Indianapolis April 14, 2020 – One day after tearing the media to shreds, President Donald Trump was at it again today briefing the American people and media about the on-going war with the Wuhanvirus.
Gathered with POTUS in The Rose Garden for today’s briefing was, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Adam Boehler, President and CEO, American Hospital Association Rick Pollack, CEO, HCA Healthcare Sam Hazen, President and CEO, Oschner Health Warner Thomas and President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic.
President Trump announced today an agreement has been reached with the airlines industry on a assistance package and the details of the package will be released once finalized. Trump also mentioned that only 15% of counties in the United States have no cases of the COVID-19 virus. “Large parts of our country are looking at other parts of our country and saying, that looks bad,” he added.
POTUS also during today’s briefing made 2 big announcements. “Today, I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organzation (WHO), while a review is conducted to assess the WHO’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the Coronavirus,” he announced. “The United States has a duty to insist on full accountability from the WHO which, made a disastrous decision to oppose the travel restrictions on China as they put political correctness above life-saving measures,” Trump continued.
“The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable,” POTUS stated. “We put up by far the largest amount of money for the WHO and its not even close. We have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” Trump remarked. POTUS pointed all the blame towards the WHO for taking all of the statements from China at face value and allowing the Chinese to push misinformation. “It would be so easy to be truthful,” Trump says, talking about the WHO.
POTUS updated everyone on the progress of building up the federal stockpile of ventilators. According to Trump, the United States will have up to 200,000 ventilators in the stockpile by the end of the year. He announced his administration is partnering with hospitals to create the “Dynamic Ventilator Reserve.” He remarked that, ” The scariest day of his life was when he was told the United States was short on ventilators.”
President Trump has now authorized the United States Food & Drug Administration to develop a testing program at Rutgers University that uses saliva to detect the coronavirus infection. “The program can conduct 10,000 tests daily, under a new process called innovation under pressure,” Trump added.
POTUS made his 2nd big announcement during today’s brief. “The plans to reopen the country are close to being finalized and the plan is to reopen soon,” Trump noted. “Some states may open before May 1. The federal government will be watching them very closely and we will hold the governors accountable to make sure it works really well,” Trump added.
Along with opening states back up, President Trump touched on getting sports teams back on the field, court, etc. “We have to get our sports back,” Trump said. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.”
POTUS had different Presidents and CEOs from different health organizations at today’s briefing and he welcomed Chief Executive Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Adam Boehler to the podium for some remarks. “There are currently 400,000 ventilators in the federal reserve system,” Boehler noted. Boehler also added that no american who has needed a ventilator has not gained access to one.
Boehler thanked President Trump and his administration for spearheading the Public-Private Partnership.
After his remarks, President Trump opened the floor to the media for questions.
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