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.
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