Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing at White House | 7/16/20
Seven deregulatory. Actions, have been taken for every one new regulation. This amounted, to 50, billion, dollars, in regulatory. Cost savings. And it is important to note that this deregulate. Deregulation. Agenda, lowers the cost, for every american. The cost of these burdensome, regulations. Fall, disproportionately. And benefit disproportionately. Lower, income americans. So this president. Took action. To roll back the burdensome, regulations, that harm low-income, communities. And make sure that these lower-income. Americans, are taken care of. For example, the president's, deregulatory. Agenda, will boost household, in income by, 3, 100. Annually. Thanks to president trump's rolling back of the obama, biden era cafe, standards, family. Families will have access to cheaper cars. The president's health care deregulation. Will also save patients nearly 10 percent, on prescription, drug costs. These real wins for the american people. Will disappear, with a, re-regulation. Agenda. Which is why president trump will continue to pursue, his historic, deregulation. Activity. On another note, we saw encouraging, news yesterday, on vaccines. Moderna's, vaccine, candidate, is showing promising, signs. It produced a positive, neutral, immune, response, among the 45, participants, in the study. This is comparable, to what we see in recovered, patients. And the bottom line is that so far we are seeing exactly, what you would hope to see, in a vaccine. I they're expected, the moderna. Vaccine in particular, is expected to reach phase three, by late july with 30 000 participants. And finally, on the therapeutics. Front i just want to note, a very encouraging, regeneron. Contract. A 450. Million dollar contract, for monoclonal. Antibody, cocktail. This is a bioengineered. Version of convalescent. Plasma. It one of the several therapeutics, available, to treat kovid. Can be used for prophylaxis. And treatment, and they say they could have up to 70, to 300. 000. Dose. Vials of this by the end of the summer, or early fall. So operation, warp speed continues, we continue to see encouraging, news on the therapeutics, front and with that i will take your questions. Thank you kaylee. Maryland governor larry hogan, said today that president, trump has left states to fend for themselves, during this pandemic, he accused the president. Of not listening to medical experts that is quite a takedown, coming from a republican, governor. Yeah it's really striking, um his comments especially when you compare, them to his past comments, this is revisionist, history, by governor hogan and it stands in stark contrast. Uh to what he said on march 19th. Where he praised the great communication. That the president has had with governors. On march 19th, he also said thank you there's been tremendous, cooperation. And what is so striking, to me about reading that op-ed, is governor hogan begins with this dramatic, april 18th, scene where south korea.
Delivered, Tests. But just the day prior, he said something entirely. Different he in fact thanked the president for the progress, we've seen, in federal and state coordination, in recent weeks and went on to praise. Testing, capabilities. He said with regard to some of the top needs of states including, ventilators. And testing capabilities, so 24 hours before. This dramatic opening scene of his op-ed, he literally was praising, the president of the united states for delivering on testing. And how do you explain that president trump is trailing his opponent, by double digits both nationally. And in battleground, states with majorities. Disapproving, of his handling of race relations, and the coronavirus, response, so that would be a question for the campaign, when it comes to, uh, campaign, polling but what i would say is we believe this president has great approval, in this country, his historic. Coveted response, speaks for itself with delivering on ventilators. And testing, leading the world. And the amount of testing we've provided, therapeutics. The 13 vaccine, candidates, the moderna. Example that i pointed out to you this president's response has been historic. And we believe his support, in this country. Reflects, that but with pertaining to battleground, polling or campaign related polling i'd refer you there. Yes, haley we've seen the president hold a range of public events this week but none of those events have been focused, on the coronavirus. Why not. The president's routinely, focused on the coronavirus, i think he'll be hearing more. About what we're doing in the coming week he's hard at work we talk about covid, every day from this podium. Uh the task force is hard at work and i'm glad you asked about covet in particular because i just want to. Read through some of the. Things that we are doing. Which i think is, most most important than what we're saying is what we're doing. And the white house has engaged in travel dr berks i'm to louisiana, mississippi, alabama, georgia and south carolina, i spoke with dr burks this morning she's in georgia today. Heading to south carolina, tomorrow. Hhs. Has deployed, 19, teams across the country, we identify. Not, where we see embers, but pre that we identify, where we might see an emergence, and we send teams, there to address it in advance, so we're proactive. The. Dr burks routinely, sends real-time, data to governors, she gives them governor's. Reports, on rem de sevier we've surged it to texas, florida, california. Arizona. Uh 65. 000 vials went to these four states and we're also. Surging testing sites so we're doing stuff each and every day haley surely you would agree this is the biggest, challenge, facing the public right now why aren't we seeing it as the president's, biggest public, priority. The president's focusing on a lot look the president just yesterday. Uh held a, a big, press conference, if you will or an avail in the opel oval office about ms-13. Um covet is something that we're focused on it is a top priority of this administration, it's why the task force meets it's why, i mentioned you are taking all those steps, but there are other things the president has to focus on namely, democrat, cities not controlling, their streets namely. The mayor of chicago. People dying, in her, in the streets of her city every weekend and the president sent her a letter saying you must secure your city, uh the president's, involved in operation, legend in honor of legend, talifaro, a young man who lost his life, sending federal, assistance, to st louis and a, a city that has asked for our help, and he's shown up the president's focus on ms-13. Who, um tragically. Maimed and killed those two young little girls. And he's held their killer accountable, the leader, of that ring so the president's focused on covet it's a top priority he's focused on the violence in the streets he's doing a lot of things at once, and that's the great thing about the trump administration.
When's The last time he attended, a task force briefing, the president is briefed on coronavirus, each and every day yes darlene, thank you, does the white house agree that it's not helpful, for people to wait seven days or longer, to get the results of their coronavirus. Tests and, is the white house going to do anything. To try to shorten those wait times so that people can get their results, sooner. So we've done more than any country, in the world on testing, there's no doubt about that 42. Million tests, the country with the next highest number is india at 12 million, there are various different types of tests in this country some take longer to process than others but we have surged testing to the states, and we encourage them to use it, to their best ability and to process those tests as quickly as possible. Yes. To follow up on that it's not just about the quantity, of testing, it's about the quality, of testing, so. Is the administration. Doing anything, specifically. To make all the tests out there return. Quicker, results, because. You know a lot of health experts, are worried that when people have to wait. Seven days or longer. They're they're out here spreading, the disease, unknowingly. So as i noted there are several different types of tests there's the abbot rapid response, test there are other tests that take longer. Dr burks and admiral zhua, are constantly, out there advising. On testing and how to process these tests, ultimately. We can give the states the supplies, but they've got to use them in the best, way possible, to get results as quickly as possible but rest assured our team's fully engaged from admiral joha. To dr berks and others, and admiral zwa shared with me, we have 552. Sites testing in america, in 48, states and the district of columbia. 65, percent of these sites are located, in counties, with moderate, to high social, vulnerability. And 201. Additional, sites will be going live this week and that's on top of the 1300. Federally, qualified. Health centers, that are out there testing as well and the commercial testing, sites. In an interview with cbs, news president, trump said. More white people, are killed as an answer, to why black people. Are still being killed by police officers, but, by population. Percentages. Black people, are about three times, more likely. Than, white people. To die in a police, encounter. If the president. Won't even acknowledge, that how can he fix the problem, the president, has routinely. Acknowledged, and expressed, the absolute. Atrocity. Of the case of george floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still, um he was noting, a a fact. That, there were, when you look at unarmed, killings, with police interactions, in this country.
That You had nine unarmed, black, individuals, who are fatally shot and 19, unarmed. White individuals, that's down from 38. And 32, respectively, in 2015.. So the numbers have actually come down, since the obama administration. Who is making that point but one, point he wants to strongly, make is this. That black men and women who die of homicide. They are likely to die of homicide, at eight times, greater. Than that of white individuals, and hispanics. Combined. That that's the rate combined, so that's an extraordinary. Thing that we want to look at i've listed for you the names of these kids who have died across this country, it is unacceptable. And under this president, he'll take action and the derelict, mayor of chicago. Should step up and ask for federal help because she's doing a very poor job at securing, her streets. Who are dying at the hands of police officers. Is the president considering. Uh travel. Bans, for members of the communist, party. To enter the u.s. And, is he concerned, about escalation. Of tensions, with. China. So i have um no announcements, on that front but um rest assured we keep every option on the table with regard to china because he ruled out any. Options at all he's not ruled out any options with regard to china. Yes. Yes. Thanks kaylee, does the, white house have a reaction, to the, hacking, of twitter last night. And, do you have any broader concerns, or does the president have any broader concerns. About using, that platform, to issue. Not only his own opinions, but official. Policy pronouncements. Given its apparent. Vulnerability. To hacking. Yeah so i, spoke with dan scavino, before coming out here my team did um and dan has been and his team in digital been in constant, contact, with twitter, over the last 18, hours to keep twitter, uh secure, the president's twitter feed um the president will remain on twitter but his account was secure, and not jeopardized. During these attacks, okay and just one follow-up luigi's, question i guess i didn't follow the data that you were just referring, to, are you saying that the president did have data to back up his claim. That more white people are killed by police officers, than black people, yeah i've already read out that data to you i don't think we swallowed, it, i've already read out that data to you and you can go fact check on the washington, post. Two quick questions, first congressman. Steve watkins, of kansas, has been charged. With three felonies, in a voter fraud case. Uh obviously the president, campaigned, with him in 2018. And, he's repeatedly. Expressed concern with voter fraud so, does he have a reaction to that. Um i've that's the first i'm hearing of that i haven't spoken to the president of it um he does have very real concerns, about voter fraud. Um and he's mentioned several of those. And there's, yet more information. That there is rampant voter fraud when you have mass mail in voting, in 2016. As the president has noted about one percent. Of absentee, ballots nationwide, were thrown out and it could be much higher this year as many people vote, by mail for the first time that's one of the flaws with mass mail in voting, um but beyond that, we've seen a number of reports, out of new jersey. Have found a u.s postal service vehicle that may have been carrying mail-in, ballots that were that was caught on fire this truck. This was recent, also, uh in the new jersey star ledger on june 22nd, this was very striking, 500, to 700, republicans. Received, ballots with all democrat, candidates, they were erroneous, mail-in ballots that had been voided, and then re-issued. And the slate of candidates, on these ballots, was all democrat, from joe biden, down to dog catcher and these were supposed to be republican, ballots those are three, recent examples, and there are many more.
Second Question clearly. When the president, made, the initial decision to move the republican, national convention. From charlotte, to florida he said that it was because. The north carolina, governor. Was in a shutdown. Mood. And that he was playing politics. Because he didn't want to pack. An indoor stadium, to full capacity. He also said that the cost to north carolinians. Would be and i'm quoting the president, now. All of the jobs, and the economic, development, the con the convention, would bring. So all of that money, all of that time. All of that cost, to. Jobs and economic, development, to north carolinians. For the same result, right because they're training at the. Convention, in florida. What does the president, have to say to the north carolinians. The president loves the people of north carolina, they're well aware of that, uh the president wanted to be able to hold his convention, which is why it was moved to jacksonville, and for anything further i'd refer you to the rnc. Yes thank you kaylee. The president, has talked about, an executive, order on immigration. Coming, soon, he's also talked about protections. For, daca recipients. It's been unclear, though. Whether. Those protections. The path to citizenship. That the president, talked about, will be included. In the executive, order so hoping you could clarify. Will the path to citizenship. Protections, for trump to be part of the executive. Order, so what i would say is this as the president announced he's working on an executive, order to establish a merit-based. Immigration, system that will be the intent of the executive, order. But the president has long said that he would look for a legislative. Solution, on daca and he would work with congress. To pursue that legislative. Solution. And one that could include citizen, citizenship. Along with other strong, border security. And permanent merit-based. Reforms, so that is something he would work, with congress, on, yeah and the executive, order would pertain to the merit-based, portion of that, second question, on, the, schools, uh, the president the vice president talked about some of the, new guidelines, or new pages of documents, for cdc, coming out this week. Is that still the plan are those going to come out this week, is there any chance that uh this is being rethought, at this time, so those are cdc, guidelines you're referencing so i'll leave it i'll leave it to cdc as to when those guidelines, come out. But we really would like to see schools, open, as has been clear we don't think our children should be locked up at home with devastating, consequences. When it's perfectly. Safe for them to go to school as emphasized, by many medical experts so the president is very keen, on seeing schools, reopen, it's the only thing that's fair to america's, children. Yes, thanks kaylee. Two quick questions, for you, on wednesday, the cdc, director, said quote, if all of us would put on a face covering now for the next four weeks six weeks i think we could drive this epidemic, into the ground. Admiral johar, gerard, has made similar comments. The cdc, director called it our quote major defense. I'm wondering if the president would consider at any point a nationwide, mass command aid, well the president, has said that he would wear a mask if he was in a place where he couldn't be appropriately, social distanced, he did wear a mask this weekend. When he visited the hospital, so he has, shown that you know he'll wear a mask and not only that, uh that he would wear one if he wasn't socially distant as evidenced by his own actions. We leave it to localities, to make the decisions, with regard to face coverings and the cdc, guidelines, remain the same today, recommended, but not required.
Quick Second question for you, um you were saying earlier the president, is very concerned, about local officials. Who are not taking actions, about you know deaths in their cities, you also said he was appalled by what happened to george floyd. Um in march a 26, year old black woman named brianna taylor was killed while sleeping in her home. The three officers, involved in that case in kentucky, have not been arrested, or fired. Is the president, monitoring that case at all and does he want to see justice for briana taylor, i won't weigh into that other than to say i'd refer you to the doj. Who takes federal action where necessary. Um where the facts merit but our hearts grieve. For, uh briana, taylor's family. Thank you, another question on china. President trump, is, the only us president, to have stood, strong, against china. Which is of great comfort to countries like india and his other. Allies in the asian nation neighborhood. Does he has a message, to china, on this. And has he spoken to china other countries. How to collaborate, against china, thank you lolita i did see your question, um earlier, and i brought it to the president and he said, i love the people of india, and i love the people of china, and i want to do everything, possible, to keep the peace for the people. Thank you, yes uh two, a question that flows from two events, that we saw recently. That we wouldn't have seen at previous, white houses. The first was the, campaign, meeting in the cabinet room last month. And then the political, speech in the rose garden. This week can you talk about. Your understanding, of what, the white house policy, is, for this white house as far as. Politics, is there any place in the white house where you think politics, is inappropriate. Where do you where do you draw the line we act in accordance, with the hatch act it's well established, that the president and vice president, are not subject to the hatch act it says this much in the hatch act. It says that the hatch act applies to executive branch employees, which is defined. Uh in the hatch act as employee, meaning any individual, other than the president, and the vice president, so. Appropriate. The hatch act has nothing to do with this though. What. It had it has everything to do with this go read the hot shack that's what you're alleging. That is problematic, for the president. Was the fact that the president gave a a very, good, powerful, speech from the rose garden. Well, you talked about earlier, with school districts but we're seeing more school districts. At least in virginia for example last night deciding, to go online, only, what does the president say to parents, out there. Who are not going okay what do i do with my kids. Now the president, has said, unmistakably. That he wants schools to open and i was just in the oval talking to him about that and when he says open he means open and full, kids being able to attend, each and every day at their school. The science should not stand. In the way of this. And as dr scott atlas said i thought this was a good quote of course we can do it everyone else in the western, world our peer nations are doing it we are the outlier, here, the science, is very clear on this, uh that. You know for instance you look at the jama pediatric, study of 46, pediatric, hospitals in north america, that said the risk of critical, illness from covid. Is far less for children than that of seasonal flu the science is on our side here, and we encourage, for localities. And states, to just simply follow the science, open our schools, it's very damaging to our children, there's a lack of reporting of abuse.
There's Mental. Uh depressions, that are not addressed suicidal, ideations, that are not addressed when students are not in school, our schools are extremely, important they're essential, and they must, reopen. Yes, thanks kaylee, the u.s canada and the uk today accused russia, trying to hack her own virus research. Vaccine, research, i was wondering if the president has a response to russia for that. Yes so the one thing i would say about that, and it was, made it was announced, earlier, today. Is that we worked very closely, with our allies. To ensure. That we would take measures, to keep that information, safe and we continue, to do so more aware of those activities. Yes. Thanks. On the cdc. On the movement, of data going straight from cdc, to, hhs. Now, um. Understanding, that hhs. Needs, access, to real-time, data. Was there also, any concern whatsoever. Undergirding, this decision. Regarding, cdc's. Uh, possible, manipulation, of data there was some reports, coming out of florida. Certain states were coming out and saying mid-level. Cdc. Reports. Were not necessarily. Accurate, and so was that, did that have any effect in this decision, to, send data straight to hhs. No the intent, for, uh this, decision, and i talked extensively. Today with dr burke's uh with secretary, azar. And with dr redfield, about this, the intent of this is we need to make sure that there is, daily, data that is being given to dr, burks and others who are running point. On a lot of our actions with brem desevier, and identifying, hot spots. And i would point out and i just want to explain this because i think there's been some confusion, in the press. That there are two methods, of data collection. The one is the national, healthcare, safety, network, and this is a cdc. System. And this is where hospitals, voluntarily. Report their data and about 81. Of hospitals. Were reporting their data so we don't need 81. Of hospitals, reporting data, we need 100. Of hospitals, reporting, data because it is critical, that dr burks and others, receive. The daily admissions. Icu. Use and ppe. Numbers, and, when you're only getting 81 percent of hospital, data that means, you've got 19, of hospitals, that were unaware of their needs so what, happened, is we also have a second method, of using of tracking this data and it's the teletracker. Database, and this is an hhs, system. And this was initially used for purposes, of provider, relief funding. And we asked hospitals, to tell us about their coveted, missions so that we could identify, possible, hot spots and as it turns out, this data. Ended up being more complete. More up to date with information. And so. Ensuring that hospitals, are reporting into this system where we're getting more complete data. Was the reason that hhs. Um has had this transition. Where they've asked hospitals, to transition, reporting to the teletractor. Teletracker. System, um it's important especially with remdevier. Distribution. That we know exactly where the needs are so we can surge them so uh this will still have access to this data. Yes that's right so i i did confirm that with dr redfield that this is completely, open source data available to the cdc. Uh secretary, azar says we insist that they use it, um and no one and dr redfield, confirmed this, no one is taking access, or data away from the cdc. And that data is routinely. Published so that the american people are fully informed. Yes. Um. So i wanted to follow on that briefly. There's been some complaints, particularly, among. Um independent. Modelers, who are using, the, cdc, data that was updated daily, to. Sort of, put out their public models some of which the white house has relied on that now those dashboards, have been. Taken down so i'm wondering, if. The administration, would. Sort of commit, to. Making, the broader database. A bit more available, to the public, the cdc, database. Is the public data that's been out there, uh it'll continue, to be public, it should be public. Um and this is all about getting, more data, out there, uh not less data and ensuring. In particular, that our doctors, get that, daily data. And, one thing that i'd also, like to point out for everyone, um is just with regard to testing, we've done more than 42, million tests as i noted, the second highest number, is 12 million, from india.
Uh We're leading the world in testing. It's a very stark contrast, and the president mentioned this yesterday, so i just wanted to. Put some. Some additional information, out there is actually cbs, reporting, that in 2009. Under obama, biden. Quotes and this is cbs, reporting, cdc, abruptly, advised states to stop testing, for h1n1. Flu, and stop counting individual, cases so while this president's surge testing under the obama administration. They stopped testing, entirely. And ron claine, vice president, biden's former chief of staff said this it is purely, a fortuity. That h1n1. Isn't one of the great, mass casualty, events in american history had nothing to do with us doing anything, right, this is former vp biden's chief of staff it just had to do with luck. Contrary, to that this president. Led the world in testing, led the world in ventilators, redistributing. Ventilators. Four therapeutics. 13, vaccine, candidates, one going into phase three clinical trial, this response has been extraordinary. And historic. Weed and pause testing, the obama biden administration, did and that was a shameful decision, thank. You. You.