Indianapolis, IN April 6, 2020 – Ahead of a potential rough week, President Donald Trump was joined today in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room by members of the Coronavirus Task Force Team to update the American people and media with the on-going war with the Wuhan virus. Joining POTUS on stage for today’s briefing was Vice President Mike Pence, Assistant Secretary For Health Admiral Brett Giroir, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
President Trump offered up his thoughts and prayers from the people of the United States to United Kingdom Prime Minster Boris Johnson, who late last week was hospitalized due to the Wuhan virus. Trump added, “Americans are all praying for his recovery. When this virus is gone, we’re going to be sitting next to each other once again.” referring to PM Johnson.
President Trump went on to praise and support all of the Nation’s Governors for the way they have handled the Wuhan virus in their state today during a 2 hour conference call with Vice President Pence and all 50 states Governors. POTUS also updated everyone on one of the nations “hotspots”, New York state. “Governor Andrew Cuomo was granted a request to use the Navy ship USNS Comfort for Wuhan virus patients for New York City and New Jersey”, Trump stated. There will also be alternative care sites in 18 different states manned by the U.S. Military along with the Javits Center in Manhattan starting tomorrow POTUS noted.
Earlier today, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke over the phone on the topic of the Wuhan virus. “The call was good”, according to Trump. “Vice President Biden shared several suggestions for actions the Administration can take now to address the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation” Trump added.
President Trump along with praising all the United States Governors, he also praised the 3M Company, he announced a “amicable” deal with the company which will deliver 55.5 million masks per month and 166.5 million masks over the next few months for front-line health care workers. Along with the masks, POTUS had to invoke the Defense Production Act for 3M to start producing 166 million N95 respirator masks for the front line health care workers as well. After thanking 3M, President Trump mentioned the company Apple, which is producing 1 million face shields per week and Salesforce which has donated 48 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment. POTUS also updated everyone on all of the PPEs that has been directly distributed by FEMA and Health and Human Services (HHS), “11.7 million N95 respirator masks, 26.5 million surgical masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.4 million surgical gowns and 22.6 million gloves” Trump noted. President Trump stated there are about 9,000 ventilators in the federal stockpile and he thanked Admiral Giroir for the distribution of all the medial supplies.
POTUS mentioned that some states have a surplus of medical supplies, which are being redeployed to states that need them. Trump pointed to California Governor Gavin Newsome, whose sending 500 ventilators to other locations.
President Trump also gave a update on the amount of tests that have been performed which is 1.79 million and POTUS also called the healthcare workers “warriors” and also stated “they are running thur those doors to help, it’s like no different than when your in the war movies.” he added.
“There’s tremendous light at the end of the tunnel, stay inside and let’s win this” Trump remarked.
Dr. Fauci had positive remarks today as well. “Even states not strictly enforcing stay at home orders, States are reporting back people are maintaining a functional level of staying at home. “ he noted.
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