Indianapolis, IN April 4, 2020 – After speaking on the phone with numerous Major League Sports Commissioners earlier in the day, President Donald Trump entered the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of The White House to brief and update the American people and media on the ongoing war with the Wuhan Virus. Joining POTUS on the stage today was FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Vice President Mike Pence.
President Trump couldn’t stress enough about how bad the next few weeks are going to be as he did earlier in the week and he noted “This will probably be the toughest week. There will be a lot of death unfortunately”. POTUS also shined some light on how poorly the MSM is covering the WUHAN virus and stressed how important it is for the media to “Stop spreading false rumors and creating fear and even panic with the public”, he added.
POTUS also announced that he will be adding about 1000 more military personnel to New York to help combat this battle with the Wuhan virus. Trump noted “We’re going to be adding a tremendous amount of military personnel, thousands of soldiers, medical workers and professionals will be notified very soon of their assignments.”
President Trump during today’s briefing updated everyone on medical supplies. He stated “Fears of shortages have led to inflated requests from the states and everybody has the proper intentions, but sometimes when they know they don’t need it, they want it anyway and some states have more ventilators than they need, but won’t admit it. They’ll admit it when this thing is over”, he added. “If a state has ventilators, they know they’re not going to need, they should give them over for redistribution to other hot spots.” Trump said.
Trump continued to hammer the point home that the federal government is a “backup” for the states when it comes to medical supplies. POTUS also noted that “FEMA and HHS have ordered 180 million N95 masks” and talking about masks, President Trump was eager to point out that he had to invoke the Defense Production Act due to 3M making masks, but sending them to other countries. “The Defense Production Act is sometimes a form of retaliation. “You could call it retaliations because that’s what it is. It’s a retaliation. If people don’t give us what we need for our people, we’re going to be very tough.” Trump said. As he continued talking about medical supplies, “Who ever heard of 180 million masks?” Trump said. POTUS did mentioned that hospital administrators are telling the White House they are “thrilled to be where they are” when it comes to supplies.
After speaking and going into detail on supplies, President Trump moved towards the topics of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which seems to be getting high remarks in combating the Wuhan virus. Trump mentioned that the United States has a stockpile of 29 million doses of the malaria drug and he has also put in a request with India for more supplies of the drug.
President Trump spoke about the Paycheck Protection Program, which has been in affect for over 24 hours now and Trump mentioned that “some 28,000 loans and billions of dollars have been processed under the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.” POTUS also added that the program is “way ahead of schedule” and he is prepared to ask Congress to approve more funding for the program, but only if needed.
Trump closed with saying,“We’re going to make sure it’s over soon. It’s not going to be long.” “We will move heaven and earth to safeguard our great American citizens” the president “We have to get back to work…we have to open our country again”
Dr. Anthony Fauci had encouraging words today at the briefing when speaking on the data that’s coming in about the mitigation and social distancing efforts. “Clearly it works” he added. “As sobering and as difficult as this is, it’s working” and Dr. Fauci continued to urge Americans to continue social distancing, despite how difficult it is, “What we are doing is making a difference.” He noted.
After remarks from POTUS, FDA Dr. Hahn, Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and Vice President Pence, the briefing was opened for questions from the media gathered in the press briefing room.
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