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she's taken, which she's gotten criticized for. what are your comments how she's approached that? >> expensive sneakers worn to a soup kitchen. she has cultivated the public image of being very fashionable. and she's quite interested in her clothes, as well. so i think every now and then there has been a misstep in terms of taking expensive vacations at a time when the country is suffering. >> comments? >> there has been -- she hasn't had to do much to animate folks who don't like her. which looked at the poll numbers earlier at the favorable rate has stayed pretty rate, and so has the unfavorable rate. so there is about -- around a quarter of the american public that doesn't like this first
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lady, and that's not uncommon. and you hear from them on even issues like the healthy eating. and when she shows up on the oscars, their tweets and folks who are kind of like she's everywhere, why is she everywhere? and so, you know -- >> we are going to leave this program on former first lady michelle obama briefly to head live to the white house where the press secretary is holding a press briefing. >> the president stands with our police officers who patrol our streets and protect our citizenry. this president stands on the side of law and order to secure peace in our streets that has always been his priority. and remains so today. tragically, this weekend we saw a devastating ambush attack against brave law enforcement
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officers in texas. officer miro garza, who was 45 years old, and officer ismael chavez who was 39 years old. they arrived on scene to protect the people they served and met with gunfire. they were ambushed by a dangerous suspect who shot before they even drew their weapon or had a chance to call for backup. we honor their lives and service. this president will always stand on the side of law enforcement and the heros who protect and serve. with that, i'll take questions. >> thanks so much. >> no problem. >> as the number of cases and fatalities continues to break records, and the most recent interview president trump did, he said we're going to be in really good shape in the next two to four weeks. can you share the evidence that he's using to draw that
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conclusion? and what is the administration going to do differently in the next two to four weeks to stop the spread? >> the one thing i would look at is when you look at the mortality rate, our efforts here at the federal government have been working. to give you an example of that, when you look at new york and new jersey, there were 21 deaths for every 1,000 cases. 20 deaths for every thousand cases in the case of new jersey. those were the ratios we were seeing a few months ago. now new york and new jersey are down 1.7 and 1.8 per 1,000. and moving beyond that, we're seeing in florida, for example, though they have 12 cases for every 1,000, it is 0.2 mortality for every thousand cases. in arizona, 0.3 deaths per every thousand cases. so we are seeing that our therapeutics are working. that remdesivir and other medications are working. >> two to four weeks is such a
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short time period. what specifically are you doing to stop the spread? >> there's a lot. and i'm very glad that you asked that, because it is worth highlighting the work we're doing each day. for one, we're surging personnel to arizona, texas, california. we already have people working in florida. surging remdesivir to states that are seeing rising case numbers and surging testing supplies to decrease ton around time. these are several items that dr. birx briefed me on. the white house will be going to several states this week. dr. birx in particular to louisiana, mississippi, alabama, georgia, south carolina. we've sent 19 hhs teams to metroplexes. eight more coming this week. so we are aggressively on the ground reacting to this virus and encouraged to see the declining mortality compared to a few months ago. jim, glad you're back. >> why is the white house trashing dr. fauci and sending
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out opposition research like memos to reporters? the president has gone off in the past. why not have the guts to trash dr. fauci with your own names? >> so president trump -- i'll refer you back. there's no opposition research being dumped to reporters. we were asked a specific question by "the washington post." and president trump noted that dr. fauci made some mistakes and we provided a direct answer. >> hasn't the president made mistakes? [ inaudible ] >> like, i would note that in terms of the president and his record on coronavirus, he stands
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by the actions and the steps he's taken in this historic response. you have dr. fauci that said the record of this president is impressive. i can't imagine that under any circumstance that anybody could be doing more. those are the words of dr. fauci. we provided a direct response to a direct question. and that's about it to. the notion that there's opposition research and fauci versus the president, couldn't be further from the truth. dr. fauci and the president have always had a very good working relationship. >> does the president or the administration plan to make it very clear to the russian federation there there should not be bounties placed on the heads of american soldiers serving in afghanistan? >> we make that clear each day to every country around the world that this president will always stand by our law enforcement. no one has been tougher on russia. >> not just any country, the russians. >> what you're getting at -- of
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course, we tell each country that. but what you're getting at is uncorroborated intelligence and you're treating it as if it were true. there are varying views on that. i'm not going to answer a question based on unverified intelligence. but rest assured, every country in the world is put on notice that bounties on the heads of u.s. troops is not unacceptable. >> you mentioned a quote from dr. fauci. when you compare it to other countries i don't think you can say we're doing great. >> we have the most testing in the world. when you compare us to fatality rates, we're very low and beating most countries, if not all in europe. so we're doing a lot on the world stage and a lot right. noted that we were supposed to have a ventilator shortage, and the u.s. sent ventilators all
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around the world. so the u.s. response has been historic. and by several metrics, including the three i just mentioned. >> could you just clarify the scope of roger stone's clemency? a federal judge is asking for this. does it only apply to prison time or include the two-year period of supervised release? >> i don't have the exact details for that. the roger stone remmen si was a very important moment for justice. you had a bogus russia witch hunt that found nothing and in order to justify a waste of taxpayer dollars, you had robert mueller charging people with process crimes. with roger stone, he's charged with false statements, but mb cake was charged -- mccabe was charged with false statements, chapter, false statements to
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congress. they didn't have 29 fbi agents showing up at their house in a raid, wielding m-4 rifles sweeping across their lawn. they didn't have agents breaking down their front door over false statements or helicopters hovering over their houses. instead, mb caccabe, brennan, clapper, they are giving books, contributorships. so there are two standards of justice in this country, as adam schiff noted, but he doesn't have the facts to back up that term. >> the president retweeted something this morning implying that people -- saying that the cdc is lying about the coronavirus in order to hurt his chances of getting reelected. does the president believe that the cdc is lying and covid-19? >> the president expressed his displeasure with the cdc, some
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rogue individuals leaking guidelines prematurely. he believes that misleads the american public when they're planning materials that are not in their fullest and best forms. so that's what he was getting at. but the notion of the tweet was to point out the fact that when we use science, we have to use it in a way that's not political. when you have 1,300 experts sign a letter to not condemn protestors, but then say churches need to be locked down, we need to use science but not use it to cherry pick it. >> in florida, with the cases rising, is the president anticipating a scaled down version of the convention next month? and if so, is that something he will be content with? >> that would be a question for
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the campaign, but we still plan to move forward with the convention here at the white house. but for particularities, i would point you to the rnc and campaign. >> does the president still appreciate the advice that he gets from dr. fauch sni >> certainly. dr. fauch i who is provides his opinion and you have other experts like dr. katz, who are health experts who provide opinions about the wholistic health of the child. you have doctors working on the vaccines. so there are a number of dock that ares are experts, but the president takes the full opinions and the varying opinions and moves forward in a way that he thinks is best for the country.
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>> the travel ban with canada expires in a week. is that going to be extended? >> no announcements now with our plans for canada. >> arizona has more new cases of coronavirus than any country in the world. isn't by that metric the united states not doing well? >> no, when you do more testing, you identify more cases. and i would note -- you talk about deaths. i can give you that particular information, which dr. birx gave to me before running out here, which is in arizona, 17 cases per 1,000 population. 0.3 deaths per population, which means our therapeutics are working and we're in a better place today than before. >> a schoolteacher in arizona died. she was following all the rules. she wore a mask, gloves, she got
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it and died. two other teachers are ill. her family, her husband, her daughter. how do you tell parents of schoolchildren that it's safe to send their kids back to school when something like that happens. >> i would point you to the words of the cdc director who said children are not very affected by this. but i would point to the consequences of staying closed. we have to look at the wholistic health of the child. when you have according to hhs 1/5th of all child abuse cases being reported by teachers, we cannot stay closed. when you have child agencies talking about a 62% decrease in abuse cases being reported, you cannot stay closed. when the aap, american academy of pediatricians talked about mortality if schools stayed down, and 70% of children with mental health diagnosis receive care at school. there's a way for essential workers to go back to school.
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[ inaudible ] >> -- is that still the goal of maximum pressure -- [ indiscernible ] >> i have no information today to update you on our iran relationship, which stays the same today as it has been. >> two quick questions. president trump's former chief of staff, who still has a role in this administration, he said in an op-ed we still have a testing problem in this country. if even president trump's former chief of staff levels this criticism, do you have a problem with testing, do you have a reaction to his op-ed? >> we have tested -- we lead the world in testing. we have done more than 40 million tests. that's an extraordinary number.
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we had an update yesterday. friday, we did over 800,000 tests. we tripled the number of tests. we have and we also have 12,000 retail test sites that are there and surging testing in basically every specific county that's having a problem. and dr. birx was walking me through pooled testing. so leading in the world in testing means we're doing a pretty good job. >> is there any reaction about the washington redskins name change? >> i have talked to him, but not specifically on that. but last week, his tweet made it clear that these teams -- they name their teams out of strength, not weakness. he talked about the washington redskins and cleveland indians, looking at changing their names, and he says that he believes that the native american community would be very angry at this. he does have polling to back
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this up. there was "washington post" poll that 90% of native americans sa name. and "the washington post" notes many native americans voiced admiration for the name of the team. barbara bruce said i'm proud of being native americans and the redskins, i like that name. a 29-year-old from the navajo community, i don't mind it, i like it. and there were self-other comments like this in "the washington post." >> i have a question myself and then a question for my news organization. my question, in february in las vegas, speaking to -- the president said he didn't want to use his pardon power on roger stone because he thought he would be exonerated. that didn't happen.
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[ inaudible ] and what about the more than 1300 applications giving them a pardon? [ inaudible ] >> i have not update on john connors. it's not the case that only those who are politically connected get a pardon. this president did the first step act, has fought for those who are getting unduly harsh sentences nor than any democrat who liked to talk about it but never did it. when you compare the pardoning record of this president with past presidents, it's quite striking that he has given 36 pardons, president obama gave 1,937. when you look at the nature of the pardons like under president
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clinton, talk about politically connected pardons. he pardoned his brother, mark rich, who gave $450,000 to the clinton library, donated $1 million to democratic campaigns and he gets a pardon. so this president has used it sparingly and focused on criminal justice reform, helping to rectify racial disparities. >> i have a follow up. this is from jackson richmond. what is the president's stance on israel wanting to apply sovereignty to part of the west
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bank -- [ inaudible ] >> i have no update today on the current status, but just other than the president has been a strong supporter of israel. chris? >> we're coming up on the three-year anniversary of the president tweeting he would ban transgender people from the military. last week, a group of 160 lawmakers urged the administration to lift the policy. would the president reconsider the policy? >> i haven't talked to him about that specific policy. this president is proud that in 2019, we launched a global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the world. he had a great record when it comes to the lbgtq community. the trump administration launched a plan to end the aids epidemic by 2030. >> the ban on transgender military is still in place --
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>> john. >> we have an estimated 14,700 people in the military who identify as transgender. we have polls showing upwards of 70% support transgender service. and we have psychological groups saying there's no problem with transgender in the military. >> i have no updates for you, but like the supreme court ruling, i would refer you back to justice cavanaugh who said we're judges, not members of congress. today's victory is brought about by judicial tidictates. >> can you really say that the rise in testing accounts for the rise in the number of cases? because the percentage of those testing positive has risen sharply. >> so i would say to this, as we have always said there would be embers, there would be fires. we readily acknowledge the
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embers and fires around the country, but we also note that it's logic, basic common sense when you test more than any other country, you're going to identify more cases. we've tested more than 40 million. but when you see that mortality has come down per thousand population, in a way that it was not months ago in new york and new jersey, we have become very adept at our therapeutics in ways of finding ways in communities, rather than in hospitals catching things early. >> the travel ban. what is the rational now for keeping people from europe and the uk from the united states when they have a fraction oh of the number of cases that you do in the u.s. >> the argument is we will always put america first. >> can you expand on the difference between this time last month and now, when it comes to framing the discussion
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about law enforcement, last month, the president hosted a law enforcement round table and said that he would not support defunding the police. and yet one month later, we still have democrats doing so, defunding the police. how does the white house feel it should frame the debate now with regards to defunding the police so that a reasonable discussion can be had? >> yeah, very good question. we know that in los angeles, when they announced they would be defunding their police department by $150 million, they immediately after saw 250% increase in homicides. when you have people out there like representative ilhan omar saying police are a cancer, this is not how we should be talking about our heroes. you have most egregious of call, congresswoman cortez saying
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defund the police means defund the police. you have representative cortez saying this is just because people are trying to get food with their families. that is preposterous. 63% of americans in this country fear that criticism of our police departments will lead to no public safety in their streets. 69% of black americans. this is a real issue when you call our police cancer and talk about dismantling them. and this weekend in new york, you see a 1-year-old killed in a stroller. that 1-year-old will be in our prayers. not only that, you see officers garza and chavez. and to your question how we should talk about the police and defund the police, a movement the president stands against, the two officers ambushed this weekend, one of them, officer chavez's daughter wrote a touching tribute online.
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she said worlds cannot describe the pain i'm in, but i'm glad my dad is at peace. you were an amazing man. you died doing what you love most, you died a hero. that was written by savannah chavez. i know she received vile comments online that were atrocio atrocious. i want her to know your dad is a hero. most of our police officers are good hardworking men and women and heroes. much like savannah's dad. thank you, guys. >> the white house press secretary, just wrapping up a briefing here. we take you back to our american history tv on former first lady michelle obama. >> a friend's mother worked there. and my job enl


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