Trump holds press briefing | 7/30/20
Thank you very much. Let me begin by expressing, our sadness, at the passing, of. A wonderful, man. And a dear friend of mine herman cain. He was a very special. Person, i got to know him very well. And unfortunately. He passed away from. A thing called the china virus. And we send our prayers, to, herman's. Great wife. Gloria. Wonderful, family. And i have to say america, grieves for all of the 150. 000 americans. Who. Had their lives taken. By this, horrible. Invisible, enemy. We mourn their loss. As a nation. We mourn their loss. As people, as people, that love one another. And. We're working, very hard. To. Not only, contain. This horrible, event this. Horrible, plague. It's what it is as a plague. But also to come up with therapeutics. And vaccines, and we're making a lot of strides. All over the world they're having tremendous, problems. Resurgence. Has taken place in many countries that people thought were doing well. Despite, a wide range of approaches, to the pandemic, between. Countries, this resurgence. In cases, is occurring. Throughout. Large. Portions. Of our planet, in japan. China australia, belgium, spain, france, germany, hong kong places where they thought it was, they've really done great. Uh, it came back. And in a couple of cases, came back very strongly. The virus, was said to be under control, but new cases, have. Risen very significantly. Once again. So when you think somebody's, doing well, sometimes, you have to hold your. Decision, on that you have to hold your statement, since the beginning of june daily new cases. Have increased, by a factor, of. 14, times, in, israel. 35. Times. That's 35. Times. In japan, and nearly 30 times in australia, just to name a few. These were, countries, that were doing incredibly, well. Leadership, was being praised. Latin america now leads the world, in confirmed, infections. And with the scarcity, of testing in latin america the true numbers you have no idea what they might be. And i can say scarcity, of testing. Almost anywhere, except for our country. This disease. Is highly contagious. And presents, unique challenges. To. Our border states. Meanwhile, states like california. Washington, state maryland virginia, nevada. Illinois, oregon, and many others. They were thought to be doing well and they had. A big resurgence. And were hit very hard and, governors, that were extremely, popular.
Are Not so popular, anymore. They were held up as models, to follow, and. Then they got hit and i'm not even saying it's their fault, it's probably, not their fault. It's just the way it is that's the way it, is. Highly, infectious, one of the most. Infectious. Diseases. That anybody, has ever seen. Not since. 1917. Over a hundred years ago has anyone seen anything, like. What we're witnessing. Now. But these states have also seen the virus, substantially. Rebound, and, again. No one is immune. No one is immune. These facts, illustrate. The. Imposing. Determinant. And it is a determinant. That. A blanket, shutdown, to achieve a temporary. Reduction. In cases. Is certainly not a viable long-term, strategy, for any country. People are starting to understand, the disease, now. We certainly. Have understood, a lot, about the disease, that we didn't have any idea we didn't nobody ever saw anything like this the primary purpose, of a. Shutdown, was to flatten the curve. Ensure, sufficient. Hospital. Capacity. And develop, effective, treatments, and therapies, to reduce. Mortality. And we've done that. But it can come rearing back. When you least suspect, it. We did the right thing initially. We saved, millions, of lives, what we did did the right, thing. But. A permanent, shutdown. Would no longer. Be the answer at all. A small shutdown, of certain areas, but, we don't want to do that. Small shutdowns. Can be. Very helpful, but not for long periods of time we understand, what we're dealing with now but it's a very complex, situation. And i can only say thank heaven that we. That we are. So advanced, in what we're doing in terms of. Vaccines, and therapies. We now know a great deal about the virus, and how to treat it and. Who it targets. Almost half of the deaths come from. Less than one percent, of our population, think of it half of the deaths. Really. A tremendous, number half of the deaths come from. Less than one percent of our population. Those living in nursing homes and assisted, living facilities, the average age of those who die. From the illness is 78.. We've announced, very strong measures, to protect, those who are, most, vulnerable. The scientific, path forward, is to. Protect, those at highest risk while allowing, those at lower risk to. Carefully, return to work and to school. With appropriate, precautions. I'm once again urging the american, people to protect. Their. Family, and friends, and. Anybody, who's. Elderly. Especially, if, somebody's, elderly, and they have. Heart. Problems. If they have, certain. Illnesses. Diabetes. Is, a very bad one. Having to do with what we're discussing. But you want to protect, the elderly, and socially, distance. Wear a mask, if. You cannot socially, distance, and practice. Vigorous, hygiene. Everyone, even healthy young people should be taking extraordinary, care to avoid. Infecting. Those at the highest, risk. From this. Terrible disease. The elderly, and those with chronic. Health issues, have to be protected. In the current hot spots, across the sun belt. The data is showing. Very encouraging. Signs arizona, in particular, has crossed an important, threshold. For every person with a virus we're now seeing an average of less than. One additional. Person, infected. And the numbers are coming down and coming down very substantially. They're starting to come down in florida. Arizona, is really, leading away i was in texas, yesterday, and they're starting to come down. Significantly. We believe, in texas. Need another few days to figure that one out but it looks like they're coming down very significantly. Earlier, today i visited, the red cross headquarters. To discuss. Plasma. Therapy, which is a. Tremendous. Tremendous, thing that they're looking at. And they have a lot of experience, with it. Potentially. Life-saving. Treatments that infuse. Sick patients, with powerful, antibodies. Donated, by those who have recovered. Successfully. From, this disease. More than two million americans, have recovered, from the virus, and today. We're asking them to visit. Coronavirus.gov. Coronavirus.gov. And volunteer, to donate. Plasma, we need plasma. It's something, that's been very effective.
And. We need plasma, from those that were, infected, and. Successfully. Recovered, as most people do, most people do. Plasma, is one of the many promising, treatments, my administration. Is accelerating. We've secured, over 90 percent of the world's supply, of, rem deciver. Which is terrific. An encouraging. Anti-viral. Drug that can, effectively. Block replication. Of the virus. We've also approved the use of the widely, available. Steroid, which has been very successful. Dexamethasone. Which has shown success, even in patients, at more advanced stages, of the disease. On july 17th. We announced, a 450. Million dollar agreement with, regeneron. To build manufacturing. Plants, and hundreds, of thousands, of doses, of, its antibody. Treatment. Which is currently, in late stage. Clinical, trials, moving along very rapidly. That's regenerate. As a result, of such significant. Strides, in treatment. The mortality. Rate in those over the age of, 18. Is 85. Percent, lower. Than it was just in april, so in a very short period of time. Think of that. At just 18, 85, percent, lower than it was in april. It's a big statement, now i want to provide an update. On our efforts to ensure a strong economic, comeback. Including, our negotiations. On capitol. Hill. Throughout this crisis, my administration. Has taken the most aggressive, action in history to. Rescue, american, workers we love our american, workers. And we've, set records on job creation. Records. Two months in a row. We enacted, a three trillion, dollar. Economic. Relief, package, the paycheck, protection, program alone saved over 50, million, jobs. We delivered, 300, billion dollars to direct, cash payments to americans. We approve 500. Billion dollars for our hardest, hit. Industries. 500, billion dollars. We allowed struggling, homeowners, to reduce, or defer, their mortgage, payments. And we put a nationwide, moratorium. On evictions, from federally, backed properties. It's a big thing very big thing. We also suspended, student loan payments for six months. And we're looking to do that. Additionally. And for additional, periods of time. As a result of these extraordinary, steps, by. The administration. We added a record, seven million jobs. In the two, months past. Alone. To ensure. This comeback continues. Which we think it will. We had great foundation, to build on. We were, the strongest. Country in the world nobody close we were outdoing, everybody, from china. If you remember for many years you heard that in. 2019. China would surpass, the united, states well it didn't, we. Gained on them very, significantly. We took it to a level that nobody's ever seen. 2019. And we'll be back there very shortly it won't take very long. Based on everything that we're seeing, it's not going to take very long i think next year is going to be an excellent year maybe one of our best years, ever. From an economic, standpoint. We can never ever forget, the. People that have been lost, and we never will. We'll never forget them never forget what happened this could have been stopped in china, they should have stopped it. And they didn't. But i'm asking, congress to pass additional, legislation. To support americans. In need. First we want a temporary, extension. Of expanded. Unemployment, benefits. This will provide a critical bridge for, americans, who lost their jobs to the pandemic. Through no fault of their own this was not anybody's, fault. From the standpoint, of jobs, it happened. Terrible thing happened could have been stopped it happened. I want to thank, senate republicans. For fighting to. Extend, unemployment. Benefits, today, and. To face a very strong democrat. Obstruction, which i'm surprised, at. Because this is great for our country, and it's great for our workers, and it wasn't our workers, fault. Second, we're, asking democrats, to work with us to find a solution. That will temporarily, stop, evictions. We do not want people who have lost their jobs due to the virus to be evicted, from their homes, or apartments. We don't want that to happen. Third we need democrats, to join us. To pass additional economic, relief payments for american, citizens. Like the payments sent directly, to, 160. Million americans, earlier this year which was a tremendously. Successful, program. This money will help millions of hard-working, families, get by. My administration. Is also asking democrats, to work with us to pass.
105. Billion dollars to help schools. Safely, reopen. Children, are not. At the lowest. Risk. If you look at. What's going on the younger the better. Amazing, the immune system. For children the lower. They are in age the, lower the risk. In terms of the age group itself. I tell the story that in new jersey with thousands. Thousands, of, people dying sadly, dying. The governor was telling me that only one. Phil murphy. Only one died. Under the age of 18, that's incredible, with thousands, of. People that died in the state of new jersey, one, made an impact. One died, under the age of 18.. Children are at the lowest risk of any age group from the virus. Indefinite, school, closures. Will inflict, lasting, harm, to our nation's, children. We must follow the science and get students safely back to school, while protecting, children, teachers, staff. And family we have to remember, that there's another side to this keeping them out of school, and, keeping, work close is causing. Death, also. Economic, harm but causing. Death. For different reasons, but death. Probably, more death. If governors, do not want to open the public schools the money should go to parents. So they can send their children, to the school of their choice, so, we say if a school doesn't want to open or if a governor doesn't want to open maybe for political reason or maybe not. But. There is some of that going on, the money should go to the parents. So they can send their children to the school of their choice. If schools, stay closed, the money should follow the students so families, are in control, of decisions, about their. Sons and daughters. About their children. But to, pass a bill democrats, must, reject, the extreme, partisan, voices, in their party they have tremendous, voices, they're looking at, november, 3rd. And probably, a day later they'll say let's open up the country. But the democrats. Have to reject, the extreme partisan, voices, in their party so that. We can get our country going even quicker than it's going right now we have a lot opening. And we have a lot of. States that. You thought were doing. Pretty poorly from the standpoint, of the virus and are actually coming back very, strong. This pandemic, has, underscored. The importance, of economic, policies. That put, american, families. And workers, first. Got elected, on the fact that i put. America, first. For many many, decades. In my opinion we put america last. If you look at the crazy, horrible. Disgraceful. Trade deals that we've. Watched, for many years destroy, our country, nafta, we terminated. It. We have usmca. Now which is a great deal and our farmers, are doing. Really well despite the pandemic. But we put america. First, america's, families, first.
And America's, workers, first. But that means bringing jobs and factories, back to our shores, reducing, unnecessary. Regulations. And creating. New training, opportunities. For jobs and for the future, we've cut regulations. At a level that no president, has ever cut regulations. And we've cut taxes, more than any president. In the history of our country. Americans. Always, rise to the challenge, and we will emerge, more resilient. More self-reliant. More independent. And more prosperous, than ever before. So i just want to thank you all and if you'd like we'll take a few questions, steve please, are you going to launch an effort to try to delay the act of the election, or was that just a trial balloon this morning well what i want to. Explain, to people, but it doesn't need much explanation. I mean you look at article, after article new york's mail vote disaster. Tens of thousands, of mail ballots. Have been tossed out in this year's primaries. What will happen in november, it's a mess. This is done by, washington, post can you believe the washington post of wallpapers. Fake news but in this case it's not fake it's true. This is done by the wall street journal. Here's another one vote by mail experiment, reveals, potential, problems. Within postal voting, system. Ahead in, the november. Election. And you see what's happening with so many different, places they're doing even trial runs or a disaster. And i don't want to see. An election. You know so many years i've been watching, elections. And they say the projected, winner or the winner of the election. I don't want to see that take place in a week. After november, 3rd or a month or. Frankly, with litigation. And everything else that can happen, years. Years. Or you never even know who won the election. You're sending out hundreds, of millions. Of. Universal. Mail-in. Ballots. Hundreds of millions. Where are they going who are they being sent to, it's common sense you don't have to know anything about politics. And the democrats, know this, the democrats, know this steve. So. I want to see i want an election, and a result, much. Much more than you i think we're doing very well we have the same. Fake polls but we have real polls we're doing very well i just left texas. And. Biden came out against fracking, well that means texas, is. Going to be, one of the most unemployed. States in our country. That means oklahoma. North dakota. New mexico. Going to be a disaster. Ohio, pennsylvania. Disaster, no fracking. I want to have the result of the election, i don't want to be. Waiting around for weeks and months and literally. Potentially, if you really did it right, years, because you'll never know. These ballots are missing. You saw paterson, new jersey, you saw many other, instances. There's tremendous, litigation, on that right now. And. That doesn't, include, absentee, absentee, is different absentee, you have to. Work, and you have to send in for applications. You have to go through a whole procedure. Like for instance i'm an absentee, voter because i can't be in florida. Because i'm in washington, i'm at the white house so, i'll be an absentee, voter we have, a lot of absentee, voters, and it works so we're in favor of absentee. But it's much different. Than. Millions, of people in california, they're going to send out tens, of millions.
Of, Voting forms well where are they going to go, you read where. Postmen, are in big trouble now. You read where city councils, are in big trouble now voter fraud. All over the. The ballots, so. No i want to get i want to be. Standing, hopefully. Hand-held. High, big victory. Because, we're doing things with our country, that i think nobody else could have done, our country. Is despite, this pandemic, which is, devastating. The rest of the world by the way devastating. One of the, the articles, that came out was. The world's, coveted, resurgence. This is the wall street journal editorial the main editorial, yesterday in the wall street journal i don't always agree with them. But they have the world's. Covid, resurgence. Countries, hailed, as models, to see. And then they go, the virus, returns. At a level like it's never they haven't even seen. We've been giving praise to certain countries, and the virus has now come to them like. Like the first time. But it's a very interesting, and it talks about many countries, where everybody was holding them up and saying what a great job they did. Well, it's just one of those things didn't work out so well. So. We want to have. An election. I'd love to see voter id. But this is the opposite, of voter id. The democrats. Love it the republicans. Hate it. We all agree. That absentee. Voting. Is good, mail-in, ballots, will lead to the greatest fraud. You know we talk about russia russia russia, for two and a half years and then they found nothing and there was nothing. But they talked russia russia russia. They talked china. They took all of these countries, they say they get involved, in our elections. This is easy. You can forge ballots. This is much easier, for. Foreign countries go ahead. Election is probably, a non-starter. Wouldn't you agree with that. I i. Just feel. I don't want to delay. I want to have the election. But i also don't want to have to wait for three months, and then find out that the ballots, are all missing. And the election, doesn't mean anything. That's what's going to happen steve that's common, sense, and everyone knows it. Smart people know it, stupid people may not know it, and some people don't want to talk about it. But they know it. And. No we want to have an election. Where people actually go in. And what's your name my name is so-and-so, boom you signed the book like i've been doing for years. It's very, very unfair, to our country. If they do this our country will be a laughingstock. All over the world because everyone knows it doesn't work, how many ballots, is he sending in california's. Exist 28, million or some, massive, number.
Other States are sending out millions, and millions, of ballots. Well they've done it, they had experiments. They had news organizations. Experimenting. And look read the story in the washington, post about mail-in, voting it's a disaster, i'm very surprised to see that story, frankly, from them. The story is a disaster. So we're asking for a lot of trouble. And uh, no do i want to see a date change no but, i don't want to see a crooked election this election will be the most rigged election in history. If that happens june, mr president. You said that you. Don't want to see a delay, in the election. But then. It looks like the process, of. These, mail-in ballots, is going to continue, to november, well we have many court cases, jim, we have one that's been filed, for a while now in western, pennsylvania. As an example. On mail-in ballots, and. By the way john we give tremendous, examples, numbers of examples, of all the fraud. And all of the things that have taken place. With respect to male imbalance, i'm just wondering is the net effect of what you tweeted this morning and what you're talking about now to cast doubt, on the results, of the november third well it's had an interesting, impact. I didn't know it was going to be. The impact it had, what people are now looking at. Is am i right, but not me are all these stories right about. The fact that these elections, will be, fraudulent. They'll be fixed they'll be rigged. And everyone's, looking at it and a lot of people are saying you know that probably, will happen, please jennifer. President, um to break the log jam, in congress. And to prevent, that unemployment. Insurance, from lapsing, what do you plan to put on the table, tonight. It's a great question i can't tell you though because. That wouldn't be very smart, from a negotiating, standpoint, but we'll be putting certain things on the table. We want to get money to people. It wasn't their fault. And we want to get money to people, and it has to be substantial. It's not their fault what happened. The fact is, people don't like saying it they know it's true, it's china's, fault. Okay. It's not their fault it's not the worker who lost his job it's china's, fault. And that's the way it is. Oan, please. Mr president. Yesterday, dhs, came to an agreement. With the governor of oregon, to remove. Federal officers, oregon state troopers, took over. Mayor ted wheeler was noticeably, absent. From that agreement, are you confident, sir, that the state of oregon will be able to quell the protests, in portland. And if the violence, does continue, would you consider, redeploying.
Federal, Troops. So our people have done homeland security, have done a fantastic, job they went to oregon. A little more than a week ago. The place was a mess. The city portland, was just a, disaster. Uh. You see it and a lot of people weren't reporting, it right they tried to pretend it was a protest, as opposed to anarchists, and agitators. You understand, what i'm saying, it's a mess. They went there a short while ago. And they saved, a federal courthouse, that costs, hundreds of millions of dollars. And they put a ring around the courthouse, and they saved it, but the group that's there is basically, meant to save buildings and they were very strong very powerful. And they didn't come out too often out of this cocoon that they built in order to save these very, expensive, valuable, and, psychologically. Important buildings, right like courthouses. Uh. The, governor, and the mayor, we've been dealing with them. And. We think. They don't know what they're doing. Because this should not have been going on for. 60, days. It's not our job unless, in case of emergency, which i consider, now to be an emergency. It's not our job to go in and. Clean out the cities that's supposed to be done by local law enforcement. Yesterday, the governor. Worked a deal where they'll do it. We'll stand by they'll do it and that's good well was very good but she didn't report it that way what she reported, was totally different. She said i think trump wants to take over the country. It's crazy. So what happened, is. Our people are staying there to see whether or not they could do it today and tomorrow. And if they don't do it we will. Send in the national, guard and we'll take care of it and we're telling right now these protesters. And many should be arrested. Because these are professional. Agitators. These are professional. Anarchists. These are people that hate our country. We're telling them right now, that we're coming in very soon the national, guard a lot of people. A lot of very tough people. And these are not people that just have to guard the courthouse, and save it, these are people that are allowed to go forward, and do what they have to do. And i think that makes the governor's, job and the mayor's job a lot easier. So they're working today, and probably, tomorrow. To clean out. This beehive. Of. Of terrorists. And if they do it i'm going to be very happy. And then slowly we can start to leave the city. If they don't do it we'll be sending in the national guard please. Mr trump, given, given what's happening with major league baseball, and now today the rutgers, football team is quarantined. How can you assure people that schools will be safely reopened. So can you assure anybody, of anything, i do say again. Young people. Are. Almost, immune to this disease.
The Younger the better, i guess they're stronger. They're stronger, they have a stronger immune system it's an incredible, thing nobody's, ever seen this before. Various types of flu will hurt, young people more than, older people. But young people, are, almost, immune if you look at the percentage, it's a tiny percent, of one percent, it's a tiny, percent, of one percent. So. We have to have our schools, open. We have to protect, our teachers. We have to protect, our elderly but we do have to have our schools, open. Yeah please. Mr president a week ago you said. You're in the process of developing, a strategy, that's going to be very powerful. Involving the chronovirus. Where is that strategy, well i think you're seeing it and i think you will see it and one of the things that we've done that we're getting. It hasn't been, utilized, fully yet but we're all set to march when it comes to the vaccine. We have, great therapeutics. That are, testing, very well. And we have great vaccines, from incredible, companies, johnson, and johnson, and pfizer. And merck and all of these great companies. And they're doing very well. And the delivery, system is all set. Logistically. We have a general that that's all he does is deliver, things whether it's soldiers, or other items. And, i think you're going to see something that's going to be spectacular. The fda, has approved, things. At a rate that's, a tiny fraction. Of what it would cause what it would take during a, another, administration. Let's say. We are way ahead on vaccines, way ahead on therapeutics. And. When we have it we're all set up with our platforms. To deliver, them, very. Very quickly. The vaccines, are doing well the therapeutics. Are doing well and we're all set to deliver them as soon as we have them and that's going to be. Very soon, thank you very much, thank you.