Trump joins Coronavirus Task Force in press briefing | 4/4/2020
Crisis. Less not less I, get a lot of progress. We. Appreciate, all of the great, assistance, from, the. Governors and people, within the states the President, of the United States as you can see is now addressing. At. The White House. Briefing. I'm. Eric Shana New York, there has been an urgent, plea from New York and other states for. More equipment you, know we're going to pause for one moment to let our Fox stations, join us. 2,500. Beds. That we built this is Fox News coverage as the White House Task Force briefing, on the corona virus, pandemic I'm. Eric Shawn here in New York let's listen to the president of United States and other officials, talk about the very light history of the process so. We have a lot of not. Only, hospitals. Being built but now we're Manning the hospitals, because, states. Are in many cases unable, to get additional people, to work it's it's just an incredible, situation it's, never been anything like this. One. Of the most important, issues, in battling, this pandemic, is coordinating. The delivery of the crucial supplies throughout, the nation based upon the most accurate, information. Available. And. We've. Got, the best health care and disaster. Experts. Anywhere. In the world and everybody will, tell you that and we're dealing with big, parts of the world on helping them also through this, horrible. Situation where. 151. Still 151. Nations. Are going through it or working to ensure that the supplies are delivered where. And when they're needed in some cases were telling governors we. Can't go there because we don't think you need it and we think someplace else needs it and, pretty much so far we've been right about that and. We'll. Continue to do it as it. Really gets this will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week and. There'll be a lot of death unfortunately. But, a lot less depth. Death, than if this, wasn't done but there will be death. We're. Looking for an obvious focus. And the hardest, hit regions. Some. Of them are obvious and some aren't so obvious they spring up. They come and they. They. Hit you like you got hit by a club an, area that wasn't at all bothered. You look at what's going on in New Jersey the, governor is doing an excellent job by the way but how that sprang up, every. Decision, that, were. Made that we're making is made to save lives it's. Really our sole consideration. We want to save lives we want as few lives. Lost, as possible. It's. Therefore critical that, certain media. Outlets, stop. Spreading. False rumors and. Creating. Fear. And even panic, with. The public it's. Just incredible, I could name them but it's the same ones always the same ones and. I guess they're looking for ratings I don't know what they're looking for so bad for our country and. So bad the people understand, it if you, look at the levels, and approval, ratings and they're the lowest they've ever been for. Media it's. So bad for for, our country so bad for the world. You. Know put it together for a little while get this over with and then go back to your fake news during. A national emergency it's, just essential, that the federal decision-makers. Cut through the fog of confusion in. Order to follow the facts and the science. Many. Hospital, administrators. That we've. Been in touch with even. In the really, hot spots you know what they are are. Communicating. Directly with us that. Their level of supplies are meeting essential, needs and. At. The current time they're really thrilled. To be where they are, whenever. Local, shortages, are reported, we're asking States to immediately meet the demand and we're. Stockpiling, large. Amounts. In. Different, areas in, different areas that we're going to be discussing that in a little while but. We want distributions. To be made, on. A fair, basis, we have to take care of a large, country not just certain areas of the country. But. No. Matter where we're we've, been there and we've been there very strongly I want to thank FEMA I want to thank the Army. Corps of Engineers I, want to thank our military for what they're doing and.
We're. Going to be adding a tremendous, amount of MIL, pterri to. Help. Supplement the, state's. Thousands. Of soldiers, thousands. Of medical. Workers professionals. Nurses. Doctors, and. It'll. Be a large number it'll be we'll, be telling. Them over the next verse short period where, they're going, they're. Going into war they're going into a battle that. They've. Never really trained, for nobody's trained for this nobody's seen this I would. Say since 1917. Which, was the greatest of them all the. Greatest of this type of battle probably. The greatest of them all right, 1917. Up. To a hundred million people were killed in, addition, we're working directly with, hospitals. And existing, suppliers and distributors to, ensure that those with the greatest need are, prioritized. And, that need changes, one day it's one state or one locale, one city and then all of a sudden they're, starting to do well we. Had some very good reports. Coming out of the state of Washington coming. Out of, various. Parts of California. So. Areas that we were getting ready to really hit hard we can now go to other areas it. Looks like New York is going to be hit very hard and. Louisiana. Is just, amazing, the way it just spread up and everyone's doing a good job but they're. Going to be hit hard, areas. In the country that are not experiencing. Large-scale, infections. Are requesting. Supplies beyond, what their present. Circumstances. Require and we talked to them what we tell them and we explain it and for, the most part they're good with it we. Think we're right it's. Very understandable, that officials, would seek to get the most they, can get for their communities. But. The fears of the shortages. Have led to. Inflated. Requests we have some states. And areas, where they're just asking for far. More me look we had one state asking for, 40,000. Ventilators. 40,000. Think. Of it, 40,000. It's. Not possible. They, won't need that many and now they're admitting, they don't need that many but we're. Getting as many as we can to them. Again. Nobody's ever seen anything like this in terms of ventilators, in terms of protective, equipment and. Uniforms. And outfits, but. It makes it more difficult for, distributors. To prioritize, the. Real need and, it. Could intentionally, and you. Know look. They have, everybody, has proper, intentions. But they, want to make sure they're 100% and sometimes, when, they know they don't need it they want it anyway it. Gives them that extra feeling, of satisfaction but, we just can't do that it's not even possible, to think about it and that's.
Why And, we're back up, remember. We're a backup we're the greatest backup. That ever existed, for the states, especially. When we start getting, into the hospital, building business, and getting into the medical center building business. When you see we built many. Hospitals, numerous hospitals, in some states and medical centers that's. Why my administration's. Been requesting, actual, usage numbers directly from the states and hospitals, to meet their needs because we want to be ready when. When. The brunt, of it comes which is coming quickly you see it you. See it assures, you can see it and when. The brunt of it comes we want to be ready to hit the area that needs it we, don't want to have spent everything in one area and they don't need it they're anywhere. Near the extent. So, let. Me be extremely. Clear. About one, point we will move heaven and earth to safeguard, our. Great. American. Citizens, we. Will continue to use every power every, authority every single resource we've got, to keep our people. Healthy safe, secure. And to get this thing over with we want to finish this war we have to get back to work we, have to get we have to open our country again we. Have to open our country, again. We. Don't want to be doing this for. Months. And months and, months were going to open our country again, this. Country wasn't meant for this fewer. Few. Were but. We have to open our country, again I just. Spoke with the. Commissioners. Leaders, of. I would, say virtually all of the sports leagues, Rob. Manfred Commissioner, baseball Major League Baseball Roger Goodell Commissioner. Of the National Football League, Adam. Silver Commissioner. Of the National, Basketball Association. Gary. Bettman Commissioner, of the National Hockey League, J. Monahan. Commissioner of the PGA Tour. Cathy. Engelberg, Commissioner of the Women's National Basketball. Association. Dana. White the Ultimate, Fighting Championship. Vince. McMahon president. Of the WWE. Don. Garber Commissioner. Of Major, League Soccer. Steve. Phelps president, of NASCAR. Michael. Wong commissioner of the LPGA. Roger. Penske, founder, and chairman Penske, Corp. Andrew. Fleming president, of the Breeders Cup and, there. Are a couple of others on and these are all the great. Leaders of sport and, they. Want to get back they got to get back they can't do this. Their. Sports weren't designed for the whole concept, of our nation wasn't designed for we're gonna have to get back we. Want to get back soon very soon. For. Example, and I, have to say. We're. Using the defense production act. Very. Powerfully, in. Some, kind of time, directly, in many cases indirectly, just the threat of it's usually enough, but. FEMA, and HHS. Have ordered a hundred and eighty million, think. Of that one hundred and eighty million who ever heard of a hundred and eighty million. N95. Masks, and. We're. Working now with 3m, to see whether or not that all works out but we want them to help. Our country and. I. Think. It's going to be okay, we're gonna soon let you know, but. We, need the masks, we. Don't want other people getting and that's why we're that's, why we're instituting. A lot, of defense production Act. You. Could call it retaliations. Because that's what it is it's a retaliation, if people don't if. People don't give us what we need for our people we're gonna be very tough and we've been very tough, usually. We don't have to use it but we've used it plenty it's, turning out more and more unfortunately, and it. Works very well our. Supply supply, chain logistics task. Force led by Admiral. John. Paul of check who's, doing a fantastic job, will. Ensure they're distributed. To. The health care and critical, infrastructure, workers, in the areas with the most pressing requirements. That's the 60. Million. Masks. That we're talking about and the hundred and, one. Hundred and eighty million, n95. Masks hundred and eighty million who ever heard of a hundred and eighty million masks.
And. This. Is a incredible. Thing a lot of times that we have to stop playing this game if, a. Governor. Wants, 200. Ventilators, and I. Say no we're going to send you a thousand, we think you need more than 200, and then. The media meets with the governor and they. Say oh you. Got more well it's not enough the. President, should have sent more so he's asking for 200, we, give him a thousand, they, say how's the president, doing he, should have given more because it's politics. That's, politics, and that's, unfortunate, because we can't play that game and. You, know that's one party doing it did the other parties happy but they're, all really happy because they should have been doing this work themselves for a long period of time many. Of their cupboards were bare, with. Respect to the ventilators, FEMA, and HHS, continue, to monitor the data on an hourly basis, we're. Provided, by the states in order to most effectively target, the distribution. Of supplies we've. Been asking States to provide us with, daily. Updates on the number of ventilators. And their, utilization. Rates, because, some states have more ventilators, than they need did, anyone like to admit it they'll. Admit it when everything's over but that doesn't. Help us very much, this. Dad is vitally necessary so. That we can ensure our ventilators, are getting to the right at the right time, FEMA. HHS. DoD. Of developing, resources, within. The. Next 24 hours. They. Will have a whole different set of criteria every, day. It's, different criteria. Every day this, horrible. Invisible. Enemy. Changes, of course it changes, course, if. You. Were fighting. The. Normal fight you know what's happening, here's they. Hit one they hit another they had another state they, hit areas that you didn't expect but, we're, watching. It and we're capturing. It our, goal is to stay several days ahead of the, needs in each state, but. We can only do that if the cities and states utilize, real time local knowledge to provide timely and precise data about. Actual usage, so. We have to be able to do that and if a state has ventilators. As an example that they know they're not going to need they should give them over or we should move, them with the other ones we have now 10,000, in. Our pipeline, and. Stockpiled. 10,000. Close and we're. Moving some into New York so. Going to need some additional we're, moving some into New York City and State separately. And we're, bringing them to the point where they'll need them I can, also report, that at my direction 1,000. Military, personnel, are deploying to New York City to assist, where. They're needed the most that's the hottest of all the hot spots New, Jersey is right there it's right next to it and I don't, know if that's overflow, but New Jersey's, it's, a great state and it's a very to. Crowded state also where. You have people on top of people it's always tough but. We're. Bringing some. Of the ventilators, we got some for New Jersey just yesterday and we're going to bring them some more including, doctors, we're. Getting doctors nurses respiratory. Specialists. And other support, workers these are from the military we're taking people now out of our military, we've. Been doing it but now we're doing it on a larger, basis and I want to thank Secretary, of Defense Esper, who. Will detail. Some, of what we're doing tomorrow. And Monday. As. A situation. In, Washington.
State Continues, to stabilize. We're. Returning. A 300, bed federal, medical station. To. A different, location. So well we need it and we appreciate that they, won't be needing it and we appreciate them letting us know we're going to move it to a different location, who's. Already built many. Governors initially, made large requests for federal support for their states in anticipation, of a greater number of cases. But the residents, of Washington State have done a really, good job of following, the federal, distancing. Guidelines, they. Really have I'm, also pleased to report that our agon will. Be spending, and sending, they're. Spending a lot of money because they really did stockpile well and they're also sending, a hundred. And forty ventilators. Directly. To New York which we appreciate. And. I want to thank the vice president, for the great work he's doing every day dealing. With our nation's governors Mike. Pence has been working day and night on this, and we want to get it over he's got to get a little more sleep than he's getting he hasn't been getting very much I will tell you that. And. We're all in this together and, it's a, beautiful, thing to see how, people. Are joining forces to help one another if they really are in. Addition, to our courageous, doctors, nurses and health care workers I also want to thank, the incredible food supply workers, who. Are feeding. Our nation I spoke just a little while ago to. Senator. Boozman. You, know Senator Boozman we all do is a great senator is a great, person. We. Spoke just this morning, and we discussed, how important, it is to keep our farmers, and ranchers processes. And distributors, in our nation's prayers. And. I, want to thank the senator, for the incredible, job he's been doing. And. A lot of the senators, and congressmen, and everyone. Everybody is working very hard my. Administration. Is, working. Very aggressively, to pioneer, new medical. Countermeasures. To treat, and prevent infection. Working. On a lot of things we. Must utilize our nation's scientific. Brilliance, to vanquish, the virus, we. Have to vanquish, the virus, as quickly, as we can. Because. We. Have a lot of things, happening, in this country, and we. Have a great future but. We have to get back to work this. Week the FDA established. The, corona. Virus, treatment, accelerator program, which is. Expediting. The development, of new anti. Anti. Viral. And other therapies, and they're doing it on a. Very rapid, basis, and, I think we're having some very good results we'll tell you about that HHS. Continues, to speed the development of therapies. Derived. From human, blood that have, the potential to lessen, the severity or. Shorten, the length of the illness and, as. You know less Saturday, the FDA also gave emergency. Authorization. For. Hydroxy. For. Chloroquine. And. The. Hydroxychloroquine. Is a I. Hope. It's going to be a very important, answer we're having some very, good. Things happening, with it and we're going. To be distributing, it through. The strategic, national stockpile. It's. Going into the strategic, national stockpile to, treat certain patients, and we. Have millions and, millions, of doses of it. 29. Million to be exact in addition, to that we're making it and we're. Also getting, it from various, other locations. And countries in one. Case I called Prime.
Minister Modi of India this morning they make large. Amounts. Of hydroxy. Chloroquine. Very, large amounts. Frankly, and I. Said, they. Had a hold because you know they have 1.5, billion, people and. They. Think a lot of it and I. Said I'd. Appreciate, if they would release. The. Amounts. That we ordered and they are giving it serious consideration. But. They do make India makes a lot of it but, we have already 29. Million. If. You look at mean it's a big number, 29. Million doses we've. Got millions of doses that are being. Made here and many. Millions of doses that are made elsewhere that are being. Shipped here and it, will be arriving we're. Just hearing really, positive, stories, and we're. Continuing. To collect the data but. I'll. Just speak for myself, it's, been out for a long time it's a malaria drug it's also a drug for lupus and. There's. A. There's. A study out that, people, with lupus aren't catching this, horrible. Virus or not, it. Did not affect, it so much by it now maybe that's correct maybe it's false you're gonna have to check it out, but. There's. A lot of very positive things happening, with that that's a game changer if that's the case obviously, we continue to work on the vaccines, but the vaccines have to be down the road by, probably. 14 15 16 months we're doing great on the vaccines I think Johnson & Johnson is leading. Seems. To be leading in terms of the studies but we'll see what happens but. I feel good about that but that's down the road, but. Tremendous. Promise. With, with. What's just been mentioned in addition to that Gilead, Sciences has. Initiated a Phase three let's. Down the line meaning. Clinical. Studies, of the drug remedy. Severe now. It's. Approximately. 1,000. Patients which is a pretty pretty. Good study other. Drugs are also being studied in, patients. And this week oracle great. Company, donated a new web portal. Larry. Ellison. Amazing. Guy and. Platform. To the government, to gather real-time data, on, how patients, are responding to the various new treatments, and they have a very. Sophisticated site. We'll be learning a lot from Oracle. And thank you to them we're. Also spending, economic. Dollars. Like you wouldn't believe and, speeding. Economic. Relief to American workers families, and businesses, yesterday, the Small Business Administration, launched. The Paycheck protection. Program to help employees. Keep. Paying their workers in. 24. Hours the. Small Business Administration. And. Over. 1,200, lending. Partners processed. Over. 28,000. Loans it's so far ahead of schedule and, billions. And billions of dollars. It's. Worked out, incredibly. Well and I want to thank Bank, of America, and, JPMorgan. Chase and a lot of the big banks that have been involved in a lot of the community banks community, banks have really jumped, on it and, it's. So. Far going way ahead of schedule, the, SBA also, clarified, that faith-based, organizations. Including, houses, of worship are. Eligible. For the Paycheck protection, program, that's great as. Well as the economic injury, disaster. Loan program. That. You're familiar with on the same terms as every other applicant, if, we run out of funding, for the employee retention. Program, I will immediately ask, Congress, for, more money this is money that's really, going directly to the. People that need it the small businesses, that need it and the workers that need it finally. I can because when we open we want to open strong. With. Businesses, that are going. Remember. We had the greatest economy, in the world and then one day we were told to got to shut it down stop, it tell, everyone to stay home. Because. Of this horrible. Virus and we did that and. We did the right thing but now we have to open we have to open our country, finally.
I Can report that as of today the State Department, has successfully coordinated. The safe return of more than 40,000, Americans stuck abroad in, over 400 flights, from 75, countries many, of those countries were terrific in helping us and I, appreciate that very much, some. Of them I had to call the leaders of the country most of whom I know and. Once. I did they snapped, like, you wouldn't believe they really helped great, so I appreciate, that so. We brought back 40,000. Americans, who were literally, stuck, in some countries, with. No chance of getting out we got them back. 400. Flights, 75. Countries think of that and those countries in almost every instance had a big problem with a virus I want. To thank the American people most of all for the selfless, sacrifices, that they're making for. Our nation I know. It's not pleasant although, some people have said they've gotten to know their family, better. And. They love their family, more than ever that's. A beautiful thing they've actually gotten to know. Them they. Were in the same house with their family for a long time I guess you can also work the other way perhaps but we, don't want to talk about that and, I want to encourage everyone to keep following, our guidelines on, slowing the spread. Sustaining. This war effort is and, that's what it is is a war effort. Is. The patriotic, duty of every citizen while, we may be more physically, distant, for. A time we're. Closer together in the heart and in the spirit, and through. This great national, unity. Is happening, we're having a great unity. Developing, that a lot of people didn't think would be possible, to develop, like this and we. Will conquer the disease and restore our nation, to its full, and glorious. Might and, we're doing really well and I'm very proud, of everybody, out. There we're very proud of you it's something. That nobody could have ever projected. It's, been over a hundred years that a thing like this has happened and. The problem with this one is the contagion. It's so contagious. Nobody's. Ever seen anything like that where, it's so contagious, you can be feed, away and just talking to somebody and catch it. You. Can catch it you. Know how long it can live on surfaces so. Things. That nobody even thought of the level of contagion. So. We're getting there. We're. Gonna make sure that it's over soon and, just. Keep going it's not going to be long and thank you very much and with that I'd like to ask dr.. Hahn to speak and. He's. Doing. Yeoman's, work at. The fda thank you very much doctor thank, you thank. You. Thank. You mr. president I'm, going to speak about, hydroxychloroquine. And the efforts around that. Just. Preface, I'd like to echo, what the president said about the American people and the resiliency, and the just. Terrific work mitigation. Is such an important part of our fight against the the Koba 19 virus. Last, week as the president said we issued, an emergency use, authorization. To. Allow the donated. Hydroxychloroquine. To come into the country and enter the general circulation. We. Are prioritizing this. Drug to come, in for clinical trials also. Into general. Use for physicians, because as you know physicians. Based upon their interaction, with the patient's their assessment, of the risks and benefits can, write a prescription for, hydroxychloroquine. If they think it's appropriate for the patient, being, a physician we do this all the time and, that assessment needs to be done between a patient and a, doctor and. Then the third portion is we wanted to make sure that these, drugs were in the circulation, in the in the supply, chain so that people who have them, or need them for, the other indications. Lupus. Rheumatoid arthritis had, them available so. That was the purpose of the emergency, use authorization. One. Other thing I'd like to mention is that we on Friday stood up a formal, a convalescent, plasma program we. Have a great deal of enthusiasm for that there are some reports that this is of benefit, to patients in, other countries, who have had the Cova 19 virus and what, this means is taking plasma, from patients who've had the virus and who, have recovered, and, transferring. The immunity, the, immunoglobulins if, you with the immunity from that person, to, someone's who sick and. We're hopefully, expanding, that across the country the Red Cross is involved in that program and, I think it shows a great promise it needs to be studied like other things but, just like I said before it provides hope we.
Don't Want to provide false hope but definitely, home thank you. Thank. You very much mr. president I'd like to just take a couple of moments to, talk. A little bit about the public health aspects, and how it relates so. What the president just said about the need for us to begin to at least think about returning. To some degree of normality. And that, has to do with what's, gonna be happening as we end this week and we go into next week you. Will be seeing and we, should not be surprised, because the kinetics, of how, this virus works is that, we're gonna be seeing that they're gonna be deaths that are going to continue to go up but. As I mentioned to this group and to the general public multiple, times there. Really is a. Cascading. Of events, where you have new cases. Hospitalizations. Intensive, care and deaths so. At the same time that we may be seeing an increase in deaths we, want to focus on the. Effect of mitigation, is, really the number of new cases and that's, what we're gonna be thinking about and looking about so, we're gonna pay close attention to, that and hopefully the kinds of, mitigations. That we're talking about are. Gonna have the impact to allow us to begin to think about maybe, changing a, bit so, the question arises is is, the mitigation, working, so, let's look historically and, then they just look at the, reality, of it clearly, in the countries, China. Included, that, I've implemented since, very strict. Kinds. Of programs of mitigation. Clearly. It works in our own country, we've, seen indication, of that in Washington remember. Washington, State was the first to get hit but. They put in a really good program of mitigation, and if you look at the charts that dr. Berg showed the other day they're, still down they're doing, well and the, reason is again, what I've said before but I think it's worth reiterating, that. We have two opposing forces here, the, virus, which is once to do with the virus wants to do, viruses. Transmitted, from people to people when. People are separated from each other virus, does not transmit. It, doesn't go anywhere and that's the reason why something as simple as the. Physical, separations because if you look at the, vice-president's chart. That he shows all the time here, from this podium. Every aspect of that, ending, the, COBIT, outbreak, in 30 days has, some aspect, of it a physical, separation whether. That's avoiding crowds whether, that's staying six feet away from people, whether that's doing teleworking, all of it does that that's. Our most important. Tool we'll. Be talking about vaccines, and drugs and things like that that will mitigate later, but, this is what we really have to do and. I want to I want to actually just plea, as I do, multiple. Times from here to the American public you. Know as sobering, and as difficult as this is what. We are doing is making a difference so, we really need to continue, to, do that I must, tell you I was just mentioning to the Vice President as we came in last. Night when I wasn't here I went out with my wife and actually did a little power, walking, down Massachusetts. Avenue for, those who live in Washington, know what, I'm talking about and we, passed a couple of restaurants where people, like, getting takeout, food the. Restaurants, were closed to people going in but they were open to take out and I saw something that absolutely, made me feel really, really good they. Were separating, themselves by at least six feet in fact, some of the restaurants, had little things on the floor that said stand, here and, then stand, there and I, think if we as a nation pull. Together to, do that, hopefully. When we keep coming back here at these press conferences we'll be able to show you that. That curved that we keep talking about is, going in the right direction and, if they happen to answer questions later thank you. Okay. Please. You. Said over here that the virus is springing up in areas you did not expect yesterday. You said some states in the country are not in jeopardy the, fact that this is unpredictable isn't that an argument for every state to, have one look. There are some states that are you have great distance, natural, distance big, land a few, people and, they're, in very good shape and, if there is a case they can quarantine, that person, or that person will, be separated, will, be brought to a hospital secure, area so, you do have different cases as opposed to in New York or Los.
Angeles. Sannyasis doing incredibly, well by, the way but, areas. We have lots of people tight together it's a big difference so no it's a they're different there are many different cases please. The. Top so a thousand, troops go into New York and then are we expecting, other mass deployments, around the country and there's it just armies, yes. Many, of the places are really in great shape there and they really, have done a fantastic job, and. We, may add to the thousand, but, New. York will be getting about a thousand. Military. People nurses, doctors lots of other people because it's within a drug that's. Medical, no no medical, military medical, military please sir you twit, earlier today that you like the idea of a second, chronovisor, task, force that was focused on reopening day thinking about so. I was wondering if, you were planning to go forward with that I think it was getting a group of people and we, have to open our country, you know, I had, an expression the Cure can't be worse than the. Problem itself right I started. By saying that and, I. Continue, to say it the. Cure cannot be worse than, the problem itself, we got to get our country open. Reopening. Can you talk about your call with this war commissioners, did you say you'd like to see. In, arenas in absolutely. All the one I want fans back in the arenas I think. It's I think it's know like. Whenever we're ready I mean as soon as we can, obviously. And. The fans want to be back too you know they want to see basketball. And baseball and, football and hockey they want to see their sports they want to go out onto the golf courses and breathe. Nice, clean, beautiful fresh, air no the thing I, can't. Tell you I can't tell you but, I think it's gonna be sooner rather than later but, and. You know we're, not gonna have to have separation. For. The rest of our. Times on the planet, we. Need it for this period of time but eventually people, are going to be able to occupy those seats and arenas next, to each other like. We have for all of my life and all of your life. They. Want to sit next to each other at restaurants, they. Don't want to be you. Know six feet away and, yeah, some. Restaurant, men called up he said you know I'm worried because I have a small, restaurant with. Not too many seats I think, he said 120. And. He said if I practice what this is I'm down to 30 seats I can't make it I said don't worry about it that's, for a short period of time you'll. Be back to your number. Of seats we can't do that otherwise you're making everything, that. Means your stadium is half the size of what it was a month. Ago no no they're, gonna be close together but they're gonna be breathing air, that's not infected, that's not going to kill.
People Please. I'm. Not committing to it are not committing to we're gonna see where we are that'd be great if we could but. We're gonna be back to good health soon. In, my opinion, we're making a lot of progress and we're making progress because as. Tony told the story about the restaurant, and about how they were separated, sort of automatically. People. Are doing that people are doing that they're staying in their homes they. Don't want to go out there. Doing what they know. Is the right thing to do it's it's not very complicated. It's. In many ways it's a very beautiful thing to see yeah. We. Have no contingency. Plan we're, having the convention. At the end of August and we think by the end of August we'll be in good shape we have no contingency, you know it's going to be in North Carolina, it's you know and Charlotte and I. Think we're gonna have a great convention. I, noticed, I think, we had an opponent but I I, almost. Didn't, know who it was he got point zero zero zero. Zero one, percent of the vote, but. I heard he dropped out three or four weeks ago, I'm. Not sure maybe you could tell me that's the kind of opponent I had and. Hopefully we have another one just like that in Joe. What. Was not in the stimulus package that you signed last week you, would like well. I think we're gonna need more money for the small business as it's been working out so well it's been so, efficient. The, banks have been doing an incredible job I think we're gonna need more money there I think yeah we'll see but based on the first, the. First couple of days it's been incredible, I think that restaurants. And entertainment. That. Would be include sports leagues all forms, of entertainment go, back to the original, where. They get tax, deductibility, for what. They're doing and for people come in and buy tickets or go out for meals and, corporations. Can then send people into these restaurants, who are gonna have a hard time otherwise opening, in my opinion and that, could be the same for the sports leagues so we. Want to see for entertainment. And for restaurants. Deductibility. So that corporations, can take a deduction they'll. Send their executives, they'll send people there and they get a deduction. That. Is something that will really bring life back to the restaurants, I think make them hotter than before you know they used to have it and when. They ended it it was really never the same it was never the same yeah. You. Just said that you, want to see as few lives lost as possible, and. But. There are still eight governors, all Republicans, who have refused to issue these statewide stay at home workers your own experts including dr. fowey have said stay at home orders are the most effective way to stop, the spread of this, virus so.
So Why not do everything possible internist adjusters right now yeah do that we. Have a thing called the Constitution which. I cherish number, one number, two those governor's I know every. One of them that doing a great job, they're. Being very very successful in what they're doing and as. You know I want the governor's to be running things now in some cases will, supersede, but. In this case it's not I think. It depends it depends on the individual, state that you're talking about but, they're doing very well and they're doing a magnificent. Job and running their states. 1,700. Cases, right now coronavirus. Utah. Has 1255. I mean are these not states that you think should have. Well. That's a very small number relative to, populations. Larger than some states that do have stay at home it's. Up to the if I saw something wrong if I saw a massive, breakout of which that's not I would, come, down very hard but. No. Not in that case but in the case I know the states are talking about by the way I think you're up to 92% is, covered, 92%, of the country is covered and, from, a constitutional, standpoint, they. Made the difference they called the shots yes Jeff go ahead. You. And the others here are saying people, need to continue, following the mitigation, efforts but, you're also saying again the, Cure must not be worse than, the problem which. Is it no. I'm just saying we. Have to get this country open Jeff it has to get open this. Country was not designed, to be closed. So. We have the greatest we've ever had and then we're paying people to stay home would. Think of it we're paying people not to go to work how about that how, does that play and. They want to go to work by the way they don't even want they don't want money this, country, is great, but. We're paying people we, have to get back to work that's what I'm saying. Don't. Have place, on. Topic, go it's. About the announcement, from last night it's a yes-or-no question, not. That we expect the answer to be yes or no but, was it Michael Atkinson doing. The job of the Inspector, General of the intelligence, community the job he was supposed to do what. He simply, took the. Whistleblower. Complaint, to Congress, what, had been taken previously wasn't. He doing the job that he was supposed to do that American taxpayers were, paying him to do and, why did you decide to try thought he did a terrible job absolutely. Terrible. He, took a whistleblower. Report, which turned out to be a fake report it was fake it, was totally wrong it was about my conversation. With the president, of Ukraine, he. Took a fake report and. He brought it to Congress, with. An emergency, okay not. A big Trump fan that I can tell you instead, of saying and we offered this to him no. No we, will take the conversation, we're fortunately, where that transcript, put in have a transcript, with the kind of. Deception. And dishonesty that. Were practiced, by the Democrats, I might. Not be standing here right now okay, fortunately, we had a transcript, and it was a perfect transcript, because. Even. The lieutenant, colonel admitted, it, was correct okay. Wait a minute women yes the question so. He took this whistleblower. And I keep saying where's the whistleblower, right and why, was the whistleblower, allowed to do this why was he allowed to be you. Called fraudulent. Or incorrect. Transcript. So, we, offered, this. IG. I don't, know him I don't think I ever met him I don't think he never even came in to see me how can you do that without seeing the person never, came in to see me never requested to see me he.
Took This terrible. Inaccurate, whistleblower, report, right he, brought it to Congress we, offered to have him see my exact conversation it, was all about the conversation, by the way that was the whole thing was about the conversation. Right and, then. After he saw it he. Must have said well because, as, I've said it many times and it drives you people crazy it was a perfect. Conversation. So, instead of going and saying gee. This is a terrible thing he said about. The president's, conversation. Well it was a fraud I didn't. Say that and by the way you. Have the whistleblower, where's the informer, right and here's, another question remember. Before I did the before. I gave. The transcript, in other words before I revealed the real conversation, where's. The second whistleblower, remember, the second was a wet wait wait wait, there. Was gonna be a second, whistleblower, but after. I gave the conversation, he just went away he, miraculously. Went. Away where's. The informer, because there was going to be this Informer. Maybe Schiff was the informer, you ever think of that he's, a corrupt guys corrupt, politician, so listen I say. This where's. The informer, remember, the informer, was coming, forward but. I gave because, see I did one thing that surprised everybody this, gentleman right here said boy that was a shocker I. Revealed. The conversation. I got approval, from Ukraine because I didn't want to do it without their approval and, they, said absolutely you, did nothing wrong by the way president, of Ukraine foreign, minister said he did nothing wrong and, over. That. With. A hundred and ninety-six to nothing vote by the Republicans, that one dissenting. Republican, vote, dishonest. Democrats. Impeached. A President of the United States that, man is a disgrace to. Our Gees alright let's go next please. He's. A total disgrace did. You run by your decision, to dismiss. The. Inspector general fine we'll. Get off this because people want to talk about what we're talking about but let me just tell you something, that's, my decision I have the absolute right even.
The Fake news last, night said he has the absolute right to do it but. Ask him why, didn't you go and see the actual conversation, there was no rush he said all we got to rush it he, even said it was politically, biased, he. Actually said that the report could have been you. Know who the whistleblower, is and so do you and so does everybody, in this room and so do I everybody. Knows but. They give this whistleblower, a status, that, he doesn't deserve he's a fake, whistleblower. And frankly. Somebody. Oughta sue his ass off alright it's enough whistle blower go ahead. Thousand. Of them from the Chinese government are, you concerned, what he didn't say is he okay let me tell you what he didn't say two. Very good friends of mine brought. Him those. Whistle. Blood poured, him those DUHS ventilators. Right two, very good friends amok they brought him if. You'd, like their name I'll give you their name, nobody. The governor didn't mention that it, came through the Chinese the country. Of China. But. They were given by two friends of mine but. He didn't tell you that now, the governor also you'll. See when you read the letter the governor also asked for 40,000. 40,000. He wanted 40,000, fellows now the. Governor's you know had a chance to get 16,000, a few years ago he decided not to get that. The. State of New York, has. Asked. For help I've. Given him four hospitals, for. Medical, centers then, I gave him an additional hospital. Then I gave him military, people to. Operate the hospital, they were not supposed to be covetous perils the boat the ship is not interesting. Thing happening with the ship people. Aren't in accidents, because there's nobody driving there's nobody taking motorcycle, rides down the. West Side Highway at 100 miles an hour people, are away so, people, aren't being injured now they're asking whether or not we could open up the ship for kovat we. Have given the governor of New York, more. Than anybody, has ever been given, in. A long time, I'll just say I was gonna say in history, but in a long time and I think he's happy but, I think that because I watched what he said today and it was fine I wouldn't say gracious it wasn't gracious it was okay I must. Tell you Gavin Newsom has been gracious Los. Angeles, California. With. The job we've done and all of California. It. Doesn't matter it, doesn't matter but I think when we've given as much as we've given to New York somebody, should say nice I'll tell you who's been very nice mayor. De Blasio has been very nice he understands what we've given him we brought him some more ventilators. To yesterday. But. Nobody. Has been given like new. And I, think, I know, he appreciates it. He just can't quite, get the words out but that's okay. Which. One, is. On mitigation, on. The reproductive. And value, what the virus the w-h-o had I think two to two point six others. Had a percentage. Point or two higher do. You have a new number now based on those mitigation, techniques, have we noted a bring it down, what's up I think maybe you should answer there drag dr. Burks please. You. Know it's an it's an excellent question and it's why all of the, modelers, and I really want to thank them again they're, reading. All of their models in light of the level of the impact of the mitigation, remember. None of us had really been through this before so, when we modeled, school. Closures. And distancing. And staying at home and all of these pieces that had never really come into the model before they're. Working on that very diligently. Now of. Course just, to be clear we won't know how valid, the models are until, we move all the way through the epidemic, what. We're trying gating right now and instead, of working, on are not, we're, looking at testing. And, triangulating. Testing. Test positive, cases. Hospitalizations. ICUs. And the whole and the course the recoveries, because that's also very important, to us I think. It's very important, that the American people know that there are equal, number of states with less than five percent positives. Despite, high levels of testing, so, there are states that are mitigating. And making, this work they're.
Also The states that you know of the eighteen, states that have the. Larger, outbreaks, and we're watching them very carefully triangulating. For them all, of the information to, ensure that clients who come to the hospital are cared for and then, there's states in the middle that we're trying to figure out are they changing or not each. Of those states, and each. Of those epidemics. Within those states may, have a different, R value, and that is what we're trying to figure out an independent it's very. Variable, on each of these factors but the bottom line is and. I think going into this weekend it's really important for the American people to, to, know this Spain. And Italy are moving through this, they. Are seeing their number of cases drop, they're, seeing the number of people in hospitals, drop we, are about on, our models, and on the actual data about 12 days behind them at. The same time we see in the United States really, good case studies, of the. Impact at Washington, state of. California. And then, a series, of smaller, states, where we're trying to learn from them how to, do surveillance. And with, these new, HHS. Abbott. ID now kits and I just want to thank Admiral, girar for getting them out being. Able to look at testing. In a more comprehensive way, so. We can be doing surveillance, and mitigation. Simultaneously. So we can answer that very question it's. Going to be very difficult to answer at this moment across, the United States because, each Metro, cluster, is on. A different. Pathway as, they move through, move. Through the epidemic, and I think we just really ought to emphasize, through, because. We see Italy, we see Spain moving through, and we. Hope to be in that same position at. The same time as the president said, he's concerned about every, single person that is succumbing to this virus we, all are and, that's why we're making sure that, in this triangulation, they're, tracking minute, by minute when we say FEMA, and HHS, is tracking, minute by minute the, ventilator, Hospital, and ICU bed need that's. Exactly, what's happening, and also, being flexible, and responsive to, have DoD. Take. A thousand. Health care providers, out, of their medical corps is. A very, big deal I was, in the Medical Corps for 29 years we. Never did that so. This is saying we respect, and understand, the importance, and value of the American, lives and doing, that but the R values, will be variable, by. You. Had breaking news last night you, know that you saw that where, I, think, the probable, presidential. Candidate, for the Democrats, will be Joe Biden and he. Agreed that I was correct when I stopped. People. From China very early very very early from coming. Into our country and doctor foul she said that was a very big moment because it would be a much. Different picture we have right now had, will add thousands, and thousands, of people from the, specific, area I don't have to go into it from China to, come in highly infected it, would have been a very different thing the other thing so I appreciate, the fact that he did because I was called xenophobic, racist. I, was called many things. When. I did that very early and, I, got a lot of credit for it in the, Federalist, because the Federalists covered the whole journey and, they, said Trump was I didn't speak to the author respected. Author they. Said Trump was right at every single move and on, top of that he was going through a fake impeachment. A hoax, I was going through a hoax when I made the decision and, that. Does take a little time and certainly a little thinking time but. I appreciated, the fact that. Joe. Biden announced last night that he now agrees that I was correct you saw the report, come out that. I was correct when I stopped. People. From China coming in at a very early. I, don't. Know if you saw the videos, of sailors cheering for him as he left our. Reporting, shows that some sailors have said that they are worried, to. Reenlist, because they are not convinced, that commanders, are taking care of their health and taking care of them yeah okay what, do you say I don't know much about it I can only tell you this here we have one of the greatest here.
We Have one of the greatest ships in the world nuclear, aircraft carrier, credible. Ship with. Thousands, and thousands, of people and. You had about a hundred and twenty that. Were. Infected now I guess, the captain stopped in Vietnam, and people got off in Vietnam, perhaps, you don't do that in the middle of a pandemic. Or or, something, that looked like he was going to be you know history would say you don't necessarily, stop and let your your, sailors get off number, one but more importantly he wrote a letter the. Letter was a five-page, letter from. A captain and the, letter was all over the place that's. Not appropriate I don't think that's appropriate and, these. Are tough people these are tough strong, people I thought, it looked terrible to be honest with you now they made, their decision I didn't make the decision Secretary. Of Defense was involved, and a lot of people are involved I thought. It was terrible what he did to write a letter I mean. This isn't a class, on literature, this is of captain, of a massive, ship that's nuclear-powered. And, he shouldn't be talking that way in a letter he could call and ask and suggest. But. He stopped in Vietnam, a, lot. Of people got off the boat they came back and they had infection. And I. Thought it was inappropriate for the, captain of a ship to. Do I want I don't want to comment as to whether or not but I agree with their decision 100%. In. The back was, Joe. Barton actually just attacked you. You. Just what attacked you you just he didn't write anything look here's people here's professionals. From the Democrats. Let me just read what he said he said Donald Trump is not responsible. For the corona virus but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation, to respond to it how do you do that. He. Didn't write that that. Was done by a Democrat. Operative, he doesn't write he, doesn't he's probably not even watching right now and, if he is he doesn't understand, what he's watching but, just so you understand, it. Was very nice what they wrote I don't know you know they release it at a strange time you know sort. Of a strange time to release something like that but, he admitted I was right and, if you read the Federalist, story which most of you won't because. You don't want to but, you'd learn something because if you go it goes to a chart times, I was, early doctor foul Qi I think I don't think he's changed his mind but he said it was a very important, step when. We stopped China from. Coming in from the specific, area that was heavily. Infected we'd, have a whole different, thing right now so. I don't really know what Joe, Biden said, I know we care and again, I see, every, once in a while I'll say something I'll make a speech and then it'll be critiqued and I'll. Get this beautiful, brilliant, critique. Joe. Biden didn't write that Joe. Biden didn't write that he wished he did but he didn't. Yes. We do I mean one of the things that obviously is, parallel. With thinking. About the possibility, as I mentioned a little while ago about mitigation, allowing, us to turn the corner very much on the front burner is what, happens when we do because, the risk. Of there being a resurgent, is real so. What we need to do and I believe I said this before but it's worth repeating that. What we need to have in place and, we will have that in place is, that, as you then pull back you. Have to have the capability of, in, a very pristine. Precise, way do. The kind of containment, when you do see it because. Remember when you get to mitigation. Containment, takes the vaccine because you're just struggling to mitigate but, when you get it down you need to make sure it doesn't research, that, will require the, ability to test to, identify to, isolate, and to do contact, tracing that's, what we have to have in place and hopefully. We will at the time that we then pull back. That's. Working. So. This, is a situation where, someone, who's recovered, from the virus doesn't, have the virus in their system at, all you. Can take plasma, and this is a pretty routine procedure you can actually donate a couple times a week couple times a month frankly, and. Give that plasma, that plasma, contains the proteins in the blood that have the the antibodies, against, the virus you, can take that process it and then give it to someone who's ill, and. So that allows you to transfer that immunity doesn't have to be matched by family, or anything like that since. Last Tuesday the Tuesday before last we've. Allowed academic. Centers and other laboratories, and hospitals around the country to do this on a compassionate, use basis, what. We did was we pulled this together and what's called an expanded, access program, and run, it through the Red Cross because they've got the greatest system and capacity, for doing this and this allows us to scale up so, that when people get sick we can actually have these donated, plasma, packs, and given to the patients who are sick.
So. We've. Started with the Red Cross in this program we made an announcement yesterday we. Are planning to actually scale that up and we'll have more information this week because we want to make sure we have the systems in place it's a superb question. Clarify, the situation with, 3m, right now Germany, said that it was an act of piracy that. 200,000, masks, we diverted from Thailand to the United States instead of to Berlin is, that the miscommunication, did, that actually happen and. Should 3m be fulfilling contracts, we're very disappointed in, 3m, they. Should be taking care of our country and they can sell to others, but, they should be taking our care of our country the. People that have dealt with them have dealt successfully. With many companies over the last month. They. Don't like the way 3m. Has treated our country, they. Don't frankly, like the representatives. Of 3m, and no. Active Prime you said piracy. Right piracy, there's. Been no act of piracy now. If there's been no act of piracy it's the opposite, 3m. Has not treated. Our country, well and if, they do great, and if they don't they're gonna have a hell of a price to pay okay III say it that way and I watched him on television, on. Something, talking about how. This is so, hard to believe so hard to fathom they. Ought to get their act together because, I got involved and I looked at what happened and they have not 3m, has not treated our country well. We'll. Get you the information. What. Is the question is that what. Is the incidence, of, coronavirus. Right. Now this is being looked at in a Natural History study we, don't have any definitive information, to, be able to make any comment, that that it's an obvious good question, because it might be a way for us to get some interesting. And potentially important, data as to. The role of those medications, but. That's something that is now being looked at but we don't have any data to be able to say that there definitively, and. I hope they use the, hydroxychloroquine. And they can also do it with z-pak subject, to your doctor's approval and all of that but. I hope they use it because I'll tell you what. What. Do you have to lose in some cases they're, in bad shape what. Do you have to lose it's been out there for a long time and I hope they use it and, they're. Gonna look at the with. Doctors work with doctors, get what you have to get, but. We have it stockpiled. And it's we, have a lot of it and, we're getting more of it and as I told you I spoke to Prime Minister Modi we're getting more of it but we have a lot of it and I, hope they use it because it's been used for a long time and therefore. It's passed the safety test, FDA. Has been terrific dr.. Han I appreciate, it very much too but. I've seen some results. Now it's early yes it's early but and. You should they should look at the Lupus, thing I don't know what it says but there's, a rumor, out there that because. It takes, care of lupus very effectively, as I understand, it it's a you, know a drug that's used for lupus so, there's a study out there that says people that have lupus haven't, been catching. This virus No maybe, it's true maybe it's not why don't you investigate that and there's. Also other studies. You know with the malaria that the malaria countries, have very, little people that take this drug. For, malaria which. Is very effective for malaria, that those countries have very little, of this. Virus, I don't know you're gonna check it out, but. I think people should if, it were me in fact I might do it anyway I may take it okay. I may take it and I'll. Have to ask my doctors about that but I may take it yeah. Please go ahead. Look. I've been against OPEC all my life because. What is it it's an illegal you, could call it a cartel, you could call it a monopoly, use a lot of different names for it but it, broke down very, violently. Very. Violently, so. I don't care about OPEC, I really don't I couldn't care less about OPEC, let me just say no no I think they're gonna settle it you know why because.
They're Going to be destroyed, they're destroying themselves if they don't Russia. Two, very important, and we had a very good conversation President. Putin and myself very good, but. Russian a big part of their, economic. Well-being is, from oil, oil is that a record load nobody's ever seen anything like it it's actually lower than you even think, and it's. To their advantage obviously, it's, the Saudi Arabia's, advantage. They. Told me they're. Discussing, Saudi, Arabia went much further than that he thinks that a deal is going to be made at. 10 million barrels, reduction, and maybe, more than that he actually indicated. It would most likely be much more than that so, we'll see what happens, I mean we're gonna see what happens but as far as OPEC is concerned I mean I was, against, OPEC for years and years because I thought it was very unfair, to our country the beautiful, thing is we have built one, of the great, you. Know one of the things we've done is created so much we we, produce with the number one producer in the world right now I don't, like it for a different reason because, it's going to hurt a lot of jobs in our country this. Price it's, going to hurt a lot of jobs now, with all of that being said people are going to be driving, paying. Ninety cents a gallon did you ever hear that what's that 1952. Or something alright, so. From that standpoint but you know what I am. A big, believer in our great energy business, and we're gonna take care of our energy business and, if I have to do tariffs so an oil coming, from outside or if I have to do something to protect or. Thousands. And tens of thousands, of energy workers and our. Great companies, that produce all these jobs I'll do whatever I have to do ok. Yeah ma'am go ahead, you. Tweeted a little while ago about how. Sad it is, don't have little league right now but. I'm wondering if you're willing to share about your youngest son and how he's dealing with life. And sheltering. In place not. Going to school sports, well, he's a good, athlete and he loves soccer and, he. He's. Like everyone, else I mean everything shut down, he's. In his room he's. Happy but, he's not as happy as he could be he'd like to be playing sports barren, and. Let's. See what happens but, we have to get back we have to get back remember. That we have to get back and we have to get back soon. Okay. You. Guys ever stop you. Want to keep going for a little while huh. I mean do you ever stop how many times yes and in many cases it's the same actually a lot of good questions go ahead but. Keep going yes so. You're not gonna blame me that I kept it going too long people said all we kept every. Time you'll ask it no I mean no it's amazing okay. Every. Can't wind up I thought we've gone through them every I think every single hand went up the last time, you. Know what it shows you it shows you that you love what you do go ahead you. Do you know you're doing some of you do it well not. All of you, go. Ahead and say I'm not looking at you by the way, get, the job supports numbers yesterday obviously, that's kind of a small portion because it's like the first half of March, was.
There Anything in there that was. Any sign of optimism. Obviously, we all saw the numbers you down, a retail, is. There anything you said okay maybe. Look. The. Job numbers, or what they are we. Asked everybody to go home don't work so. The numbers are gonna be, you. Know. Astronomical. We understand, that I understood, that I know somebody, said that me numbers are meaningless and then they took that to me no jobs, don't, mean anything and you know it was just another fake news story it. Wasn't me that said apply there was a very smart person but they meant it. By. Saying it really is what that's why I answer your question very carefully, the, numbers are what they are we, know the numbers we're going to be massive, because. We told everybody to go home and lock your door essentially, right don't come to work you can't come to work don't go outside don't, breathe don't do anything. We. Can open up our country but I know I, know, that, it's. Coming back and in, my opinion it will come back very strong there'