President Trump Delivers Remarks Supporting Small Business and Paycheck Protection Program – 3:00pm ET Livestream

President Donald Trump delivers remarks from the East Room of the White House on the Paycheck Protection Program, part of coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act, that is set up to help small businesses continue to operate and pay employees during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much everyone. This is a great honor. And I see you have social distance on your mind and that’s a very good thing. Jovita, congratulations. Tremendous job you’re doing.

I want to thank everyone for being at the White House — a very special house, a very special place. No matter where you go in the world, they love the White House. And being here in the East Room of the White House in particular, where so many important functions have taken place over the years.

And today, we’re really celebrating American workers and small businesses. And we’ve done a job for you and we’re going to make it so, as we open up our country, you’re going to be in good shape, as opposed to be either losing your business or, “How do we get some people to work here?” Especially since your employees were so good over the years and those are the ones you wanted, so we made that possible for you.

We’re delighted to be joined this afternoon by representatives of several incredible small businesses from across our country. Also with us are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — Steve, thank you very much — (applause); and SBA Administrator — you’ve been busy, Steve, by the way? Huh? A little bit, right? Broke every record in the book.

And SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. Thank you, Jovita. (Applause.) Have you gone to sleep in the last two weeks? I don’t think so. Right? You broke every single lending record: numbers of loans, amount of loans. Small business — it’s actually a very big business, when you think about it. Thank you very much, Jovita. Great job.

As our nation battles against this terrible scourge, we continue to pray for the victims, as well as for those Americans who are grieving their lost ones and their loved ones. There’s never been anything like this. We suffer with one heart, but we will prevail. We’re coming back and we’re coming back strong.

We built the greatest economy anywhere in the world. And two months ago — and we’re going to build it again. We’re going to build it fast. It’s going to go very quickly.

And, Larry, thank you for being here very much. It’s — you see what’s going to happen. I think you have the same feeling as I do: It’s going to come back very fast.

Now that our experts believe the worst days of the pandemic are behind us, Americans are looking forward to the safe and rapid reopening of our country. Throughout this ordeal, millions of hardworking Americans have been asked to really make tremendous, tremendous sacrifices. It’s sacrifices like nobody thought would even be possible. Nobody thought we’d ever be talking about something like this.

This virus has inflicted an enormous and painful toll on our nation’s workers and small businesses. That’s why, last month, I asked Congress to pass the Paycheck Protection Program, giving small businesses emergency economic relief to keep workers on the payroll. Four weeks ago, I was proud to sign it into law. We did that at a great ceremony with many of the people here and the officials here. And it was something. And I can tell you — I’m going to ask Steve to say a few words — but the kind of numbers and the kind of jobs they’ve done and the kind of jobs that have also been saved, it’s incredible. You’ll be seeing that in the coming weeks.

The Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration launched the program in record-breaking time — just one week. And in the 14 days following its launch, we processed as many loans as the SBA would typically process in over 14 years. So in 14 days, they did more work and more loans, both in terms of applications and in terms of dollar amount, than they did in 14 years. Fourteen days, fourteen years — easy one to remember, right? That’s some record.

The first round of funding provided more than 1.6 million small businesses with over $340 billion so that American workers can retain their jobs, receive their paychecks, and help our economy take off quickly once America reopens for business, which is happening right now as we sit. We’re going to be all set. You all ready? Huh? I can — I know you are. I talked to you back there. You’re ready. You folks are ready.

Our swift action supported or saved 30 million American jobs at least. And last week, Congress answered our call to replenish the program, and I was honored to sign an additional $320 billion for American workers into law.

At least $60 billion are reserved for community financial institutions, including those that serve minority and distressed communities. And that’s also, when you think — it’s African American communities, it’s Hispanic American communities, it’s Asian American communities.

We began accepting applications for the second round of funding yesterday. Demand is extraordinarily high, and there are already twice as many users accessing the system as on any day under the first round.

And one of the things that the Secretary of the Treasury told me is that the amounts are much more loans at much smaller amounts. And we like to hear that because we’re looking at the small amounts — the smaller businesses — and that’s what we want.

Nonetheless, we’re processing loans at a pace never achieved before. In the first 24 hours of the second round of funding, we’ve handled over 30 percent more loans than any previous day of the program. So far, we’ve processed an amazing 450,000 loans, totaling over $50 billion. That’s in phase two. That’s incredible.

Along with Administrator Carranza and Secretary Mnuchin, Ivanka has played an essential role in spearheading this important program. Incredible role. That’s what she wants to do: She wants to help people.

From the beginning of my administration, Ivanka has used her experience as an entrepreneur to fight for the American worker. She has created many jobs. That’s what she did when she first came in. She just wanted people to be able to get jobs and job training. Went to the biggest companies anywhere in the world that are located in our country, and they would take hundreds of thousands of people and train them. And I think you got up to almost 15 million people, right? Fifteen million. She started off with a goal of 500,000. She wanted to get 500,000 and she is now on almost 15 million people.

And I’d like to ask, if I might, Ivanka, to say a few words as to what’s exactly happening today, what’s exact — what’s happening over the next week, and what her views are for what’s going to happen over the next period of time. It’s going to be something — I think is going to be very special, and bigger and better than anybody really understands. Let’s see if I’m right about that.

Ivanka, please.

MS. TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) Well, thank you everyone. And thank you, Mr. President, for convening this incredible group of entrepreneurs and small-business owners who very much represent the soul and the spirit, the grit and the tenacity of America’s small-business owners across the nation. So we’re grateful to each and every one of you for — for joining us here today.

And very excited to hear your stories and hear specifically, about how you’re going through this challenge and how, through the [DEL: Payment :DEL] [Paycheck] Protection Program and through the PPP, you are able to keep your workforce employed. It’s — it’s about your businesses thriving and growing within your communities. It’s about your workforce, who each of you cares very dearly about.

And I’d like to make a special call out of thanks to Secretary Mnuchin for his tireless work on this front. So if you’d like to come up and join us, we would appreciate that, Secretary. (Applause.)

And SBA Administrator Carranza, thank you. You have been such a champion for America’s small business. If you’d also like to come up and join us.

And — and, Larry Kudlow, thank you for — for all that you do in fighting for American workers.

With that, I would like to kick us off by introducing Amy Wright to come up to the stage and share with us a little bit of her story. She has created an amazing business that — that stemmed from personal experience and very much her — her heart. And it’s been an honor getting to know you, Amy, as you really embody the spirit of small businesses around this country.

Amy, because of the PPP program, was able to rehire the 120 workers that she was forced to lay off. And now those workers, all of which have some form of disability, are able to bring cheer and bring comfort to your clients as you’re serving them.

So, Amy, if you’d like to come up and share your story. And, Michael, her great colleague, is here today as well, who could share his perspective. Thank you, Amy. (Applause.)

MS. WRIGHT: Thank you, Ivanka, Mr. President. I’m so honored to be joined by my employee Michael who you will hear from in just a moment.

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is more than a coffee shop; it’s a human rights movement. We employ 120 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And for most of them, it’s their first paying job, which made the decision for us to temporarily close all five of our shops especially difficult.

But thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program and the incredible team at Live Oak Bank, all 120 of our employees are back on the payroll today and working from home, writing handwritten notes that we include with each online order we ship. (Applause.)

I know everyone is ready to return to normal, but I believe it’s time for a new normal — one where people with disabilities are valued, especially in the workplace. As a recipient of the PPP loan, we will continue to take up the charge and help everyone, especially people with disabilities, pursue the American Dream.

And, Michael, would you like to say —

MR. HEUP: Sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Great.

MR. HEUP: Let’s hope this thing isn’t too big for me.

So to you, President Trump and Ivanka, thanks a lot for inviting us. Thank you, Mr. President, for having us. I love my job and I’m excited about going back to work.

At Bitty & Beau’s, we like to use a phrase called “not broken.” That means me and all my amazing coworkers are not broken, and we have lots to offer. I know the great country of the United States isn’t broken either. So on behalf of myself, Megan, and Amy, and all the employees of Bitty & Beau’s, thank you for inviting us over.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Michael. Thank you. Fantastic.

MR. HEUP: You guys are our family. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

MR. HEUP: Love you guys.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s better than we did. (Laughter.) Much better, Michael. (Laughter.) You did a better job. Thank you very much. That’s beautiful.

MR. HEUP: You’re welcome.

THE PRESIDENT: Stick around. You’ll get to hear the press ask some questions and they’ll probably be a little bit nicer if you’re in the audience. Right, Amy? (Laughter.) That’s pretty good.

Also, I’d like to ask Tony Stafford, chief — very — sort of the boss, I guess you could say — chef and founder. You’re the boss, right? Wouldn’t you say? Of Ford’s Fish Shack. And I hear it’s good stuff. How about explaining? Please.

MR. STAFFORD: Best (inaudible), and I brought you some.

THE PRESIDENT: Best? Oh, I’ll have it. Be careful. Thank you. Come on up, please. (Applause.)

MR. STAFFORD: Thank you. I’m here to represent — well, thank you, first of all, for inviting me, inviting Mark, my great employee with us. We’re here representing the restaurant industry, which has been really hurt hard by this with the closures and things like that. So I’ll keep it brief.

I’d first like to thank the President and the Vice President for leading us through the pandemic. It is — it has devastated our restaurants. Over the last six weeks, my three restaurants have been devastated: dining room closures; had to furlough over 100 people. That was an incredible, hard phone call to make about six weeks ago and tell the employees — I’ve never had to lay off a single employee — that I just don’t have a space for you. We just don’t have — you know, the restaurants are closed. And it was just extremely hard. And it was very emotional. And it was one of the hardest choices I ever had to make. So, it was tough.

But I promised every employee we would do our best to bring them back and we would fight every day, tooth and nail, to get them back into the restaurants and be successful like we were the 10 years before all this terrible stuff happened. And now, with the help of the PPP loan and the success of the PPP loan that we were able to get, I’m going to be able to keep that promise and bring every one of those employees back. So, thank you, Secretary Mnuchin. Thank you.

It was — it’s been awesome to be able to tell them that we’re going to — we’re going to weather this storm, we’re going to get through this, and we’re going to be stronger and more agile once this is over. The one thing that you can see with the restaurants — we’re surviving out there. We’re doing things that we didn’t do before, with carry-out and curbside and delivery. And all of those meal plans — those things are awesome to see my fellow industry leaders out there doing in the restaurant industry. So I commend every one of the those restaurants that is fighting to survive out there. And so thank you all for that.

We will get through this. We will welcome our guests back. And once our state opens up, we’ll welcome them back and thank them, and thank them for their support through all this. I have amazing stories of guests coming into our restaurant the day after the closures to just give us tips, give us cash to give to our employees we had to furlough. So those great stories, that will not be forgotten from any of our guests. So thank you for that.

And I look forward to the one day when all restaurants and all small businesses can reopen and be as successful as they were before. So, thank you very much.

Mark.

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic. Thank you very much.

MR. STAFFORD: Thank you.

MR. UNDERWOOD: So, my name is Mark Underwood. I am an employee of Ford’s Fish Shack, so I am a living example of what your plan has done. I’m a husband, a father of five. My mother lives with me. And just listening to Tony talk about that day when the layoffs happened, it’s a little emotional. But with the PPP, it has now given life to my family, it has injected hope in our business, and it’s allowing us to fight the fight.

So I appreciate it from everybody on your team to help us get through this issue that we’re going through. So thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to help you. Is he a great chef or a good chef?

MR. STAFFORD: He’s a great chef.

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

MR. STAFFORD: Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. That’s a great story. Your mother lives with you, five children. That’s a great story. So that was a rough day, right? Wasn’t it, huh?

MR. UNDERWOOD: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: It never happened to you before probably.

MR. UNDERWOOD: No.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. It happened to a lot of people it never happened before. So — but we’re bringing it all back.

You know, there have been a couple of places that have opened. And I don’t know if you saw this, Tony — they have some restaurants and they have lines that are very long to get in. People want to be back. They want to come back. We’re going to bring our country back. They want to get to work. And I know you were in that category very much. So it’s great. Thank you, fellas, very much.

Jackie Krick, CEO and Founder of ECU Communications. Jackie, please. (Applause.)

I’ll move that down, Jackie. I’ll move that down a little bit.

MS. KRICK: I’m a little short, so.

THE PRESIDENT: I’ll move that down a little bit. I’ll get in trouble for touching it. See? They’ll say, “He touched the microphone.” What am I going to do?

MS. KRICK: Thank you, Mr. President, Ivanka, Secretary Mnuchin, and Administrator Carranza. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here. My name is Jackie Krick. I’m originally from Bogota, Colombia, in South America. Yay. And I’ve been here for many years, and a big part of those years that I’ve been here, I’ve been CEO of ECU Communications, which I founded 16 years ago.

We focus on advertising and marketing with niche products for diversity recruitment and outreach programs. But more than anything, we’re a woman-owned small business, minority-owned — 100 percent. So just like many of the stories that I’ve heard before me and I’m sure the ones that are coming, we are concerned about the future. And being able to get that PPP loan has given me and my staff a little peace of mind to know that we’re going to be okay.

Just in — at the end of February, I hired three more staff members. We’re 30 now. So, when we heard the news about going home and working from home or not being able to work from home, you know, the first thing that comes to your mind is: How am I going to support or tell these folks that they need to go? Being able to get the PPP loan has given me the ability to have that peace of mind that I’ll keep them — they’re treasured staff — and I’ll be able to continue to focus on my program.

Thank you so much for what you do, for your leadership. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Great job.

MS. KRICK: Thanks.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Jackie. Great job.

Chris Stansbury, co-founder and partner, West Virginia Eye Consultants. I like West Virginia, you know. I like it.

We’ll put that up. (Adjusts microphone.)

DR. STANSBURY: And it likes you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: I like it. They like me, too.

DR. STANSURY: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Ivanka, Mr. Secretary, Madam Administrator. I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. It’s just an honor and a privilege. As a small-business owner, it’s very meaningful to have this opportunity.

My company is called West Virginia Eye Consultants. It’s based out of Charleston, West Virginia. And we started in 2011 and we have two doctors, one employee in one location. And over the last nine years, we’ve been blessed with a lot of growth. We’ve worked hard. And in February, we celebrated our ninth anniversary with 7 locations, 7 doctors, and almost 60 employees.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow.

DR. STANSBURY: So it’s been a great ride. But just a month later, thanks to COVID-19, we shut most of it down. And my partners and I were just overwhelmed, just bewildered. We weren’t sure how we were going to survive this. But thankfully, Congress passed the CARES Act and President Trump signed that into law. And as part of that, the PPP loans became available, and my partners and I applied for a PPP loan through the SBA.

And we were so gracious and so — so thankful to receive that because it’s been a lifeline for us. As soon as we received those funds, we were able to start paying our utilities, our rent, and start bringing some of those employees back that we need to get staged to begin to reopen the economy.

And so we’re just so grateful for President Trump’s leadership and Congress for working with him to get us through this crisis. So, thank you so much, sir. We appreciate all your help. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic. So you do eye examinations, Doctor?

DR. STANSBURY: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: And you do glasses and all of that?

DR. STANSBURY: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: I may have to see you. (Laughter.) Okay? I guarantee you’re probably better than these high-priced people. I used to see the highest price, and they were not the best. I’ll bet you’re better than all of them. So I may have to see you, Doctor. I’m serious about it. We can do something quickly, all right? You go — you move quickly too, right? No long meetings? Good. I may have to see you, Doctor. Thank you.

Tisa Clark, President and CEO, J.D. Clark Professional Services. J.D. Clark. Hi, come on up. (Applause.)

MS. CLARK: Thank you, Mr. President, Ivanka, Mr. Secretary, and Madam Administrator. I am Tisa Clark, President and CEO of J.D. Clark Professional Services. I am a general contractor and property maintenance manager for the affordable housing, hospitality, as well as our government agencies, particularly our nonprofits.

Most of my employees are the underserved, underemployed, or unemployed. And having the opportunity to be able to apply for a program such as the Paycheck Protection Program allowed me to keep those individuals employed. As a small-business owner, my company is based out of Prince George’s County, Maryland, and I’ve been in business for 12 years.

And as a small-business owner, we never want to fire or layoff, and — even to the extent of ourselves not receiving a paycheck. And so I foregoed my paycheck until I could get funds. And so now, with the funding that we received via M&T Bank on last Monday, it has allowed us to continue to pay our staff and for even myself, as the business owner, to once again take a paycheck. So this program is phenomenal for our small businesses.

Also as a side note, Madam Administrator, I did also apply for the Economic Injury Disaster loan, and I did receive my advance on Tuesday of last week.

So these programs are very critical for the small-business community, but I do believe that we, as a small business, are strong, and we are resilient, and we will bounce back. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Have you ever thought about running for office? You could do it very easily.

MS. CLARK: (Inaudible.) (Off-mic.)

THE PRESIDENT: You are something. That’s a very good job. Thank you very much.

Luke Bernstein, executive vice president, chief retail officer, and chief communications officer for Orrstown Bank. Come up, Luke. (Applause.)

MR. BERNSTEIN: Thank you, Mr. President, Ivanka, Secretary Mnuchin, Administrator Carranza. I’m Luke Bernstein. I’m proud to be here representing Orrstown Bank. I’m proud of our board, I’m proud of our entire team, and I’m proud of my fellow community bankers throughout the country who have rolled up their sleeves and worked tirelessly to help communities, working around the clock and helping them gain access to Paycheck Protection funds.

Orrstown is a small, 101-year-old community bank based in Pennsylvania and Maryland. And in just 14 days, we were able to process approximately 1,500 Paycheck Protection loans, totaling $370 million dollars. In those two weeks, Orrstown processed more loans in total amount than we did in an average year last year. We did more SBA loans in 14 days than in our entire 101-year history. Why? Because this is about the communities. This is not about Orrstown Bank. This is not about banks. This is about people — the stories you’re hearing today. This is about what’s going on Main Street.

The stories of what’s happening with the Paycheck Protection Program are not only heartwarming, they’re inspirational. We’re helping pizza shops, delis, healthcare workers, repair shops, construction companies, and countless others get access to these funds. These people need this money. They’re getting a lifeline through this program.

Every job is life-sustaining to someone, and the PPP is saving the livelihoods of those in our communities. We want to thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership during this extraordinary and unprecedented time, and for partnering with community banks and Congress to help us and give us the opportunity to do what we do best — and that’s serve our communities through the good times and the bad. You have unleashed the innovation of the private industry, and we are going to respond.

We also want to thank Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza and Congress for supporting this program and giving the opportunity to community banks around the country to join together and help those in need. With this program, we can do that.

Thank you, Mr. President. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Luke. That’s a beautiful job.

Brandon Hutson, president, Ed and Jim’s Body Shop. I know what that means. I’ll bet you fix beautiful cars. You make them beautiful, right? I’ll bet you do. Please come up.

MR. HUTSON: Thank you, Mr. President and Ivanka, Secretary. Instead of celebrating our anniversary on April 1st of being in business, we began furloughing employees. So I would like to take the opportunity to thank President Trump for quickly signing the PPP into action. Because of this program, Ed and Jim’s is able to rehire all of our furloughed employees and provide them with a paycheck starting this week. This program has given our small business the funds needed to operate and maintain through this crisis.

With everything we’ve gone through, I can’t extend a thank you enough to President Trump for everything he’s done for small businesses like us in the automotive industry at a time where our business really depends on people leaving their house and driving.

So, Mr. President, thank you very much for what you’ve done, for what you’ve done for us and the industry. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you. And what do you do with cars? Explain maybe.

MR. HUTSON: Our business is we repair cars. We’re a collision repair shop in Parkville, Maryland. So we work with a lot of insurance companies. We have walk-in customers. So if you get into an accident, unfortunately, we’re here to help you out.

THE PRESIDENT: Can you generally fix — like, when there’s a problem with a car, can you generally fix it without sending for new pieces?

MR. HUTSON: Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Or do you generally have to put new pieces on if it’s a big collision?
MR. HUTSON: It depends. If it’s a big collision, we’re mostly probably replacing some stuff. But we can repair a lot of things. So, you know, we’ve been fortunate enough that we are able to repair a lot of things. But, you know, with the demand for manufacturers to move to producing other things, such as PPE and things like that, yeah, we’re a little nervous about what that means for the future for us right now. But, you know, we know now you’ll do the right thing —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, now it’s going to be great.

MR. HUTSON: You’ll do the right thing for us.

THE PRESIDENT: After today, you’ll have a lot of customers too.

MR. HUTSON: (Laughs.) We appreciate you, sir. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you, Brandon. (Applause.) Thank you, Brandon.

Ali Mills, executive vice president, Plum Contracting, Inc. (Applause.)

Would you like to have — come. Come on up here. He was so good. Put that — put that mask on, the way you had it. It was — (inaudible).

MS. MILLS: Thank you, President Trump, Ivanka, Secretary, Madam Administrator.

I’m here representing the highway industry. Plum Contracting is a third-generation union highway and bridge contractor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania’s winter construction shutdowns, we have been left with little revenue coming into a new season.

COVID-19 abruptly halted all highway work on March 16th in our state. With very little revenue at this point of the season, we were forced to sadly lay off a majority of our employees — about 125 — which included trades and management. There were a lot of sleepless nights and fear of losing it all.

The Payroll Protection Program was and remains the engine that is carrying our business through this shutdown. We wouldn’t survive without it. With the — with our PPP approval, by May 1st, we anticipate our company running at full capacity when the highway industry is permitted to return back to work.

We applaud you, Mr. President, for your interest in the welfare of America’s small business and the American worker. And thanks to all that, my company will be here to work on a big infrastructure program —

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

MS. MILLS: — very soon, when you’re ready to do that.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you very much.

MS. MILLS: Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

I was with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, which is interesting from your standpoint because we — we talked about the business that you’re in. And he noticed that, right into the immediate shutdown, he noticed there was very few cars on the road. And he did very opposite of what a lot of governors did. He said, “This is a great time to fix our roads and highways.”

And I said — as soon as he said it — this was in the Oval Office, two hours ago — he said, “I noticed there was very few cars, and isn’t that better than fixing them during rush hour or when there’s traffic and when it’s booming?” — like hopefully, over the next few months, it’s going to be again, just like it was before, the best we’ve ever had. And then we had to close it down.

So he’s fixing roads and bridges and doing a tremendous amount of work during this period of time. And I thought it was very smart. So it’s a little bit the opposite, but to each his own, right? To each his own. But it made a lot of sense to me when I heard it.

I’d like to ask Secretary Mnuchin to come up and explain just a little bit about how well it’s going, how — the kind of numbers, the kind of records, to a point where there’s never been anything like this — loans coming in. And how the loans are actually smaller than in phase one, and that makes us happy because that means smaller businesses, and that’s where we — that’s what we’re looking at. That’s what we’re aiming at this time.

Please, Steve.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you, Mr. President. And, Ivanka, thank you for putting this together. Your stories are the stories of the 60 million American workers that are going to have the benefits of the close to a trillion dollars that the President and Congress have invested in small business to protect you and put you back to work. That’s over $650 billion in the PPP, that’s over $300 billion in disaster loans, and that’s over $20 billion of grants.

And I know the press has commented on a lot of big companies that inappropriately took the money, and we’ve been very clear — we announced today that any loan over $2 million will have a full review for forgiveness before they’re repaid, because this is the story of small business here.

And I am so pleased to see how this is working. So, thank you, Mr. President.

I’d also just like to comment: We’re going to be up to close to $120 million of direct deposits in checks for the economic impact payments. If you have not received it yet, please go to IRS.gov/GetMyPayment. We made some corrections to the website over the weekend. Please go on and check your payment. If you haven’t received your payment, upload your information so we can get you the money.

The combination of the direct payments, the PPP, the disaster loans, and enhanced unemployment insurance is the investment that the President has made in American business and American workers.

Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Steve. Very much.
And on the enhanced — (applause) — thank you. And, Steve, on the enhanced payments, we’re really looking to the state to give that out. And, unfortunately, some of the states have very old computerized equipment from many generations ago, but they have the money to give out, and they’ll give it out as it comes. And hopefully, they’ll be able to do the job.

Some states have been very efficient and others have had a hard time. But you’ll work with the ones that have had a hard time. But we’re relying on the states, and we are relying on the states to get it out as quickly as they can — considering, especially, some of the equipment they have. Maybe now they’ll be able to buy new equipment — right? When we get all finished, we’ll have nice, new computerized equipment so they can do it.

With that, if you’d like to ask a few questions, I think this would be a good time because with these incredible people — this is the media. You’ve heard me talking about it on occasion. Seldom, right? But on occasion. And I think with you in the room, I have a feeling that they’ll ask me much nicer questions. They’ll tone them down, right? And thank you for the apology. I appreciate it. That was very nice. Yahoo. I appreciate it. That was very nice.

Yeah, go ahead. Jim, go ahead.

Q Mr. President, today the U.S. hit a grim milestone of 1 million cases of the coronavirus. Back in late February, you predicted that the number of cases would go down to zero. How did we get from your prediction of zero to 1 million?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it will go down to zero, ultimately. And you have to understand, when it comes to cases, we do much more testing than anybody else. So we could go to some of these other countries — you know, as an example, China — if you test, you’re going to show many more cases. So we’re testing. We’re doing more testing than any other country in the world, by far, which we — we just discussed over in the Oval Office.

So we’re going to show more cases because we’re doing much, much more testing — double anybody else. Somebody said if you add everybody else combined, that would be a number. And it will be — at the appropriate time, it will be down to zero, like we said.

Q But weren’t the experts at the time saying that the number of cases would go up? We would have community spread.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, experts all —

Q Dr. Messonnier, from the CDC —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Yeah.

Q — was warning about this (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: Right. Also, experts — many very good experts — very good people, too — said that this would never affect the United States. It wouldn’t affect Europe. It wouldn’t affect anything outside of China. So we were listening to experts and we always will listen to experts. But the experts got it wrong. A lot of people got it wrong. And a lot of people had no idea —

Q (Inaudible.) (Off-mic.)

THE PRESIDENT: — it would be this serious. I listen to experts.

I’ll tell you what — I did something that the experts thought I shouldn’t have done: I closed down our country and our borders. I did a ban on China from coming in, other than U.S. citizens. And we did very strong checks on even our U.S. citizens. Ron DeSantis was telling me before that when they came in, people were put into quarantine, people were checked. And we’re doing that now.

So, yeah, I think we did something well ahead of schedule and we did that at the end of January. People were talking about this “wouldn’t have an impact” — as you know — even into March.

So, I think we’ve done a great job, in the sense that we were early. I think, by banning China — by banning China and banning people coming in who would have been very heavily infected, we probably saved hundreds of thousands of lives. So, on that, I’m very proud.

Yeah, please.

Q Mr. President and Sec- — actually, for Secretary Mnuchin as well — what about the idea of another round of stimulus payments to American taxpayers directly? Democrats, of course — up on the Hill — are talking about the idea of a —

THE PRESIDENT: Right.

Q — guaranteed income, which obviously could go on for months and months and months.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q What about another round of —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I like the idea of payroll tax cuts. I’ve liked that from the beginning. That was the thing that I really would love to see happen. A lot of economists would agree with me. A lot of people agree with me. And I think, frankly, it’s simple. It’s not the big distribution, and it would really be an incentive for people to come back to work and for employers to hire. The double tax on the company and also on the person, that’s what I like. And something like that could happen.

Also, I think you have to look, because a lot of people are talking to — I assume your next question would be about states. And, Steve and I talked about it, and I talked about it with Mitch and with Kevin and with everybody. And the problem with the states is we’re not looking to recover 25 years of bad management and to give them the money that they lost. That’s unfair to other states.

Now, if it’s COVID-related, I guess we can talk about it, but we’d want certain things also, including sanctuary city adjustments because we have so many people in sanctuary cities, which I don’t even think are popular, even by radical-left folks. Because what’s happening is people are being protected that shouldn’t be protected and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities.

But that’s just — standing up here answering this question, that’s one of the things I think about. If we’re going to do something for the states, I think they’d probably want a — something having to do with sanctuary cities, something having to do with other different points that we can discuss a little bit later on.

Yeah. Jeff, go ahead, please.

Q Mr. President, you’re going to sign an executive order today about meat packaging plants. It affects liability for them. What efforts or what measures are you looking at for liability for other industries and other businesses?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we haven’t been talked about — it hasn’t been asked on another industries yet. But with the meatpacking and with the transportation, we have had some difficulty where they’re having a liability that’s really unfair to them. And we’re going to be doing that — I think, Mark — we’re going to be doing that fairly soon. It’s getting — it’s getting drawn up. I should be signing that over the next hour or so, taking the liability — which frees up the entire system. And I fully understand it — not their fault.

Yeah, please, go ahead.

Q Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: No, over here first.

Q Thank you, Mr. President, I just want to go back to what we discussed a little earlier today: Are you considering asking airlines to test passengers on international or also domestic flights?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re looking at doing it on the international flights coming out of areas that are heavily infected. As you know, Brazil is getting to that category. I think they’re going to be okay. I hope they’re going to be okay. He’s a very good friend of mine — but — the President.

But I think that we’re going to look at it from the standpoint — I was discussing that with the governor of Florida, with Ron, a little while ago. So we’re going to be looking at that, coming in from other countries, frankly. But South America seems to be one that’s talked about because they have so much business going into Florida.

With all of that being said, Florida has done incredibly well, and they’re starting to open up and open up very rapidly.

But we will be looking into that in the very near future. We’re looking at it very strongly.

Q And the airlines would have this responsibility?

THE PRESIDENT: Either the airlines or government. One or the other. We’re working with the airlines; maybe it’s a combination of both.

Kristen, go ahead.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Some health experts say the U.S. needs 5 million tests per day by June in order to safely reopen. You unveiled a plan yesterday that will increase testing, but not by that much. Why not? And can you get to that benchmark?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it will increase it and it’ll increase it by much more than that in the very near future. We’re way ahead of everyone on testing. We haven’t been given the press — in terms of, I think, fairness of the press — but that’s okay. And that’s why I appreciated the — the statement before by Yahoo.

We are way ahead on testing. We are the best in the world on testing. We’ve tested much more than anybody else, times two — or every country combined. We’ve tested more than every country combined. And they keep talking about South Korea, and I’m very friendly, as you know, with President Moon, who just had a great victory — a new victory — as we’re very happy about. But he will tell you how well the United States has done on testing. And he told me that very strongly. The quality of our tests is the best and the number is the best. Now, with all of that being said, we will be going to an even higher number, and it goes up exponentially.

And I’ve told you that we inherited a very broken test — a broken system and a broken test, and within a short period of time, we were setting records. So we have set records. We’ve done more than the entire world combined. We’ve done more than any other country in the world. So I think we’ve done a really good job.

Now, with that being said, not everybody feels as strongly about testing as others. We have some governors that are very strong on testing. We have other governors, frankly, that aren’t nearly as strong on testing. Their test is much more modest. And their real test is when people stop getting sick, and they’ll be able to do that too. And I understand both systems very well, but we’re going to maximum testing, even though some people won’t even want to use it.

Q Did I hear you saying you’re confident you can surpass 5 million tests per day? Is that —

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, well, we’re going to be there very soon. If you look at the numbers, it could be that we’re getting very close. I mean, I don’t have the exact numbers. We would’ve had them if you asked me the same question a little while ago because people with the statistics were there.

We’re going to be there very soon. We’re really — we’re really doing — I mean, I watched your report on NBC today and it was an incorrect report, because we’re really doing a great job on testing. Unfortunately, the — the administration, the people that work our government, hasn’t been given the kind of credit that it deserves.

Last month, it was about ventilators. Now we have so many that we’re able to give them to Italy, France, Spain. Other countries have been asking us for ventilators. We’re making over 150,000. We’ve distributed thousands and thousands.

New York is in great shape with what we’ve done, as you know. New Jersey is in great shape. We spoke — just recently, Ivanka just spoke with the governor, and they’re in very good shape with ventilators. I mean, everybody has — and most of them have far more than they’ll ever need. They’re starting to send them back.

So nobody went without a ventilator, and yet, if you read the media from a month and a half ago, it was all about ventilators. And ventilators are tough. That’s — that was a tough thing. But we should be very proud of our country. We took assembly lines, and they converted from cars, and other things, into ventilators.

And the job that we’ve seen has not been seen since World War Two. What they have done in terms of the manufacture of very high-grade ventilators is amazing. So now we don’t hear about that.

And I noticed that the testing is starting to die down because we now have the best testing anywhere in the world, by far. And we have more, and that’s a good thing. That’s a very good thing. I’m happy about it.

We had a call yesterday with governors. And I will say that — I’m sure many of you were on that call, even though you shouldn’t have been. They shouldn’t have been, Amy, but they were. I wonder how that happened.

But you heard the — the governors were thrilled. Now, the following day — if you’ll get a Democrat on the call, they’ll say — you know, I saw some of them today. They were so thrilled, yesterday, on a call that they thought it was a closed call. And today, they were good, but they weren’t the same as they were yesterday because that’s the business. They want to try and win on November 3rd.

But we’re doing a job the likes of which nobody has ever done. And I’m not talking about myself; I’m talking about people in the Army Corps of Engineers, where we built hospitals, where we built thousands and thousands of beds all over the country.

New York — what we did was incredible: 2,900 beds in a matter of days. What they’ve done is so incredible. And FEMA, what they’ve done. And the doctors and the professionals and all of the people that you see me with all the time. You know, these are great people, and they’ve really done a great job.

And now our country is opening up again, and I think it’s going to be very, very successful. I think that — I mean, Larry is here. We talked about it, and we talk about it all the time. I think that third quarter, it’s obviously a transition quarter, but I think it’s going to be okay. Maybe better than okay. Larry thinks better than okay. I think even more so than I do. And then I think fourth quarter will be great. And I think next year is going to be a tremendous year for this country.

Q On the PPP loans, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Jennifer?

Q Yes, on the PPP loans: Can you say who is going to be responsible for that review that Secretary Mnuchin mentioned on the loans above $2 million? Who exactly will be responsible for that?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: The SBA will be responsible, and —

Q Anyone in particular at the SBA?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: And they’ll — they’ll be — they have a team of people. They’ll bring in additional people. And — and again, I want to assure the American public and the American taxpayers: We will make sure that these certifications were done accurately, or the loans won’t be forgiven and there will be liability.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay.

Q Mr. President, Mitch McConnell today told some Republicans on a phone call that he does not want to fund infrastructure in a coronavirus stimulus bill. Do you have a reaction to that?

THE PRESIDENT: I think Mitch is looking at it, as I do to an extent, as the infrastructure — he likes infrastructure. We all do. We have to rebuild our country. Eight trillion dollars has been spent. I wasn’t in favor of it — I can tell you that. In the Middle East, $8 trillion. Think of it. And yet, you wanted to fix a pothole in a roadway or in a highway in this country, and you didn’t do it because they didn’t have the money because so much money was spent in the Middle East.

Well, that says, you know, a whole different story now. And we’re going to do — we want to do infrastructure, but a lot of people — a lot of the Republicans would like to keep that as a separate bill. So we’ll see how that works out, Jennifer. We’ll — we’ll see.

Yeah, please.

Q Mr. President, you said at the top of your remarks that you feel the worst of the pandemic is behind us. But without a treatment, without a vaccine, and states now reopening, how can you be so sure?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that, like other things, we’re going to — hopefully, we’re going to come up with a vaccine. You never know about a vaccine, but tremendous progress has been made. Johnson & Johnson and Oxford and lots of good things. You’ve been hearing the same things as I do. Tremendous progress has been made, we think, on a vaccine. You always have to say “think,” and then you have to test it, and that takes a period of time.

But a lot of movement and a lot of progress has been made in a vaccine. But I think what happens is it’s going to go away. This is going to go away. And whether it comes back in a modified form in the fall, we’ll be able to handle it. We’ll be able to put out spurts, and we’re very prepared to handle it.

We’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned a lot about it. The invisible enemy, it’s a bad enemy. It’s a very tough enemy, but we’ve learned a lot. It’s in 184 countries, as you hear me say often. It’s hard to believe. It’s inconceivable. It should have been stopped at the source, which was China. Should’ve been stopped very much at the source, but it wasn’t. And now we have 184 countries going through hell.

But I think that — I think that a lot of good things are going to happen, and I really believe that fourth quarter is going to be maybe tremendous. And the — next year, I think, has a chance to be really getting close to record setting. We hope so. We hope we can be back where we were. We had the strongest economy anywhere in the world, and I hope we’re going to be back there again.

Go ahead, please.

Q You’ve spoken about your friend who passed away. I was wondering if you have spoken to the families of anyone else who has lost a loved one to COVID-19. If there’s any particular stories that have affected you.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have — I have many people. I know many stories. I’ve spoken to three, maybe, I guess, four families unrelated to me. I did — I lost a very good friend. I also lost three other friends — two of whom I didn’t know as well, but they were friends and people I did business with, and probably almost everybody in the room did.

And it’s a — it’s a bad death. It’s not a — it’s — it’s a bad thing. It grips onto some people. Now, we found out that young people do extraordinarily well. That’s why I think we can start thinking about schools, but of course, we’re ending the school season. So, you know, it wouldn’t be — probably, you’d be back — you wouldn’t be back for too long.

I noticed where Purdue University, a great school and a great state, wants to open and have students come in. I think that’s correct. Some colleges — I think I saw Harvard wants to have students come back in the fall. I would hope that they’d have a — have students.

I think that the whole concept of computer learning is wonderful, but it’s not tele — tele-learning. But it’s not the same thing as being in a classroom in a great college or a college of any kind — college, university. There’s nothing — you can’t replace that. So hopefully they’re going to be coming back. Young people do very well with this horrible scourge. They do very well.

So I am going to see you tomorrow, and we’ll have other things to talk about. We have a lot of interesting things. I don’t think we should have a news conference today because this is a news conference. In addition, it’s a celebration of these incredible people that have done such a good job.

And I think we found a couple of stars in this room today. I won’t tell you who, but there are a couple. This guy, right here, is the biggest star in the room. Right? (Applause.) We’ll all agree he’s the — I — I vote — I vote for you. Okay? Great job you’ve done. And I really appreciate it (inaudible). I appreciate you being here. Couldn’t have done better.

MR. HEUP: And, of course, Megan and I and Amy would like to know if you and some of your closest staff members, bodyguards, or anybody in the (inaudible) would like to come to Annapolis to our coffee shop.

THE PRESIDENT: Be careful. That could happen. That could happen. Be careful. We’ll have to do that, Amy. I think we could — maybe we could do something like that. You’re very good. He’s stolen the show, right? (Laughter.) Do we agree? Doc, I’ll tell you, I’m getting ready with the eyes. Come on with me if you want. Do a quick one. Want to save a lot of time. We need time. We’re opening up the country, Doc, so we need a little time. We can’t spend too much. I don’t want to spend two and a half hours at an eye doctor, right? Okay? So we’ll think about that. We want to do that.

I want to thank everybody, and in particular, Jovita. I want to thank you very much.

And, Steve, you’re working — I can call Steve at any time. It’s — I can call him at two in the morning, six in the morning. It doesn’t make any difference. I say, “Did I wake you?” The answer is always, “No.” He’s doing a great job. We’re proud of him and everybody is. Everybody.

Our government — we have to be proud of our government and we have to be proud of our country. These are really terrific people. We’re going through a period of time, the likes of which we’ve never seen in this country before.

Certainly, even if you go back into 1917, that was the worst of all time, but it was also not as bad here. It was very bad. It was very rough. It was a bad one, but it wasn’t — it wasn’t — wasn’t quite like what we’re going through right now. And it’s because of the amazing — when you look at how contagious this is, where people literally just being in the same area with other people, it’s — it catches.

So I’m very proud of this country, I have to say. I’m very proud to be your President, and I’m very proud of this country.

Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

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118 Responses to President Trump Delivers Remarks Supporting Small Business and Paycheck Protection Program – 3:00pm ET Livestream

  1. doohmax says:

    I filed as an independent contractor for PPP. Heard nothing from first tranche. Waiting to hear on this second bill. I wouldn’t have bothered applying except that the word was independent contractors would be welcomed to apply for the loans. All other government programs have never included the entrepreneur. I’m hoping maybe I can get a little of the money returned by “small” businesses like AutoNation ($77 million) and LA Lakers ($4.6 million). What a joke. This is a perfect example of how the big vultures always swoop in on any free government (taxpayer) money. I’m looking at you Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, etc.

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    • frankmystery says:

      That’s just ridiculous. They claim to want to help the small business and yet I can’t get a 7k loan through to keep my single employee abs myself afloat during this. Bank called me again and said money’s gone.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I’m pissed, because I’m also an Independent Contractor. Missed out on the first and then, when it opened yesterday the banks were already backed up and not accepting any applications.

      It’s a crock. Independent Contractors always get screwed.

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    • solomonpal says:

      Pretty much. My daughter has a 2 NP health clinic and and 3 staff. Zilch.

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    • Nicole Hudson says:

      Secretary of the Treasury said they (Auto Nation/Lakers will give back the money by or be prosecuted !

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    • CB says:

      Try filing for unemployment. I did so as a private contractor and was approved.

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    • jimrockfish says:

      I have applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from my states unemployment office but have little faith they will approve me even though I’m a sole proprietor and business is dead from all this. It’s in the CARES Act and I should be eligible but by leaving it up to the states instead of having the feds administer it themselves (what POTUS wanted) they are placing very specific restrictions on it. It’s feeling like they just don’t want to approve anybody here in AZ.

      So I applied for an SBA disaster loan to help keep me afloat. Been 3+ weeks and heard nothing.

      So finally broke down and tried the PPP this weekend. It’s not a great fit for me which is why I didn’t before. But last resort for any kind of help.

      Been reading lots of stories of people getting approved for things but not me. Read one yesterday about a guy who moved here from some South American country in 2008. He got approved for the PPP. That one stung a bit. Maybe he was a legal immigrant and what not. But bothered me just the same.

      Never ask for help unless it’s last resort. Pay my taxes and do my thing. Feeling a little abandoned by the government. And I know that sounds crybaby like. And I know the government can never be counted on except to make life more difficult.

      Thanks Treepers for letting me rant. God Bless you all.

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    • Merle Marks says:

      Veterinarian here…as is my wife…3 full time employees…we are an s- Corp so US Bank wouldn’t accept our application til April 11…I was notified mid-upload on the 13th no money left…clinic has been on modified shutdown (only emergencies) for 5 weeks…US Bank notified me 2 days ago they would send application to SBA Monday AM…now hearing horror stories of further delays, money will be gone by Friday, etc. I feel like I’m in a lottery, not a loan processing…negative thoughts tell me this money will be gone too…anybody have a feel for possibility of third traunch being voted on and becoming available?

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  2. Robert Schecter says:

    I still must assume Trump is playing 4D chess during this no-win situation, but this re-opening is going way too slow. Testing is pointless, and just an excuse the Dems can use to keep their people held hostage. And I, like many, am tired of hearing about ventilators. Also he needs to shut down talk about keeping closed as a precaution against a speculative second wave and remind America the shut town was a draconian measure taken to save hospitals from being overwhelmed. While things may be different behind the scenes, it is frustrating as he appears to be using no leverage, or even his bully pulpit, to reign in fascists like Gavin Newsom and other governors. San Fran has even extended their lock down, without any fear of pushback and even friendly governors are imposing ridiculous restrictions on re-openings.

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    • Harry Caray says:

      Stop playing chess with my livelihood.

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    • not2worryluv says:

      Mr. President we should not bail out any State or their Pension Funds.
      The American people lost their jobs, we all lost money we were saving for our rainy day, our 401K accounts are down to nothing.
      Look at the History of these States-the people never see a dime, there is never accountability and our communities are not being served properly.

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    • free2313 says:

      “While things may be different behind the scenes, it is frustrating as he appears to be using no leverage, or even his bully pulpit, to reign in fascists like Gavin Newsom and other governors.”
      What part of each governor will decide when and how their state will open up, it is not President Trump’s. And you say, “even his bully pulpit, to reign in fascists….”

      You type like a angry passive-aggressive personality. Which is typically the weakest personality…

      Why don’t you call your governor and yell at him regarding your immediate problems. I am sure you will get some satisfaction..

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      • TreeClimber says:

        So glad you’re not affected by this shutdown. Perchance, are you a governmental employee? My husband wasn’t. And like many others, we got impacted by the shutdown – later than most, in fact. We will be just barely able to squeak by this month. Come June… I don’t know what we’ll do. But sure… you keep sitting up there on your high horse sneering at us commoners who are frustrated and sick of it and afraid for our futures.

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        • Judith says:

          Aren’t you the new mom? I’m sorry you are going through such a difficult time. We are lucky so far here -knock wood- as we made the essential business cut. Not that it’s been easy.

          Not so lucky healthwise though. I guess we all have our cross to bear. This too shall pass 🙏🏼

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          • TreeClimber says:

            Newish. He’s about seven months now, and we have a toddler. This was my husband’s first permanent job since getting off the contract carousel of death, and losing it is a massive blow for us.

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            • Judith says:

              This must be incredibly difficult for you. Keep the faith and pray for better days to come. Meantime, may the blessing of your beautiful family sustain you.

              I’m about 25 years ahead, empty nest and aching for those days. Money comes and it goes, but believe me you have it all.

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      • Dennis says:

        Then what is the point of having Trump? If we have to do the heavy lifting by “calling our governors and yelling at them’, then why have fought so hard for him?

        Before you say judges, yeah, that’s what he’s supposed to be doing. That was part of the deal for my vote. It’s when it really hits the fan that I need him to stand up for me.

        He’s failing miserably.

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        • Jase says:

          You are pathetic. He isn’t an empower or a tyrant. He can’t just snap his fingers and demand something be done.
          He works for nothing, he gets nothing but grief and abuse 24/7, his family and friends face constant abuse and harassment- but you hate him because you’re life is hard right now and he isn’t personally making the bad things go away.
          Pathetic.

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    • Kitty-Kat says:

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      So much blather & energy was wasted getting the hospital ship to NYC.

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  3. Harry Caray says:

    Another bla bla bla Ventilators bla bla bla masks bla bla bla PPE telecast.

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  4. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Just passing this along for a possible heads up. Cattle ranchers being to the depopulate cattle.

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    • FofBW says:

      PT is signing an EO to mandate meat processing plant to stay open.

      This seems VERY exaggerated and a new scare tactic anyway.

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      • free2313 says:

        It seems everyone is screaming do something and everyone including you then tries to chastise PT for exaggeration and new scare tactic….
        What has your Governor done for your state… Please Tell us inquiring minds want to know…

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    • GB Bari says:

      I do not understand at all.

      Why can’t they let the animals just live for another few weeks?? Make temporary arrangements to Feed and water the poultry and livestock for a few more weeks until the processing plants get up to speed.

      Just killing them off is an unnecessary and horrifically ungrateful waste of Gods grace in providing an abundance of food for us.

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      • dilonsfo says:

        It has to with money. Keeping them alive will reduce the price per head the rancher will receive at market. Cold storage for meat is already past capacity so any attempt to sell the cattle, pigs, chickens etc., will further reduce the price the butchers will pay per pound. If the have excess live “products” the the price per pound will continue to dive. So, in the producers world it is better to have a shortage than to have a glutted market. The market is a cruel place.

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        • Black Irish Rose says:

          No, no one from the farmer to the food processing plant manager wants a shortage of any product. This is a supply chain problem, with several links in the chain. For example, it takes 9.5 months to inseminate a sow, she farrows (gives birth), those piglets get weaned after 21 days and move to a nursery, where they are fattened for market, then it’s to the processing plant. (There may be another step in this, but this is what I remember.)

          One farmer no longer does all these steps. Rather, there are lots of others involved: one individual invests in sow insemination for hundreds of pigs; another invests in the farrowing and first 21 days of life; and so forth. At the end of the chain is a processing plant, which can typically process 20K+ pigs each day. When the plant closes, the rest of the segments that bring the pigs to market get backed up. Currently, they are changing the diet of those in the nursery so they don’t grow so quickly, but this only works for about three weeks. Then one has to think about euthanizing thousands of perfectly healthy pigs to make room for those who have reached the end of their weaning stage, who have to make room for the newly farrowed, etc. Those invested in any one stage are facing financial ruin because they can’t move product, of which there is no shortage.

          Talk now is to abort piglets rather than euthanize pigs, but in six months time, the absence of thousands upon thousands of aborted pigs will be felt in the market: lack of supply and expensive pork products should hit around Halloween, just in time for the holidays. Similar chains with looming shortages exist for chicken, beef cattle–actually all our just-in-time food products (for those who are thinking about going vegetarian or vegan). Can’t just manufacture piglets, baby chicks, calves, etc. It’s a long process, and to restart it when those who invested in it are now broke…..So when the price for that Christmas ham has you choking, don’t think it’s a conspiracy by farmers who are pocketing lots of profit. They are out of business.

          Good 35 min lays all this out in detail: https://youtu.be/aJH5G9HHaX08. (My brother is a farmer in MN and used to deliver livestock to processing plants before they started to close down.)

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          • GB Bari says:

            Then they have setup themselves and their down-chain consumers for more catastrophic losses and shortages because this won’t be the last biological attack on our country.

            This “just in time” method that became so popular over the past 50 years is great when EVERYTHING in the entire chain runs smoothly. But It should be painfully obvious by now that no one can depend on that any longer.

            There used to be flexibility in the supply chain when the supply chain did not depend on so few points of processing and “just in time” flow through the chain. Yes it created higher costs for interim storage at certain points. And a larger number of processing facilities that serve smaller portions of the country is far more reliable logistically because of the inherent redundancy.

            Food is not a luxury commodity and the industry has maximized profits at the expense of increased risk of disruption for the end consumer. People need to eat daily. It’s not like building flat screen TVs.

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            • Judith says:

              We should have asked these questions decades ago, when we first heard about farmers being paid to let their land go fallow and *not* to grow their crops. Where were our investigative reporters?

              Didn’t CHINA already buy up a bunch of our farmland as well?

              The Enemedia never sounded the alarm and wasn’t globalism just peachy keen back then.

              Yet people never learn because here we are, and they’re *still* mesmerized by all that crap they put out on the boob tube.

              Smoke and mirrors, dance of the seven veils, it’s one big dog and pony show leading up a New/One World Order. And *still* they can’t see through the deception..

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        • GB Bari says:

          A reduced price per head is worse than zero price per head (actually negative price since depopulation costs money for the killing and disposal of the carcasses)

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      • Pew-Anon says:

        It’s not just the processing plants that are closing due to covid. The farms and ranches are also critically short of workers. No workers to feed the animals means they must be put down. This is one factor among many listed in other comments.

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        • GB Bari says:

          That fails logic. Farm workers in rural areas should have no problem maintaining minimum social distances. As well as using PPE.

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    • hocuspocus13 says:

      Depopulate cattle

      The BLM has been depopulating the Wild Horses for some time now

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    • FofBW says:

      Also, why would any rancher in their right mind kill “millions or chickens or live stock knowing this is a short term problem.

      Deep State/Globalists IMO

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      • dilonsfo says:

        As I stated above, for a rancher it is better to have a shortage (drives up the per pound selling price), then to have a glutted market (drives down the per pound price). If the per pound price goes below what it costs to feed then it is prudent to destroy the product rather than give it away and destroy the future prices. The market is a very cruel place.

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        • GB Bari says:

          Maybe during a war or national crisis the ranchers might delay maximizing their profits so as to keep the food flowing.

          And since the government is helping / subsidizing businesses for a few months, why can’t the farmers simply apply for loans or grants to cover the additional feed costs until the processing picks back up?

          This is obviously all the result of farming being taken over by monster multinational corporations who have consolidated multiple smaller and medium farms into massive operations.

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        • Kitty-Kat says:

          In the context of a discussion of this same subject elsewhere, someone posted about a company called “Impossible Food”. It’s doing extremely well and been making waves in the food industry (“Impossible Whoppers”, etc.) It may be doing a stock market IPO this year. Imo it would be a good investment.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        The answer to your question was provided a few days ago when I asked the same questions. It s not the ranchers nor farmers. It is the actual owners of the livestock, to whom the rancher and farmer are contracted. Recall SD provided an article about big AG buying up food supply sources. They are the ones ordering the destruction of their “property”.

        So the attack on the US Republic by the financial puppet masters adds another dimension to disease and financial ruin, starvation.

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    • booger71 says:

      From what I can gleen from the R-CalfUSA people vs the National Beef Cattle Assoc websites (R-Calf seems to be down) this is a fight mainly between big producers and packing plants and little ones, but they have one thing they agree on and that is origin of beef or other meat stamped on the final product ( at store) R-Calf (small producers) did win in TX by the Governor agreeing to let small producers sell their beef to big packing plants.

      The Namibian beef issue is real as they just got permission from our government to export beef into the Philadelphia market for fast food outlets

      As far as animal slaughter goes, the ranchers in Missouri are not doing this and no rancher I have ever met would just kill their animals to let them rot. They would just feed them until the situation stabilized. We have had some dairy farmers dump milk from time to time, but that is different. Cows have to be milked and if there is no where to sell it they dump it.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Shocking Article, “Egg demand shifted, and 61,000 Minnesota chickens were euthanized”

      FTA: Kerry Mergen, a contract egg farmer near Albany, Minn., got word on a Wednesday the chickens in his barn would be euthanized. A crew showed up the next morning and started gassing the birds with carbon dioxide.

      The sudden drop in demand for food at restaurants, school cafeterias and caterers shut down by the pandemic has ripped through farming. Milk has been dumped, eggs smashed and ripe lettuce plowed under.

      Now, farms are killing animals sooner than planned.

      Mergen said he initially couldn’t believe it when a field manager from Daybreak Foods, the Lake Mills, Wis.-based firm that owned and paid to feed the flock of 61,000 birds, said they might be killed early. His contract called for the flock to produce eggs until fall.

      “I was wrong and the company decided to do it anyway,” Mergen said.

      A primary destination for eggs from the flock — a Cargill Inc. fluid egg plant in Big Lake, Minn. — temporarily shut down last week and laid off 300 employees there. The company cited declining demand for the decision to idle the facility, which handles 800 million eggs a year and sends containers of fluid egg to food-service companies across North America.

      “It is important to note that food-service orders have not stopped, but with the decline in food-service orders, Cargill and its egg suppliers are working diligently to rebalance supply to match these consumer and customer shifts,” Cargill said in a statement.

      https://www.startribune.com/egg-demand-shifted-and-61-000-minnesota-chickens-were-euthanized/569817312/

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      • Bingo “The sudden drop in demand for food at restaurants, school cafeterias and caterers shut down by the pandemic has ripped through farming. Milk has been dumped, eggs smashed and ripe lettuce plowed under.”
        It’s econ 101-supply & demand.
        There is no demand as 60% of the food produced is for restaurants that are now closed or operating a min capacity.
        Restaurants get their food delivered and packaged differently than grocery stores with different FDA/USDA regulations. It is a problem any way we look at it.

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  5. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Just the messenger and I know Trump will do the right thing but we all know globalist love having no country of origin when it comes to our food.

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  6. Eaglet says:

    This is an amazing story as this Shop owner employs special need individuals.

    Liked by 9 people

  7. sunnyflower5 says:

    The coffee employee – We are not broken and neither is our country. 💕

    Liked by 10 people

  8. realeyecandy1 says:

    tears after hearing that employee

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  9. paper doll says:

    Thankfully people are taking my blue governor to court. This is not just about a virus

    Liked by 4 people

    • vikingmom says:

      Where are you located Paper Doll? And who is suing?

      Liked by 2 people

    • frogtongue says:

      You mean your RED governor. We must get this blue state red state straightened out or the REDS will win this battle and forever keep us confused with the language. We cannot give them an inch, not an inch. Furthermore, the REDS are not “liberals”, they are “Leftists”. And, they are not “progressives” . . . regressives for sure.

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      • paper doll says:

        PT said America will never be a socialist country…and indeed in PA we went from republic straight to commie

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      • northwoodswatcher says:

        True that!
        Check out the online book “Prairie Fire” by Bill Ayers — the terrorist who first sponsored barry soetoro (“obama”) sand founded the The Weather Underground with his terrorist wife Bernardine Dohrn. These people are changed not all from their beliefs as stated in this 1974 document, which represents a continuum from the Russian revolution of 1917. As far as they are concerned, nothing has changed. Their goals are the same: infiltrate America and rot it from the inside out.

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        • frogtongue says:

          Bolshevists or Bolsheviks, meaning disrupters, is their proper classification taxonomically speaking. Khrushchev said they would bury us and they are, using our own systems against us to do it.

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    • paper doll says:

      Exactly

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  10. Jan says:

    I am disappointed in you people posting early. This is President Trump’s only ability to get his messsge out right now because of the media. Yeah, it’s repetitive. Can you name ANY republican Senator who has his back? OR WHO HAS OUR BACK??

    The media ‘s not out interviewing farmers EVER. They’re 200%, 24/7, Anti-American. When is this going to get thru your brain?? They’re 100% for China, 200% in favor of Communism.

    And they want any American who doesn’t agree w/them DEAD.

    If you’re a Treeper, shame on you. If you’re a troll, FOAD

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  11. Eaglet says:

    Jan I agree these pressers are for Presidents Trumps base and there are many people that WANT to hear from our President. No fake news. I enjoy them.

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    • Harry Caray says:

      It’s not that we want to hear him It’s what we are not hearing him. Frustratingly waiting for the America is Open for Business conference.

      Liked by 9 people

    • GB Bari says:

      I think more than PDJTs base are watching. They are affected the same as his voters.
      Not all DemonRATs are government employees.

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      • Kristin DeBacco says:

        How many business-owner-democrats are listening with an anxiousness about their business. Not with an anxiousness about the elections. They are seeing that “their” blue governors are stopping them.
        The President might make an adroit comment or explain something in an adroitly way and we can get over that.
        But most of the reasonable people will see that our president wants to open the country. He is helping because he knows he can help.

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  12. GB Bari says:

    Having been away from small business since 1978, I have to ask the Treepers who own or help manage small businesses.

    Do most small businesses NOT put aside and retain a one, two, or more month reserve amount of operating capital? I can understand a new business may not have had time to accumulate enough excess capital to put aside. But a business that’s been around for 10 or more years…..?

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    • suburbanwoman says:

      I always keep a decent cushion in my business. My business is seasonal so I keep enough of a cushion to get through the slow season plus another couple of months worth in case of something unexpected.

      Some businesses, however, may have very thin margins. Mom & Pop restaurants come to mind here as well as Mom & Pop convenience stores.

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      • GB Bari says:

        That’s what I assumed in a comment I made last week – small operating margins limiting what could be put aside. But maybe the owners might reassess their prices / margins to generate a bit more gross profits to enable more set-asides.

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    • RePete says:

      Yes, we do put money “aside.” But it’s a game of chess, not checkers. We’re thinking more than 1or 2 moves (months) ahead. I’ve already burned through 2 months of expenses and my doors have been locked the whole time. Once the doors open I’ll have a 30-90day gestation period before I can turn any sales into income. Assuming sales come back. I’ll be digging into my “reserve operating capital” to cover my fixed costs in the interim. Meanwhile, my employees are begging to be fired. One of them has an 18 year old daughter getting $1100/wk in unemployment. They’ve all become disgruntled after learning this.

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  13. technoaesthete says:

    I haven’t read all of the comments, yet. So, if this has already been asked… What statement/apology from Yahoo! is Pres. Trump talking about?

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  14. Mo says:

    These jacklegs are going to go nuts with President Trump said we are going to be doing over 5 million tests a day very soon.

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  15. Nick the Deplorable says:

    Enough with vaccines. They have tried to create a vaccine for AIDS for 30 years and still no vaccine. Same with H1N1, sars, etc. The flu vaccine is never effective.

    Liked by 11 people

    • uselogic19 says:

      It’s so funny and sad that the general population isn’t aware of that. Brother and sister are highly successful and experienced in their fields but had never heard of that. And more shockingly, with our current situation, had never looked it up.

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    • Mist'ears Mom says:

      They cannot develop a vaccine for a virus that constantly mutates and has millions of different mutation or strains.
      IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN
      If they come up with one – time to run for the hills bcz it will not protect you from anything.
      This stupid 19 will be a different strain the next time it appears, just like every other flu virus.Next year is will be stupid 20.
      Influenza A & B are ‘influenza’ strains or what is caused the ‘seasonal flu’ that they say cause “MOST” human illness of flu for that year. Problem is the virus is always changing they can never get it right-thus the low % of effectiveness…
      people still get colds & flus even with vaccines they just say its a “different’ strain you happened to get.
      Its all such bs. All about $$ for big pharma, CDC & the medical cartel.
      Can anyone explain why big pharma is the #1 $$ in DC with my lobbyists than the 435 congress critters we have.
      Big pharma is 1st behind big oil and contribute double $$ of what big oil does.
      How in the world did we ever survive before vaccines?

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      Outside of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), the science of vaccination has proved to be largely unsuccessful. Immunity is an immensely complex process, most of which we don’t at all understand. For relatively stable targets like MMR, we can get close to something that resembles success. But for the the vast majority of virulent pathogens that are much more of a moving target, like essentially all influenza and coronaviruses, the idea that we can isolate a stable antigen for a “kill-shot” vaccine is about as likely as calling your shot on a single bird in a swarm of starlings.

      With a sling-shot.

      At 1000 yards.

      It’s preposterous. There is a reason no successful vaccine has ever been produced against ANY variety of coronavirus. EVER. And there never will be under the current paradigm of vaccine science. Anyone who claims otherwise is either ignorant or lying.

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  16. sunnyflower5 says:

    Well done, Team Trump. Thank you to all.
    Such a great press conference.

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  17. AndrewJackson says:

    Like everything else the government doles, out its rife with fraud and waste. Have a family member who hasn’t been effected by the virus in terms of business and got the full 2.5 months of payroll. Nice 50K gift if you can get it. Obviously this isn’t the case for some people. Simplest solution is to open the Economy up, but apparently no one has written a white paper on that option yet.

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  18. vikingmom says:

    A great article by a promising young conservative here in Washington State. Chris tried to run for a seat on the Seattle City Council but a group of “oh-so-tolerant” liberals threatened his wife and harassed his young children so much that he dropped his bid, sold his place, and moved to a small town in Pierce County where he could continue to speak and write but could also live in safety!! He absolutely gets it!! (I sent him a link to CTH a year or so ago and wondered if he started reading it – this reference to Main Street definitely makes me think so!)

    https://americanmind.org/post/to-hell-with-main-street/?fbclid=IwAR3VSJLFYlTAfpRse14nLW1Apg9czwKcxXXngIc7rN2ebfOOvb8M0OlWfNY

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  19. MicD says:

    How fun was that !
    In my house we are so proud of you Mr. President.

    Thanks to Sundance and Crew for allowing our voices to be heard.

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  20. Publius2016 says:

    Beautiful! so much joy! Happiness it is to be self sufficient!!

    We want to work!!!

    PPP is working!

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  21. Watching the USA Today feed, and having them close caption their negative Tweets is rather low-rent.

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  22. CM-TX says:

    Why are there little Lego Dudes on some of the phone screens in bottom pic? Just asking the real questions! 😏

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  23. So if someone tells the president just about anything similarly outrageous and designed to destroy our country, President Trump will go along with it?

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  24. helmhood says:

    Enjoy your make believe holiday.

    I’ll be celebrating Indenpedence Day in July like an American. And looking forward to the re-election of President Trump.

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  25. bertdilbert says:

    Scarfs are in fashion now. She could have tied one around her head like Omar.

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  26. MEMcL says:

    A family-owned business with 30 years of growth and responsible management, applied for the program on the 2nd day to Wells Fargo. The only response they have received is “Do not call us; We will call you.”

    Based on the government promises, payroll has been met week after week, with NO revenue coming in. Resources have been drained down to the nub. This is totally CRUEL to allow businesses and families to twist in the wind with promises that may not be fulfilled. The stress is enormous while the political process drags it out. Wells Fargo is not communicating or even acknowledging the early application. It is a dreadful and dire situation.

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    • vikingmom says:

      MEMcL

      I am so very sorry for what you are going through…And situations like this are being repeated all across the country, while bureaucrats and politicians continue to play games with people’s lives and livelihoods!

      Liked by 3 people

      • Kitty-Kat says:

        I’m sure none of their pantries are empty of anything, and that none of them lack tp. They talk much, but in reality, relate little.

        Liked by 2 people

        • vikingmom says:

          The simple truth is that they don’t care – they consider themselves to be “so much more special” than all those “little people” and do not, in reality, give any of us a single thought, other to consider how they can gain MORE Of our money to pay for their “brilliant” plans!!

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    • 56PackardMan says:

      All too typical of Wells-Fargo …

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  27. I was in a Pilot station perhaps two days ago in Hempstead, Texas- you know – we’re supposed to be such a “red“ state. And this is a truck stop, and truckers are supposed to be so revered by the public, right? And everyone is supposed to wash their hands 37 times a day, right? But. You’re not allowed to shower in truck stops, can’t stay in hotels, can’t get a haircut, what about the personal hygiene of these workers that supposedly are the lifeblood of the economy? And tell me where truckers are supposed to eat? These folks are on the road days, sometimes weeks at at time, it’s damned hard work – no wonder why the freight lines are always short of drivers. Restaurants all closed, you can’t drive a Peterbuilt through a Sonic drive through, a few places you can get carry out, and do what- sit at a picnic table full of bird droppings. Right now if I were a trucker I’d just park it. Seriously stupid right now.

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  28. sunnyflower5 says:

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  29. MicD says:

    and POOF like ghosts !
    The “out-of-state poll workers” (aka Snow Fleas) that are “brought in to manage the vote” in nearly every major metro to hail the election of a Democrat Major,
    Then in the night they all go Poof and scurry back to their rat holes.
    No questions asked RRRRight “Johnny Boy”.

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  30. fred5678\ says:

    When sanctuary states and cities come begging — LEVERAGE. Love it.

    Obey federal laws and maybe then we will consider taking money from lawful states.

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    • northwoodswatcher says:

      My two cents is that any city or state that declares itself a haven for ILLEGAL ALIENS, which provides taxpayer dollars to ILLEGAL ALIENS, which provide rights or privileges to ILLEGAL ALIENS, is beyond the pale and in a self-declared state of insurrection.

      President Trump has bent over backwards from day one in letting this illegal and unconstitutional practice continue. I view insurrection as the most basic violation of the concept of a union of states, and would use all means at the disposal of the federal government to crush it.

      If was good enough for Lincoln, it should be good enough for us.

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      • snarkybeach says:

        the President tried withholding funds from Sanctuary cities/states and the ACLU went to the nearest Hawaiian judge to block.

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  31. MicD says:

    NOT HAPPY ?
    File a Lawsuit Against The Chinese Communist’s.

    Otherwise,
    SHUT YOUR SICK CAKE HOLES.

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  32. MicD says:

    Who knows, maybe Aut’s will Inherit the Earth.

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  33. realeyecandy1 says:

    Instead of Paycheck Protection it looks like people would have been better off to just fire everyone ….

    Liked by 1 person

    • repsort says:

      Yup.
      Fire everyone, let em get unemployment + bonus.
      or
      Go into debt and probably go outta biz eventually anyway.

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    • Judith says:

      First you must furlough the employees that you can’t support so they can apply for unemployment benefits, and then if you get the PPP loan you must hire most, if not all of them back. The loan is forgiven if your employees and salaries remain same or close to before the furlough. If not, the two year @ 1% interest payback period begins six months after the loan is funded.

      The idea is to prevent running your business into the ground by giving you a 10 week buffer to cover the salaries (75%), rent, mortgage and interest payments (25%). and also to prevent millions going on the unemployment rolls at the same time. That system can crash just like the hospital system.

      The bottom line is businesses must reopen soon.

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  34. kalp99 says:

    I have a construction business of 20 employees. Applied at my local bank on the Friday that PPP was activated. Received my loan the following week with absolutely no issues!

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    • Judith says:

      If you have a good business relationship with your banker he should know how to get your application through. I left the big multinational banks years ago. I remember them conducting account profitability reviews and coldly pushing their small business customers to the curb, not just raising fees, but actually closing out accounts!

      Why would these big boys be any different now?

      It is time for everyone to find their George Bailey banker. He is out there, empowered like never before by Trump’s Main Street policies, but these relationships must be cultivated.

      Avoid the multinationals and go with the Main Street guys, the ones supporting that *parallel* economic trajectory that Sundance has written so much about. Don’t expect a Citi, a Chase or B of A to cater to the little guys. Ever. Isn’t this a terrible time to have to figure that out!

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