tv White House Briefing CSPAN July 21, 2020 1:01pm-1:29pm EDT
>> watch booktv on c-span2 this weekend. >> u.s. attorney general william barr appears before the house judiciary committees general oversight hearing on the justice department on tuesday, july 28. watch live coverage on c-span, watch anytime on c-span.org or listen on the go with the c-span radio app. >> white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany held briefing earlier. she talked about the violence in portland and other cities and the federal government's response to ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
>> good morning, everyone. by any objective standard of violence, chaos and anarchy in portland is unacceptable. yet democrats continue to put politics above piece while this present seeks to restore law and order. governor brown, democrat, governor of oregon said the president should quote stop playing politics, called law enforcement officers secret police and it to quote a dictatorship. the government also called on the president to get his officers off the street. democrat mayor of portland said the president is trying to look strong for space what your democrats on the hill nancy pelosi calling these officers storm troopers and jim clyburn calling them the gestapo this rhetoric is unhelpful and give the violence we've seen a path that president trump will not give the violence a path. he will restore order where the democrat governor and mayor are unwilling to admit they've lost control of their city.
the well organized mob important has become increasingly aggressive especially against law enforcement officers. individuals have thrown bricks, chunks of concrete, bottles, feces, balloons filled with bank, slingshots to her ball bearings and batteries at federal agents and the courthouse. multiple attempts to barricade offices in the hatfield courthouse have occurred. attempts to start the structure on fire as well. use of eyesight imaging laser devices have been used in strobe lights against federal agents as well. but according to speaker pelosi when asked about by the removal of statues, people will do what they do. the trump administration urges state and local officials to work cooperatively to restore law and order. operational legend is a good example of this. at the governors request we would indicate the city and surge the with federal assets come fbi, dea, atf and u.s.
marshals. this is been baffled a four-year-old young boy who lost his life overshot in his bed tragically. this has been a successful operation that has been made instant clean the arrest of wanted fugitives. president trump is taking action in portland, even though you have democrat mayor and democrat governor i'm going to work with us in the situation. we are searching resources along with secretary wilkie at dhs and augmenting the federal protective service to safeguard federal property. the bottom line is this president stands with law and order which leads to peace and will not allow portland to become the new chop like what we saw in seattle. with that i will take questions. >> to questions on portland. one, indicates of the navy veteran who went down because heavy want to talk to law enforcement officers and us about the oath of office that they took. people saw him videotaped.
he was beaten with a baton. he had pepper spray sprayed in his face. he now has two broken bones in his hand. is the president aware of what happened to this navy veteran, graduate of the naval academy? does he condone that kind of action by the law enforcement officers. >> was i aware of the details have heard the audio although i've seen it but i would do for you to did just that extend gritty details. always encouraging appropriate use of force and we also encourage those in the area trained to remain peaceful towards our law-enforcement officers. >> my second question is where in the constitution does the president derived the authority to send federal law enforcement officers to the streets of american cities against the will of the elected officials in those cities. >> yes, , what you're referringo is portland in code 1315 gives dhs the ability to deputize offices in any department or agency like ice, custom aboard a patrol in secret service quote
as officers and agents. they can be deputized for the duty in connection with the protection of property owned or occupied by the federal government and present on the property. when a federal courthouse is little far, commercial fireworks being shot and become big shot at the officers, think that falls pretty well within the limits of 40 u.s. code -- >> -- protecting federal property in the case of portland. does he see limitation to the power? how far does the power extend into the streets of the city of portland? under what are the limitations of that? what's the authority. >> under the law we move agents can conduct investigations of crimes committed against federal property, federal offices and the case with shooting commercial grade fireworks and running across the street we don't live leave that extends t our jurisdiction. yes. >> yesterday the president twittered out an image of himself wearing a mask turkey supporting a mask -- know what
is more patriotic than him. then our site he responded at the trump hotel not wearing a mask. why did it taken so first of all to be seen wearing a mask in public? why the next messaging on this critical issue that health officials have said is critical to fighting this pendant? >> the president has lies been consistent on this that mask according to the cdc are recommended but not required to give said he would wear when any case he couldn't appropriate socially distance and he won one and put a picture up on twitter as you saw. >> does he think it's important to lead by example of the stations broke us the president has been consistent. going back to march 31 when he said my feelings if you want to do it there's a harm to experts but he hasn't done it, kayleigh. >> the president or a mask in may. the president were of mask at walter reed out of an abundance of caution but outside made clear the president is the most testament in america. he is tested more than him with multiple times a day.
we believe he's acting appropriately. >> let me ask you about -- if the might negotiations are ongoing. what is the white house mocking republicans request for more funding and testing? [inaudible] i think that's just wrong. >> know what is blocking any money from testing. one of the things i would at is this is an ongoing negotiation where just in the early days of that. currently a federal coffers we have $10 billion unspent that is allocated for testing of law to ensure that in stage four there's my targeted for testing it way that makes no sense. >> republicans say they need that money. is the president willing to -- >> we were going to put in money for targeted testing. that makes sense that just dumping money into the pot that only contains $10 billion. >> is there support in congress for a federal payroll tax cut?
how does that help -- [inaudible] >> there are number things were looking out for phase four and what it thinks is unemployment benefits were as secretary mnuchin said we want this to be completed before july 31, the date of the runs of the widow when someone to be an incentive or someone gets overpaid and as a disincentive from going back to work where they get paid more on unappointed benefits that at work so we want to be cautious about that while making sure those unemployed or taking care of. but the payroll tax in particular those to some of our heart is working americans, the people of benefits, look at the tax structure, our middle income and low income workers and natalie that there's an incentive on the employer side with the payroll tax holiday that encourages them to hire more because reduces the burdens. it's a very smart policies for those people who still have jobs so focused on the people -- overall cost of this. >> we have been focused on a number thinks a part of that is a payroll tax middle and low income americans at the working
each and every day and making their way through it best they can pick it also means unemployment benefits. it also means of direct payments to americans. we are looking all that and we would like to see all of the. >> second question on the briefing today at 5:00 or will receive members of the coronavirus task force will dr. fauci, dr. birx be the? >> we will have to see. >> thank you. [inaudible] portland as well as plans for chicago, why are these the right people to send? my understanding these agents often work on drug trafficking, things like that. do they have the right skill set whether it's gun violence in chicago or quelling unrest in poorer? >> first let me add to have been sent to chicago. these dhs officials are currently important. part in protecting a courthouse we do do believe there's a right individual for that.
it's egregious what's happening. the frequency jammers, i can assure you it is anything but a peaceful scene where you that barricade kind keep officers in the hatfield courthouse, injury to aboard a patrol team member, interest of the head, shoulder back of a deputy u.s. marshal, u.s. marshal impaled his right hand on the board filled with nails set out by the protesters. this is not a a peaceful scened a thankful to our u.s. marshals and atf and others were acting in accordance with the statute in protecting a federal building in doing so at great cost to themselves. >> two questions on the soonest. that you guys are committed to the payroll tax cut that seems be driving up the price tag of the whole package, so is the white house the $1 trillion figure that's been cited -- as a hard cap or are you willing to sign something more than that? >> these are all preliminary discussions so i will leave it
to negotiators to decide. trillion dollar number was cited by secretary mnuchin yesterday but look, this is the beginning stages. were looking at a number things but the president was clear that he would like to see a payroll tax along with liability protection, tax credits for businesses to bring people back to work. and, of course, $70 $70 billior schools to reopen safely, at least 70 billion. >> then on testing, -- suggest we do indeed a massive influx of testing beyond what's unspent and the photo, should take control of the country -- >> we do what is a more testing funding of wanted to be targeted in a way gets to the right people who need testing at the right time, not just dumping money into a bucket so we want more money, we wanted to be targeted i'm glad you brought up the timing of the testing. doctor dr. birx and she's encouraged by the protesting that is been worked on. you can run four to five times
as many tests in the same period of time by decreasing turnaround times at a minimum of two-third two-thirds. if you took three days to get a test result, they goes down to less than what if it took six days ago stout to less than two and is more labor-intensive so they would need a additional personnel but cms is funding the tests at about four times the actual test cost to ensure technicians and ppe requirements can be met. we are seeing encouraging signs on that front. >> going back to the portland situation. what was the policy justification for federal officers not identifying the agency are their arrest authority when it take a protester into custard? >> i've been told there is insignia indicating that they are law enforcement. indication referencing did identify themselves to the individual being obtained but i don't identify themselves to crest because it puts them at great risk and you can see that as i noted when they're sticking their hands into boards left out
by some of the rioters. >> on june 16, a little more than a month ago the white house through the vice president posit an op-ed in the "wall street journal." the op-ed to said that the media has tried to scare the american people without -- about the coronavirus. talked about low positivity rates and declining case numbers in half of the states. there were 25,000 additional deaths since that was published. does the white house still stand by the op-ed? just more generally, what happened in the last few months when the message was this was a problem that was on the mend and being addressed and till now with the we have seed and 141,000 deaths? >> the widest has always been very clear eyed that as would reopen we would see embers and do some cases buyers. we've been very aggressive and n addressing that come down 19
teams to go to emerging hotspots per dr. birx has been in nine states. she does a lot of extraordinary work on the front with an chloride as we reopen we would see embers and sometimes fires but we encourage when you look at case that the differences we're below the european union, below the average of the world and i think that speaks to our incredible work with therapeutics an incredible work with testing, 46 my tests, . -- million test. >> do you still see the main problem as the media trying to scare the american people over coronavirus? >> in many cases been beattie has tried to scare the american people. i think there's been a deficit in reporting about the cost testing shutdown for instance, when you have the fact the american cancer society saying during the pandemic we saw an 80% drop in cancer case of being identified. there are real costs to a draconian extended shutdown and you know hurt the other side of the health equation.
you never heard that mammograms were down by age 7% and colonoscopies at down by 90% and drug overdoses going up month after month through the lockdown. it was the right decision to make. the president saint three to 4,000,000 flies but it's important to note the other set a health equation about what extent lockdowns due to the american people. >> the president said he wants to send the forces to other cities like chicago, cities where property is a nested under attack. what are they going to do when you get to chicago and these other cities with higher crime rates, , higher shooting rates, higher murder rates? what other going to do? what are they going to arrest people from? >> i think you're getting ahead of the president here. he has been no announcement who is going where picky is very discouraged by the violence is seen in chicago. it's why he said a very strong letter to the mayor offering help because she's clean unable
to control her street and the governor as well unable to control that area. when you see the fact there were 49 officers who were injured in this egregious video of them being lambasted with writers with umbrellas shielding from view they were throwing projectiles and 49 officers injured. the citizenry in chicago worked well for margaret's we can get somebody shot of him. it's incredible what we're seeing in chicago. he's offered is helping recruit a to take it and to be forthright about the situation interstate, much like the governor of missouri was in working with us and operations legend to protect the people of missouri. >> but the leaders in the city's don't necessarily want unmarked police officers patrolling the streets the way we've seen in portland with the premise there protecting federal property there. the leaders in the city's don't want this paramilitary police spitters they are offered assistance of the doj as was
done where your fat fbi surge in the case of operation legend. so when you have each week and more than a dozen people getting shot intercity perhaps it's time more than a dozen killed i should say until the perhaps it's time to say i need the help of the federal government because what i'm doing is simply not working when more people are dying of the streets of chicago and afghanistan and iraq. it's a tragic -- [inaudible] >> i had a question about new york on a similar topic. yesterday president trump mention a spike in violent crime in new york and said quote if the government socko did something about, we will do something about it. curious if you could explain why he's saying the governors should do something about resume and he also elaborate on what president trump would be willing to do. >> welcome he thinks mayors and governors should work together to take control of the streets of new york city when some places with a 600% surge in violence over last year. he thinks they should work together and the power of the mayor to enforce the governor to
enforce the police power of their states, that power rests with them but they can partner with the federal government in the event they are unable to control the violence in the city's and that's what we've seen from mayor de blasio who seems to have not a hard time criticizing police officers but an awfully hard time patrolling the streets of new york city. >> thanks so much. i have two questions for today. one for myself and one for a colleague who isn't here. governor newsom was one of the few democratic governors to bring the national guard and armed them after the riots moving in early june compared to seattle weather didn't armed the national guard. the guard was put as a show of force and within days of violence had quelled. why not just invoke the insurrection act of the biggest show of force rather than before secretive operations progress i'll leave that to the present bill whittle have secretive operations going on. it's clear what's going on on n portland. it's very clear what's happening
in kansas city but with regard to the insurrection act look, we believe it should be governors and mayors doing within the constitutional power to do, the police power rests with them so it's up to this present whether he ever decides to invoke that the governors and mayors need to step it up particularly and democrat cities where democrats street are out of control. >> the one for my colleague, john is asking, what are the president's thoughts on john kasich supporting joe biden at the convention? >> what was that. >> was john kasich is supporting joe biden and he plans to attend the convention in support of the demented convention. >> that would be a question for the campaign but this president is quite proud of his record and the republican party and quite proud to have the support 96% of the party, more than any predecessor in history of the republican party. >> you said earlier the president has been tested
multiple times a day. can you elaborate on that? hominy times a day. >> was he's tested often. i'm not going to weed out exactly how may times a day but sometimes it is more than one times a day. >> yesterday the president said when -- yet a lot of people watching, record numbers watching. i was wondering if ratings are factoring in associations his n he will start the briefings? [inaudible] >> the president is the right person to give information to the american people are he was elected by the american people. he's been a leader on this, the fact we have out produce unventilated so much so that we have an extraordinary number in our stockpile and we're giving ventilators out to the rest of the world, that would lead the world in testing, 46 million tepco more than that. the fact he is broken down
bureaucracy to get a vaccine into phase three clinical trial fats because and we had remdesivir there and others, other therapeutic. >> he's the right person to give the information to the american people and boy, does he get information to a lot of the american people as noted by the ratings as he himself pointed out. >> the u.s. trade purpose of displaying additional tariffs against -- [inaudible question] >> that's pre-decision i will not get hit on any administration announcement on that front. yes. >> a couple of questions that the present is the president laster twittered about concerns about mail-in voting. he's concerned about the integrity of the u.s. election. certainly internal sabotage why are we not hearing from the president about fears about
external sabotage? for example, there's a parliamentary committee report that says russia influenced the scottish referenda. there are questions about brexit but we really have not heard the president put the crib and on notice with respect to the u.s. election. will we hear from him today on the? >> the president but the world on notice our election systems must be secure. under this president he articulated the first full cyber strategy for the united states since 2003. in 2019 he extended 19 he extended the national emergency declaration on foreign election interference. he engages with congas on election security for -- [inaudible] >> security specific earrings turkey signed legislation $71 million and so on and so forth and that's quite a contrast to the obama-biden administration who was told of meddling in 2060 2060 and did g and affect susan westover white
house cyber to understand that end quote knock it off when they quoted, when the floated options to combat russian cyber attacks and even obama's cyber chief has confirmed the standdown order. >> that's been more than three years that i've been asking what's been done now. >> i have just given -- >> my concern is when a recorder from the president. >> was i just listed off three or four things i'm happy to go through more prep we can talk about the 71 million in legislation come on election security. we can talk about the 15 million for election reform activities. we can talk about legislation making more than 800 -- >> joe biden -- >> when it comes to mail-in voting i would point you to the fact that the "wall street journal" article just out today and talked about the dark omen for november and the absolute catastrophe in new york city that we are a month into the election after the voting and we still don't know who the winners are of some of those races and governor cuomo decided that he would prepay postage for the ballots and what that meant was
that the post office didn't put a postage stamp noting the dates of the ballots so as their collecting these ballots and for a month, usb about this i'm going to answer. so for for a month they have bn collecting ballots with no postmark date and, in fact, what the founders 19% of ballots had been rejected in queens, 28% rejected in brooklyn. there are questions about mass mail out of voting and -- i know you don't want to hear them which is why you talk over me but i encourage you to read the op-ed. >> the china vaccine research -- [talking over each other] >> thank you. charged with felony for waving guns that protested the missouri attorney general is saying he will dismiss this charge. what is the present standard of? >> i asked him and he said it's absolutely absurd what is happening to the mccloskey. he noted this is an extreme abuse of power by the prosecutor
and noteworthy the prosecutor, many cases brought to attention of violent writers just failed to charge but is that she's charging the individuals who are defending themselves from violent protesters. you have 300--or protesters who stormed the gates come tour down the gates and trespass on the property jobe patricia mccloskey who said that they were telling her they're going to kill them, these protesters, at the moment they were waving their guns to protect themselves, they're going to come in your come she said, there are going to burn down house, they would be living in a house after i was dead and they were point different rooms of house sign that's going to be my bedroom, that's going to be my living room and i'm going to be taking a shower in that room. so there were completed within the right and it's an egregious abuse of power on the part of the mccloskey is. turning to a different note i just wanted to highlight some great work being done by senior advisor ivanka trump. there are nearly 40 million boxes had been put together by the farmers to family food box
program, a great partnership to help families in need in this country and yesterday he might ivanka trump visit the d.c. dream center and personally distributing a number of food boxes, the distribution resulting 1000 boxes delivered to the d.c. community and we think that we think ivanka trump for the great work she's done that. finally i just want to know something on covid. dr. birx is an extraordinary doctor who served this country dedicated time to serving our country as an army colonel. she served as an ambassador to pepfar which is better life fighting aids and hiv abroad and it is appalling the attack i saw wonder if the "new york times" based on no facts. dr. birx for weeks has been sending out this data to codis, 400 pages i did to our governors, contains the best information so they can make the best decision for their people. i blessing anyone poring over data the weight dr. birx has and
the attack on her was frankly appalling and egregious and the "new york times" should be very ashamed of themselves. >> what is the president -- [shouting] >> president trump is holding a news conference this afternoon. watch it live at 5:00 eastern on c-span3 come online at c-span.org or listen live on the free c-span radio app. >> during the summer might much out to your elected officials with c-span's congressional directory. it contains all the contact information you need to stay in touch with members of congress, federal agencies and state governors. order your copy online today at