Trump holds news conference at White House
You very much. Today. My administration reached. A historic agreement, with, Pfizer to, produce. And deliver 100, million doses of their vaccine, immediately, following its approval. Hopefully. The approval, process will, go very quickly and, we think we have a winner. There we also think we have other companies, right behind that are doing. Very well in the vaccines, long. Ahead of schedule, as. Part of Operation, warp speed this agreement, will also ensure, that we receive an additional five hundred million, doses. Shortly. Thereafter, this. Is another crucial step in our effort to develop manufacture. And distribute a vaccine in, record-breaking. Time really. A very small fraction of the time. Based. On previous. Schedules. I want. To thank the FDA I want to thank everybody involved, it's been an incredible, process, as. Discussed, yesterday, the, China virus, poses the greatest threat, to our. Senior citizens as we all know the. Median age for those who die from the. Virus is, 78, years old and nearly. Half of the deaths have occurred among, those. Living in nursing homes or. Long-term care, facilities. That's really something, in. Other words approximately. Half, of the fatalities, have occurred, among. Less than 1%. Of the US population so. Think of that less than 1% half. Of the fatalities. So. We know what to look for, from. The beginning we have made it our top priority, to shelter, our seniors, in. Early, March we announced guidelines, suspending. All medically. Unnecessary visits. To nursing homes and, prioritized. Resources. For those, facilities, and we. Gave it a very strong priority. FEMA. Has sent shipments, to, many. Different locations of, protective, equipment and it's, going directly, to. 15,400. Medicaid, and Medicare certified nursing, homes, throughout. The country, today. I'd like to provide an update on the additional, actions we've been. Able to take, and, they've. Been very constructive, first, we're requiring increased testing, of the nursing home personnel in states where. You had the worst outbreak, so all personnel, will be tested, at the highest level, we're. Distributing, 15,000. Rapid point-of-care, diagnostic. Devices to support this. Effort these are the. Tests. Where it takes five minutes - 15 minutes are very accurate they're very good and. We're sending them all over the country and, over. 600 devices. Will be also shipped, this. Week - additional, facilities. Ii. HHS. Will be distributing, an additional, five billion dollars, from the provider, Relief Fund to. All nursing, homes nursing, homes and higher risk areas, we'll be receiving more. Funding, this. Money can be used to, address critical, needs including, the hiring of additional staff increasing. Testing, and providing, technology. Support. So residents, can connect. Their families, and they, can connect to their families, they are having a tremendous. Time, they want to be with their loved ones they can't do it so what we're doing is we're working. It so that we can connect, have them connect, with their families if they're, not able to visit third. We've been identifying, especially, high-risk, nursing, homes and sharing that information with, the governor's. So. That the governor's and their staffs can take appropriate action. We're. Able to find because of the testing, programs, and other means were able to find certain areas that are very high-risk the governor's can then take action, additionally. CMS. CDC. And the US Public, Health Service are, providing. Enhanced, technical. Assistance, and support, including. Visits to the highest risk, nursing. Homes and that's. Their priority right now nursing, homes but the highest risk. Nursing. Homes, CMS. And CDC are, implementing. A national training, program focused, on infection, control for, those nursing, homes that, need it most and, we. Have them surveyed, and we have them mostly pinpointed. Over. The past few months we've created a surveillance system to detect outbreaks. Currently, 99%. Of all nursing, homes are reporting. Directly to it so we have great. Data, when. A nursing, home has three or more cases we. Alert this state and make sure that it responds, very quickly we, check on it make sure they respond very quickly I want, to send a message of support and hope to every senior citizen who, has been dealing with the struggle, of isolation. And what, should be the golden, years of your life, we. Will get to the other end of that tunnel very quickly we hope the, light is starting. To shine we will get there very quickly but. We send our love we send a message of love very. Important, we're with you all the way as, far. As the outbreak in the Sunbelt, I said. Yesterday, we, continue, to vigorously, combat. The rise of cases, in the, south. And southwest and, the West we're. Closely monitoring, and aggressively, acting, to control, the infection in Texas, Arizona, California Florida, Arizona is starting to come down done.
A Very good job they're all doing a good job they're very talented people. There. Are likely, a number, of causes, for the spike and infections. Cases. Started to rise among young Americans shortly. After demonstrations. Which you know very well about which. Presumably triggered. A broader relaxation. Of mitigation. Efforts, nationwide and of substantial. Increase in travel, also. Was a cause. Increased. Gathering, on holidays, such as Memorial. Day as well as young people closely. Congregating. At bars and. Probably. Other places. Maybe. Beaches. Four. Or five different listed. Places, we have 12 that are listed on the guide, likely. Also contributed. Were also. Sharing. A 2,000, mile border with, Mexico. As we know very well in cases of surging, in Mexico, unfortunately. With, the President and it's, a big problem for Mexico, but cases are surging very sharply, and all, across, the rest. Of the Western Hemisphere. 257. Miles of newly, constructed wall, along the southern border. Had, a great positive impact. On. People. Coming in and, we. Have record. Low numbers, of people coming in illegally that's helped greatly it. Was really meant for a different purpose but it worked, out very well for what we're doing right now and for the pandemic. Nationwide. Beyond, the outbreak in several states cases, remain low and very. Stable, 19. States a positive, test rates of less than 5% eight, states are positive test rates of less, than 2% our, nationwide. Positive. Test rate is beginning, to decline and is currently at eight point eight percent compared. To over 16, percent at, its, peak in April it's, coming down it's coming down fairly rapidly, today we. Surpassed, first, time we surpassed, 50, million, tests that's far more than, any, country in the world India, is. Second, we, believe we, think, one. Point four billion. People that's, about 12 million. Tests we have 50, million, tests. We're. Working with every state, to. Ensure, the supply, of remedy. Severe for, early case intervention. And steroid. Treatment, and various other treatments, for those that are seriously ill we're working very closely with. Hospitals. Doctors nursing. Homes everybody, the. Remedy, severe has proven to be terrific. Our. Case fatality, rate continues. To decline and we want to push this rate, even lower the therapeutic, research continues, daily or, new, and very, promising treatments, including. Antibody, treatments, and the. Use of blood thinners and steroids. A lot, of different things are happening and, a lot of things are coming out that we.
Wouldn't Have known number. Of months ago we're. Doing tremendously. Well on, therapeutic. Research and tremendously, well on the vaccines, and frankly. Therapeutically. Or maybe. A word, even beyond, that word as cuher would. Be the best of all and we'll see what happens but that would, be great if we could go into the hospital and just cure, people, and we're. At, a position we're actually able to to. A certain extent with what we have right now and we, think that a very short period of time we'll be able to do that our, strategy, is to shelter the highest risk Americans, while, allowing younger, and healthier citizens. To return to work or school while being careful and very, vigilant, wear. A mask. Socially, distance, and repeatedly, wash your hands. Practice. Very very, good, sanitary. Means. You have to do this you have to just you have to look at it differently wash your hands often I'm, finding more and more people are saying wash your hands so wash. Your hands we, want young Americans, to avoid pact, bars and, other, crowded, into our gatherings, and we're all in this together and as. Americans, were, going. To get, this complete. We're going to do it properly we've, been doing it properly sections. Of the country come up that we didn't anticipate for, instance Florida, Texas etc. But. We're working, with very talented people, very brilliant people and it's. All going, to work out and it is working out so, with that I'll take a few questions please, yeah. To the surge, of federal agents, to various, cities the mayor of Chicago, just said moments ago that you're doing this to divert attention from, your failures, on around a virus you are only targeting city hasn't had that failure you are only targeting cities to run by Democrats is, this just a political stunt, yeah, the city's unfortunately. That are in trouble a role run by Democrats you. Have radical. Left Democrats, running cities, like Chicago, and so many others that we just had a news conference and. Unfortunately. That's the way it is I mean that's, the facts. When. You look at Chicago and you look at the job. Mayor. Lightfoot. Sent. Me a letter yesterday, and I think in their own way they want us to go and there'll be a time when they're going to want us to go and fall bless but right now we're sending extra people to help we're, arresting a lot of people that have been very, bad as, far as the coronavirus.
As You say I think, we've done some. Amazing things and, I think you'll probably see, that if you compare our statistics. To other countries, and if. You look at death, rates etc you're going to see and especially into the future with what's happening you're going to see some very very, impressive. Numbers, for the United States. Mr.. President do you plan to do a national strategy, to help schools. Reopen. And we opened safely, and regarding, the, children, your family your son your grandchildren. Are you comfortable do you plan to have them back in person, in school because, I am comfortable with that and we, do have a national strategy but, as you know ultimately it's up to the governors of the states I think, most governors many governors want these schools to open I would like to see the schools open especially, when you see statistics. Like this we have great statistics, and on young people and on safety, so we would like to see schools open we want to see the economy open, we. Just had a report literally, as I walk in that we set an all-time record on housing. Price increases, up, I think they said 21 percent which is a record, that's never happened. Before that's, a great sign we have an, economy, that's going to be booming it's going to be a lot of jobs of being produced the job numbers will be coming out shortly meaning. Over the next week. Or so and I think it'll be a continuation, of the last two months the last ones have been incredible. So, I think we're gonna have a great economy, you can have a fantastic next. Year I think you're gonna have a very good third quarter actually we're the third quarter numbers come out interestingly. They'll, be announced, just before the election they'll be announced around. November, first so. Yeah. I would like to see the schools open open. A hundred, percent and we'll, do it safely we'll do it carefully but, when you look at this distance the statistics, I just read having to do with children. And and safety, and they're, very impressive they have very strong immune systems. The. Children who go to school then. Go back to home there with some live with their grandparents, there's there's a real risk would you understand them so they do say that, they. Don't transmit, very easily and a lot of people are saying they don't transmit, and we're looking at that we're studying John very hard that, particular, subject, that. They don't bring, it home with them now they. Don't catch it easily they don't bring it home easily and if they do catch it they get better, fast we're looking at that fact that is a factor and we're looking at that very strongly we'll be reporting about that over the next week please. At. Least three, governor's. Today came, out with new orders. On mask, requirements. Is, that something, you wish all, the governor's would do well. A lot of the governor's. They. Have different requirements. Some. Of the governor's are very strong in masks others aren't I think, it's really going to ultimately, be up to them we've given them the facts we've given them everything we know they have their own facts, some. Are strong in masks and as you know some aren't in, the same ballpark, but I think well I think all is suggesting, if you want to wear a mask you wear, it I bring one I have one I've worn it and. I, think when I'm in certain settings like hospitals, and various or when I'm close when you know when you can't socially, distance, I believe. In it let's see do I, I have. It and if you. Know in certain in certain instances I, think you really I. Think, you want to travel with a mess there are instances where you really can, use it I would believe it would be a good thing yeah.
DC. Mayor Bowser, came out with such an order today it. Of course doesn't apply to federal, properties, but would you encourage. Federal. Properties. And including, the White House complex to follow the fewer. We're. Gonna make a decision over, the next 24. Hours we'll let you know what that decision is. Discussing. The possibility, of extending, short-term, unemployment. Insurance today, so. That they. Prevent benefits, from expiring well. I think a lot of politicians. Are discussing that Republicans. Democrats and, right, now a lot of my representatives. Are on the hill they're discussing. Cares. Act or phase for whatever you want to call it and, I think ultimately something, good. Will come out of it the, economy, is starting to really come back strongly when you look at the numbers even with. The fact that like California, is still closed up in many big states I think the numbers are even more impressive considering, that some states like California, big ones are pretty. Well shut down so. We. Expect to have something over a period of time over the appropriate period of time. Two. Questions are with Andrew, Feinberg, and JC Bulow one, is today said you're sending federal law enforcement officers. To run cities run. By extreme, politicians, that's the word you used which, who happened to be all Democrats, who, have supported black, lives matter protests. Marketing. Leaders reported no I said Democrat, politicians and. These. Are the cities, where you have the problem if you look at Chicago, if, you look at Detroit if you look I mean look around any of these cities where we have the problems, and we're. Sending them help but. We're really waiting for them to call for the big help for the big numbers for the large numbers, of people that we have ready willing, and able you, look at Chicago where 14, people were shot yesterday, where over, the weekend many people died and many people were shot and over the last month the setting record numbers, we. Are waiting for the. Mayor respectfully. And other mayors and governors to, call us we, are ready willing and able to go in there with great force now, we, also have people that are going in and arresting, drug, dealers, arresting, some of the shooters that are doing the shooting we know who they are we're, working with police forces, and even though in some, cases they're told don't work with the federal government the police forces have. Great respect for the federal government what we do but. We're ready willing and able to go into these cities that are just being decimated, with, shooting. And we're. Going to help please. Yesterday. On why the health experts, are no longer joining, you at these briefings. Because. They are briefing, me I'm meeting them I just spoke to dr. pouchy. Dr.. Burks is right outside and they're. Giving me all of everything. They know as of as, of this point in time and I'm giving, the information to, you and I think it's probably a very. Concise. Way of doing it it seems to be working out very well okay very. Much they're, very much involved they're very much what the relationships, are all very good, oh very, good the relationships, that we have with the doctors, with, everybody, working on the virus. Has, been I think extraordinary. Kaylee's here and I think you would say the same thing you work with them all the time yeah go ahead put in. 2016. You said it was President Obama's, fault that homicides, were up in Chicago, so why is that the president's, fault then but it's not your fault now, Chicago. Is, a disaster. The, mayor is saying don't, come in the mayor is telling us not to come in at, some, point we can void that if we have to but we and we may have to it's up because it's out of control, I assume, she's saying that for political reasons I think it's negative, political reasons she's a.
She's. A Democrat, I'm gonna be nice she's a Democrat, she's making a big mistake people are dying in Chicago, and other cities and we, can solve the problem, they have to ask us but we can solve the problem. Was. Invited, in and he did a poor job President. Obama could, have gone into Chicago, he could have solved the problem and he didn't in. Our case they don't want us in we can solve the problem very easily we're equipped. With the best equipment, the best people, and you, see what we're doing I mean Portland, was coming, down it was busting, at the seams and we, went in and protected all the federal buildings those federal, buildings are totally protected but. And we had to do that in Portland's, a very different place in Chicago but Chicago should, be calling us and so should Philadelphia. And Detroit and others to, go in and really help them because, when you're losing many people, a weekend, many. Many people you see the same numbers as I do when, you losing these people they, should call us and they should say come on in and it's. Incredible, to me but they're not doing it at some, point they will at some point we may have no other choice but to go and Jeff. Is the, president, are you looking at closing further, Chinese, embassies, in the United States and did, you ask ambassador, Woody Johnson to, bring the British Open. Very, or turn very property, in style no I never spoke to Woody Johnson about, that about Turnberry turbos a highly. Respected. Course. As you know one of the best in the world and I, read, I read a story about it today and I had never I never spoke to Woody Johnson about, doing that know as. Far as closing. Additional. Embassies. It's always possible you see what's going on we thought there was a fire in the. One that we did close and everybody, said there's a fire there's a fire and I guess they were burning documents, or burning papers, and I wonder what that's all about okay. Thank. You would. You like to respond, to Joe Biden who today described. You you might have heard that as the first racist, to be elected president as doesn't his nose his worse here, it's interesting because we did criminal, justice reform, we, passed criminal justice reform something that Obama and, Biden were unable to do, we. Did opportunity. Cities we, did the greatest if you look at what we've done with Opportunity. Zones and, nobody's, ever even thought. Of a plan like that. Prior. To the, China. Plague coming, in floating, in coming, into our country and really, doing. Terrible, things all over the world doing, terrible things we, had the best. African-american. Hispanic, American. Asian-american. Almost, every, group was, the best for unemployment, the unemployment, numbers were the best, you. Look at so you look at employment you, look at opportunities. Owns and maybe, most importantly, owned you look at criminal justice, reform, you look at prison reform I've done, things that nobody, else and I've said this and I say it openly and not a lot of people dispute. It I've done more for black Americans. Than. Anybody, with, the possible, exception of, Abraham. Lincoln nobody. Has even been close thank, you very much everybody.