Indianapolis April 15, 2020 – President Donald Trump entered The Rose Garden today for the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing looking as confident in the United States as ever.
President Trump announced today that he along with Vice President Pence will be speaking with the governors tomorrow about new guidelines for reopening the country tomorrow, which he will announce at the Press Briefing tomorrow. “We’ll be opening up some states much sooner than others, before May 1st,” POTUS said. “Governors are chomping at the bit to get going. We want to get our country back. We’re going to do it. We’re going to do it soon,” Trump added.
The media and American people were made aware during today’s briefing that the United States has now passed the peak on new cases of the Wuhanvirus. In addition, POTUS announced that Abbott Labs has produced an antibody test for the Coronavirus and the GM plant in Kokomo, Indiana will be shipping 600 ventilators to the nation’s federal stock pile this month alone. On the screens behind him, POTUS played a short video sent to the White House from GM. Referring to the media, Trump said “You were probably getting nervous when I said I would show a video.”
The United States has now tested 3.3 million people for the Coronavirus, along with 48 new Coronavirus tests that were authorized by FDA today. “Therapies are the most important, because it takes care of people right now,” Trump remarked. 35 clinical trials are underway now and convalescent plasma continues to show promise according to POTUS.
President Trump strongly urged Congress and the Senate today to push through his appointees. “If you heard what’s coming out of the Voice of America Network, it’s disgusting,” Trump explained. POTUS also referenced Michael Pack, whose nomination has been stuck in the Senate to head the United States Agency for Global Media. POTUS also touched on the 129 Federal Judges that have been approved, but due to partisan lagging and Democrats blocking, theres another 448 judges stuck in the Senate.
POTUS stressed he doesn’t want to go down this road, but will if he needs to, he will use constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress under recess provisions in order to appoint federal positions. “The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments,” he added.
According to Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, this give President Trump the authority to adjourn both the House and the Senate.
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Trump also let the American people know, that its the Democrats, who are continuing to block additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Plan for workers and small business. “Republicans want to do it immediately, but the Dems are blocking it,” Trump remarked.
“We’ll be the comeback kids. All of us, all of us” – President Donald Trump
Secretary Perdue reminded all Americans that America’s food supply is strong, resilient and safe. As for empty store shelves, Secretary Perdue said, ” it’s a demand issue, not a supply issue and they are working through the distribution issues, but insists there is enough food available in the United States.” According to Perdue, The USDA is working closely with CDC to ensure that agriculture and healthcare workers are as safe as possible.
Vice President Pence announced that “3,324,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed across the country and sadly we mourn the loss of more than 27,000 of our countrymen.” Pence reported that 24% of counties in the United States have no reported cases of the virus and remarked “We’re getting there, America!”
Pence also mentioned that there will be areas of the country that will continue to require mitigation, but he also encouraged all who have recovered from Coronavirus to donate blood toward plasma therapy.
Dr. Birx had some encouraging remarks for today’s briefing. “The United States now has a lower mortality rate than other countries, there are 9 states with less than 1,000 cases,” she remarked. She explained that individual states and separate metro areas are being discussed as part of the decision making in reopening the country and Rhode Island continues to show new cases with suspected spread from New York and Boston. Dr. Birx also urged the American people not to consider gatherings like a dinner party for 120, “Don’t do it yet” she noted.
After the remarks, President Trump opened the briefing up to the media for questions.
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