Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing at the White House
Going into her hair salon, we will be playing the video on loop for all of you to see. During the duration, of this introduction. Nancy pelosi, was not in the halls of congress, when i asked where she was, she was not working, in good faith to make a deal for the american people. Nope nancy pelosi, was found in san francisco. At a hair salon, where she was indoors. Even though salons, in california. Are not only open, for outdoor, service. Apparently. The rules do not apply. To speaker nancy pelosi. She wants small businesses, to stay shut down. But only reopen. For her convenience. Do as i say, not as i do, says nancy pelosi. Nancy pelosi. Is holding up 1.3. Trillion, dollars, in relief, for the american, people. While getting special, access, to the very kind of small businesses. That this money would support, businesses. Like this hair salon. Before, she skipped town to violate, her state's health guidelines, pelosi, proposed, a bill it was called the heroes, act which contained, no additional, paycheck, protection. Funding. This is funding that would help a very small business, she has bizarrely. Accused, of plotting, against her. The president, sees, through democrats. Disregard, for americans, in need and he took action, unilaterally. In his own accord. He provided relief from evictions, he provided unemployment. Insurance he paused student loan payments. And he cut the payroll tax putting money, in the american, people's, pockets. Congress. Also, failed to authorize, funding to provide children with free lunches for the. 2020-2021. School year, and again president trump, with senior advisor, ivanka trump took action. And now usda. Has extended a summer program which will ensure, children, continue, to have access to free meals through the end of the year. Nancy pelosi, is demanding, an apology, from a single mother, and small business owner who has received threats, since nancy pelosi's. Comments against her salon. Salon, owner, erica, cayas, said this. Since this happened, i've received nothing but hate text messages, death threats. Saying they're going to burn down my hair salon, it's just sad that my community, is pulling this saying that i threw her under the bus when i did not, so that's hurtful. But yes i think i'm pretty much done now. Nancy pelosi. You ought to apologize. To the american, people. Or better yet, come back to washington. And get to work for hard-working, americans. Like this salon owner that you maligned, and demanded, an apology, from, and with that i'll take questions. Yes john. Kelly do you acknowledge that it is illegal, in this country, to vote twice. In the same election. Are you referring to the president's, comments, earlier. Today you a basic, yes or no question. Do you believe it is illegal. The president does not condone, unlawful, voting, uh the president's, been very clear about this some once again not surprised the media is taking the president out of context do you recall what the president, said on this matter, specifically. I have it right here okay maybe you should read it out for me then okay so the the president, said that you should go to your poll you should vote early. By mail. And you should go either. Early voting or day of and try to vote again. So. He is asking people, to vote by mail. And then to go down to the polling, place on election, day. And to vote again. If their vote has, if they can't confirm their vote has been counted, you're missing a very crucial line from the president's remarks. If it is not tabulated. Meaning your mail-in vote. Then you will be able to vote in person, if it is not tabulated. This is why at least five states in this country, that do not, count, any mail-in votes, until election day, so those votes won't be counted. Until afterwards. So that there's no way to know whether or not they're voting there's a very simple answer, and this is how it works first a lot of states have what are called electronic. Poll books and what this means is that in real time this is updated so if your vote is counted. They check the electronic, poll book and you will not be able to vote in person because your vote has been counted. There's a secondary. Situation, so those who do not have electronic, poll books, every single state in the country you can cast a provisional, ballot. And that is a ballot that is there and if your. Your vote that you have not mailed in is not counted. They will then count the provisional, ballot and that is exactly what the president's. Referring, to but what democrats, are doing is saying this we want an entire new system for voting one subject to fraud, don't take it from me take it from jimmy carter. Who said in 2005. As part of a bipartisan, commission, absentee, ballots remain the largest, source of potential, voter fraud, so what democrats, want you to do is say, trust, us but don't verify. Don't verify that your vote's been counted this president's trying to enfranchise.
Americans. Which is exactly what he's been saying, he wants every american, to have a vote because he understands what jimmy carter understood and what so many of, us understood. Until the president started putting the focus on mail-in voting, and that was this that it is subject to fraud. Every vote should count and every american should verify that their vote is counted by going to their polling please say to the executive, director, of the north carolina, board of electors, who says that this would be create a big problem on election day, what i would say is that the president has laid it out very clearly you should verify, your vote and not only that i would appoint. Them to the fact that in 2016. Before we tried this entire, new system of mass mail out voting, 319. 000, votes were not counted that were cast by mail 319. 000, in an election that came down really to 80 000 votes in pennsylvania, wisconsin. And michigan. That's untenable. And hundreds thousands, more will not be counted with the democrats, fraudulent, mass bailout, voting system, the president wants enfranchisement. Plain and simple john can i ask you a process and jurisdiction. Question the president. Signed a memorandum, last night directing, federal agencies. To look at funds that might be withheld, to city, as to cities that do not do enough to. Restore a law in order. By what authority, does the president, believe he can do that, yeah the president. Believes, that, what we should do that the purpose of government. Is to protect, life liberty, and property that is the purpose. Of the federal government and it's imperative. That the federal government, review. The use of funds, by jurisdiction. So what this does this memo. It really does three things one it asks federal, agencies, to detail, all federal funds, that are being provided, to seattle, portland new york city and washington, d.c. Secondly, within 14 days the attorney, general will develop a list of anarchist, jurisdictions. Of lawlessness. Zones, that are permitting, violence and destruction, of property and then within 30 days. The white house budget director. Will issue guidance, to the heads of agencies, on restricting, eligibility. Of or otherwise, disfavoring, to the maximum, extent, possible by law anarchist, jurisdictions. In the receipt. Of federal grants, and south carolina, v dole. Did note that you can, withhold, funding, so long as it pertains, to the federal program pertains, uh to what you're trying to incentivize. Um so we believe here when you look at new york a 177. Percent increase in shootings. Um in seattle, where there was a lawless chop zone where two died in portland where you've seen 140. Officers, injured, this is a dereliction, of duty and if the states will not act in their police power and secure their streets, this president will use every lawful mechanism, available to him to try to, supplement, their failures, and in some cases that's meant, federal officers, in minneapolis. And kenosha, where we've been invited, this is yet another, attempt, to make sure, no more children. Like legend talifaro. Die on our streets. Congressionally. Appropriated, funds i i expect that you would expect there to be. Immediate, legal action taken leticia, james the attorney general for the state of new york.
Warned, Uh a few minutes ago that if you try to withhold any funds she will immediately, slap you with a lawsuit. Well she's free to do that we believe that what we will do will be lawful, within the bounds, of the law, and we encourage states to act and cities to act in the way that, kenosha, and minneapolis, did although, be it delayed. A little bit there they finally, stepped up and asked for federal support and they got it because too many americans are dying on our streets, too many businesses, being burned to the ground that's not the american, way. By a long shot, just to follow up on that the president, as we know tried to withhold, federal money, from sanctuary, cities. And he lost, as per the courts, so why isn't this also doomed to fail. I'm not going to get ahead of exactly, what the final product will look like again i just walked you through there's a 14-day, timeline. For the doj. And then, a 30-day, timeline. For, office of management, and budget but we believe um that we are on the right here, let me do a couple, if i can so in may the president said the u.s will be designated, antifa, as a terrorist organization, yes or no did the president do that, um what the doj, said is that they would be looking at antifa, related charges in the lens of domestic charities be clear they did not designate, antifa, to be clear they will be pursuing domestic, terrorism charges against antifa, individuals, anarchists, who are wreaking havoc across their country, and, who uh the suspect, at least in portland, killed an innocent. Man out in portland, uh just over the weekend right for sure and then in 20 but they didn't declare i'm a terrorist organization, as they said because he said they would be pursuing, domestic, terror charges, in 2017. Without a difference in 2017, he threatened to withhold federal funds from uc berkeley if they did not allow free speech has he done that. I have to i'll follow up with you on that i guess the question is the president makes a lot of threats. Knowing that he's not going to follow through or that they're not legal. So is this what he's trying to do here yet again no the president, will follow through his memo is exceedingly. Clear. We are pursuing, every. Avenue within the federal government, to take care of the american people when you have a, one-year-old, being killed, in new york when you have a little beautiful girl in atlanta named sequoia, turner who lost her life, yes this federal government will do everything, within our lawful power, and yes the president, is serious about this can i follow up with one last one if i can on walter reed the president november, said he went to walter reed to begin his physical. He said he was there. This week he said he was there to complete, his physical, in fact your predecessor. Said, the same back then that it was to begin it so which one, was it when the president went to walter reed the president did his physical, and two parts these are very extensive, when you're doing, a presidential, physical and he used uh the two visits to walter reed to complete the physical, and two stops again the media is engaging in conspiracy, theories about the president's health president, just to be clear caleb you said he did in two stops but he said he completed, it this week he said he was there to complete it you're saying that's not true so his statement yes next question. I'm not engaging in conspiracy, theories anymore. I'm just asking if he was correct. Please no go ahead. Um. Senator schumer came out with a statement today. Saying that too much of the evidence, points to the trump administration. Pressuring, the fda, to approve a vaccine, by election day to boost his re-election. Prospects. Can you assure the american people. That if a vaccine. Does come out before election day is approved before election day. That it is safe and effective. And can you address his assertions.
That You are pressuring, the fda, to come up with the vaccine. Before election day no one is pressuring the fda, to do anything, uh this is again a bizarre, theory spun up by cnn, among others let me, note that the fda. You had dr hanu said this i can assure you 100. Percent. That the president has never pressured me to make a decision regarding, any regulatory. Aspect of the fda's, work he said that. Just a few months ago it is, absolutely, the case you had secretary, azar saying this morning, about the vaccine, whether it's october, 15th or november, first or november, 15th, this is all about saving lives um you've had dr fauci, say. We in fact, briefed the president, today this was a few weeks ago about this in the oval office i was there for that briefing. And dr fauci said there is no political, pressure that i have seen at all to move quickly. This president, wants to break through regulatory. Barriers, to get a vaccine as safe, as to the american people as quickly as possible, because lives are at stake, but he will not in any way. Sacrifice. Safety. And making sure that this is 100. Airtight. Before, on the american people receive it so the priority here is saving lives. Safety, and there will be a safe and effective, vaccine, in the works and again i think, the cnn, spinning up this conspiracy. Theory it always based upon, the cdc. Career. Brought this up yes and cnn, was peddling a theory. On this as well, basically, you had career officials, at the cdc. Who made a decision, who spoke with states about distributing. Vaccines. Were preparing, in advance. To have a safe and effective vaccine, distributed. Because unlike the obama administration, during swine flu, they had real problems, in that regard. The obama administration. Promised, 100 million doses, by october. They then reduced that number to 40 million, for the swine flu by mid-october. When the demand, for vaccine, was at its highest. Supply, fell dramatically, short with as few as 11 million doses on hand, you even had their cdc, director saying we are nowhere near where we thought we'd be by now, we are not near where vaccine, manufacturers. Predicted we would be we share the frustration, of the people who have waited. Online, or called a number or checked a website and haven't been able to find a place to get vaccinated, unlike the obama biden administration. We make plans in advance it's why we have contracts, for 100, millions. Of vaccine. Production. In advance, and it's why cdc. Career, officials, have worked with all 50 states, to make sure that we can distribute, this vaccine we do our homework in advance, unlike, obama by. Just another one. So uh vice president. Joe, former vice president joe biden, said uh.
On Alexey, navini's. Poisoning. That the mode of attack leaves no doubt. As to where the responsibility. Lies. The russian state. Does the president agree with that assessment. And, has he. Made. His. Voice known to. The russian government, on this issue, so we're deeply troubled, by the results released, yesterday. Alexi. Navalny's. Poisoning, is completely, reprehensible. Russia has used chemical, nerve agents. In the past and we're working with their allies, and the international, community. To hold those in russia accountable, wherever the evidence, leads and restrict, funds for their malign, activities. The russian people have a right to express their views peacefully, without fear of retribution, of any kind, and certainly, not with chemical agents and no one has been tougher, on the russian government than this president. Thanks caitlin. On tick tock. The president said that that ban is going to take effect on september, 15th if the deal is not agreed to, what will that look like is google and apple going to have to delete that app from their app stores are people going to have to, delete it off their phones, tell us what will happen on september 15th if there's no deal, i'm not going to get a hand ahead of announcing, on those plans on sept. September, 15th i know you had some questions on the timing of everything and i i told the commerce, department, to be expecting your call because they can walk you through, you were had questions about the 45. Day time frame so i did get some clarity for you on that if you follow up with me we can get you in touch with the commerce department, okay. Yeah kaylee i just wanted to ask you about the investigation, there's a couple of uh contracts, that were awarded that peter navarro, was involved with. One. There's some investigation, going on in terms of the kodak. The money that went to kodak. To allow them to, develop pharmaceuticals. There are other contracts, now for ventilators, that have received, scrutiny. Um can you give us an update on on how concerned, you are that maybe, some of these business deals are going through too quickly, you're not getting enough scrutiny, is there any particular. Finding that you can offer at this point, on that. We've made, many contracts. Um using the dpa, 78, times 30 times with regard to testing. We're, very proud of what we've done of course, if there are new allegations, with a given company we certainly look at those and look at them closely. As we did with the kodak. Situation. But we're very proud of what we've done we were met with an unprecedented. Challenge, a novel coronavirus. That came to our shores from china. And we are very proud that our contracts, have enabled us to have. A very, large and growing stockpile. In fact. We've rapidly, increased the amount of n95s. On hand to more than 60 million we're on track to have 10 times more than pre-pandemic. Levels by the fall. Significantly. Surged the number of gowns on hand to more than 27, million, and we have, tremendous level of ventilators, on hand, at 109. 000 and we will have tens of thousands more by the fall so the contracts we've made have enabled, enabled these numbers. Among others i'm not even getting into therapeutics, like from death severe. But of course if there's ever, allegation, we take it seriously, and look at it as we did with kodak confirm how many, how many allegations. Of wrongdoing. Uh that you're, looking at that i'm aware of, the one or two that you named out of the many many contracts, that we've had yes. Thanks kaley, the herd immunity, strategy for the pandemic, has been called dangerous, by some experts and i'm wondering if president trump has formed an opinion on this concept. And if he thinks that that is an achievable, goal. Yeah the herd immunity. So-called, theory. Was something made up in the fanciful. Minds of the media, that was never something. That was ever considered, here. At the white house here at the white house what we've done is, race to get a safe and effective, vaccine, in record time but, if we get it by the end of the year, it will far outpace, ebola, which took 14 months to get to phase three clinical, trial three years to get to completion, this will be the fastest.
Vaccine, Ever for a novel pathogen. I'm here at the white house we talk about therapeutics. And are very proud that we've, identified. We have more than 270, clinical trials, 570. In the planning stages. And successful, therapeutics, that we know of like dexamethasone. And rem de severe, that's what we do here at the white house um the herd immunity theory again, uh was something made up in the mind of the media, on the supreme court the president, said that he would come out with a list of candidates, by september, 1st when can we expect to see that list you will see it soon um certainly within the next few weeks, but it will be after the labor day weekend. Thank you back on the cities. How would. The president's, plan to reduce, funding, to cities. Actually helped protect, citizens. That you said was the goal of the president, now that is the goal and um what the intent, is is to incentivize. Cities, um to follow, in the way, of kenosha. And minneapolis. Who, when they were in the midst of a situation, that they couldn't handle just at the local level they requested, federal assistance. And it worked within 24, hours you saw a much different scene in kenosha, within 24, hours, a much different scene, in minneapolis. So we want states. To work with us and. Those two models are examples, of democrats, um who have done so, on the contrary, you see a much different situation. In new york and portland, and dc, and seattle. And some of the factors as noted in the memo that will go into the lawlessness, assertion. Are whether they forbid. Police from intervening. Whether they've withdrawn, law enforcement, protection from certain areas like we saw, where a police precinct, was abandoned, in the lawless. Chop zone in seattle. Those are the types of changes, in behavior we want to see from cities because protecting, the citizenry. Should be their. Paramount, concern, thanks bailey the government runs out of funding by the end of the month is the white house confident, it can avoid another shutdown, and um, is the president, open to including, some of this coveted stimulus, as part of a cr. I haven't talked to him about, um that but we do believe that we'll be able to get funding to avoid a shutdown, are negotiations, underway now like if you guys started talking to congress about this yet, i have to talk with the chief i haven't talked to him specifically, about that but we it has been discussed internally, i know at least that yes thanks haley, can you give us a sense um on the memo issue last night can you give us more of a sense of the funding that would be under review, and also why does the white house believe that this is the right time to, be considering, restricting, funding to the first dates we're in the middle of a pandemic, and, there's some are dealing with violence, yeah again so first to the first part of your question it's undergoing, a review, part of that, step one of this memo is for federal agencies to detail, the funds being provided, so, i can't give you a readout of exactly. Which funds are being looked at until that review. Is conducted. But why now why now because, in new york city you've seen a 177. Percent increase in shootings in july. Meanwhile you have, the feckless, government, of mayor de blasio, and governor cuomo. Pulling one billion dollars with a b from nypd. At the same time we learned. That in a 28. Day period arrest, were down in new york city, by 62. Percent, um the looting of 450. Businesses. That have been damaged, in seattle, a lawless, chop zone, where two died, now is the right time when you see numbers like this because lives are at stake and oftentimes, the lives of innocent little babies who should be here today, if democrat, mayors got their act together didn't cut funding from police, i did start arresting people and enforce the laws. Yeah, thanks kaylee uh the president and joe biden are both going to be in shanksteal. Yay, next friday commemorate, 9 11., have you spoken to him about, appearing, with the former vice president, like he did, with secretary, clinton back in 2016. Up in new york, i have no details, on for that upcoming event but we are intending, to be in shanksville, as well, okay and then just one more follow-up, on the cities. Um again i know it's it's, under review. Has the president directed, director, vaught, to make sure that future coronavirus. Aid, is exempt, from this this memorandum. Um i don't see in what universe, that would be connected, uh to the issue at hand which is ensuring lawfulness. Or anything like that but again i don't want to get into the specific, funding, um ahead of the review, process. That is ongoing. Yes. Are we all set okay, there we go yep thank you facebook, said earlier, today that he would be removing, the post where the president was talking, yesterday, with a local reporter.
About Voting. Twice, if it's not corrected, and if it doesn't indicate. That the president, was, wrong in those assertions. What what do you have to say about, facebook's, move on this, post. Um you said facebook designated, a post i missed the very first part right they said that they would remove the post, from, those profiles. Who, post it and do not say. That, the, what the assertions, of the presidents, are wrong, yeah i haven't seen the particular, post you're referring to but the president, is crystal, clear here. That he only again to read that part of his quote if your vote isn't tabulated. Then you'll be able to vote in person this is about verifying, that every vote, is counted, because we know voters are disenfranchised. Just in the 2020. Presidential, primary for instance there were 100. 000 ballots, rejected. In california. Mail-in ballots, in new york, one in five think about that, one in five mail-in ballots were rejected, a total of 84. 000 ballots rejected, in new york city. Alone. And we know the thin margins, by which elections. Are decided, and we also know. That as research, has shown, young black and hispanic, voters. Um, are more likely to have their mail-in ballots, rejected, that's according to a washington, post article so the president wants. Enfranchisement. Not disenfranchisement. That's his goal um with the comments that he made yesterday. If i may ask another one on immigration, please, okay um the president had said that he will be issuing another order in september, do you have any more, information, on that when he may be issuing that immigration, order yeah no updates, on a forthcoming, immigration, year. Thank you, uh if, you mentioned role model cities like kenosha. Um if say mayor de blasio, and mayor, bowser, for instance. If they were to, this week take, specific. Actions. And, uh and get some of the law order back under control. Would this memo continue to go forward or would you continue, to. Propagate, the plans, listed in this memo, we'd have to see a radical, change in behavior, from, the mayor of dc, who allowed a church to burn. From the mayor of portland. Who stood with the protesters, only to be chased out of his own home. The windows, shattered, of his building by the very protesters, he deemed peaceful who were actually anarchist. Who took the life of a 39, year old man, this past weekend. But look when the local government doesn't act we use every. Avenue, available to us at the federal level, i mean that, pertains to this memo as one example, another example, is operation, legend. Which we're very proud of and have some new numbers for you on that. Since the operations. Launched more than 2 000 arrests. Including, 147. Homicides, have been made, more than 544. Firearms, have been seized. And more than those are illegal. Weapons, and more than seven kilos of fentanyl, 14 kilos of heroin, 12 kilos of cocaine. And 50 kilos, of, methamphetamine. Have been seized, and of the individuals, arrested, 476. Have been charged, with federal offenses, and there's a detailed readout from doj. Of each offense, and the great work that our federal. Law enforcement, officials, have done. So thank you to our police, thank you to our federal law enforcement. Uh you keep us safe, when democrat. Mayors. And derelict, governors, do not, thank. You. Knowingly, voting twice is a crime why is he telling people to vote. Twice.