President Trump Leads Daily Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – Video

President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence lead the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force from the White House briefing room. [Video Below – Transcript ADDED]

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[Transcript] –  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I would like to begin by announcing some important developments in our war against the Chinese virus.

We’ll be invoking the Defense Production Act, just in case we need it. In other words, I think you all know what it is, and it can do a lot of good things if we need it. And we will — we will have it all completed, signing it in just a little while. Right after I’m finished with this conference, I’ll be signing it. It’s prepared to go. So we will be invoking the Defense Production Act.

Last week, I signed an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act, which, as you know, we invoked previously and which activated FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. FEMA now is fully engaged at the highest levels.

Today, FEMA is activated in every region. We are at level one — level one being the highest level — which we will work with, and we’ve been working with FEMA. I’ve done a lot of work with FEMA. They’re incredible. It’s always been on hurricanes or tornadoes.

They’re, right now, in Tennessee — a large group working in Tennessee. Have been incredible. That was a tragic event. Alabama, last year, also a tornado. And then, obviously the numerous hurricanes in different locations that were, in some cases, very devastating. And, in every case, FEMA came through.

This is a very different kind of work for FEMA, but they will come through as they always do. We have tremendous people, tremendous talent in FEMA.

We’re sending, upon request, the two hospital ships; they’re being prepared right now. They’re massive ships. They’re the big white ships with the red cross on the sides. One is called the Mercy and the other is called the Comfort. And they are in tip-top shape. They soon will be. They’re getting ready to come up to New York. I spoke with Governor Cuomo about it. He’s excited about it.

And I also — we haven’t made the final determination as to where it’s going to go on the West Coast. The Comfort is located now in San Diego, and it’s going to be — we’ll be picking the destination fairly shortly. So those two ships are being prepared to go, and they can be launched over the next week or so, depending on need.

Earlier this week, the first clinical trial of the vaccine candidate for the virus began in Washington State, as you probably know. The genetic sequence of the virus was first published in January. But thanks to the unprecedented partnership between the FDA, NIH, and the private sector, we’ve reached human trials for the vaccine just eight weeks later. That’s a record by many, many months. It used to take years to do this, and now we did it just in a very short while.

That’s the fastest development in history of what we’re doing with regard to the vaccine. We’re making very, very big progress.

Today I can announce further steps to expand testing capacity. We’re working with several groups to determine if the self-swab — a much easier process than the current process that’s not very nice to do, I can tell you, because I did it. But we have a current process that’s a little bit difficult.

If you haven’t done — the groups are working on determining if a self-swab by an individual is as effective as the other. The other is very effective, very accurate. But we’re going to see if we can do a self-swab, which is — would be a lot more popular, I can tell you that. So — and that would be administered also by a health official, but it would be a lot easier to do.

The — the fact is that the health professionals would — it would free — it would free up a lot. Let me just say, the self-swab is what it is: It’s a self-swab; you do it yourself. The other has to be issued by a health professional, and it’s something that is quite difficult. And we think it’s working out for the self-swab. And if it would test positive, the people would go and they would do what they have to do. But we think that’s probably working out.

I’ve asked the FDA to cut through the red tape and reduce regulatory barriers. We are looking at some very exciting things. And I’m going to be holding a second news conference either today. We’re going to talk about the FDA. Some things are happening that are quite exciting. And we’re going to be doing that either later today or tomorrow — fairly early tomorrow. So we’ll see what happens.

But the FDA, at my instruction, is — have been working very, very hard on a number of developments, and we’ll be discussing them with you later today or tomorrow.

And this afternoon, I’ll be meeting with nurses on the frontlines of the battle against the virus. They are truly American heroes. They want to get it done. They’re incredible people. So we’re going to be meeting with nurses, and I actually look forward to that. They’re very brave. They’re taking a lot of risk. And they — they have done an incredible job and they never complain.

Today, I’m also announcing that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April. So we’re working very closely with Dr. Ben Carson and everybody from HUD.

Every generation of Americans has been called to make shared sacrifices for the good of the nation. In World War Two, young people in their teenage years volunteered to fight. They wanted to fight so badly because they love our country. Workers refused to go home and slept on factory floors to keep assembly lines running.

And, you know, the numbers of ships that they built during World War Two, to this day has never — nothing like that has ever been equal. They were doing ships on a — literally on a daily basis. Nobody has ever seen anything like it. To this day, nobody has seen anything like what they were able to do during World War Two.

And now it’s our time. We must sacrifice together because we are all in this together and we’ll come through together. It’s the invisible enemy. That’s always the toughest enemy: the invisible enemy. But we’re going to defeat the invisible enemy. I think we’re going to do it even faster than we thought. And it will be a complete victory. It’ll be a total victory.

So we’ll have a second conference, again, having to do with the FDA and this. I think it’s going to be potentially a very exciting news conference. And we will do it as quickly as we can, so whether it’s today or tomorrow.

And I’ll, with that, ask Mike Pence to say a few words. And thank you very much.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mr. President. The White House Coronavirus Task Force met this morning, and now that we have cases in all 50 states, we’re continuing to move out on the President’s call to bring the full resources of the federal government, the full partnership with every state and territory, the full power of the American economy, to support businesses and families.

As the President says to us and every day: We’ll do whatever it takes. We’re all in this together.

Yesterday, the President met with the tourism industry executives and also had an engaging discussion with all the top companies in our industrial and medical supply chain.

And the President, as you all are aware, also announced today that by mutual consent, the northern border to Canada will be closed to non-essential travel. This does not include essential travel or the transit of goods. But it was through a mutual discussion that took place this morning between the President and Prime Minister Trudeau. And the Department of Homeland Security will be effectuating that decision.

The President spoke with some of the nation’s top business leaders today, again, to speak about the supply chain in the country. And, for our part, we’re going to be conducting a conference call later today with state and local health officials to renew our ongoing commitment of cooperation and collaboration.

As the President said last week in signing the Stafford Act, he stood up the National Response Coordination Center. And today at the President’s direction, FEMA has gone to level one. FEMA’s mission is to support disasters that are locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.

And tomorrow, the President will be hosting all the nation’s governors, from a video conference at FEMA, to ensure that they have full connection to all of the activated regions for FEMA going forward.

With regard to testing, I’m pleased to report that we’re increasing the number of tests being performed by the thousands, every day, thanks to the public-private partnership that President Trump forged with commercial laboratories around the country.

Our health experts tell us to remind every American: It’s important to remember people without symptoms should not get tested. We want to make sure that the supply of testing is there for those that need it most or are symptomatic or in the vulnerable population.

Dr. Deborah Birx, in a moment, will address the progress that we’re making on testing, the infection rate, our recommendations to every American, as well as some important new findings about the impact on youth that we’re gaining from data that’s coming in from Europe that’ll be important to every — every American.

On the subject of supplies, the President has our task force extremely focused. As the President mentioned yester- — mentioned that he’s invoking the Defense Production Act today. Secretary Esper, in a few moments, will describe the ongoing efforts that the Department of Defense is taking to make medical resources available. Secretary Robert Wilkie will announce decisions the VA has made to expand hospital capacity within their system.

Also, with regard to medical personnel, at the President’s direction, HHS is issuing a regulation today that will allow all doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas.

In addition to that, we are again today asking every American and our medical community leaders and hospitals to partner with us in delaying elective procedures across the country in our healthcare system to ensure that medical supplies and medical capacity go where they’re needed most. Seema Verma will describe guidance that CMS will be issuing on that front.

And finally, just, I want to remind every American of the President’s 15-day guidance to slow the spread. We’re grateful for members of the media and the general public that are adhering to these, sharing them with neighbors and friends. All of our experts continue to believe that if every American will do their part, and embrace and put into practice these principles, that we can significantly limit the reach of the coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Dr. Birx, please.

DR. BIRX: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President. So, you know, we continue to look at data every single day. There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill, and very seriously ill in the ICUs.

We think part of this may be that people heeded the early data coming out of China and coming out of South Korea that the elderly or those with preexisting medical conditions were at particular risk. It may have been that the millennial generation, our largest generation, our future generation that will carry us through for the next multiple decades, there may be a disproportional number of infections among that group. And so even if it’s a rare occurrence, it may be seen more frequently in that group and be evident now.

So we’re looking at that information very carefully. We have not seen any significant mortality in the children, but we are concerned about the early reports coming out of Italy and France.

So, again, I’m going to call on that generation that’s part of that group that brought us innovation, particularly throughout all of their ability to look around corners and skip through games. I’m — I always went level by level; I didn’t realize that you could go from level three to level seven. That’s what they’ve taught us. They look for things that we don’t see. We need them to be healthy.

So, again, not only calling on you to heed what’s in the guidance, but to really ensure that each and every one of you are protecting each other. And so we cannot have these large gatherings that continue to occur throughout the country for people who are off work, to then be socializing in large groups and spreading the virus. You have the potential then to spread it to someone who does have a condition that none of us knew about and cause them to have a disastrous outcome.

Finally, on the testing piece and what we’re learning: I know you know, last week, in bringing the private sector — I think what has been exciting to me over the last two and a half weeks is to see this administration harness the full capacity of the private sector, understanding that a lot of our solutions that we need to confront this virus, a lot rely on the private sector. Bringing the private-sector commercial labs was critical in — to this process. We are now beginning to see that they have spread out in a prioritized way, because we asked them to prioritize the regions that were mostly affected.

And so you still may have difficulty getting tests in areas that do not have significant cases. We’ve had them prioritize the regions where we need diagnosis and their diagnostic percent. Remember, I told you South Korea was under 4 percent, so 96 percent of people were negative. The last report we’ve seen from the laboratories have about a 7-plus percent positivity rate. Still, 93-plus percent or 92 percent are negative. But I think that’s encouraging to me, personally, that we’re prioritizing appropriately to those areas that have the greatest need

Today and yesterday, Thermo Fisher pushed out most of their laboratory testing capacity, and that will dramatically increase that platform and the ability to run additional tests, in addition to Roche.

So I appreciate everybody’s attention to these numbers. I’m excited that we’ve prioritized where the need was the greatest. But again, please follow the guidance and please make sure in every report that you’re putting out that you’re talking about the presidential guidance to actually stop the spread of this virus.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Deborah, very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Mark, please.

SECRETARY ESPER: Thank you, Mr. President. So, good afternoon, everyone. And I want to provide an update on DOD’s coronavirus efforts as we continue to focus on our three priorities. That’s, first of all, protecting our personnel and their families. Second, safeguarding our national security mission capabilities. And third, of course, supporting the administration’s whole-of-government approach.

First of all, though, I do want to assure the American people that the United States military remains ready and capable of defending the country and our interests abroad. Now, with that, the department is leaning forward in our response to COVID-19. We have issued international and domestic travel restrictions to all DOD personnel and families that should dramatically reduce potential exposure to the virus. Those have been in place for some time now.

As I announced yesterday, the Department of Defense will make available up to 5 million N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment from our own strategic reserves to the Department of Health and Human Services for distribution. The first 1 million masks will be available immediately. We are also prepared to distribute to HHS up to 2,000 operational deployable ventilators for use as needed.

Yesterday, I was at Fort Detrick, Maryland, which is probably the military’s premier research institute, where I got updated on the incredible work our people are doing as part of the interagency team to work on vaccines and therapeutics. They’re making great progress there.

We also have announced that we’ve certified our 16th lab — or we’ll soon certify our 16th lab to help with processing tests from across the country.

Additionally, I have directed, as the President mentioned, that the hospital ships, Mercy and Comfort, be prepared to deploy to increase the nation’s medical capacity. And we have also alerted a variety of field and expeditionary hospitals to be prepared to deploy as well as needed based on direction from the Commander-in-Chief.

Today, leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers is in New York meeting with Governor Cuomo and his team. I spoke with Governor Cuomo yesterday and other governors. I will be speaking to more in the coming days to make sure that they know what DOD can provide through our system to address their needs.

In my conversations with governors and members of Congress about DOD’s resources, I’ve made it clear that we will continue to support the administration’s comprehensive efforts and the country every step of the way, while ensuring our nation’s security remains the top priority.

I want to conclude by thanking again all of our service members and their families who have been affected by this outbreak. They’re all great heroes. We are continuing to support them throughout this. We are all in this together.

Thank you all very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mark.

THE PRESIDENT: Seema, go ahead.

ADMINISTRATOR VERMA: Thank you. So, yesterday, the President made a very important announcement about telehealth, and this is allowing our 62 million seniors to be able to get some medical services from the safety of their home, reducing their risk and without any co-pays.

But we’re also making sure that the healthcare system is prepared and that those on the frontlines have the support that they need. The reality is the stakes are high and we need to preserve personal protective equipment for those that are on the frontlines of this fight.

And to that end, we have put out guidelines over the last two weeks to expand the types of masks that can be used in routine care and saving those N95s for the most risky situations.

Conserving personal protective equipment is also essential to combat the virus. So today, CMS will announce detailed recommendations to further promote this needed conservation, specifically by limiting non-essential elective medical and surgical procedures, including dental procedures.

We believe that these recommendations will help surgeons, patients, and hospitals prioritize what is essential while leaving the ultimate decision in the hands of state and local health officials and those clinicians who have direct responsibility to their patients.

And we urge providers and clinicians and patients to seriously consider these recommendations. They will not only preserve equipment, but it also allows doctors and nurses to help those that are on the frontlines, and it will protect patients from unnecessary exposure to the virus.

We fully appreciate that this is going to have a major impact on the healthcare system, but the shared sacrifice is essential to help those that are on the frontlines.

And I want to thank the medical societies, such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Dental Association, that took a proactive approach and already posted these recommendations. And we’ve also talked to the American Medical Association, and they have fully indicated their support for this recommendation. We now invite the entire healthcare community to join us in this effort.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Robert.

THE PRESIDENT: Robert, please.

SECRETARY WILKIE: Thank you, Mr. President. My instructions from the President were very clear. I was to do everything imaginable, as aggressively as possible, to protect the 9.5 million veterans who are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Last month, we established 19 emergency operations centers across the country. We began to limit the number of visitors who entered our facilities. We began, I think, the first — we were the first system to begin triaging, across the country in our 170 hospitals, the entrance of anyone into our facility without being questioned or tested.

We expanded those restrictions to those in our 135 community living centers, which have about 7,800 veterans who are in acute — in acute conditions to make sure that they were protected. We also took the next step and made sure that we limited the dental surgeries that we were provided. We’ve cut back by one third the number of routine appointments we have had, and we have canceled elective surgeries.

These were all part of the President’s directive to be as aggressive in a public health sense as we could be. I think we have set the pace for the entire country.

I will say, we’ve often said that we work the most noble mission in the federal government. Our veterans have been in the toughest spots in the world. They have been put in conditions that are unimaginable to most Americans, and they have responded. They have responded clearly. They have responded with passion. And also, the 400,000 members of our department who are out there on the frontlines.

The last thing I will say is that you’ve heard a lot about the fourth mission that VA has. Our first three missions are healthcare, benefits, and memorial affairs. Our fourth mission is to support the federal government in times of natural disasters and pandemics.

We are the buttress force in case that FEMA or HHS calls upon us to deploy medical professionals across the country to meet crises. We plan for that every day. We are gaming out emergency preparedness scenarios. And we stand ready, when the President needs us, to expand our mission.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Robert, thank you. Thank you all. That’s very nice.

Any questions? Please.

Q Mr. President, thank you. Two questions, if I may. Your Treasury Secretary was on Capitol Hill talking about the potential for what could come, and he said that unemployment could skyrocket to 20 percent. Are we looking — that could rival the Great Depression. Are we looking at potentially historic devastation?

THE PRESIDENT: No, well, I don’t agree with that. Yeah — no, I don’t agree. That’s a absolute total worst-case scenario. But, no, we don’t look at that at all.

Q And thank you. And my second question —

THE PRESIDENT: We’re nowhere near it.

Q Okay. Why do you keep calling this the “Chinese virus”? There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans in this country. Your own aide, Secretary Azar, says he does not use this term. He says, “Ethnicity does not cause the virus.” Why do you keep using this? A lot of —

THE PRESIDENT: Because it comes from China.

Q — people say it’s racist.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.

Q And no concerns about Chinese Americans —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, please, John.

Q — in this country?

THE PRESIDENT: No.

Q And to the aides behind you, are you comfortable with this term?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I have a great — I have great love for all of the people from our country. But, as you know, China tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped now — that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen — not as long as I’m President. It comes from China.

John, please.

Q Two questions, if I could, Mr. President. First of all, in the Defense Procurement Act, you’re invoking it today.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q Senator Schumer said on the floor, a short time ago, that it urgently needs to be put into action to produce medical supplies, particularly ventilators.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q Do you have some targets that you would like to see immediately spooled up under the act?

THE PRESIDENT: We do have. We have tremendous numbers of ventilators, but there’s never been an instance like this where no matter what you have, it’s not enough. That would be the case. And we will be — it’s being signed. It’s essentially drawn, and I’m going to sign it in just a little while.
If we need to use it, we’ll be using it at full speed ahead.

Q He says it urgently needed to be used. Do you have some targets?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re going to know whether or not urgent. But we will — yeah, we do have targets. We have targets for certain pieces of equipment. We have targets for masks. You know, the masks — the numbers of masks are incredible. We’ve ordered millions of them. But we need millions more.

This — a thing like this has never been requested, and it’s never — we’ve never had even to think in terms of these numbers, but we need millions of masks. And all of that will be ordered. We need respirators. We need — ventilators is a big thing because it’s a complex piece of equipment. So we have a lot of ventilators, but we’re going to be ordering more.

Q And second question: What size will the checks be that will be sent out to Americans?

THE PRESIDENT: To be determined. We’re working with the Senate right now. We’re working with everybody on Capitol Hill. There’s been tremendous — there really has been. I mean, with some exceptions, obviously, because it’s always the way it is. But there has been — they’ve been getting along very well, Republicans and Democrats. It’s a nice thing. Very bipartisan so far.

Q Would you like to see them more than $1,000?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re going to see. I don’t want to get into that right now, John. We are looking at different numbers. We’re looking at timing that would be different — splitting the times, splitting the payments. We’re looking at a lot of different things. It hasn’t been determined yet, but it will shortly be determined. And people want to go big, as opposed — everybody seems to want to go big. And they want to get to the recovery.

The big day is — the big thing we can do is get rid of this horrible — I call it the “unseen” — the unseen enemy. You call it — there’s a thousand different terms for it, but whatever — it snuck up on us. And it’s — it did 128 countries, I think. It’s in something like that — very close to that. Think of that. So it spreads violently. It’s a very contagious — very, very contagious virus.

Q Do you consider America to be on a wartime footing, in terms of fighting this virus?

THE PRESIDENT: I do. I actually do. I’m looking at it that way because, you know, if — if it got out of control — the big thing we did was a very early stoppage of people coming in who could be very, very heavily infected. And that was a –that was a very good move.

And it was very early — very, very early — when most people, including a lot of professionals, they didn’t want us to do it. That really saved a lot of lives.

And, yeah, I look at it — I view it as a, in a sense, a wartime president. I mean, that’s what we’re fighting. I mean, it’s — it’s a very tough situation. You’re — you have to do things. You have to — you have to close parts of an economy that six weeks ago were the best they’ve ever been. We had the best economy we’ve ever had. And then, one day, you have to close it down in order to defeat this enemy. And — but we’re doing it, and we’re doing it well.

And I’ll tell you, the American people have been incredible. For the most part, they’ve been really incredible.
Yeah, please, Kaitlan.

Q I have a question for you and then I have one for Secretary Wilkie, as well. But I’ll start with you. You just said there are a tremendous number of ventilators that we have, but, for weeks, hospitals have been worrying about a critical shortage that they say we are not prepared for. So why did it take so long to invoke the Defense Production Act?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, hospitals are supposed to have ventilators, too. And when we have thousands of ventilators — it sounds like a lot, but this is a very unforeseen thing. Nobody ever thought of these numbers. Nobody ever saw numbers like this, even with regard to testing. Normally, we wouldn’t be doing testing. And they decided to do it. Very, very hard to ramp up. Now we’re getting highly sophisticated tests, and it’s going very well. But nobody has ever heard of testing in the kind of quantities that you’re talking about.

Q But we knew for weeks we needed more ventilators, so why did it take so long?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we knew — it depends. It depends on how it goes. Worst case, absolutely. Best case, not at all. So we’re going to have to see where it goes. But we are ordering thousands and thousands of ventilators. And they’re complex. You know, these are complex machines, and — but we’re ordering them.

Does anybody have a — Mike, maybe you do. How many do we have and we’re ordering?

Q Yeah. You said you’d get back to us with the number.
THE PRESIDENT: Please. Yeah, please. Do you know the number?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: We have a specific number of ventilators in the stockpile. It is in excess of 10,000. And you just heard the announcement from the Department of Defense; they’ll be adding several more thousand to that.

But the President, even this morning and yesterday afternoon, speaking with the largest companies in the supply chain in this country, we’re hearing a tremendous spirit among industry leaders who are ready to step in and add to that volume.

Now, the stockpiles don’t count all of the ventilators that exist today in the marketplace and in healthcare facilities around the country. But the President has given us a directive to make sure that our stockpile but, just as importantly, working with industry leaders, that we’re securing the increase in ventilators, the increase in masks, gloves, eye protective care, garments that are all necessary to lean forward.

And we’re confident we’ll be able to accomplish that with the incredible cooperation of the supply chain that exists in America today.

Q But we don’t have an exact number for, nationwide, how many ventilators we have?

THE PRESIDENT: We can give you that exact number. We’ll give it to you.

Q Okay. That’s what we talked about on Monday.
THE PRESIDENT: But we’re ordering — we’re ordering a lot more.

Yeah, go ahead, in the back, please.

Q Okay, so I have one question — one question for the VA Secretary.

Q Two questions —

Q I had one question for the VA Secretary.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. One second. One second, Kaitlan. We’ll do it in a second. You’ll be able to.

Q Okay. Important.

Q Two questions, Mr. President. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q The first one, on the Canadian border. What was the tipping point? Friday, we talked about it. Then, Monday, you said no, and you were not considering closing the border.

THE PRESIDENT: No, I said, “Not yet.” I spoke with the Prime Minister, Trudeau. Very good relationship, obviously, between us and our two countries.

And no tipping point. It’s just that we want to — we want to isolate from the standpoint we don’t want people coming into contact. Because that’s the way we’re going to win this war. That is so important. And we both thought it was time.

Now, it’s not affecting trade. It’s non-essential. It’s non-essential crossings. It won’t affect trade at all, and it was just something we thought would be good for both countries.
Yes, please.

Q A question. The second question, Mr. President: How can you be sure that trade —

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. Please.

Q — is not going to be a vector of the virus? How can you be sure that trade and everything that’s being shipped from one side to the other is not —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, they’re doing it in a very careful manner. You can only be vigilant and very professional. But we’re not — it’s not pertaining at this moment to trade between the two countries.

Yeah, please.

Q Mr. President, we are hearing that the trillion-dollar economic stimulus package could look something like $50 billion for the airlines; $150 billion in loan guarantees for critical sectors of the economy; a $250 billion payment on April 6th, directly to individuals; another $250 billion payment on May 18th, again, directly to individuals; and as well, $300 billion for small business loan guarantees. Is that, in the general sense, what you’re looking at?

THE PRESIDENT: It could be. It could be. And we’re also playing with a lot of numbers — a lot of very big numbers and a lot of very small numbers, frankly. We want to take care of — we have to help everybody. It was nobody’s fault. This happened. I mean, some people could say it was somebody’s fault, actually. But it was nobody’s fault, and certainly none of these companies that, all of a sudden, had no passengers and planes and had no passengers on cruise ships and all of the things that have happened.

But I will say that they can’t be blamed for this. And we want to keep those companies vibrant because it’s — there’s going to be a comeback very, very quickly, as soon as this is solved. And it will be solved. We will win. And there will be a comeback, and it’ll take place very quickly.

Q If you look at $250 billion — there’s, give or take, 330 million Americans or so. If you just do the math on that, that’s about $750 a person. A family of four, that would be about $3,000 on average. Again, rough, rough math, which — is that where this is headed, potentially thousands of dollars?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, no, I don’t want to say that because it’s a moving — these are all — every number that you mentioned, yes, we’ve talked about those numbers; we’re also moving those numbers in both directions. So we’ll let you know. It’ll be — it’s moving along fast.

Again, there’s a great bipartisan effort going on that I haven’t really seen before to this extent.

Q Mr. President, on the self-swab that you mentioned at the beginning of this, has the FDA approved that test? Is that what you’re waiting for?

THE PRESIDENT: No, they’re looking at it. They’re looking — it’s down the line and they’re looking at it very seriously. And I think it would be a great thing because the other is, to use a nice word, it’s very inconvenient, and it’s very tough.

Q And a second question for you, sir. You tweeted this morning about your approval rating amongst Republicans. You have said that you give yourself a 10 in terms of handling this crisis. How do you reassure Americans at home who don’t trust you to handle a crisis of this magnitude?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think we’re doing a really good job. We started off with a termination of the border — the people coming in from China, where this all started. That meant I took it very seriously. And when I use the word “calm” — “calm” doesn’t mean that I’m not taking it seriously. “Calm” means — and we should be calm. We should be extremely calm.

But, yeah, 95 percent within the Republican Party, and over 50 percent. And I also have — we have very great approval numbers. I mean, people like the job that we’re doing. And when you compare this to other epidemics, or if you want to use a different term, you can, but within this country — and you look at what’s happened over the years, this is being handled very, very professionally. We have the greatest professionals in the world. We’re doing a good job. Nobody has ever been swamped like this in — nothing has been so contagious — the level of contagion has been incredible, actually. Nobody has seen anything quite like this.

Yeah. Peter, go ahead.

Q Can I ask about the test, sir, for a second? If federal officials have shipped millions of tests, as you and your colleagues have said, why, as the federal government says, have only 59,000 tests been processed to this point? We just heard from the Atlanta Public Health director saying that they have fewer than 50 test kits for more than 900,000 citizens. Where are the tests?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Well, I’ll let — I’ll let Mike answer that.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Go ahead. She’s tracking that.

THE PRESIDENT: Deborah?

DR. BIRX: So that’s a very critical question. And thank you for asking it. So the test kits that we put out last week through the approval — the rapid movement of that meeting that President Trump called less than two weeks ago — that has resulted in bringing our private sector to the table. Because the tests and the platform that was out there could only run between 4 and 12 tests per platform, per day. We’ve now moved into platforms that can run, basically, tens of thousands of tests per day.

So the reason I’m grateful for your question — because it allows me to point out that, of course, then there was backlog. There were individuals who had been tested who hadn’t had their specimen run because of the slow throughput. It’s now in a high-speed platform.

So we will see the number of people diagnosed dramatically increase over the next four to five days. I know some of you will use that to raise an alarm that we are worse than Italy because of our slope of our curve.

To every American out there, it will be five to six days’ worth of tests being run in 24 to 48 hours. So our curves will not be stable until sometime next week. The reason I talked about Thermo Fisher yesterday, is because their platform is in 2,000 laboratories. They’re the ones that are putting out the million tests this week that will solve the issue that Atlanta and others have brought up.

I wanted to be clear: We prioritize the areas. We do county-by-county analysis. Based on those analyses on what counties had more than 50 cases, we prioritize the test kits we put out — the 400,000. And that’s why we’re seeing a 7 percent-plus positivity rate. We’ll be able to expand that platform and reprioritize based on the accessibility of the other kits.

Q Mr. President, perhaps I could second follow up. How are non-symptomatic professional athletes getting tests while others are waiting in line and can’t get them? Do the well-connected go to the front of the line?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that — you’d have to ask them that question. I mean, they — I — I’ve read —

Q Should that happen?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I wouldn’t say so, but perhaps that’s been the story of life. That does happen on occasion. And I’ve noticed where some people have been tested fairly quickly.

Look, we inherited a very —

Q Would you encourage them to defer their test to others?

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me. Excuse me. We inherited a very obsolete system. This was a system that was out of date, obsolete, or it was a system that was never meant to take care of the kind of quantity, the number of people that we’re talking about — millions and millions of people.

If you go back in years past, like even recently with the flu, nobody had tests before. They didn’t test the entire nation to see whether or not they had flu. They got the flu, they got better — hopefully, they got better — and that was it. Now, all of a sudden, they do this very complex testing.

What we’ve done is we’ve broken it down, we’ve broken up the system, but it was obsolete and/or you could say it was also a system that just wasn’t meant to handle the kind of volume that you’re talking about. We’ve rebuilt it into a system that, for the future, will be a very good system if you want to go this route.

But this was never done before. And I would imagine it will be done in the future, but we’ve built it into a very good system by using private companies — the great private companies. And I have to say Roche has been doing a very good job. They’re doing a lot of work, a very good job.

But this was an obsolete system. This was not a system that was meant to do anything like this or even near this.

John?

Q Mr. President, a couple of things. A major trade coalition is calling on you to suspend tariffs with other countries as part of the response to the coronavirus.

THE PRESIDENT: Who heads that group? Those countries do, probably. Go check.

Q No. It’s an American — it’s an American free trade —

THE PRESIDENT: No, I know. I’m sure free trade.

Look, China is paying us billions and billions of dollars in tariffs, and there’s no reason to do that. They haven’t even spoken to me about that. China hasn’t asked me to do that, but we’re getting billions of dollars a year from tariffs from China. And I can’t imagine Americans asking for that, but it could be that China will ask for a suspension or something. We’ll see what happens.

China is having a very rough time. They have their worst year in 76 years, as I understand it. They’re having a very, very tough time. And then, on top of it, this happened with the virus.

But, no, we’re taking in billions of dollars a year in tariffs. And this was caused by something totally unrelated to tariffs.

Q And on asylum — on asylum seekers and people who cross the southern border illegally, are you planning to invoke 42 U.S.C. § 265 which would allow you to prohibit entry of certain people across the border?

THE PRESIDENT: The answer is yes.

Q And when will that happen?

THE PRESIDENT: Very soon. Probably today.

Yes?

Q Mr. President, a question for you and then a question for Dr. Birx.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q On the border, firstly, are there plans to fully shut the Mexican border? And what do you define as essential travel when it comes to the U.S.-Canadian border?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think “essential” is medical. We have military working together; we have industry working together. And, again, it’s not affecting trade. So things like that.

But just leisurely, “Let’s go to a restaurant and have dinner” — which a lot of people do. They come both ways; they go in both directions. That kind of thing, we have ended on a temporary basis.

Yeah, please go ahead.

Q And with the Mexican border — are you planning to close the southern border?

THE PRESIDENT: Not close it. No, we’re not going to close it. But we are invoking a certain provision that will allow us great latitude as to what we do.

Please.

Q May I ask Dr. Birx a question?

Q Two questions, if I could

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, go ahead. You know what — go ahead. Sure.

Q I just wanted to clarify something, because just a week ago, you all were standing here telling us that unless you had sustained contact with somebody who was symptomatic for COVID-19, you really didn’t need to worry. You told the President, the Vice President that if they shook hands with somebody who had this, if they took a photograph with somebody who had this, they didn’t really need to worry. And yet, several days later, we’re in a situation where people are being told, “Don’t leave your houses.” There are curfews saying you cannot walk alone at night after a certain time.

Can you walk us through what seems like a very dramatic swing, a very dramatic disconnect from what we were hearing before to what we’re hearing now?

DR. BIRX: So, two things. We look at data all the time. And I know you’re looking at the China and South Korea data. And when you look at China and South Korea data, and you look what China and South Korea did, you can see that their curves are not only blunted outside of Wuhan. So the Chinese areas outside of Wuhan, blunted curve; and South Korea, blunted curve. If you look at their curve today, they’re already on the far end of their epidemic curve. Of course, none of those countries are fully back to work. And so that’s what we worry about too.

Secondly, there was a series of scientific articles published — and I know you’ve seen them too — about surface contamination. I think none of us really understood the level of surface piece. So we’re still working out how much is it by human-human transmission and how much is it by surface. And this is why those fundamental guidelines were put out that says don’t expose yourself to surfaces outside the home.

Basically, what those guidelines are is: Don’t expose yourself to excess number of persons who could be asymptomatic and infected — and then the person-to-person contact — and don’t expose yourself to surfaces that could have had the virus on it for which on hard surfaces — I know we had the cardboard issue about shipping — hard surfaces, not shown in fabric as much or in cardboard, but hard surface transmission.

These are issues that we haven’t had to deal with before with a level of respiratory infections. And that’s why we have this concern, and that’s why the President put out the guidelines.

And so it’s to cover both of those pieces. That’s all new science, all new models. I think many of you have the Imperial [sic] study available and looked at the impact of those. That’s the first time those have been modeled as a comprehensive approach to mitigating an epidemic.

Q And, Dr. Birx, yesterday —

Q What about money?

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

Q Mr. President, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the administration looked at an executive order that would expand the use of investigational drugs against the virus, but that the FDA scientists are warning that this could put patients at risk.

THE PRESIDENT: I haven’t seen the article.

Q Is this something you’re looking at?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I haven’t seen the article. We will — we are making a lot of progress therapeutically, I will say that. And — but I have not seen that article, no.

Go ahead.

Q Mr. President, we’ve shut down non-essential travel to Canada. Are you considering shutting down all travel to brunt the spread of the virus? And we’ve heard from industries, like the airlines who are seeking relief. What other industries — or what — how exactly is your administration going to determine which industries and businesses get the help?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, there were certain industries that people know. I mean, the airlines would be number one. If you look at what’s going on, they go from having the best year they’ve ever had to having no passengers because of what we’ve had to do in order to win this war. It’s a war. And so, you know, basically, you know what many of the industries are.

What we want to do is we want to make sure that they all stay together so that after the war is won, we can immediately go right back up to where we were, and even beyond. I think we’re going to go beyond where we were. And a lot of people are saying that, by the way. We’re poised to do that, but we have to win the war first.

Yeah. Please, go ahead.

Q Mr. President, thank you. To follow up on that, Treasury proposed $150 billion today for those industries, but their proposal doesn’t detail which industries would get that money and how much. So aside from the airlines, which you just mentioned, what about the cruise industry, the hotels? How much of that money do you see them each getting?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Sure. We’re talking about all of it. I haven’t detailed it yet. We have detailed it to senators and to members of the House. We have been talking about it, and we’re coming up with numbers. Haven’t gotten there yet, but, certainly, hotel industry, the cruise ship industry, the airlines. Those are all prime candidates, absolutely.

Q On the border, sir. When you say “temporary” —

THE PRESIDENT: Which border?

Q The northern border.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q When you say “temporary,” which is what you said in your tweet, does that mean 30 days?

THE PRESIDENT: I would say 30 days, and hopefully, at the end of 30 days, we’ll be in great shape.

Jeff, please.

Q Mr. President, I was struck by what Dr. Birx said about millennials and others perhaps not taking some of these warnings as seriously as you’d like. Some of those people also seem to be your supporters and conservatives who may be quoting some of what you said at the beginning of this, comparing it to the flu. What is your message to them to really follow what you’ve been saying so far? And are you concerned that they’re still listening maybe to some of your earlier comments rather than your more recent ones?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think my earlier comments are to be calm. I mean, I do want people to be calm, because we’re going to win this and we’re going to win it. It’s just a question of time. And I want it to go quickly. So based on the fact that I want it to go quickly, I hope they just listen to what we’ve been saying over the last period of time.

We don’t want them gathering. And I see they do gather, including on beaches and including in restaurants — young people. They don’t realize that — they’re feeling invincible. I don’t know if you felt invincible when you were very young, but they were feeling totally invincible or — are feeling that way, but they don’t realize that they can be carrying lots of bad things home to grandmother and grandfather and even their parents.

So we want them to heed the advice. We mean the advice. And I think it’s getting through. I do believe it’s getting through, Jeff.

Q If they’re watching — if they’re watching, what do you say to them if they’re watching? Sorry.

THE PRESIDENT: If they’re what?

Q I think there are a lot of them watching — a lot of these people at home, these young people.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think I just said it.

Q I was going to say, what do you say to the —

THE PRESIDENT: Heed the advice. Heed the advice. I just said. Yeah. Thank you. Thank you, Peter.

Q Mr. President, how long do you think that this is going to last?

Q Thank you, Mr. President.

Q Mr. President, how long do you think this is going to last?

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll get to you next, okay?

Say it?

Q Thank you, Mr. President. In talking about China, you’ve been very clear about who you think is to blame or where the origins of blame for this virus is.

THE PRESIDENT: Not “think.” No, no. I don’t “think.” I know who — where it came from.

Q Right.

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know if you’d say China is to blame. Certainly, we didn’t get an early run on it. It would have been helpful if we knew about it earlier. But it comes from China, and there’s not a question about that. Nobody is questioning that.

Q So Senator Cotton is saying that they should be punished, in so many words, for inflicting this on the American people. Do you feel that way about it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have a lot of respect for Tom Cotton, and I know exactly what he’s been saying. And there are those people that say that. So we’ll see what happens. Thank you.

Go ahead. It’s your turn. Go ahead.

(Cross-talk.)

Please. He’s been waiting a long time. Please. You’ve had your hand up so nicely for a long time. It’s your time.

Q Thank you, sir. We’ve seen the Chinese government kick out reporters from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post. What is your message to the Chinese when it comes to transparency at a moment where you still have reporters asking you questions here at the White House?

THE PRESIDENT: Right. Yeah, I’m not happy to see it. I don’t — you know, I have my own disputes with all three of those media groups. I think you know that very well. But I don’t like seeing that at all. I’m not happy about that at all.

Yes, please.

Q But you didn’t correct the language, so I wonder if you agree with it. Do you believe that China is inflicting this upon our country?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t believe they’re inflicting it. I think they could have given us a lot earlier notice, absolutely.

Please. Go ahead, please.

Q Yeah. Mr. President, your credibility ratings are very low. There was a recent NPR poll —

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you asking with that question?

Q I’m asking —

THE PRESIDENT: Because I see that they’re very high. You know, if you look, I’m 95 percent in the Republican Party.

Q Credibility, sir —

THE PRESIDENT: We just had a poll that was done by a very reputable group. We’re — I’m beating Sleepy Joe Biden by a lot in Florida — in the state of Florida and in other states. You know, so I don’t really know who you’re talking about.

All right. Jennifer, go ahead, please. Please.

Q Two questions, if you’re willing, sir. Would you give us an update on your conversations with the airline executives?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q Did you explain to them what’s coming? What was their reaction?

THE PRESIDENT: I did, and they explained to me where they’re coming from. I mean, they went from, as I said, full planes — packed, the best year they’ve ever had, by far — to, boom — one day, empty — because of what we have to do to get rid of — to win this war or we would have a level of deaths like people haven’t seen before.

So they’ve been fantastic. I mean, they’ve been great, but you know, they went from being extremely happy to being people that are running companies that are going to need some help. And we’ll help them, Jennifer.

Q On SBA loans, would you be willing to give us an update on how that’s going? We’ve been getting some reports that counties have been having difficulty getting designated as disaster areas.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s going. I mean, there’s a lot of influx to those loans, as you can imagine. A lot of people are looking at it. But we’re going to be increasing funding a lot. They’re very well prepared to do what they have to do and the SBA is doing a fantastic job. She is doing a really good job, the administrator.

John?

Q Dr. Birx — Mr. President, a couple of questions for Dr. Birx —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q — if I could. Dr. Birx, French researchers have had some luck with hydroxychloroquine in shortening the duration of disease. Is that something that might be in the arsenal of therapeutics here in the United States?

DR. BIRX: I think we’re exploring every one of those issues. The President asked for a critical briefing on that today; he opened with that.

It is more than that single drug. There are other drugs that individuals are looking at. Just to go back to what we’ve talked about many times, there is things that look really good in cell culture against the virus that may look good in small animals, and then don’t have an impact in humans. And so those are the pieces that we’re looking at very carefully. Of course, there’s always anecdotal reports and we’re trying to figure out how many anecdotal reports equal real scientific breakthroughs.

Q And second question: Are you confident of the seasonality of coronavirus?

DR. BIRX: All we can do is look at the past to inform the future. We know what SARS looked like. We also know — and I just want to put this out; I know you can get it online — look at the curve in China and look at the curve in South Korea. Those curves were accomplished in still the winter season. And so we’re trying to understand what those relationships are. We’re very interested in the curves in Italy because of their different approach and we’re following every single country’s curves.

And so all we can do is look at prior coronavirus and prior respiratory infection RNA viruses. These are RNA viruses. When you look at flu in the Northern Hemisphere, when you look at parainfluenza and some of the other cold viruses, and if you look at SARS, that’s the way the peak normally occurs.

But that is a November to April. We all started later. And so you’re asking me to predict based on a later start and that’s what we’re trying to really look at China and South Korea to really inform that.

THE PRESIDENT: All right. Kaitlan, go ahead.

Q A question for Secretary Wilkie, if you don’t mind, or you could answer if you’d like. How many veterans of those that need to be tested have been tested?

SECRETARY WILKIE: Those that have needed to be tested, we believe we’ve caught most of them. Right now, we have 44 veterans who have tested positive. Sadly, one has passed in Portland. We are working with state labs and private companies to make sure that testing is available.

Because the President had us out aggressively early, we have — we have been in a better place than most healthcare systems in the country. I cannot predict, as Dr. Birx said, when the next surge will be — if it will be.

But one of the things that we do at VA is that we prepare for national emergencies, be they national disasters or epidemics. We started preparing for this. We started stockpiling equipment. Our equipment is stable. And I think that’s in large part because of the instructions the President gave me.

Q But do you have a number of how many have been tested out of the number that needs to be tested?

SECRETARY WILKIE: We’ve tested several hundred. I can’t give you the direct —

Q It was 200 the other day.

SECRETARY WILKIE: Yeah. We’ve tested several hundred.

Q Is it higher than that?

SECRETARY WILKIE: Yes. We’ve tested several hundred.

Q Do you know exactly?

SECRETARY WILKIE: I don’t know exactly. I do know that 44 veterans have the virus. Most of those are quarantined at home.

Q Can you get us the number of exact? Thank you.

SECRETARY WILKIE: Yeah, I’ll get you that.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead in the back. Please.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. A question for Dr. Birx, quickly. I’m trying to understand what we — it’s about the mortality rate. Yesterday, we underlined the fact that we had reached 100 deaths. And this morning, we wake up and we’re at 110. Within 12 hours, we — we climbed by 10 percent. Is it something we have to expect from now on: a 10 percent increase every 12 hours?

DR. BIRX: So very early on in each one of these cases, if you look at all of the countries to date, the mortality is higher at the beginning because you’re diagnosing the sickest — the ones who came in quite ill. And I just want to remind the American public that still the majority — the risk for serious illness in the majority of Americans are low. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t transmit it to one of those higher-risk groups, and that’s why we’re asking for all Americans to take responsibility.

You’re seeing mortality or deaths today from infections that occurred two to three weeks ago, in general. The other thing that you’re seeing is the dramatic and very difficult impact of this virus in nursing homes.

And that’s why, very early on, the President and Vice President had us come out and CMS put those very strict rules in place and everybody thought we were being too strict and keeping loved ones away from their family in nursing homes. If we’re going to solve this with a lower death rate, we have to protect the elderly because their percent is much higher in mortality than any other age group.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. Please.

Q Mr. President — Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

Q There’s federal — there’s reporting that the federal government has a plan that shows that this coronavirus outbreak might last as much — as long as 18 months. Are you seeing those numbers? Could this actually last —

THE PRESIDENT: No, we’re not seeing that at all.

Q And then the — my second question is, there are some — at least one White House official who used the term “Kung flu,” referring to the fact that this virus started in China. Is that acceptable? Is it wrong? Are you worried that that having this virus be talked about as a “Chinese virus,” that that might help —

THE PRESIDENT: I wonder who said that.

Q That might (inaudible) —

THE PRESIDENT: Do you know who said that?

Q That — I’m not sure the person’s name, but would you condemn the fact —

THE PRESIDENT: He used —

Q — the “Kung flu” —

THE PRESIDENT: Say the term again.

Q The — a person at the White House used the —

THE PRESIDENT: No, just the term.

Q — term “Kung flu.” My question is —

THE PRESIDENT: “Kung flu”?

Q — do you think that’s wrong? “Kung flu.” And do you think using the term “Chinese virus” — that puts Asian Americans at risk, that people might target them?

THE PRESIDENT: No, not at all. No, not at all. I think they probably would agree with it 100 percent. It comes from China. There’s nothing not to agree on.

Okay, how about the last question. Please, go ahead.

Q Switching gears very quickly —

THE PRESIDENT: Say it?

Q Switching gears to a larger question here. We’ve seen that before the pandemic there were a lot of Americans that were already alienated. We saw deaths of despair increasing through suicide and other things. Now, as these individuals, a lot of times in rural parts of the country, are self-isolating, what is your message to those individuals and what do you hope that individuals, communities, and churches will do to reach out to them?

THE PRESIDENT: So my message is to all Americans, but to those Americans who are going through a lot: We love them, we’re with them, and we will not let them down.

Thank you all very much.

END 1:03 P.M. EDT

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143 Responses to President Trump Leads Daily Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – Video

  1. MelH says:

    Why do they all keep standing so close together? And if they read Twitter, why are they still talking?

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  2. I really can’t stand Cecilia Vega! She is very disrespectful to our president!! Who truly cares what he calls the virus! It came from China!! We all know that!!

    China virus!
    China virus!
    China virus!

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    • Some old guy says:

      Some people act to save people from drowning, while others focus on rearranging deck chairs. Ms. Vega and others, unfortunately, are concerned about deck chairs. Increasingly, the majority of press reporters consign themselves to the irrelevant, while history is literally being written. Sad!

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      • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

        I tried to warn you all about the Repo crisis and now expect the ECB to possibly shut down the markets and banks. Why did the dollar spike, because capital is flowing into the dollar at an unprecedented rate. Investors in Europe are freaking out and the safe haven is the all mighty dollar. Bonds globally a dead, not sure if anyone is aware but idiot Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater company lost over 32 billion last week. They are liquidating gold. Get ready for digital currency in Europe and Japan.

        The fed needs to go back to the way it was designed because bailing out banks has never worked, just like all of us, they don’t loan when the future looks bleak. The Fed needs to buy corporate bonds, that was the original way it was set up but congress stopped that in 1914 and forced the to buy T-bills.

        Leaders can’t tell you the truth because we will have complete anarchy, so think of any way you can to get people to “shelter in place”. Once you do, the light bulb will go off.

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        • dawg says:

          Yeah Im certainly no finance pro, but this just isnt making sense. Massive stimulus being injected and market still losing 1000+ pts a day? Main Street economy strong but Wall Street hurting due to deglobalization efforts? CV a scapegoat for a market that had underlying financial issues and was destined to crash anyway? Sign of the disconnect from Main Street to Wall Street? Exploit the opportunity to cause US govt to destroy their own economy in the hopes of getting rid of Trump?

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          • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

            Dawg,
            I posted here on March 1st that if the Fed raises rates they will start a global contagion and I also said that I disagree with them lowering rates because investors will smell blood in the water. Keynesian economics is dead and as much as I respect President Trump he is an old school Keynesian economics guy.

            It has never worked so POTUS needs to get the Fed back to its original design and secondly he need to reinstate the “Fairness Doctrine” within all our media. It was taken out in 1987 and the words were completely erased in 2011. He needs to EO the FCC immediately, the press has caused a global panic! WATCH EUROPE and JAPAN.
            0 to -0% interest rates DO NOT work!!! The central banks are in panic mode.

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              • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

                Jumpinjarhead,

                Awesome, makes my point very clear and I hope people pass this around.
                We need to wean Trump off of Keynesianism. The Federal Reserve Act (1913) was never set up to buy Government paper, it was set up to buy corporate paper and because of WWI, congress changed that by having the Fed buy Government paper. And in 1935, FDR invoked his administrations powers to make the Fed a Central Bank which was never their design.

                Wall Street and congress spend like mad and the Fed is always coming to the rescue to bail them out. This is why they need to return to their original design.

                Unfortunately now, the Fed is trapped.

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            • BobC says:

              Keynesian?????????????

              Do you not remember President Trump pinning a medal round Art Laffer’s neck at a WH ceremony and showering him with praise.

              Try and keep up!!!

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        • rashomon says:

          Can we just go back and wipe out everything that occurred during the Wilson administration?

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      • jumpinjarhead says:

        They have a narrative and they stick to it until the next one comes along.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      It’s just more democrat nonsense. Impeachment didn’t work so they have to revert back to racism. I’d say we’re very lucky that the democommies aren’t in charge, their priorities are really screwed up.

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      • Ellie says:

        If the Democommies were in charge, this wouldn’t be happening.

        We’re being punished.

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        • flova says:

          Ellie
          Exactly. As I have said if Trump were to resign tomorrow or God forbid, something worse, within 2 weeks the infection rates and death stats would start to decrease and boom! malls, stores restaurants and schools would magically be reopened. This is all about sinking the economy and Donald Trump.

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    • Chip Doctor says:

      President Trump is playing the long game to bring back manufacturing from China. China needs to be seen as the enemy by the public. He is using the drive by media to accomplish his goals. They just don’t realize it. Some things never change.

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      • golfsullivan says:

        Much of what this guy says rings true. Is China using the Art of War vs The Art of the Deal? “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

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        • jumpinjarhead says:

          At least you appear to “get it” in contrast to most clueless Americans. For fifty years, the COMMUNIST Chinese have been in an existential long war with us and the rest of the world that could stand in the way of its strategic objective—world domination. Incredibly, even our own government has perpetuated the lie from hell that the PRC is just a big soft panda of a country that is “just like us.”

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  3. dawg says:

    No Fauci!

    I cant believe the press didnt ask where he was!

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  4. PInky1920 says:

    I keep telling myself…he’s the smartest President ever.

    He’s NOT going to let them destroy what he’s worked so hard for, the USA and us. He loves us too much.

    God bless you, PT

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    • Ellie says:

      Yes, pray fervently, like our lives depend on it, because it does. And more importantly, for our President. I love this man.

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      • Landslide says:

        Absolutely. Waiting for our Christian leaders to call for all believers to pray. I’m talking about an organized effort. Around the clock. Meanwhile, I am going to spend some time humbling myself and crying out to the Lord. I trust Him completely.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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    • California Joe says:

      President Trump will destroy America with a cure that’s a thousand times worse than the disease:

      ACTIVE CASES United States
      Currently Infected Patients
      7,810 (100%) in Mild Condition

      12 (0%) Serious or Critical

      121 Deaths (30 in a Washington State Nursing Home).

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    • Cousin Eddie says:

      I think the President jumped the shark on his response to this crisis. Like George W. Bush in 2008, he was led to believe he had to “kill capitalism to save it”. Based upon the current data, he has only succeeded in destroying his signature achievement.

      While on one level I certainly understand trying to flatten the contagion curve, it just means it will return next season and we will panic all over again. The economy will not stand this a second time. It may not stand it this time. No way the virus has behaved in other places would lead one to conclude that half a million or million would die in this country.

      Hooray; you’ve survived a sickness where the overwhelming majority will have minor symptoms, but now you’re out of a job and the stock market has wiped out over three years of your gains. That doesn’t leave him much to run on now, does it?

      Is ordering people to remain at home, closing down businesses, then sending out checks to everyone from Uncle Sam any different from Biden, or Bernie, or Mayor Pete? Doesn’t the National Debt go up just the same? Regardless of the reason, he adopted a Big Brother response to the virus that far exceeds the illness. I don’t blame the President for the cause; but thus far the cure has been far worse than the disease. If he is going to enact far left governing tactics, why not just vote for the real thing?

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      • Chip Doctor says:

        Wrong site?

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        • California Joe says:

          The truth may hurt, Chip Doctor, but it’s still the truth! The fact is with over 7,800 Coronavirus cases we have 12 cases hospitalized in critical condition! If anybody thinks that’s worth destroying the economy of the United States we’re in serious shape!

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      • anniesezso says:

        President Trump was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. I agree with part of what you said, Eddie, but I think Trump went with what he thought best. He knows more than we do, he always has a plan, and I will support him for it even though after ten years with Chevron, my youngest son is salaried but soon to be laid off.

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      • Magabear says:

        I was going to make a similiar point as Eddie did above. While you can make a case for many of the individual actions PDJT has made so far, collectively they may well worsen things. IMHO, I think declaring a national emergency was a mistake. We shall see.

        PDJT not being an ideolouge is usually a good thing, as he doesn’t lock himself into a one policy fits all way of governing. But in this instance, I kinda wish he were a bit more of a conservative ideologue.

        But heck, i’m still working long hours (energy business), so a $1000.00 check on top of my regular wages will certainly be accepted. 🙂

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  5. Ellie says:

    While so much fake news has been exposed to us in the last 3 years, I can’t help but wonder, while we’re forced to endure this daily sh&t show from the government and the press, what else in the world is going on that we are not being informed about?

    If the virus doesn’t kill me, being fed this crap day in and day out will.

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    • PInky1920 says:

      Ellie, this is so true.

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    • swissik says:

      Along with about 6million people I remain inside my domicile except for walking my dog up and down my street. I will not turn the TV or radio or anything else on to constantly being inundated with virus talk. Like you I believe being fed this crap has a better chance to kill me than the virus itself. I am highly suspicious that we are not being told the truth and I would like to know why not? Another trillion?? Where does it come from?? Scares the you know what out of me.

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      • Ellie says:

        I think that’s the point swissik…they want us to be scared!

        And to see American panic as they fill their shopping carts with toilet paper is just bizarre.

        We may not have work or a job, but at least we have our toilet paper!

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  6. dawg says:

    People are misconstruing what Birx said about young people, millenials, etc…

    So she said they are looking at reports from Italy and France of young people with CV.

    She said its possibly because young people heeded the early reports of it only affecting old people.

    What she was saying was, but didnt really say, young people heard it was only old people, so they didnt do anything differently, and so the young people ended up with a disproportionately higher number of cases, so then you are naturally going to have some young people react to it in a bad way and have a hard time with it.

    What she said doesnt counter or refute anything that has already been established with regards to how it affects old or young.

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  7. PInky1920 says:

    Are we all going to have to replace our “good China” with “good plating” or something equally ridiculous?

    No!!

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    • DoggyDaddy says:

      I want to replace “fine China” with “Fine China!” Fine China big bucks for all the misery their modern-day socialism has caused.

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  8. Sassy1 says:

    Why is the media allowed such close access to the President? For his safety, the briefings should not be done in person, who knows what these people have been exposed to? Churches have cancelled prayer meetings and church services, schools have been closed, sports events shut down, yet these people are allowed to carry on their hostile attacks unhindered. They’re not “socially distancing” themselves far enough apart either. I’m sick to death of all of them. They’re worse than useless, they’re dangerous.

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    • flova says:

      Governor Blackface here in Va. has decreed that no more than 10 people can gather in any one place. So I get the WH is in DC but how can all these morons be crammed into the same room with the president when we all have to social distance? This is all so fake!

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  9. dawg says:

    Can someone please talk about the concept of developing herd immunity in relation to all this?

    How would that apply here? What is being done now completely prevents that from happening.

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    • California Joe says:

      In every recent epidemic like SARS, MERS, ZIKA, EBOLA and H1N1 the virus flamed out on it’s own after a few months. It seems like virus infections weaken when they pass from one person to the next. If you listen to the Democrats and news media the Coronavirus is not going to stop until it wipes out all human life on the planet which, of course, is all hysteria! The Coronavirus flames out in China after 2-3 months. They are down to getting 10 new cases a day now.

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      • Ellie says:

        I’m beginning to wonder if this isn’t all manufactured to crash the economy. And there are other people like me wondering the same thing.

        Where’s the body bags?

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        • swissik says:

          My instant reaction as I told my family, when the first virus news broke, is that I believe it the timing was just too convenient to tank the economy. The powers that be ran out of other means to get rid of the president. Have not changed my mind on my initial reaction.

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        • FrankieZee says:

          Just remember these #’s from the Swine Flu in America from April 2009 to Feb 2010.
          59+ million people infected.
          300,000 people hospitalized.
          17,000 people died and out of that were 1,800 children who died.

          And anywhere from 20,000 up to 60,000 people die each year from the common flu.

          And nothing like what we are doing was ever done for the swine flu, like shutting every damn thing down.

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      • Has it? Can we believe anything china tells us at this point?

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      • Charlie Hargrave says:

        Has it flamed out? Is china honest about anything?

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    • FPCHmom says:

      Ultimately herd immunity happens when approximately 60% of the population get the disease and have antibodies developed against it. Once that happens, it does not get passed from person to person the same way because of the immunity of the majority.

      Vulnerable people are way less likely to come into contact with it as it hits a lot of dead ends with people who have developed antibodies to it.

      Because there is no vaccine to protect the vulnerable and the virus is brand new, they are trying to slow the spread to allow medicine to catch up with diagnostic testing, antibody testing people can find out if they are already immune (which is also being developed now), and a vaccine.

      But it will still spread, and needs to to get to herd immunity. But not everybody needs to contract it for herd immunity to work.

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      • dawg says:

        So it seems to me that the vulnerable people are easy to identify and it would make a lot more sense to quarantine THEM to keep them safe, instead of quarantining the rest of the country, which it will affect no differently than the flu, while herd immunity takes place.

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      • Sentient says:

        In the interim, they should collect (via plasma) antibodies from recovered coronavirus patients. These could be injected into others (probably medical staff first) to give immunity.

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      • Barnestormer says:

        Re:FPCHmom,
        Using the estimated R 0 range of 1.4-3.9 found here
        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_reproduction_number
        I’m figuring the immunity range for Covid-19 to be 29%-74% (inumeracy challenges welcome.)
        How seriously to take those numbers at this state of public knowledge is anybody’s guess.

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    • FL_GUY says:

      Very true. People tend to forget history. Treatment of disease is a relatively new development beginning with anti-biotics appearing on the scene in the 1940s. Prior to that, there was no effective treatments for communicable diseases.

      Remember the bubonic plague? There was no treatment because no one knew what caused disease. A lot of people died but a lot of people survived, and as far as I know, there has never been a repeat of the massive deaths from the bubonic plague epidemics since that time even though the disease is still around and some people still contract it in the present. Early treatment cures it today.

      As far as I know also, there has not been a repeat of the Spanish Flu level of infections and fatalities as well. All the survivors became resistant to it and passed it along to their offspring.

      I think the human body is very powerful and for the most part resistant. No disease is going to kill everybody, IMHO. Personal observation tells me that this virus has been in the general population in the USA since November. I know of at least two people, who had all the symptoms attributed to it and treated it successfully like any other flu. Only one person I know, a younger person developed bronchitis as a side effect but it was treated. The other person came through, even though much older, without complications, and myself, almost 70, apparently having been exposed to it, didn’t get anything.

      Panic and fear are the worse things you can do for your immune system because it depresses it. A positive attitude boosts the immune system.

      I don’t know what is really going on with this virus panic but the stats show that this virus has a low infection rate and a low death rate based on data that has come out. For instance, the data from the first cruise ship, a closed environment. About 3,800 passengers on board. Of those 702 tested positive for the virus, or about 20%. Of those 702, 7 people died of the disease, or about 1%.

      The lefties are exploiting the situation to bring out their inner dictator. When people don’t start dying in mass numbers or even being sick in mass numbers, I wonder how people, who have had their lives wrecked, are going to respond? They will take credit for having stopped the spread with their police state actions but I don’t think most people are going to buy it. JMHO

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      • dawg says:

        We think my mom had it in january. Shes 69 year old, lifelong registered nurse so she knew what to do. Stay home and rest. Never went to doctor. Once they get the antibody test out shes going to take that.

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        • California Joe says:

          I think millions of Americans already had the Coronavirus infection, it was mild and we survived just like every other flu! The Democrats and news media played President Trump. It’s past time for President Trump to end this Sh!t Show!

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          • swissik says:

            My gripe with the president was and still is that, for a successful business man, he seems to lack somewhat in an ability to recognize people who don’t wish him well. IMO he still isn’t sufficiently judgmental when it concerns his advisors. True some of them are gone but I wouldn’t call it 100% cleaning house. Who knows what this medical crop of advisors and experts are up to. Talk is cheap and they must keep the sheople from creating complete chaos. Anyway that is how I see it. As for Fauci: never have trusted him. He sure likes to get his mug on TV, kind of reminds me of Schumer. He never misses a TV opportunity either.

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          • Joe, I think the media played the people not President Trump. I believe he knows what they are trying to do to undermine him but…he also has to show the media sheep he is concerned for the county so he does have to react like he has. He also says that when this is over we will come back stronger than ever, I believe this will help bring back manufacturing from China especially and to help secure our borders. We will be stronger because of our President’s policies. I believe in him, he is a VSG and every time the dems or media think they “got” him he has proven to have outsmarted them months prior. He knows what he is doing and is doing it our of love for America and us.

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  10. James F says:

    Dr. Smirk finally admitted testing supplies are being funneled to “priority” coastal cities while “flyover country” did not receive the promised testing supplies and are completely unable to process any tests. Not even healthcare professional can be tested.

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The state of South Dakota can’t test any more people for COVID-19 because of a shortage of tests, the South Dakota Department of Health Laboratory announced Wednesday.

    The SDPHL said it was able to run tests for medium and high risk patients on Monday, March 16, but the expected additional supplies did not arrive. The agency said there is “no timeframe” for when the supplies will be available from the CDC and commercial suppliers.

    https://www.keloland.com/news/healthbeat/coronavirus/state-says-shortage-of-tests-stops-no-covid-19-testing/

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    • James F says:

      STATUS OF TESTING IN WISCONSIN

      Dr. Rai says they have a limited number of nasal swabs for the test and that’s causing a back up locally.

      The state is also facing challenges.

      “The state is severely limited on what they can do. They’re literally running out of the chemical that’s required in the machine to run the test. So right now only the really high risk people–in other words you’re in the hospital, you’re in the intensive care unit, we need to figure out what’s going on with you, that goes to the state,” says Dr. Rai.

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    • The Dark Lord says:

      and so what … getting tested doesn’t cure you … if you are that sick they will treat you in the hospital anyway … nobody is being sent home to die because they didn’t get a corona test … the test helps confirm the numbers but doesn’t change the fact that you are sick and need care … more tests might help id infected people not at the hospital to try and reduce the spread in SD … but since you have 11 cases … 11 … again 11 in the entire state … I think you’ll make it …

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      • James F says:

        If the doctors can rule out covid19 they do not have to waste precious scarce masks. Now they have to treat each patient as if they are covid19 positive and wast way more masks and time than they need to.

        Stop being such a jerk.

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    • 1nikao says:

      Hmmm…I wonder why the President would ask people to stay home for fifteen days when they don’t have enough tests available yet until next week?
      I know!
      It’s all just a big Democrat hoax!
      /sarc/

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  11. California Joe says:

    It’s FAKE NEWS! Over a month into the Coronavirus spread Russia has no deaths. India has 3. Japan has none. South Korea has 66. Mexico has 2. Canada has 1. Australia has 6. UK has 103. The US has 118. Why are we committing economic suicide for an overhyped cold virus? Are we going to shut down the country because a few hundred elderly people might die….many of whom would have died regardless of the Coronavirus!

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    • John Smith says:

      You think the entire world is doing this for just he hell of it. There is more to this virus than any other virus. This virus you can spread without even knowing you are kick for weeks. That is very different from other viruses.

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      • sabreman30 says:

        It’s probably been around for a while (since December or earlier) in the US. Do you dispute that? People were flowing in from China prior to January 31st. Why not a major uptick in respiratory and flu deaths so far this year?

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        • Dwayne Diesel says:

          Because the deaths happening were not out of the normal range for lower respiratory deaths. It wasn’t out of the norm. They may notice a trend such as age but it wasn’t abnormal. Just review the H1N1 stats for the same period. Way worse in 2009. Why? Because H1N1 impacted children and working age adults more so than 65 and up.

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      • California Joe says:

        Huh? 60,000 Americans died from the flu virus last winter. The tally after over a month so far with the Coronavirus hoax is 121! It doesn’t seem very devastating to me?

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      • The Dark Lord says:

        … stop with the nonsense … you can also spread the flu without shows signs as well … in fact many people with corona never get sick which shows IT’s not as bad as the flu … you catch the flu YOU WILL GET SICK …

        The entire world (governments) wanted to destroy their economies over the global warming hoax … what makes you think they give a damn about their economies ? they care about power … and look at the new powers they are getting this week …

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    • Risa says:

      To save lives of many of those severely affected, they require intense measures and prolonged hospital stays. Respirators, etc. Apparently our healthcare system isn’t set up for many cases like that. Add to that the fact it is easily transmitted and healthcare workers aren’t granted any special immunity, they also will get sick.

      This isn’t to say I completely understand why we couldn’t just require the elderly, of which I myself am a member of, to do the isolation. I am just trusting President Trump wouldn’t be doing this needlessly, he must know much more than we do. Maybe I am wrong, only time will tell.

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      • swissik says:

        He isn’t trained in health related field. He only knows what he is told by those who are which doesn’t mean that they know for sure how this virus acts. I too am old, never took a flu shot as I don’t believe in it, but I did finally get the new pneumonia shot. Doctor convinced me.

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        • frogman says:

          Do not underestimate the POTUS he is more bright than he is learned. What that means he can understand something new to him very quickly; and does not rely so much on what he learned from others in the past which would not be applicable. I am not a super big Trump fan, but I believe he has this.

          This is not a flu strain, but something unique. I do not think for a minute we have even 5 percent of the information that he and the VP have.

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      • The Dark Lord says:

        “Apparently our healthcare system isn’t set up for many cases like that.” good lord …

        yes it is … More than 5 million patients are admitted annually to U.S. ICUs for intensive or invasive monitoring; … AHA data: According to the AHA 2015 annual survey, the United States had 4862 acute care registered hospitals; 2814 of these had at least 10 acute care beds and at least 1 ICU bed. These hospitals had a total of 540,668 staffed beds and 94,837 ICU beds (14.3% ICU beds/total beds) in 5229 ICUs.

        stop with the disaster porn …

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  12. Brant says:

    Looking towards the 1st polling data in several days. Media=dims will go nuts if not below about 45. We are throwing everything and nothing is sticking. What do we have to do?

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    • Cousin Eddie says:

      DJT will almost certainly drop in the upcoming polling. Too much panic and economic damage for him not to take a hit. Many, like me, think the fiscal fallout will be much more severe and long-lasting than the pandemic.

      I think the President and his advisers were buffaloed into a political decision rather than one that was best for the country overall. I simply do not believe from the stats thus far presented that anywhere near a million US citizens would die from this. China and the media caused him to destroy his own economy. People who are now much poorer in the critical swing states could easily switch their votes because of this. Bottom line: what’s the gain if you avoid catching a virus where 80% of those that do will have mild symptoms, if you’re out of a job and little to no savings left?

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      • sabreman30 says:

        Unfortunately I think you might be right but this is a Global over reaction. Is it possible he could use that (Global Effort angle) to his advantage?

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        • California Joe says:

          I think a plunge in the polls is more like it! President Trump’s first instinct was to call the Coronavirus an overhyped hoax and he was right now he might as well head Joe Biden’s campaign for president.

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          • Cousin Eddie says:

            Now we both know the President did NOT refer to the virus as a hoax. He said that the Democratic response to the virus was a hoax. They withheld funding on the original bill until they sent out fundraising letters criticizing him, then they said Mitch McConnell failed to call for a vote on the latest bill when the House hadn’t even sent the bill to the Senate yet. And they screamed at him for closing the borders, then screamed at him to do something to keep the virus from coming to the US. Let’s try to keep this a clean and honest conversation.

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      • swissik says:

        Cousin Eddie: Bingo! 100% agreement from me. I am repeating myself when I say that crashing the economy is the main purpose of this entire charade. Remember never let a crisis go to waste.

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  13. annieoakley says:

    Soros and the Chinese Communist Party has been gong all out trying to divide us into groups.Now they want us completely alone. Each Trump supporter all by his lonesome self. When Soros/Google/Red China get complete internet control, it is over.

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  14. Hans says:

    So it appears that we have entered a new Cold War.. with China.. they are blaming the US for bringing the Virus to Wuhan.. they are trying to paint the US as the predator/instigator…
    to the extent all the MSM press is trying to excuse the Chinese for saying this.. they are also demanding re-education of our press corps.. or expulsion from China…we have the latest Chinese military aiming of lasers at US military aircraft…
    The only conclusion is that China sees itself holding a loosing hand and is trying to influence an administrative change here… the MSM …Hollywood…etc all while it still can . China and their Schills will be going full tilt during the next 8 months ….

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  15. LEET says:

    I have listened to a couple of this Dr.’s podcasts. He makes A LOT of sense. He is running for Senate in Massachusetts.

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/cUDDYTFXTEVSWUdNcWFXamJ8MU1ueG5ReW5abmpKT3kRh_-EtmZu3YPp7I1K1Hglkg5IIdh1w00xYY5Kf7u1?t=1s

    You can find him on Twitter also.
    @va_shiva

    Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, MIT PhD

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  16. lawton says:

    I hope Trump is fully aware of the deception – my guess is he probably is despite having to go along with it some for political reasons. Hence the 15 days release.

    We are going to hit the daily increase top for this stuff in about a week to 10 days imo and would have been within a few days of that even without the crazy level draconian measures. Now we get to destroy our economies to flatten a curve that was never going to be nutty anyway as far as past deaths with new pathogens like Swine Flu.Hopefully in early April the pushback starts.

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  17. Brant says:

    Hmmmm, this really went nuts (the hype) when Canada signed the trade agreement. Any connection? Was there a signal from Chinese owners to up the pressure/reporting/fake news?

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  18. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  19. Jenevive says:

    I think he is pushing back.. Yesterday he mentioned that 3M
    and Honeywell make respirator masks but some law prevented them
    from selling them to the medical community they could only
    be used for Industrial purpose..Most all our mask come from
    CHINA.. Well now we already have two companies that make
    them and POTUS just enable them to sell domestically so we might
    not need China for mask anymore.

    Also POTUS said that 95 percent of our Meds come from China
    and now he is talking getting them back here to the US..there by
    no longer relieing on China..

    By the time this is all thru lots of things made in China will be
    made HERE and POTUS can lawfully do it and the Dems/Media
    etc can;t whine or do anything about it..

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    • Sentient says:

      Let’s be honest. It would have been great if any red tape on mask production had been cut on the same day that flights from China were ended. Instead of ordering a billion masks from 3M two weeks ago, they should have ordered at least ten times that many. They should be buying Remdesivir, Chloroquine and Losartan in massive quantities. President Trump isn’t uniquely at fault. San Fran Mayor London Breed should have canceled the Chinese New Year parade a month ago. Sanders and Biden shouldn’t have been imploring their supporters to go vote in person yesterday. This thing moved too fast for almost all political leadership around the world, in part because they have to contend with people who say “It’s all a hoax”.

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      • dawg says:

        ????? This GLOBAL PANDEMIC is smaller than our annual flu EPIDEMIC.

        Literally, everything that has happened GLOBALLY thus far is a fraction of what happens in THIS country every year.

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        • California Joe says:

          ACTIVE CASES United States
          Currently Infected Patients
          7,810 (100%)
          in Mild Condition

          12 (0%)
          Serious or Critical

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      • dawg says:

        Wait, you think we need 10 billion masks???? What on earth for? First of all they do nothing to prevent you from catching it. Second, they are for health professionals to prevent them from spreading it! FFS

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    • SHV says:

      ” Yesterday he mentioned that 3M
      and Honeywell make respirator masks but some law prevented them
      from selling them to the medical community…
      ******
      I saw that but can’t find any documentation…..I know 3M make medical masks and has production in the US….3M make a wide variety of medical supplies, including various types of masks.

      Best I can tell, the problem is that there are about 31 million masks in stockpile that are passed some arbitrary expiration date, despite the fact that a test sample worked just fine. 3M and Honeywell are afraid if they release “expired” masks, they will be liable to law suits.

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  20. Miya says:

    I don’t know if this virus is natural or manufactured. I do know I was wretchedly ill all weekend. Tested negative for flus and strep. The doc wanted to test for Kungflu but we had no tests. Finally had access to testing late Monday. All of my (very young) children are sick now too. I don’t have the results for COVID yet.

    I have been watching President Trump’s briefings while under quarantine. I see cold anger in him. I don’t believe this was handled well oversees and I’m beginning, after watching and listening to our president, to believe this was released with malicious intent. The Chinese should never be trusted. They were furious at the loss of economic leverage. I don’t doubt they’d let the world burn in retaliation.

    I have never seen a response to “just the flu” like this. Keep your family close, make sure you’re safe, and pray you don’t get this. And keep praying for our President. The man needs every bit of grace God will send him.

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  21. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  22. dawg says:

    I think on Day 15, and not a day later, PT needs to come out and say

    “Ok, the quarantine has been successful to the extent it can be. Continued shut down will do more harm than good. We will “shelter in place” the vulnerable people who are easy to identify and quarantine and let the public at large get out and develop herd immunity to keep this from coming back. Now get back to work and lets fix the economy.”

    BOOM!

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    • Sentient says:

      Depends whether promising treatments (of which there are several) are not only approved but in place for widespread use. It also depends upon whether doctors, nurses and hospitals have the masks, garb and equipment they need. If not, the end of social distancing would just mean hospitals way overcome with patients and healthcare workers at grave risk of getting seriously ill themselves since a bigger “viral load” probably increases their risk – judging by the Chinese experience.

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    • CheetoGuido says:

      i agree

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    • California Joe says:

      Hoax:

      ACTIVE CASES United States
      Currently Infected Patients
      7,810 (100%)
      in Mild Condition

      12 (0%)
      Serious or Critical

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      • fred5678 says:

        Source link?? Would love to share with email pals.

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        • Deb says:

          ”Total cases: 7,038
          Total deaths: 97
          Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
          * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.“

          This is from the CDC. It’s important to note that many people where I live with symptoms are not being tested. You have to be in the ICU to be tested because of the shortage of the proper supplies to perform the test.

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  23. fred5678 says:

    Now that the DJI has reached Obama’s high point, Soros and big-time manipulators can take a well-deserved vacation. As soon as POTUS wins reelection, they will,be back at work, I’m sure.

    BTW – local grocery shopping report — southwestern CO, Kroger chain store, no lines, only canned goods are out of stock. LOTS of dairy, fresh and cured meats (mmmmm, BACON!) , veggies, fruits, etc.all available in usual quantities. Honey Crisp apples on sale for $1.48/lb !!!

    Watching lots of movies on internet for free — some long lost WWII flicks on Youtube, for instance.

    Yet again, for perspective:

    https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/

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  24. Chip Doctor says:

    Sure are a lot of people here I’ve never seen before spreading negative crap.

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  25. MicD says:

    The vector is human.
    The race is Chinese.
    If you do not comprehend these facts you cannot understand.

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  26. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  27. fred5678 says:

    Did I miss this question from the MSM reporters ??

    “Mr. President, with all the dangers of importing more virus-infected people from other countries, why haven’t you done more to close down the massive flow of illegal immigrants through our southern border? “

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  28. Colleen maddox says:

    Why is the United States not making use of therapeutics for covid19 that are proven to work? Is it because some are waiting for. New drug to be developed….one that does not cost pennies???

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04261517
    https://academic.oup.com/jac/article/70/6/1608/728687
    http://m.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=7428

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  29. WhiteBoard says:

    Great now fox is saying the GERM can get on your fast food..

    Lets just put on space suits. or plug into the matrix

    Executive Order – hack the cable and shut it down. let people communicate with neighbors, friends, etc.

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  30. Mike in a,Truck says:

    A check? I don’t want no dam check from the Government. Then the IRS will say I have to claim it as income. Keep the dam money just leave me alone. I dont need anything from the friggen Government.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Me neither, but a lot of folks have been living paycheck to paycheck and have nothing saved up to carry them through the shutdown.

      Remember a couple years back there was a poll where they found that a significant part of the population couldn’t even come up with a few hundred dollars in an emergency.

      Well, here we are.

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  31. Peter Rabbit says:

    Dr. Fauci may be like Pauli from The Godfather. “You won’t see Pauli anymore.” Dr. Birx more effective.

    Curve already bending lower in China and South Korea. Same will happen here.

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  32. CM-TX says:

    I’m just sayin’…

    (Gov DeSantis- dude, you need to CALM DOWN! Maybe do some independent research too.)

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    • CM-TX says:

      FWIW:
      Personally- I was severely Vitamin-D deficient several years ago. I wasn’t absorbing supplements, we were toying with putting me on IV treatment.

      Then I moved from the MidEast to the South… where I started spending a ridiculous amount of my days outside, & continue to. Low & behold, I was soon back within normal limits, & have been ever since.

      I’ve never had the Flu, & never had the flu-shot either. Neither have any of my children, & they’ve always been negative whenever tested for it.

      IDK, Maybe I’m just lucky? (No, not really- you can trust me on that aspect!)

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      • midtngal says:

        Me too CM! When my Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years ago, they told him to take massive amounts of Vit D. Ever since then, I’ve taken 6000 IU every day! I also take 2000 Vit C and a whole list of others as well. I’ve never had a flu shot and I haven’t had the flu in over 25 years! Everybody always asks me why I take so many vitamins….and now I/they know! 😉 I’ve always answered that I would have to see how long I lived to see if it was worth it! 😂

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  33. Liberty Forge says:

    Someone may have already posted this, and if so I apologize for repeating.

    Here is a really handy, dandy “tool” — developed by a 17-year old no less — that continually updates Corona Virus cases (and status) world-wide:

    https://ncov2019.live/

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  34. USA Citizen Trump Supporter (Former Democrat supporter) says:

    Joe Biden thinks Chinese leader Xi Jinping is a nice guy and his friend. Why is that? Because the Biden family made billions of dollars from China while crooked Joe Biden was Vice President. China started this deadly virus (Coronavirus) and the fake news reporters (All Democrats) are slamming President Trump for saying that. They like China better than U.S. Why don’t these dumb Democrat reporters move to China. Good Riddance, bad rubbish. President Trump, Keep on telling the people where the deadly virus originated from, Communist. (China)
    Is Joe Biden who you want to be your President? You better think hard before you vote for a crooked socialist like Joe Biden. Vote for President Donald J. Trump for 2020, he is a honest President.

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  35. midtngal says:

    Sigh…my Nashville has now lost its mind along with the rest of the country! https://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/News-Article/ID/9501/MNPD-Implementing-Temporary-Alternative-Call-Response-Program-to-Help-Safeguard-the-Health-of-Officers-and-the-Public.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1UFDSArt131I_kGVpXx60wzJZd9GgLLpv-TptdNp3tqMYts776j1wf83Y

    I tried to go to the gym today…nope, closed until further notice! Stopped by Walmart for a few things and they are mostly out of everything. Went to Publix last night…same thing. I’m gonna see what Amazon can do for me now. This is not going to end well with all of our freedoms taken from us! I’m so spittin’ mad right now I could scream! If only the few people that were susceptible to this would stay home so the rest of us who take care of ourselves could have our normal lives… I’m already so tired of this…2 weeks, 3 weeks…not gonna be good!

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  36. AloftWalt says:

    Someone help me out here. It seems to me that there is an assumption that the virus load will peak simultaneously throughout the entire country. Is this a fair and valid assumption? If not, it stands to be more wave like with peaks and troughs. Why can’t assets be mobilized and shifted around as the localized demand shifts? It seems like once the threat passes we’ll have wasted billions of Our national treasure on equipment and supplies that will likely never be used.

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    • Deb says:

      It is boggling my mind that this is being treated like a national emergency. Every county and state situation is different. Why do states with only 1-2 infections have to panic along with New York and California?

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  37. AloftWalt says:

    Someone help me out here. It seems to me that there is an assumption that the virus load will peak simultaneously throughout the entire country. Is this a fair and valid assumption? If not, it stands to be more wave like with peaks and troughs. Why can’t assets be mobilized and shifted around as the localized demand shifts? It seems like once the threat passes we’ll have wasted billions of Our national treasure on equipment and supplies that will likely never be used.

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  38. Mr. President sir:
    Please establish a rule that NO electronic devices shall be allowed in the press conference room. Watching John Roberts ask a question, and then not even listen to the the answer, but the whole time “used” his smart phone, tells me he is being “fed” questions.
    Violation of this rule shall result in immediate removal of said violators White House credentials and all personnel associated with said personnel.
    Thank you Mr. President.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I don’t like Jon Roberts or any of them, but I often use my smartphone away from home to take notes or refer to them later. It obviates carrying and using a paper notebook.

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  39. SharonKinDC says:

    Um… you are saying NO viral or bacterial infection warrants masking up in a hospital situation, other than the Corona Virus? I suspect you are very, very WRONG!

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  40. Retired IG says:

    Interesting briefing to say the least. As reported in our local newspaper, the first Ohioan diagnosed with this virus is being treated with IV”S of high dose vitamin’s C and B. Somehow, he was able to communicate with other humans to say he is feeling better as a result..
    Nothing (!) pushes my dread and fear buttons more than hearing the word “ventilator.” Long and stormy story re my Mom.
    Lets see, she developed MRSA,(from the ventilator);an intestinal infection and CDIF from taking too many antibiotics! Mom began to thrive again when my family said – NO MORE INTUBATION on a ventilator. And with guidance from a dear friend,and HEALING DOCTOR, recognized that the “quinolone” family of antibiotics was making her sick!
    Humans on a ventilator have to be put on a drug to quell the urge to rip that tube out of their throats . That sedative destroys the brain and memory. The dramas of when ” its the time to take a person off of ventilator” is surreal.. Can a human breathe on their own without it?
    Watching and waiting for whether my Mom would survive that ordeal sooooo many times turned my hair white.
    Love that President Trump mentioned “the Silent Enemy.” Am wondering re the deeper meaning even while some plebes were asking “why are you calling this a China virus?
    I do not understand how some of these LOW IQ people are even allowed into a press conference.

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