain and Israel making a deal, and I will tell you, we have at least four or five others that want to come in. They would have come in yesterday, I talked to two of them yesterday and they’re ready to trot. And I think you’re going to have a whole level of peace without blood all over the sand. Nobody was shot, nobody was killed. We killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. It’s all it’s been… I always say it’s the bloodiest sand anywhere in the world. And it didn’t have to be that way.

President Donald Trump: (42:00)
The single worst decision our country ever made was to go into the Middle East. Not only the millions of people killed, and I include people on both sides, some people say, “Oh, you shouldn’t say that.” I said, “I’ll say it,” on both sides. Such a horrible thing was done. Such a horrible mistake was made. We’re doing this a different way. So we have those two countries. We have at least five that we’re negotiating with right now. And you can only negotiate with so many, I think they’re all going to come in. I think ultimately the Palestinians are going to come in. These are all the people that are funding them.

President Donald Trump: (42:33)
I stopped funding the Palestinians fairly early on because they were saying bad things about our country. I said, “Well you mean, we’re giving them $750 million a year and they’re saying all bad things about our country?” So I stopped funding them very early on, but they get funded by other very rich countries, to them it’s like a spec, it’s nothing. But they get funded. But I think now that these countries, these very rich countries are a part of the deal and you’ll see, over the next fairly short period of time, other countries will come in.

President Donald Trump: (43:05)
I think Saudi Arabia ultimately will come in too, I think getting Saudi Arabia will be great. But I think Saudi Arabia, this is my feeling, it’s not based on knowledge, other than a couple of conversations I had with the King. But Saudi Arabia I think will be coming in too and you’ll end up with peace in the Middle East. And nobody thought it could be done and nobody thought it could be done this way. I went to some very smart people. I went to some people in Middle East and they said, “You’ll never be able to do it, it’s not possible to make peace.” Well, now they’re saying to me, “Nobody ever thought of doing this. They all thought you make the deal first with the Palestinians. It had to be that way.” And I will say the resistance was some countries didn’t want to do it unless the Palestinians were there first, that was just a psychological thing, more than anything else. But they were wrong.

President Donald Trump: (43:52)
The people, our great representatives that have been doing this for 35 years that were telling me how to do it, but they all failed. They were in Clinton’s Administration, they were in Bush, they were in Obama, all these great, brilliant people, they’re all telling me how to do it and I said they’re wrong and I guess I was right.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (44:14)
[crosstalk 00:44:14].

President Donald Trump: (44:14)
And when you see… Well, let’s finish this. When you see the countries that will be coming, a very short period of time, not talking to a long period of time, all of the countries that will be coming in, just like you saw Bahrain yesterday and UAE and I can think of, I mean, at least five that are going to be quick and easy. Others will be quick and easy also, once the five come in. So you’re going to have something, you’re going to have peace in the Middle East.

President Donald Trump: (44:42)
And we want to get out, our soldiers largely coming home. I said the endless wars, the ridiculous, endless wars. And I will say this, if I didn’t withdraw our country from that horrible Iran Nuclear Deal, that horrible, stupid deal where President Obama paid $150 billion for nothing and gave $1.8 billion in cash. 1.8 billion, you know what that is? 1.8 billion in cash, that’s more impressive than the $150 billion paid normally. But he gave all this money, all of these chips that we had, we had these chips and he gave them all away and we got nothing. And you know, it was a short term deal. It would be practically expiring now. Practically, it starts to expire actually right now, but it would practically be. And there is no way we will let Iran have a nuclear weapon, just to remember that, there’s no way that’s going to happen.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: (45:39)
President, are you reversing this statement, you never answered the statement. [inaudible 00:45:41], but do you want to reverse what you told Woodward about the 13 to 14 month timeline for a vaccine?

President Donald Trump: (45:46)
Well, the vaccine, at the time, I thought it might take that period of time, but we’ve stepped it up very substantially. And now, I mean, I’m just telling this is just what it is, we’ve been able to step it up very, very rapidly. I never thought we could have a vaccine as quickly as we did, but I freed it up, I freed up the FDA, Dr. Hahn’s done a great job and they’re ready to approve something when they come in. The other thing that’s happening that’s very different is you look at a company like Pfizer, great company, really one of the great companies of the world, Johnson&Johnson, they’re all great companies, they’re doing a lot of testing at a very rapid rate that nobody’s ever seen anything like it. They’re in the third level of trial and I think that you’re going to see things that are amazing.

President Donald Trump: (46:29)
When I made statements like that, that’s an old statement. When I made statements like that, I had no idea that we could produce as well as we’re producing. But only because of what I’ve done with the FDA and other things can we come up with numbers like that. We’re lucky that we don’t have to, because that was considered fast. If this were an administration from the past, and I think I can say far beyond Obama, it was other administrations also, you wouldn’t have a vaccine for two and a half, three years, and we’re going to have a vaccine within, at most, a couple of months. Okay?

Reporter 4: (47:06)
Mr. President, if I could ask you about coronavirus relief. Do you support the Problem Solvers Caucus Proposal that was put forward? Are you comfortable with the $500 billion for the states?

President Donald Trump: (47:15)
Something like that, yeah. I like the larger amount, I’ve said that, some of the Republicans disagree, but I think I can convince them to go along with it, because I like the larger number. I want to see people get money, it wasn’t their fault that this happened, it was China’s fault. You know? People say, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t say that, that’s not nice.” It was China’s fault. So I would like to see the larger number, yeah. I would like to see it.

President Donald Trump: (47:41)
There’s some things I disagree with, but I’m sure they can be negotiating. Now, I heard Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t want to leave until we have an agreement. She’s come a long way, that’s great. If she said that, she’s come a long way. I agree with her, we should have an agreement, people should be helped and they should be helped as rapidly as possible. And I think it’s going to happen, I think it’s very important. So the Problem Solvers came up with, it’s a group of people in Congress, as you know, you know them all, I know them all, they’re very good people, I guess you’d consider them dead center. But in many cases they’re not, they’re left they’re right, but they came up with this idea and I think they’re well on their way to suggesting some pretty good things. Yeah, I agree with a lot of it.

Reporter 4: (48:24)
So, in terms of things that you don’t agree, are you comfortable with the $500 billion?

President Donald Trump: (48:27)
I think the things I don’t agree, we can probably negotiate. But I think we’ve made some progress over the last week and I think it was positive that they came out with that report.

Reporter 4: (48:38)
Would you endorse that proposal?

President Donald Trump: (48:40)
Well, not that proposal, but we’re getting closer. We’re getting closer. I do like a lot of money getting sent to people that really were hurt unnecessarily by China because they could have stopped it. They stopped it from going into their country, they could have stopped it from coming to our country and from going to Europe and from going to the rest of the world, 188 different countries from all over the world. Please?

Reporter 5: (49:05)
Mr President, the director of the CDC also testified today that a mask, in his estimation, is guaranteed to protect the American public more from the coronavirus than a vaccine. You have, as detailed, poured a lot of resources into vaccine development. Why not devote your energy-

President Donald Trump: (49:20)
And to masks.

Reporter 5: (49:21)
But why not devote your energy now to a campaign to have all Americans wear a mask, something that, if more effective than a vaccine, would also help schools and the economy?

President Donald Trump: (49:28)
Okay. Number one, it’s not more effective, by any means, than a vaccine. And I called him about that, those were the two things I discussed with him. And I believe that if you ask him, he would probably say that he didn’t understand the question, because I asked him those two questions, the one question which we covered, and the mask question… And I was inaccurately covered because I was on with George last night, George Stephanopoulos, and I enjoyed it, I think people enjoyed it, a lot of people said very good things about the show. I hope they did well, but they said a lot of good things about the show. But they always cut my sentences off, they cut it off on masks and masks have problems too. When I talked about the masks have to be handled very gently, very carefully. I see that in restaurants that people with masks and they’re playing around with their mask and their fingers are in their mask and then they’re serving with plates. I mean, I think there’s a lot of problems with masks. Now, vaccine is much more effective than the masks. And if we get the vaccine, we have added to the fact that our numbers are going way down, you see the numbers, I’m just reading your statistics that are from wherever they get them, but they’re very highly qualified statistics. But no, the mask is not as important as the vaccine. The mask perhaps helps you. Don’t forget a lot of people didn’t like the concept of masks, initially. Dr. Fauci didn’t like them and a lot of people didn’t. And I’m not knocking anybody because I understand both sides of the argument, but when I called up-

President Donald Trump: (51:03)
Because I understand both sides of the argument. But when I called up Robert today, I said to him, “What’s with the mask?” He said, “I think I answered that question incorrectly.” I think maybe he had misunderstood it. I mean, he had two questions; maybe he misunderstood both of them. But the answer to the one, is it’s going to be a much faster distribution than he said. Maybe he’s not aware of the distribution process. It’s not really his thing as much as it would be, let’s say, mine. But the distribution is going to be much faster.

President Donald Trump: (51:29)
As far as the mask is concerned, I hope that the vaccine is going to be a lot more beneficial than the masks. Because people have used the masks, but when I looked at that chart that we put up, if you look, if you do the good job, they had I guess 240,000. But if it worked out well… Now look, one death is too much. One death is too much. Should have never happened. But the lower level was at that 240,000, between a 100 and something and 240,000. As far as the mask is concerned, he made a mistake.

Speaker 6: (52:02)
On the masks, I mean perhaps they are part of the role for the decrease in cases, because they are effective, as you just said. So I know you’ve worn.-

President Donald Trump: (52:08)
No, they may be effective. And I wear them when I’m in a hospital or what I’m in a setting with a lot-

Speaker 6: (52:13)
No, my question is, why not wear them more often, or have the White House staff wear them more often, to set an example for the country?

President Donald Trump: (52:17)
Well, I’m tested, and I’m sometimes surprised when I see somebody sitting, like with Joe, Joe feels very safe in a mask. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t want to expose his face. I don’t know what’s going on. He’ll be way away from people, nowhere near people. There’ll be nobody with him. He doesn’t draw any crowds. So have circles, these big circles, they’ll be way far away.

President Donald Trump: (52:39)
There’s no reason for him to have masks on. We get tested. I’m tested. I have people tested. When people come into the oval office, it’s like a big deal. No matter who they are, the heads of countries, they all get tested. So I’m in a different position. And maybe if I wasn’t in that position, I’d be wearing it more. But I’ve worn masks. And especially, I like to wear them when I’m in a hospital. Not for me so much as for other people, okay? Thanks.

Speaker 7: (53:07)
Mr. President, Mr. President, can I just talk to you about-

Speaker 1: (53:09)
I have a few questions, Mr. President. One for Dr. Atlas. Dr. Atlas, you mentioned minorities would be the first focus of the distribution. How would that exactly work in practice, when it’s being distributed specifically to minorities. And secondly, for you-

President Donald Trump: (53:20)
Well, he didn’t say minorities, he said minorities and senior citizens.

Speaker 1: (53:23)
Sure. But can you talk us through a bit more on the focus on distributing to minorities and how that would work? And then for you, Mr. President, you mentioned the drop in the poverty rate. Specifically, we noticed at just the news that the poverty rate for African Americans hit historic lows, that the household wealth increased historically for African Americans. What was driving that increase in wealth for African Americans? And now at 2020 with the coronavirus, and unemployment spiking, what would be your plan for the second term to improve lives for African-Americans?

President Donald Trump: (53:55)
Well, I’ll go first, because I appreciate your question. And yeah, we’ve had a tremendous drop in poverty for all people in our nation, but in particular for African Americans. And that statistic came in, and it’s because the African American community, the black community, has had the lowest, the best employment numbers that we’ve ever had, both employment and unemployment, depending on how you want to define it. But we’ve had the best employment numbers we’ve ever had. Now, we had the greatest employment in the country ever, almost 160 million people. We’ve never been close to that number, but we were just six months ago. And yeah, I’m very proud of the numbers. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, they had the best numbers they’ve ever had by far, both employment and unemployment, depending on definition. Thank you very much for that question. Scott, do you want to answer that?

Scott Atlas: (54:43)
Yeah. So, what I, to clarify, said that the first prioritization is the high risk people and frontline healthcare workers. But just to reiterate what I said, there are 51,000 outlets for distribution, for vaccination. And there’s over 14,000 federally qualified health centers that are particularly targeted to minority and low income areas. So, that’s a focus.

Scott Atlas: (55:08)
I want to point out two other things. We’re also prioritizing testing historically black colleges and universities. And we’re in the process of getting that finalized, because we know that there’s higher morbidity in certain ethnic groups.

Scott Atlas: (55:23)
And the last thing I would say is, it’s particularly heinous and egregious abuse of the media to instill fear into people about taking a vaccine, because there was no shortcut here. Everything is safe, everything is effective. And for people who have particularly an influence on minority communities to instill fear and doubt, is a particularly outrageous abuse of public policy and of leadership. These are people that have higher risks. And so I implore everyone who’s in a high risk category that when we get a safe, effective vaccine, they should take the vaccine.

President Donald Trump: (55:58)
I will say, this is a phenomena that only happened when they realized that we may very well have the vaccine prior to a certain very important date, namely, November 3rd. Once they heard that, the Democrats started, just to show you how bad the intention is, they started knocking the vaccine. Had nothing to do with the vaccine. It was totally made up. It’s all disinformation, just like they put an ad in about football, just like they put with respect to me. I’m the one that got football back, and I was always against them going out. It was ridiculous, that Big 10. And now, hopefully PAC 10 goes back. And I say that just like even worse, they put out a totally fake ad, totally made up story. It was a made up story by a third rate magazine, where the head guy I guess, the head person, I have no idea who he is, I don’t know him, but he’s friends with Obama and Clinton, so they made up this horrible story, and then they did ads.

President Donald Trump: (56:54)
Well, they made up this story too. This story is very simple. They started knocking the vaccine, as soon as they heard that this actually may come out prior to election. Now it may or may not, but it’ll be within a matter of weeks. It’ll be within a matter of weeks from November. It’s ready to go, and it’s ready to for massive distribution to everybody, with a focus again on seniors.

President Donald Trump: (57:17)
And I will say also, the historically black colleges and universities we are doing at my suggestion, because they have had a difficult problem. There we are doing more testing, and finer testing. We have our great apparatus there.

President Donald Trump: (57:35)
But when you look at what we’ve done on testing in terms of the technology and the amount, it’s been really amazing. In fact, I think we’re going to crack a hundred million tests very soon in the very near future. We’re going to be cracking a hundred million tests.

President Donald Trump: (57:47)
Now, what that does do is it shows up more cases. So if we didn’t test, we wouldn’t have cases. You would have no cases. Other countries, they don’t test, they don’t have cases. And then they say, “Oh, the United States.” But we’re proud of it, because it shows where there may be a problem, and it helps people. But we’re doing tremendous testing at the historically black colleges and universities. And that was a suggestion I made, and I think it’s a good suggestion. Yeah, please, go ahead.

Speaker 8: (58:15)
[crosstalk 00:58:14].

Speaker 9: (58:16)
The core of Vice President Biden’s argument is that you don’t trust the scientists. You don’t listen to them. And here up on the podium today, you’re twice contradicting the director of your own CDC on the science, who testified before Congress today.

President Donald Trump: (58:32)
No, he’s contradicting himself.

Speaker 9: (58:33)
Why should the American people-

President Donald Trump: (58:34)
I think he misunderstood the questions.

Speaker 9: (58:36)
Well, he was testifying [crosstalk 00:00:58:34]. Why should the American people-

President Donald Trump: (58:38)
You know what I think? I think he misunderstood. I told you, I don’t have to go through this. I think he misunderstood the questions. But I’m telling you, here’s the bottom line. Distribution is going to be very rapid. He may not know that. Maybe he’s not aware of that. And maybe he’s not dealing with the military, et cetera, like I do. Distribution is going to be very rapid, and the vaccine’s going to be very powerful. It’s going to solve a tremendous problem. It’s going to be very powerful.

Speaker 9: (59:01)
How can the American people trust you on the pandemic when you’re contradicting the head of the CDC in your own administration?

President Donald Trump: (59:06)
Because of the great job we’ve done. Because of the great things we’ve done in other fields also. Because of the fact that we created ventilators, we built ventilators by the thousands, and now we’re supplying to the world. Because of all of the incredible work we’ve done for governors who are on every call saying, “This is incredible. This is great. This is great.” Sometimes they’re not quite as friendly at a news conference when you have people covering it. But we have done a phenomenal job on COVID-19, as they like to call it. I call it other things. But we have done a phenomenal job. I get calls from other people in other countries; they can’t believe the job we’ve done. And then they’ll say, “Is there any way that you could get us ventilators?” I say, “How many do you need?” “1000 ventilators.” I said, “We’ll be able to take care of it.” We’re making thousands of ventilators, very complex, very expensive, very difficult thing to make. We’re making thousands a month.

President Donald Trump: (59:59)
The cupboard was bare when I got here, and I will tell you, our distribution is going to be very rapid, and it’s going to be all encompassing. We are going to have a focus on certain groups that have problems, senior citizens, et cetera, but it’s going to be a very powerful distribution. It’s going to cover everybody, and it’s going to cover them rapidly.

President Donald Trump: (01:00:23)
I don’t know whether or not the doctor knows that, how much he covers, but I called him. Because I said, “Why did you say that long?” He wasn’t that aware of it. And the other one was the mask.

President Donald Trump: (01:00:34)
The vaccine is going to have tremendous power. It’s going to be extremely strong. It’s going to be extremely successful. We’re not going to have a problem.

President Donald Trump: (01:00:43)
And the mask may help, and I hope it helps, and I think it probably does. But again, the mask is a mixed bag. There are some people, professionals, Scott, you would know a lot of them, but there are some people that don’t like the mask because of the touchiness and the touching, and then you’re touching everything else. They feel that masks have problems. So anyway, go ahead, in the back, please.

Speaker 10: (01:01:07)
Mr. President, do you have confidence in Dr. Redfield?

President Donald Trump: (01:01:10)
I do. I do.

Speaker 10: (01:01:11)
Well, you just said he didn’t give the answers well. [inaudible 01:01:13] questions.

President Donald Trump: (01:01:12)
He I think maybe misunderstood a question. But we’re beyond that now. We’re really in final stages of vaccines. We’re getting ready to go phase one on distribution. And I think it might come out even sooner than you think. I think the vaccine’s going to be even better than people thought originally. I think people are going to be really surprised at the success of the vaccine. I think it’s going to be a tremendous success. And we’re fighting a very powerful party with a poor candidate, in my opinion. But we’re fighting a very, very powerful party and they’re partners with the media, and because they’re working together very closely. And when they hit on the vaccine, they only hit on it when they realized that, wow, this is amazing, they may have it even before the election. All of a sudden they didn’t like the vaccine so much.

Speaker 10: (01:02:07)
One other thing.

President Donald Trump: (01:02:09)
In the back please.

Speaker 11: (01:02:10)
Thank you so much, Mr. President. Were you informed about positive coronavirus cases in the-

President Donald Trump: (01:02:16)
I cannot hear you, I’m sorry.

Speaker 11: (01:02:17)
Were are you informed about coronavirus cases, positive cases in the White House today?

President Donald Trump: (01:02:23)
Today?

Speaker 11: (01:02:23)
Yes.

Speaker 12: (01:02:24)
On your staff.

Speaker 11: (01:02:24)
On your staff.

Speaker 12: (01:02:24)
Positive cases, today, sir.

President Donald Trump: (01:02:24)
Say it.

Speaker 12: (01:02:24)
On your staff, there are reports of White House staff members testing positive, on your staff?

President Donald Trump: (01:02:33)
Oh I see, about the staff? I heard about it this morning. At a very small level, yes, I heard about it this-

Speaker 13: (01:02:39)
How many?

President Donald Trump: (01:02:40)
I don’t know. We can have a report to you if you feel it’s necessary. Last night I heard about it for the first time, and it’s a small number of cases. Maybe it’s not even cases. Do you know, do you have any idea if there’s-

Speaker 14: (01:02:56)
Yes. We’re not going to confirm the identities of the–

President Donald Trump: (01:02:57)
Yeah, that’s okay.

Speaker 14: (01:02:59)
Yes. But this did not affect the events, and press was not around the-

President Donald Trump: (01:03:03)
And it’s not anybody that was near me. From what I heard, a very small number. I think you can probably give the number out later on when you find out what it might be. One person? It was one person, okay?

Speaker 15: (01:03:16)
[inaudible 01:03:16] in Philadelphia?

President Donald Trump: (01:03:16)
It was one person. So not a person that I was associated with. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you.

Speaker 16: (01:03:24)
Why are you waiting to release your healthcare plan, if it’s [inaudible 01:03:29] ready?

Speaker 17: (01:03:28)
[crosstalk 01:03:28] misled the American [inaudible 01:03:25] have any credibility on the coronavirus?

Speaker 16: (01:03:28)
I’ll see you next week.

Speaker 17: (01:03:28)
Yeah, definitely.