President Trump Holds Presser After Meeting Republican Senators – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump and VP Mike Pence traveled to Capitol Hill to brief congress on the efforts of the Coronavirus task force and hold discussions on what legislative measures might be needed.  [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: So we just had a great meeting. Tremendous unity in the Republican Party. And we’re working on a lot of different things. We’ve also had some very good updates on the virus. That’s working out very smoothly. Tremendous people. It’s a tremendous task force. They have done a great job — not a good job, a great job.

As you know, it’s about 600 cases, it’s about 26 deaths, within our country. And had we not acted quickly, that number would have been substantially more. But we — we just had a meeting on stimulus, and you’ll be hearing about it soon. But it was a great meeting.

There’s great unity within the Republican Party.

Q Mr. President, Republican senators yesterday, they seemed rather skeptical of this. They weren’t sure that they wanted to do it on a payroll tax holiday. How do you convince them? Is that the right approach?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I was just with the Republican senators, and there was — they were just about all there, mostly all there — and there’s a great feeling about doing a lot of things. And that’s one of the things we talked about.

Q And what about the ideas proposed by Nancy Pelosi? It raised some —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re going to see. They came in very chopped up. A lot of them are things that she wanted to get for other things, and we’re looking at the people. We’re looking at solving this problem.

Also, some very good numbers coming out of some countries where it started earlier. And we’re seeing some fairly good numbers come out of those countries — that’s a good thing — including China. And they’ve released numbers, and we’ve gotten some numbers from China that look pretty promising. So we’ll be able to further report.


Q But why not get tested yourself? I mean, you’ve interacted with Matt Gaetz and Doug Collins in the last few days.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don’t think it’s a big deal. I would do it. I don’t feel that — any reason. I feel extremely good. I feel very good. But I guess it’s not a big deal to get tested. And it’s something I would do.

But again, I spoke to the White House doctor — terrific guy, talented guy — he said he sees no reason to do it. There’s no symptoms, no anything.

And you know what? If there were, you people would be the first to know it. You would — you would maybe even tell me about it.

Yes, please.

Q Mr. President, have you been briefed that up to 100 million Americans would ultimately be exposed to the virus?

THE PRESIDENT: I’ve been briefed on every contingency you can possibly imagine. Many contingencies. A lot of —

Q But that number.

THE PRESIDENT: — a lot of positive. Different numbers. All different numbers. Very large numbers. And some small numbers too, by the way.

Look, right now, I guess we’re at 26 deaths, and if you look at the flu — the flu, for this year — we’re at 8 mil- — we’re looking at 8,000 deaths. And, you know, hundreds of thousands of cases, but we have 8,000 deaths. So you have 8,000 versus 26 deaths, at this time.

With all of that being said, we’re taking this unbelievably seriously, and I think we’re doing a really good job. And, again, the task force, headed up by the Vice President, has been fantastic.

Q Why has the U.S. been so slow with testing? Other countries have tested tens of thousands.

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think the U.S. has done a very good job on testing. We had to change things that were done, that were nobody’s fault. Perhaps they wanted to do something a different way, but it was a much slower process from a previous administration. And we did change them. We made the changes. But the testing has gone very well. And when people need a test, they can get a test. When the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get the test. It’s gone really well.

Look, the biggest thing that we did was stopping the inflow of people early on, and that was weeks ahead of schedule, weeks ahead of what other people would have done. In fact, other people, mostly, would probably not have done it even until now. And that’s made a big difference.

Q Are you planning to fire anyone —


Q — because of the spread of the virus in the United States. The numbers have changed —

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think the people are doing a fantastic job. In fact, just today — I have it inside — Governor Newsom, Gavin Newsom of California, said tremendous — there’s an article that just came out; I had it inside and I showed it to the senators, and I showed them other articles too — where governors — Democrat governors are saying we’ve done a fantastic job.

Gavin Newsom said there’s not a thing that he’s asked for that we weren’t able to get him. And, you know, he’s been — he’s a critical guy, like we all are. But it was a very positive statement.

Many Democrat governors have said that the task force and the federal government, what we’ve done, has been terrific.

Q Mr. President, how long should Americans be prepared for the economy to suffer?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, this was unexpected. This was something that came out of China, and it hit us and many other countries. You look at the numbers; I see the numbers with just by watching you folks. I see it — it’s over 100 different countries. And it hit the world.

And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.

We want to protect our shipping industry, our cruise industry, cruise ships. We want to protect our airline industry — very important. But everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful.

But be calm. It’s really working out. And a lot of good things are going to happen. The consumer is ready, and the consumer is so powerful in our country with what we’ve done with tax cuts and regulation cuts and all of those things. The consumer has never been in a better position than they are right now.

So a lot of good things are going to happen. Thank you very much, everybody.

END 2:02 P.M. EDT

Stay Calm and MAGA

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49 Responses to President Trump Holds Presser After Meeting Republican Senators – Video and Transcript…

  1. fanbeav says:

    Q Are you planning to fire anyone —

    THE PRESIDENT: For what?

    Q — because of the spread of the virus in the United States. The numbers have changed —

    I hate the media! We need to find out how who is tanking and propping up the stock market and most likely making billions on this corona virus panic by our media!

    Liked by 11 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      Look at the bright side of all of this. Trump gets to push for stimulus in an election year, got Fed rate cut. More Fed rate cuts expected. Housing market should be booming by election day. Trump could have not dreamed this in a million years.

      The dems will want more stimulus too. Whatever stimulus the Republicans want, the democrats will double it when it gets to the house.

      Liked by 3 people

      • livefreeordieguy says:

        Not to mention that this whole situation validates that PDJT’s policies against Globalism, and in favor of the need to secure the borders, for bilateral agreements (vs. big bang agreements) and slowly decoupling from China are the only sane things to do!

        Liked by 1 person

      • ewreck1967 says:

        Bright side? No wonder “conservatives” are so easily trampled. Just wait until everyone’s 401K turns into a 200.5S. The media will have 75% of the world believing Trumps the reason they’re all gonna have to work until 92 and IMO he deserves it. He bashed the Fed, Wall St, and Central bankers before he was president but unfortunately drank the kool aid and wrapped that Ponzi scheme around his neck. If the stock market breeches under 20k, let’s see how many “bright siders” are left.


        • EJ says:

          He should have never touted the stock market. It was a total mistake, b/c they could pull the rug from him at anytime. Whether or not this Wuhan virus is a real threat remains to be seen, but all they needed was an excuse to tank the Wall Street economy and here we go.

          Unfortunately, he is going to have a hard time getting back on message about how Mainstreet is going well / everyone is back at work, when people are afraid to leave their house. A few weeks of the Average Joe sitting at home without a paycheck nullifies any wage gains they they picked up over the last few years.

          We are in a jam. Hopefully the President can sit back for a minute and collect his thoughts and guide us through.


  2. Linus in W.PA. says:

    Rock steady.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. starfcker says:

    Way to take charge. Yes it’s an issue, and we are dealing with it. Next

    Liked by 8 people

    • John Obidienzo says:

      “And had we not acted quickly, that number would have been substantially more.”

      Chop off the head early then all that’s left is the wriggle. The first blow is the most important one in the art of mastering a crisis. The rest is a matter of out gaming the media crisis bringers, overwhelming them with many solutions for the actual problems that be, and the panic they manufacture.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Nigella says:

    Wasting his breath on answering the media..They are the enemy.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. Dances with Wolverines says:

    I HATE the media! When does anyone remember the jerk offs question Obama like that?

    Liked by 4 people

  6. permiejack says:

    On why he personally has not been tested.
    I spoke to the White House doctor — terrific guy, talented guy — he said he sees no reason to do it. There’s no symptoms, no anything.

    And you know what? If there were, you people would be the first to know it. You would — you would maybe even tell me about it.“


    Liked by 13 people

  7. OhNoYouDont says:

    California Gov. Newsom had kind words for Pres. Trump and Vice Pres. Pence when asked about the administration’s handling of coronavirus and cruise ships:

    “We had a very long conversation, and every single he said they followed through on.”

    Liked by 8 people

  8. lolli says:

    President Trump said:
    “And you know what? If there were, you people would be the first to know it. You would — you would maybe even tell me about it.”

    So funny.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. burnett044 says:

    Just heard that Bernie has cancelled Rally due to Virus concerns…

    Liked by 2 people

    • burnett044 says:

      p.s……and Harvard wants students to not return after spring break????

      Liked by 2 people

    • Jase says:

      The chicken little sky-is-falling panic over this – thank you leftist media – is getting truly ridiculous.
      The good thing, I guess, is that the Democrats and their media brethren have, as usual, escalated this to a fear frenzy far beyond what the facts will be able to sustain.
      When this thing fizzles out over the coming weeks, the President will not only be proved correct, he can mercilessly troll the Democrats and claim he personally solved what the Dems have insisted isthe greatest crisis to ever threaten the human race.
      The contrast could not be greater; he is the epitome of calm, steadfast leadership: they are screaming morons.

      Liked by 7 people

      • burnett044 says:

        Jase Biden just cancelled his rally as well…..they think it will force PT to stop his rally…fear it is a hell of a drug

        Liked by 2 people

        • Jase says:

          I sincerely hope the President doesn’t cancel his rallies. Just ask people not to attend if they think they are in an ‘at risk’ category. Conservatives are sensible people.Let the Dem sheeples cower in fear.
          It would be great if his rallies continued, if for no other reason than the MainSwampMedia will waste millions trying to track every last rally-goer in the hope of getting footage of somebody sneezing.

          Liked by 6 people

      • Dutchman says:

        THIS is how he destroys his enemies;
        As they, by their own actions LOSE credibility, he gains it.

        Its a cumulative thing, happens over time.
        He said “I have been audited (by IRS) every year, for last 20 years.”

        They said “Rediculous, he is lieing!”
        IRS says”DJT HAS been audited every year for last 20 years.”

        He says “Obama ‘wiretapped’me!”

        They say “Rediculous!”
        And of coarse, the Obama admin DID ‘wiretap’ him.

        Cumulatively, people notice the consistent trend, and begin to inherently Trust what HE says, and to distrust what THEY say.

        Expose, Discredit, Dismpower and make irrelevant.

        Its a beautiful strategy, and so far has consistently worked!

        Liked by 4 people

  10. fangdog says:

    The media knows absolutely nothing about the stock market; how it works, how it reacts or why it does this and why it does that.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Irish19Kilo says:

    Some are saying the virus is just a cover for the fact that the market is actually imploding for real. It has been so “fluffed” up that the underlying actuality of the negative derrivates was only a matter of time before it caught up and overwhelmed the “fluff.” I am no economist, but I can see the Fed giving life saving injections to hold it off till election time. Then again with the oil war raging currently there are so many aspects that they can blame because they always have an excuse so they can cover their butts when required. It’s always the little people that suffer their stupidity and recklessness.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bertdilbert says:

      Gas prices will be rock bottom for the summer driving season. Lots more change in the consumer pocket. Very good for the Trump economy. Trump is going to turn this lemon of a virus into lemonade.

      Liked by 8 people

    • booger71 says:

      The Saudi’s and the Russkies can’t sell oil below production cost for very long.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Screw them……………..


        • Risa says:

          Unfortunately, it will also “screw” U.S. oil and gas companies who may have already been struggling. Companies will fail, jobs will be lost. Bank loans won’t be repaid. That isn’t good for our economy.

          Liked by 1 person

          • ILOT says:

            You forgot to mention the MAJOR component to the US economy…the consumer. Lest you need reminding… WE are the very reason schumer et al made the statement that PDJt is failing to address the “pandemic”. You are falling into the trap. It’s like saying under the circumstances that the economy is caving because airline and cruise line stocks are caving. Of course they are…schumer et al need ALL the stocks to implode, in fact they have been calling for a full blown recession as a means to unseat him. Unfortunately for THEIR message we don’t meet the threshold of a pandemic, as much as they would like this to be one. Don;t get me wrong, it may get there, but most certainly is NOT one at the moment since it first broke in China mid December. 26 US deaths and 19 (yes NINETEEN) have come from a single nursing home in Washington state. Let’s not freak out.

            Liked by 6 people

          • don’t agree but thanks for commenting – MAGA


          • 55praises says:

            I read today to expect more mergers and acquisitions in the oil patch, especially those with the most debt. The oil industry has to pay much higher interest for their loans.


  12. Gaetz tested negative! The press asks the stupidest questions!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  13. for the one that asked if anybody was gonna get fired he should have said if i could.”you”

    Liked by 2 people

  14. scrap1ron says:

    Firing the Democrats is our job. Then we deal with the RINOs.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. honesty I hate lying media’s,


  16. rustybritches says:

    Yesterday I had to go to a special Doctor and we had to travel about two hours away from home and we had lunch and went on to the Drs There was not one person wearing masks and later we decided to go to one of the big Casino’s and play for a little while, For a Monday the place was totally packed and no talk of the Virus and No masks and no one seemed to be upset over having to sit so close to other people.
    Praryers go out to the President today in the hope that the dems will not be able to drive his numbers down just to make this about them winning They are going to look like fools
    and besides that Now because of the Dems and their crap the President has to worry about what China is threatening America with so they all better shut up


  17. TradeBait says:

    The media is doing a great job of committing slow suicide with their evil ways.


  18. whoops…walls street isn’t afraid anymore:
    Dow adds 1,167 points as Trump talks economic initiatives

    Liked by 2 people

  19. emeraldcoaster says:

    With the multitude of adversarial press meetings over the past few years, the 2020 Presidential debates should be a breeze for our POTUS. Whether in the first round or the 15th, the man has remarkable stamina.


  20. California Joe says:

    Raise the SALT DEDUCTION limit to $25,000 and win the election plus win back the House of Representatives we lost in 2018 because every suburban Republican district around New York City, New Jersey and Southern California went blue because of the $10,000 DEDUCTION limit! That blunder was the advice of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dutchman says:

      Bingo, Ryan and McConnell have been attempting to undermine and thwart PDJT from the day of his election.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Toenail says:

        Those two creeps along with their RINO friends. First vote the democrats out then the RINOs.


        • Dutchman says:

          Well, yes. Thats what WE can do, along with becoming very involved with the RNC, at the local and State level, to drive out the party organisation higher ups, that are Rino NeverTrumpers.

          Meanwhile, PDJT is continueing his exposure of the Republicons, with his re-nomination of Ratcliff, and we’ll see,what he does with FISA reauthorisation.

          He is ratcheting it up, and McConnell is either going to be exposed to the light, or cave.

          Just,as,with the msm and Dems, Mitch and the gang really will have no choice.


  21. Richie says:

    anyone else having problem hearing the audio?


  22. California Joe says:

    Hawaii with a huge Asian population and proximity to China, Hong Kong and Korea has only two cases of the Coronavirus one of which traveled from Seattle. Seattle and New York have hundreds. Seems the virus doesn’t like warm weather after all!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. TarsTarkas says:

    If Coronavirus proves to be nothingburger, POTUS will have overreacted.

    If Coronavirus turns out to be deadlier than the Spanish Flu, POTUS will have fumbled the response.

    If Coronavirus turns into another Flu, POTUS tried to use it for political leverage.


  24. hokkoda says:

    “Q Are you planning to fire anyone —

    THE PRESIDENT: For what?

    Q — because of the spread of the virus in the United States. The numbers have changed —“

    There are times, genuine times, when I wish it was legal for Trump to unsheathe a sword and remove a reporter’s head and then say, “Anybody else got a dumb-ass question they want to ask?”

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Paul says:

    My nursery business is booming. I would not be surprised if the dems colluded with the Chinese to release this virus to take Trump out. It won’t work. The media is totally fake.


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