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Friday Coronavirus Update: Happy Good Friday

Indianapolis April 10, 2020 – After participating in a Easter Blessing with Bishop Harry Jackson in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump with members from the Coronavirus Task Force Team made their way into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of the White House to give an update to the Country and media on the continuing war with the Wuhanvirus.

Joining POTUS at the podium for today’s briefing was Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams.

President Trump updated everyone on the construction of the Southern Border Wall. “168 miles of the southern border wall has been completed,” Trump mentioned. Yesterday, POTUS touched on OPEC and oil production with Russia and Saudi Arabia and today he announced that the United States will now help Mexico in an effort to reduce oil production, “It may work out or maybe it won’t.” Trump added.

Trump spoke about how the number of deaths in the United States are slowing, along with the need for hospital beds not being as high as first expected. “We are near the peak and our comprehensive strategy is working,” POTUS added. “We are also seeing clear signs our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives and if the American people continue to follow the guidelines to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, I think the United States’s death toll might be 60,000, which is substantially under the 100,000 death mark originally projected. Nobody knows the number of lives saved with Social Distancing” Trump remarked.

Some 2 million Coronavirus tests have been conducted so far in the United States, which is now at a rate of 100,00 tests conducted per day. President Trump excepts the number of tests per day to shoot up substantially and “very quickly.” POTUS also mentioned that his administration is working on approval for antibody testing devices and they are working at “breakneck speed.”

Trump has also directed the Secretary Of The UDSA Sonny Perdue to use all available resources at the USDA’s disposal to make sure the US food supply is stable and stays safe. He also announced that he will be making an announcement next week on the World Health Organization, noting that the United States contributes $500 million dollars per year to the WHO.

“Every American should be proud of what our country has achieved in a short period of time.” Trump remarked.

Dr. Birx said “The United States for the first time is starting to see its curve level like Italy’s did about a week ago and we are starting to see a change.” She added that, ” The signs are encouraging, but as encouraging as they are we have not reached the peak and Americans should continue to abide by the guidelines put forth by President Trump.”

Dr Birx commended the citizens in the Baltimore / Washington corridor for doing a great job with the Social Distancing guidelines. Dr. Birx mentioned the rate of infections and cases has been slowing down for Boston and Philadelphia.

Dr. Hahn announced that FEMA is purchasing on behalf of the federal government 60 sterilization machines that will be distributed around the country to increase the supply of N95 respirator masks. He also mentioned that the FDA has removed red tape to allow for the safe reuse of medical gowns.

Surgeon General Adams explained that Black Americans are not genetically predisposed to be more adversely affected by the coronavirus, but they are socially disposed to being more affected by the virus. He also showed his own inhaler and said “young people with asthma can grow up to have this job, too.”

“The particular risk this virus poses to Black-Americans is due to higher rates of underlying conditions,” he said. “Call your friends and family, check in on your mother, she wants to hear from you right now!” Adams remarked.

Vice President Pence urged churches to continue to heed the social distancing guidelines during this Easter weekend.

After remarks were finished, the floor was opened up to questions by the media.

Full video of today’s briefing:

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Full transcript from today’s briefing can be found here

(courtesy of Public Pool)

Clips of today’s briefing:

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Thursday Coronavirus Update: Supplies, Oil & PPP

Indianapolis April 9, 2020 – After finishing a conference call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman of Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump joined members from the Coronavirus Task Force Team to give an update to the American people and media about medical supplies, oil supply and the Paycheck Protection Program. Trump was joined on stage for today’s briefing by Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.

The scheduled time for the briefing was 5:00 PM EST, but it was moved back to 6:30 PM EST due to President Trump being on a conference call with President Putin and King Salman about a oil production dispute. “We had a big talk on oil production and OPEC,” Trump said of the conversation. “We had a very good talk, oil production numbers are low and there are layoffs in the United States and Worldwide,” POTUS added. Saudi Arabia and Russia are producing a lot of oil and the United States’s strategic reserve is almost full, but POTUS expects OPEC to announce something today or tomorrow. He’s in the midst of negotiations with the oil and airline industries, but Trump remarked “I would say we’re getting close to a deal and its a very big package to help the airlines.” The airlines deal according to the President will be discussed over the weekend and the plans for the deal will be announced at a later date.

President Trump updated everyone on the health of the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson. “PM Johnson has been moved out of the intensive care unit, which is a positive development,” Trump mentioned.

As POTUS spoke of earlier in the week, 49 more flights are currently scheduled in “Project Airbridge.”

Trump had some positive words for the American Medical System. He mentioned how strong it is performing along with the testing capabilities, which are the best in the world. POTUS stated they are “19 therapies and treatments now being tested through the United States FDA through the Coronavirus Acceleration Program.” Trump added that “2 million tests have been completed in the United States and Pfizer is testing a drug to stop the Coronavirus from replicating, which is a big deal.” POTUS noted that hydroxychloroquine and zpaks are being distributed for use by doctors at their own discretion and he would like to reach a point where the country is testing around 750,000 people a week before opening up the country.

President Trump remarked about his administration was working with Congress in implementing the Paycheck Protection Program and hes looking at the Department of Education for $6 billion dollars for students, who were impacted by suspended classes.

Before leaving the room, POTUS took a few questions from the media.

Vice President Pence updated everyone on testing. “We have now cleared 2 million tests across the country while testing 100,000 people a day now and we continue to see evidence of stabilization in the greater New York, Louisiana, Detroit and Denver areas,” Pence noted. Speaking about the social distancing guidelines, Pence urged the American people to kept following them, “it’s working America and it’s working because of you’re doing it.” He added, ” It appears these areas are close to the peak of infections and we continue to see evidence that we are reaching or we are at the peak and America is succeeding against this virus.”

As did President Trump, Vice President Pence touched on the Paycheck Protection Program as well, he added that the first payments for people with direct deposits linked to the IRS will go out by the end of next week and the administration remains “on the timetable” to send out the first round of stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per eligible person by the end of next week.

Pence announced that due to the USNS Comfort and Javits Center not being used extensively in New York, health care professionals from both places are relieving health care workers at hospitals and the Department of Defense will provided 75 military medical personnel to go to New York hospitals today to help relieve some burden on health care workers.

“Today, the Task Force asked the US FDA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to review the feasibility of allowing hospital workers to use cloth gowns that can be laundered and we should likely get guidance soon on this,” Pence noted.

Dr. Birx stated today that “More women are tested, but the rate among men who are tested is higher for positives. 44% of the people who get tested for coronavirus are male and 23% test positive, but only 16% positive results for women.” She added that “This week would be the most difficult, but signs are encouraging already with all new areas seeing increase in cases, but rate much slower.”

Dr. Fauci continued to emphasize that social distancing is working. “While the death rate is rising in New York, they are seeing a dramatic decrease in the need for hospitalizations,” he added.

Labor Secretary Scaila talked about the new steps taken to ensure workers swiftly receive unemployment and paid leave benefits. The Labor Department is helping states dispense unemployment checks. Scaila said “More states will be making the $600 plus-up payments for unemployment benefits and those who have not received them will be given that money later when the state computer systems are updated.”

“We want to lay the groundwork for a blue collar bounce back,” Scaila added.

Vice President Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci and Labor Secretary opened the floor up to the media for questions after their remarks.

Full video of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

Full remarks from today’s briefing can be found here

(courtesy of Public Pool)

Clips of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House Twitter)

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Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Encouraging Numbers

Indianapolis April 8, 2020 – Led by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Wuhanvirus Task Force Team delivered today’s press briefing from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at The White House. Joining POTUS on the stage for today’s briefing was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

President Trump mentioned today he has been monitoring Prime Minster Of The UK, Boris Johnson‘s health for the last couple days. Trump said “he’s been told Boris is doing better , but is still going through a tough time. We send our regards to Boris.”

POTUS spoke about opening the country back up. ” The United States is getting closer to getting back to the way it was before the pandemic and the United States is working to beat the Coronavirus, maybe a lot more quickly, I hope.”

Again President Trump talked about the drug, hydroxychloroquine and the story that was making it rounds yesterday in the media about the Democrat lawmaker from the State of Michigan. “She saw what I was saying on television”, Trump explained. He commended the Michigan legislator, who complimented the President on his advocacy for medicines that she chose to take for the virus. President Trump reminded everyone in the press briefing room that the CDC would be releasing new guidance later today to ensure infrastructure workers can perform their jobs safely. POTUS also mentioned that the $350 billion dollar small business loan program will be expanded by $250 billion dollars this week, pending Congress approval. “We will also invest in American infrastructure and build up America instead of pouring out to other countries. It’s time to build up America,” Trump added.

POTUS then transitioned to the topic of the World Health Organization. ” The United States spent last year alone $452 million dollars on WHO, while China paid only $42 million dollars. Yet the WHO covers for China transgressions” Trump explained. “The World Health Organization got it wrong and underestimated the threat from the coronavirus. not good,” he said. The United States has paid far more than China. “Not fair at all, the United States will do an “investigation” to determine what it will do” according to POTUS.

“We are hopefully heading toward a final stretch, a light at the end of the tunnel”, President Trump quoted.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about all the Americans coming home from over seas. “We have had 490 flights returning Americans to the United States. Pompeo added that “more than 50,000 Americans have been repatriated back to the United States. We continue to help countries across the world thru CDC. We still have several thousand US citizens abroad and many are in remote areas and some in difficult conditions, but we will keep it up.”

Vice President Pence in his remarks today sounded very upbeat. “The losses as egregious as they are reflect those who contracted virus before full mitigation was implemented. The more optimistic numbers lately are showing a possible leveling off of infections is reflective of the national effort” he noted. Pence also stressed that the coronavirus is three times as contagious as the flu.

Dr. Birx praised the American people and stated “She and Dr. Fauci are impressed by the American peoples response on mitigation and how those measures may mean the death rates will be lower than some models projected.” She also updated everyone on the daily case numbers of the coronavirus in major cities in the United States. 11,000 cases per day in the New York City/Metro Area, 1,400 cases per day in Detroit, 1,400 cases per day in Philadelphia, 800 cases per day in Los Angeles and 350 case per day in Seattle. Dr Birx also encouraged pregnant women not to skip their doctor appointments and said labor and delivery units are going above and beyond to keep things safe for them. “We don’t want any pregnant women to suffer a bad outcome during this time” Dr. Birx remarked.

Dr. Fauci had a fairly positive message today, saying “the number of people being lost to the Coronavirus is serious, but it could be so much worse.” “Don’t get complacent”, he added. “We know now for sure that the mitigation we are doing is having an effect, but you don’t see it for weeks later. Mitigation and Social Distancing is, at this time, the best and only tool we have to fight against this virus” Dr. Fauci said. He also talked about a topic from a previous briefing, which is the health of Black Americans. “We want to double down and say to the young people and the elderly people in that community, please protect the people who are susceptible” he noted.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redford mentioned that the updated guidelines for employers of critical workers exposed to Coronavirus on be found at https://www.cdc.gov/.

After finishing their remarks, Vice President Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redford all took question from the media.

Full video of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

Clips from today’s briefing:

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Tuesday Coronavirus Update: Medical Supplies & PPP

Indianapolis April 7, 2020 – After finishing a Small Business Event at The White House, President Donald Trump made his way over to the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to update the American people and media on the continuous war against the Wuhan virus. Joining POTUS on stage for today’s briefing was, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx, CMS Administrator Seema Verma and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

President Trump remarked that the American people are grieving alongside every family that has lost a precious loved one and he added, “prayers for New York, New Jersey and the Prime Minster of the UK, Boris Johnson.

As President Trump stressed last week and again today, “This will be a very painful week” POTUS said, “but our strategy is working. This is a monster we are fighting. We are going to beat this virus with the grit and heart for which this country is known for!”, he added.

Also today President Trump spoke about “Operation Airbridge” and that 27 more airbridge flights are scheduled to get supplies to the cities who need them. Trump also added, “I will protect you if your governor fails.”

POTUS praised Washington and California states for sending their surplus of ventilators back to the Federal Stockpile for redistribution. Right now according to Trump the stockpile has fewer than 10,000 ventilators. The United States projects they will need 32,000 by April 15 when the Wuhan virus outbreak is projected to peak. While talking about ventilators, President Trump laid out a timeline for ventilator orders. He said, “We’ll have 2,200 more by April 13, then by June 1st we will have 20,000 and by June 29, we will have 60,000 then by the end of the June the total ventilator count should be around 110,000.” Trump added, ” There’s a big difference between a good ventilator and a not-so-good ventilator.”

President Trump today also touched on how the Wuhan virus has affected other Countries around the world. He said, “He knows for a fact that some large countries have far more cases of COVID-19 than the United States, but they don’t report them.” He did report thought that the United States has now preformed 1,870,000 tests for the Wuhan virus infection per day and thats more than any other nation. Trump also added that “CVS stores are preforming point of care tests with results in 5 minutes.” Along with the testing at CVS, President Trump spoke highly of the Abbott Company and their 5 minute test adding that 1,200 machines have been shipped.

POTUS remarked that more than $70 billion dollars in guaranteed loans for small businesses has been processed so far and that he will be asking Congress to provide an additional $250 billion dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program.

President Trump had some very interesting words during today’s briefing when the World Health Organization was brought up. ” They’ve been wrong about a lot of things. They seem to be China-centric and we’re going to look into that”, he noted. Trump also added that, “the United States will put a hold on funding to the WHO.”

Trump requested all Americans use this hashtag moving forward on social media, #AmericaWorksTogether.

POTUS took a few questions from the press before exiting the briefing room today and one of the questions, he was asked was about the Peter Navarro memos that are sent back in January about the possibility of the Wuhan virus spreading through-out the United States. “I didn’t see them, but I heard he wrote some memos talking about the pandemic.” Trump answered. “Of course I maintain confidence in Peter. He wrote a memo and he was right.” he added.

Dr. Fauci warned that some demographics will be more susceptible to needing intensive care under Coronavirus. “Diabetes, hypertension, obesity and the very co-morbidities that often lead to the COVID-19 deaths are already prevalent among African Americans,” Fauci said. “It’s very sad,” he added. “There’s nothing we can do about it right now, but this crisis is “shining a bright light” on health disparities for the African American community.” he remarked.

As President Trump has spoke words about there being a light at the end of the tunnel, Vice President Pence uttered the same words today. “We continue to see evidence of stabilization, as a non-scientist up here, I see glimmers of hope,” he added. Pence continued to stress the importance that all people continue to adhere to CDC guidelines for slowing spread. He also raised concern about absenteeism in food and grocery industry and promised to work with food and grocery companies to make sure workers stay safe.

Dr. Birx warned against buying antibody tests on the internet until a valid test is approved and available. She also noted its importance given the risk of another wave of the virus attacking in the fall.

Vice President Pence, Administrator Verma, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx all following their remarks took questions from the media.

Full video of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

Full remarks of today’s briefing can be found here

(courtesy of Public Pool)

Clips from today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House Twitter)

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Saturday Coronavirus Update: Supplies & Cases

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.

Full video of today’s briefing:

Courtesy of White House YouTube

Full remarks of today’s briefing can be found here

(Courtesy of Public Pool)

Clips of today’s briefing:

(Courtesy of White House Twitter)

(Courtesy of Mike Pence Twitter)

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Trump Calls Professional Sports Commissioners

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Indianapolis, IN April 4, 2020 – With everything in the sports world either postponed or cancelled due to the Wuhan virus, President Donald Trump spoke with all the Major Sports Commissioners today by telephone to give them an update on the virus and to thank them for the good work being done by all the teams, players and fan bases in their respective communities, and encouraged them to keep supporting their fellow Americans according to White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere. Joining POTUS on the call from the Trump Administration was, Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway and Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison Andrew Giuliani.

The Commissioners who participated in the call with POTUS were:
Gary Bettman – Commissioner of the NHL
Cathy Engelbert – Commissioner of the WNBA
Don Garber – Commissioner of MLS
Roger Goodell – Commissioner of the NFL
Rob Manfred – Commissioner of MLB
Vince McMahon – President of the WWE & XFL
Jay Monahan – Commissioner of the PGA Tour
Adam Silver – Commissioner of the NBA
Dana White – President of the UFC
Roger Penske – IndyCar Owner
Michael Whan – Commissioner of the LPGA Tour
Drew Fleming – President of the Breeders Cup

While on the phone with President Trump, the Commissioners thanked POTUS for his leadership and interest in sports in this time of the Wuhan virus.

(courtesy of Public Pool)

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