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final passage of the coronavirus economic aid package. the legislation provides paid leave for workers, unemployment insurance programs and free coronavirus testing. watch live coverage on c-span2. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up thursday morning, we will discuss the latest on coronavirus and the response to the outbreak. senior government fellow james warner will be with us to discuss congressional operations jane be sure to -- congressional operations. sure to watch washington journal thursday morning. earlier today, president trump invoked the defense production act in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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he also announced other measures to help those impacted financially by the buyers. -- by the virus. >> thank you very much. begin byike to announcing some important developments in our war against the chinese virus. the defensenvoking production case we need it. i think you all know what it is. it can do a lot of good things if we need it. completed.e it all signing it in just a little while right after i am finished with this conference. it is prepared to go. we will be invoking the defense production act. last week, i signed an emergency declaration under the stafford act, which as you know, we
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invoked previously. and which activated fema's national response coordination center. fema is engaged at the highest levels. today, fema is activated in every region. we are at level one, level one being the highest level, which we will work with. we have been working with fema. i have done a lot of work with fema. they are incredible. it has always been on hurricanes and tornadoes. they are right now in tennessee. year.a last also a tornado. then obviously, the numerous hurricanes in different locations that were in some cases very devastating and in every case, fema came through. this is a different kind of work for fema, but they will come through as they always do. we have tremendous people.
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tremendous talent in fema. sending two, we are hospital ships. they are being prepared right now. they are the big white ships with the red cross on the sides. one is called the mercy. the other is called the comfort. they are in tip top shape. they are getting ready to come up to new york. i spoke with governor cuomo. he is excited about it. we have not made the final determinations as to where it is going to go to the west coast. the comfort is located in san diego. it will be picking the destination very shortly. those two ships are being prepared to go. they can be launched over the next week or so depending on need. earlier this week, the first clinical trial the vaccine candidate for the virus began in washington state.
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the genetic sequence of the virus was first published in january. thanks to the unprecedented partnership between the fda, nih and the private sector, have reached human trials for the vaccine just eight weeks later. that is a record by many months. it used to take years to do this. we did it in just a short while. that is the fastest development in history of what we are doing with regard to the vaccine. we are making very big progress. i can announce further steps to expand testing kamas state -- testing capacity. we are working with groups to develop a self-swab test. the current process is not very nice. i can tell you because i did it. a current process that is a little bit difficult. not done it, the works are -- the groups are
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working on determining if a self-swab test by an individual is as effective. the other is. effective and accurate. we are going to see if we can do a self-swab test which would be a lot more popular. that would be administered by a health official. it would be a lot easier to do. the fact is that the -- it would free up a lot is what it is. you do it yourself. the other has to be issued by a health professional. it is something that is quite difficult. we think it is working out for the. if it would test potash for the self-swab test if it would test positive -- i have asked the fda to cut through the red tape and reduce regulatory barriers.
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we are looking at some exciting things. i'm going to be holding a second news conference today. some things are happening that are quite exciting. we are going to be doing that either later today or tomorrow fairly early tomorrow. we will see what happens. -- i have been working very hard on a number of developments. we will be discussing them with you later today or tomorrow. this afternoon, i will be meeting with nurses on the front lines in the battle against the virus. they are american heroes. they are incredible people. we are going to be meeting with nurses. i look forward to that. very brave. they are taking a lot of risk. they have done an incredible job and they never complain. i am also announcing the department of housing and urban development is providing
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immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of april. we are working closely with dr. ben carson and everybody from hud. every generation of americans has been called to make shared sacrifices for the good of the nation. people inar ii, young their teenage years volunteered to fight. workers refused to go home and slept on factory floors to keep assembly lines running. given the numbers of ships they built, nothing like that has ever been equaled. ships on a daily basis. nobody has ever seen anything like it. to this day, nobody has seen anything like what they were able to do during world war ii. now it is our time. we must sacrifice together. through ite
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together. it is the invisible enemy. that is always the toughest enemy. we are going to defeat the invisible enemy. i think we are going to do it faster than we thought. it will be a complete victory. conferencee a second . having to do with the fda. i think it is going to be a very exciting news conference. we will do it as quickly as we can weather it is today or tomorrow. i will ask mike pence to say a few words. thank you very much. pence: the white house coronavirus task force met this morning. now that we have cases in all 50 states, we are continuing to move out on the president's call to bring the full resources of the federal government, the full partnership with every state and territory, the full power of the american economy to support businesses.
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day, we will do whatever it takes. we are in this together. thatrday, the president with tourism executives and had an engaging discussion with all of the top companies in our industrial and medical supply chain. by president also announced mutual consent of the northern border to canada will be closed to non-essential travel. this does not include essential goods,or the transit of but it was through mutual discussion that took place between the president and prime minister trudeau. some ofident spoke with the top business leaders today to speak about the supply chain in the country. be our part, we are going to conducting a conference call waiter today with state and local health officials to renew our ongoing commitment of
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cooperation and collaboration. as the president said last week in signing the stafford act, he stood up the national response coordination center. at the president direction, fema has gone to level 1. the mission is to support disasters that are locally executed, state managed and federally supported. tomorrow, the president will be hosting all of the nation's governors from a video conference fema to ensure that they have a full connection to all of the activated regions for fema going forward. i amregard to testing, pleased to report we are increasing the number of tests being performed by the thousands every day thanks to the public-private partnership that president trump forged with commercial laboratories around the country. us toalth experts tell remind every americans it is important to remember people without symptoms should not get
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tested. we want to make sure the supply of testing is there for those areneed it most or symptomatic or in the vulnerable population. dr. deborah burks will address the progress we're making on testing. important newe findings about the impact on you that we are gaining from data that is coming in from europe. that will be important to every american. thehe subject of supplies, president has our task force extremely focused. , hehe president mentioned isnvoking the defense production act today. will discuss the efforts the department of defense is taking. secretary robert wilkie will announce decisions the v.a. has made to expand capacity within their system. with regard to medical
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personnel, hhs is issuing a regulation today that will allow all doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas. we are again today asking every american and our medical community leaders and hospitals to partner with us in delaying elected procedures across the country in our health care system to ensure medical supplies and medical capacity go to where they are needed most. finally, i want to remind every 15rican of the president's day guidance to slow the spread. we are grateful med -- for members of the media and the general public who are adhering to these, sharing them with neighbors and friends. all of our experts and do to believe that if every american
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continue to do their part and practice these principles, we can significantly limit the reach of the coronavirus. >> thank you, mr. president and mr. vice president. we continue to look at data every single day. there are concerning reports coming out of france and italy about some young people getting seriously ill and very seriously ill in the icu. we think part of this may be that people heated the early data coming out of china and coming out of south korea. withthe elderly or those pre-existing medical conditions were at particular risk. it may have been that the millennial generation, our largest generation, our future generation that will carry us through for the next multiple decades -- there may be disproportional number of infections among that group.
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even if it is a rare occurrence, it may be seen more frequently in that group. we are looking at that information very carefully. significantseen any mortality in the children. we are concerned about the early reports coming out of italy and france. i'm going to call on that generation that is part of that us innovationught through their ability to look around corners and -- i always went level by level. i did not realize you could go from level three to level seven. that is what they have taught us. they look for things we do not see. we need them to be healthy. inling on you to heed but is the guidance and to ensure that each and everyone of you are protecting each other. we cannot have these large gatherings that continue to occur throughout the country for people who are off work to then
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be socializing in large groups and spreading the virus. you have the potential to spread it to someone does have a condition none of us knew about and cause them to have a disastrous outcome. on the testing piece and what we are learning, i know you know last week and bringing the private sector, one has been exciting to me is to see the administration harness the full capacity of the private sector. spread out in a prioritized way because we asked them to prioritize the regions that were the most affected. still may have difficulty getting tests and areas that do not have significant taste -- never can't cases. they -- remember i told you south korea was under 4%?
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so 96% of people were negative? the last report we have seen from the laboratories have a seven plus percent positivity rate. or 92% arecent negative, i think that is encouraging to me personally that we are prioritizing appropriately to those areas that have the greatest need. today and yesterday, thermo fisher pushed out most of their laboratory testing capacity. that will dramatically increase the platform and the ability to run additional tests in addition to -- i appreciate everybody's attention to these numbers. i am excited to have prioritized where the greatest. please follow the guidance. please make sure in every report you are putting out that you are talking about the presidential guidance to actually stop the spread of this virus. thank you.
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thank you, mr. president. good afternoon, everyone. i want to provide an update on dod's efforts. as we continue to focus on our priorities, that is protecting andfamilies and personnel supporting the ministrations whole of government approach. i do want to assure the american people the united states military remains ready and capable of defending the country and our interests abroad. with that, the department is leaning forward in our response to covid-19. we have issued international and domestic travel restrictions to all dod personnel and families. those have been in place for some time. as i announced yesterday, the department of defense will make up -- will make available respirator masks and personal protective equipment. the first one million masks will
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be available immediately. we are also prepared to distribute to hhs up to 2000 deployable ventilators for use as needed. yesterday, i was at fort dietrich, maryland, which is probably the military's premier research institute were i got an eight on the work people are doing to work on vaccines. they are making great progress. we have also announced we have certified our 16th lab. to help with processing tests across the country. directed the hospital ships mercy and comfort be prepared to the ploy to increase the nation's medical capacity. we have incremented a variety of field and expeditionary hospitals based on the direction of the commander-in-chief. the armyrship from corps of engineers is in new york.
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i spoke with governor cuomo yesterday. i will be speaking tomorrow governors in the coming days to make sure they know what dod can provide to address their needs. in my conversations with governors and members of congress, i have made it clear we will continue to us -- continue to support the administration's comprehensive efforts while ensuring our nation security remains the priority. i want to conclude by sending -- by thanking all of our members and families who have been affected. we are continuing to support them throughout this. we are all in this together. thank you very much. >> yesterday, the president made a very important announcement about tlelehealth. this is allowing seniors to get medical attention from their home. we are also making sure the health care system is prepared and those on the front lines have the support they need.
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the reality is stakes are high and we need to preserve personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the fight. we have put out guidelines over the last two weeks to expand the types of masks that can be used and saving the m 95 to the most risky situations. conserving personal protective equipment is essential to combat the virus. cms willa's -- announce recommendations. specifically by limiting 90 central elective -- 90 central elective and medical surgical procedures including dental procedures. recommendations will help surgeons, patients in hospitals prioritize what is essential while leaving the ultimate decision in the hand of state and local officials. we urge providers and clinicians and patients to seriously consider these recommendations.
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they will not only preserve equipment but it will also allow to -- allow doctors and nurses to help those on the front lines. it will protect patients from unnecessary exposure to the virus. we appreciate this will have a major impact on the health care system. the shared sacrifice is essential to help those on the front lines. i went to the medical society such as the american dental association took a proactive approach and already posted these recommendations. we have already talked to the american medical association. they have fully indicated their support. we now invite the entire health care community to join us in this effort. thank you. thank you, mr. president. my instructions from the president were very clear. i was to do everything imaginable and as aggressively as possible to protect the nine and a half million veterans were
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part of the department of veterans affairs. 19t month, we established emergency operations centers across the country. we began to limit the number of visitors who entered our facilities. we began the first system -- we were the first system to begin triaging across the country. the entrance of anyone into our facility without being questioned or tested. we expanded those restrictions to those in our 135 community living centers, which have about 7800 veterans who are in acute conditions to make sure they were protected. we also took the next step and the dentale limited surgeries we provided. we have cut back by one third the number of routine appointments we have had. we have canceled elective surgeries. these were all part of the president's directive to be as
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aggressive in a public health stands as we could be. i think we have set the pace for the entire country. i will say we'll have -- we have often said we work the most noble mission in the federal government. our veterans have and in the toughest spot in the world. they have been put in conditions that are unimaginable to most americans. they have responded clearly. they have responded with passion. the 400,000 members of our department who are out there on the front lines. the last thing i will say is you have heard a lot about the fourth mission the v.a. has. our first three missions are health care, benefits and memorial affairs. our fourth mission is to support the federal government in times of natural disasters and pandemics. where the buttress force in case -- we are the buttress force in case hhs calls on us to deploy plate medical professionals
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across the country to meet crises. we plan for that everyday. we stand ready when the president needs us to expand our mission. thank you. pres. trump: any questions? >> two questions if i may. your treasury secretary on capitol hill talking about the potential of what could come. he said unemployment could skyrocket to 20%. that could rival the great depression. pres. trump: i do not agree with that. that is a total worst-case scenario. but no, we do not look at that. or nowhere near it. >> why do you keep calling the -- keep calling this the chinese virus? there are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against chinese-americans. not own aid says he does use this term.
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why do you keep using this yucca pres. trump: that comes from china. it is not racist at all. it comes from china. that is why. i want to be accurate. >> are you concerned about chinese-americans? love trump: i have great for all of the people from our country. as you know, china tried to say at one point -- maybe they stopped now -- that it was caused by american soldiers. that cannot happen. it is not going to happen as long as i am president. it comes from china. >> two questions if i could. the act today.g senator schumer said on the floor that it urgently needs to be put into action to produce medical supplies particularly ventilators. you have some targets you would like to see immediately? pres. trump: we have tremendous numbers of ventilators. there has never been an instance like this no matter what you have it is not enough.
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it is being signed. i am going to sign it in just a little while. if we need to use it, we will use it at full speed ahead. >> you said urgently it needs to be used. pres. trump: we are going to know whether or not urgent. we have targets for certain pieces of equipment. have targets for masks. the number of masks are incredible. we have ordered millions, but we need millions more. this kind of thing has never been requested. we never had to think in terms of these numbers. we need respirators. we need ventilators is a big thing because it is a complex piece of equipment. have a lot of ventilators, but we are going to be ordering more. >> what size will be the -- will the checks be that will be sent out? pres. trump: to be determined. we are working with the senate right now on capitol hill. with some exceptions because it
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is always the way it is. they have been getting along very well, republicans and democrats. >> would you like to see more than $1000? pres. trump: i do not want to get into that right now. we are looking at different numbers. we're looking at timing that would be different. we are looking at a lot of different things. it has not been determined yet, it will shortly be determined. everyone seems to want to go big. they want to get to the recovery. the big thing we can do is get rid of this horrible -- i call it the unseen enemy. termsare 1000 different for it. it snuck up on us. it did 128 countries. something like that very close. it spreads violently. it is very contagious. a very contagious virus. consider america to be
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on a wartime footing? pres. trump: i do. the big thing we did was a very early stoppage of people coming in that could be heavily infected. that was a good some professionals did not want us to do it. but that saved a lot of lives. i look at it as -- it is like a wartime president. that is what we are fighting. it is a very tough situation. you have to do things, you have to close parts of the economy that six weeks ago where the best they have ever been. we had the best economy we have ever had. then one day you must close it in order to defeat this enemy. but we are doing it. and we are doing it well. the american people have been incredible. for the most part they have been really incredible. >> i will start with you. you said that there is a tremendous number of ventilators.
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but for weeks, hospitals have warned about a critical shortage. they said we are not prepared for it. so why did it take so long to invoke the defense production act? pres. trump: hospitals are supposed to have ventilators. when we have thousands, it sounds like a lot, but this is an unforeseen thing. nobody ever saw numbers like this. regard to testing. normally we would not be doing testing. but they decided to do it. very hard to ramp up. now we are getting highly sophisticated tests and it is going well. nobody heard of testing in the quantities you are talking about it. >> they said for weeks we needed ventilators, why did it take so long? pres. trump: it depends on how it goes. the worst-case, absolutely. in the best case, not at all. we will have to see where it goes. we are ordering thousands and thousands of ventilators. and they are complex. these are complex machines. but we are ordering them. does anybody have a number? please. do you know the number?
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vice pres. pence: we have a specific number of ventilators excess of kpile in 10,000. and you heard the announcement from the department of defense, we will be adding several more thousand. the president even this morning and yesterday afternoon was speaking with the largest companies in the supply chain. we are hearing a tremendous spirit among industry leaders who are ready to step in and add to that volume. the stockpiles do not count all of the ventilators that exist in the marketplace and health care facilities around the country, but the president has given us a directive to make sure that our stockpile, just as importantly working with industry leaders that we are securing the increase in ventilators, increase in masks, gloves, eye protective care, the garments on necessary to lean forward. we will be able
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to accomplish that with the incredible cooperation of the exists in n that america today. >> how many ventilators, the exact number? pres. trump: we can give you the exact number, but we are ordering more. >> one question for the secretary. pres. trump: one moment, we will do it in a second. >> two questions. on the canadian border, what was the tipping point? we talked about it. monday you said you were not considering it. pres. trump: i spoke with the prime minister, prime minister trudeau, we have a very good relationship. a good relationship between our two countries. and no tipping point, it is just that we want to isolate from the peopleint we do not want coming into contact because that how well win this war. that is so important. now, it is not affecting trade. it is nonessential crossings. it will not affect trade. and it was something that we thought would be good for both countries.
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>> second question, on trade -- how can you be sure that trade and everything is being shipped -- pres. trump: they are doing it in a careful manner. you can only be vigilant and very professional. but we are not pretending. -- but at this moment it is not affecting trade. >> the trillion dollar economic stimulus look like $50 billion $150 billion nes, for loan guarantees, a payment directly to individuals. $250 billion payment on individuals tly to and as well $300 billion for business loan guarantees. is that what it looks like? pres. trump: it could be. we are playing with a lot of small bers, a lot of
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numbers. we have to help everybody. it was nobody's fault that this happened. some people could say it was somebody's fault, actually. but it was nobody's fault, and certainly none of these companies who always and had no passengers on the airplanes, on the cruise ships, all the things that have happened. i will say that they cannot be blamed. we want to keep those companies vibrant because there will be a as back very, very quickly, soon as this is solved. and it will be solved. we will win. here will be a comeback and it will take place quickly. >> give or take 300 million americans or so, do the math and it is $750 a person, a family of four would be about $3000. which, if that was the case -- pres. trump: we will not say that because these are moving pieces. every number, yes, we talked about those numbers, we are also moving the numbers in both directions. we will let you know. it is moving along quickly.
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again, there is a great bipartisan effort going on that i have not really seen before to this extent. >> mr. president, on the -- that you mentioned, has the fda approved that test? pres. trump: they are looking at it seriously. i think it would be a great thing, because to use a nice word it is very inconvenient from the others. >> you tweeted this morning about your approval rating amongst republicans, you say you give yourself a 10 in terms of handling the crisis. how do you reassure americans at home, who do not trust you to this a crisis of magnitude? pres. trump: we are doing a good job. we terminated the border. those people coming from china where this all started. very seriously. when i use the word calm, that does not mean i'm not taking it seriously, that means we should be extremely calm. but yeah, 95% within the republican party and over 50% --
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and i also have -- we have very great approval numbers. people like the job we are doing. and you cannot compare this to other epidemics or if if you want to use a different term, you can, but look at what has happened over the years, this is handled very professionally. we have the greatest professionals in the world. nobody has ever been swamped like this. nothing has been so contagious. the level of contagion has been incredible. nobody has seen anything like this. >> if federal officials have shipped millions of tests, as you and your colleagues have said why has the federal overnment said only 59,000 tests been processed to this point? we just heard from the atlanta health director saying they have fewer than 50 test kits for more than 900,000 citizens. pres. trump: i will let mike answer that.
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>> that is a critical question. thank you for asking. the test kits we put out last week through that rapid movement, at the meeting that less thantrump called two weeks ago, that has resolved sector to e private the table. the tests in the platform that was out there could only run between four and 12 tests per platform per day. we have now moved into platforms that can run basically tens of thousands of tests per day. the reason i am grateful for the question is because it allows me to point out that there was backlog, there were individuals who had been tested who had not had their specimen run because of the slow throughput. high-speed n a platform. so we will see the number of people diagnosed dramatically increase over the next four or five days. i know that some of you will use that to raise an alarm that we
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are worse then italy because of the slope of our curve. to every american out there, it will be five or six days worth of tests being run in 24-48 hours. so our curve will not be stable until sometime next week. the reason i talked about thermo fisher yesterday is because their platform is in 2000 laboratories. they are the ones that are putting out the millions of tests this week that will solve the issue that atlanta and others have brought up. i want to be clear, we prioritized the areas. we do county by county analyses. based on those analyses, on which counties have more than 50 cases, we prioritize the test 400,000.put out to that is why we are seeing a 7% plus positivity rate. we will be able to expand that platform and reprioritize based on the accessibility of the other tests.
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>> how are nonsystemic professional athletes getting tests and the others get them. do the well connected go to the front of the line? pres. trump: you have to ask that question. i wouldn't say so, but perhaps life, that story of does happen on occasion. i have noticed where some people quickly. tested fairly look, we inherited a -- excuse me, we inherited a very obsolete system. this was a system that was out date, obsolete or a system that was never meant to take care of the kind of quantity, number of people that we're talking about, millions and people. of if you go back in years past, even recently with the flu, nobody had tests before, they did not test the entire nation to see whether or not they had the flu. they got the flu, they got better, hopefully they got better and that was it. all of a sudden, now we have a
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complex testing. what we have done, we have down. it we have broken down the system hat was obsolete or you could say it was a system that was not meant to handle the kind of you are talking about. we rebuilt it into a system that will be a good system in the future, if you want to go this route. but this was never done before. i would imagine it will be done in the future. we built it into a good system by using private companies, the great private companies. and i have to say that roche has done a very good job. they are doing a lot of work, a very good job. but this was an obsolete system, not a system meant to do anything near this. john? >> a couple things. a major coalition is calling on you to suspend tariffs with other countries as part of the response to the coronavirus. pres. trump: who heads that group? those countries do. >> it is american free trade. pres. trump: john says there is
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-- china is paying us billions nd billions of dollars in tariffs. there is no reason to do that. they have not spoken to me about it. china has not asked me to do that. we are getting billions from tariffs from china and i cannot imagine americans asking for that. but it could be that china will ask for a suspension, we will see what happens. china is having a very rough time. worst year in 76 years as i understand it. very re having a very, tough time. on top of it, this happened with the virus. but no, we are taking in billions a year in tariffs. this was caused by something unrelated to tariffs. >> asylum-seekers in people crossing the southern border illegally, are you planning to where you would allow you entry of certain people. pres. trump: yes. >> when would that happen? pres. trump: very soon, probably today. >> on the border, what do you
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define as essential travel when t comes to the u.s.-canadian border? pres. trump: essential travel is medical. we have military working together. we have industry working together. and it is not affecting trade. so things like that. but leisurely, let's go to a restaurant to have dinner, they go in both ys, irections, we have ended on a temporary basis. go ahead. we are not going to close the border, but we are invoking a certain provision that will allow us great latitude as to what we do. go ahead. >> i want to clarify something. just a week ago, you all were standing here telling us, unless sustained contact with somebody who was systematic for need-19, you really didn't to worry. the president, the vice photographyou took a with somebody who had this. you did not need to worry. several days later, we are in a situation where people are told
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not to leave their houses, there are curfews where you cannot go out at night after a certain time. can you walk us through the dramatic swing, the dramatic disconnect from what we had before and now. >> we look at data all the time. i know you are looking at china and south korea data. when you look at their data and what china and south korea did, curves outside of wuhan. so chinese areas outside of blunted curve and south korea blunted curve. if you look at their curves today, they are already on the far end of their epidemic curve. of course, none of those countries are fully back to work, so that is what we worry about too. secondly, there was a series of scientific articles published, i know you have seen them, about surface contamination. i think none of us understood the level of surface piece. we are working out how much of
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it is by human to human transmission and how much by surface. that is why these fundamental guidelines were put out that says, do not expose yourself to surfaces outside of the home. basically what those guidelines expose yourself to an that number of persons and be asymptomatic infected. do not expose yourself to surfaces that could have had the virus on it for which, on hard surfaces, i know we had the cardboard issue with shipping, hard surfaces not shown in fabric as much or cardboard, but hard surface transmission. these are issues we have not had to deal with before with the level of respiratory infections. that is why we have the concern, that is why the president put out those guidelines. of those over both pieces. that is new science, new models. you have the imperial study available and you have looked at the impact of those. this is the first time those have been modeled as a
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comprehensive approach to mitigating an epidemic. >> mr. president -- >> what about money? >> the wall street journal is eporting that the administrative is having an xecutive order that would the tigate a drug against virus, but f.d.a. scientists say taking a risk. pres. trump: i have not seen the article. we are making a lot of progress therapeutically. i will say that. but i have not seen the article, no. pres. trump: go ahead. >> we have shut down non-essential travel to canada, are you considering shutting down all travel to prevent the spread of the virus? and we have heard from the airlines, who are seeking relief. what other industries, or how exactly is your administration going to determine which industries and businesses get help? pres. trump: there are certain industries, airlines would be number one. if you look at what is going on.
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you look at having the best year they have ever had to having no what we s because of have had to do to win this war. it is a war. so basically, you know what many of the industries are. we want to make sure they stay together, so that after the war is won we can immediately go back to where we were and even beyond. i think we will go beyond. many people are saying that. we are poised to do that. we have to win the war first. >> treasuries proposed $150 billion today for those industries, but the proposal does not detail which industries would get the money and how much. so aside from the airlines you mentioned, what about the cruise industry, the hotels, how much money do you see them getting? talking aboute're all of it. we have not detailed it yet. we have detailed it to members of the house. we are coming up with numbers. we have not gotten there yet. but the hotel industry, the cruise ship industry, the
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airlines, they are prime candidates. >> what about the northern border -- pres. trump: which border? >> the northern border. when you say temporary, does that mean 30 days? pres. trump: i would say 30 days. hopefully by the end of that we will be in good shape. jeff? >> i was struck by what the doctor said about millennials and others not taking the warnings seriously as you would like. some of those people often tend to be your supporters, and conservatives who may be quoting what you said at the beginning of this and comparing it to the flu. is your message to them to beeny follow what you have saying so far. and are you concerned that they are still maybe listening to your earlier comments, rather than recent ones? pres. trump: my earlier comment was to be calm. we are going to win this. it is only a question of time. to go quickly.
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based on the fact i wanted it to go quickly, i hope they have listened to. what we have been saying. we do not want to them gathering. i know they are gathering in beaches and at restaurants, young people. they do not realize it. they are feeling invincible. i don't know if you felt you were very young. they were feeling totally invincible and are feeling that but they do not realize they could be carrying bad things home to their grandmother grandfather and even their parents. so we want them to heed the advice. and i think it is getting through. i do believe it is getting through. >> i think they are watching. i think that these people are watching. pres. trump: heed the advice. i just said. thank you. >> mr. president, how long do you think -- pres. trump: we will get to you next. >> talking about china, you have been clear about you think it is the origin to blame for the virus. pres. trump: i do not think.
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i know where it came from. i don't know if you would say china is to blame. earlynly we didn't get an run on it. it would've been helpful if we knew about it earlier. but it comes from china. it is not a question. nobody is questioning that. they're saying that they should be punished in so many words for inflicting this on the american people. do you feel that way about it? pres. trump: i have respect for tom cotton. and i know exactly what he has been saying. and there are those people that say that. we will see what happens. go ahead. please. [crosstalk] pres. trump: you have had your hand up so nicely for a long time. it is your time. >> we have seen the chinese government kick out reporters rom the "washington journal," the "new york times" and "washington post," what is your message to the chinese when it to transparency?
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pres. trump: i am not happy to see it. i have my own disputes with all three of those media groups. i think you know that well. but i do not like seeing that. i am not happy about that at all. yes? >> do you believe that china is inflicting this upon our country? pres. trump: no, i do not inflicting.'re i think they could've given us earlier notice, absolutely. please. >> mr. president, your credibility ratings are low. pres. trump: are you asking that question? i see that they are very high. 95% of the republican party. we just had a poll done by a very reputable group where i am joe biden by a lot in florida, in the state of and in other states. so i do not really know who you are talking about. jennifer, go ahead. >> sir, can you give us an
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update on her conversation with the airline executives. did you explain what was coming? what was their reaction? pres. trump: they explained to me where they are coming from. they went from full airplanes, the best year they have had by far, to boom -- one day empty because of what we have to do to get rid of this, to win this war, or we would have a level of death like people have not seen before. so they have been fantastic. they have been great. but they went from being extremely happy to being people running companies that are going to need help. and we will help them. >> on the fda, can you give us an update on how that is going? we have seen reports of that counties have had difficulty getting -- pres. trump: there is a lot of influx to those loans. of people are looking at it. we will be increasing funding. they are well prepared to do what they have to do. and the spca is doing a fantastic job.
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she is doing a really good job. the administrator. >> i have a question for dr. if i could. dr. birx, french researchers luck with hydroxy shorting the deterioration of the disease. is that something in the arsenal here in the united states? >> we are exploring all of those issues. the president asked for a briefing on that today. he opened with that. it is more than that single drug. there are other drugs that individuals are looking at. just to go back to what we talked about many times, there is things that look really good in cell culture against the irus that may look good in small animals and then don't have an impact in humans. so those are the pieces we are looking at carefully. of course, there is always anecdotal reports and we are trying to figure out how many of those reports equal real scientific breakthrough. >> are you confident of the
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seasonality of the coronavirus? >> all we can do is look at the past to inform the future. we know what sars looked like. i know you can get this online, but look at the curve in china and a look at the curve in south korea. those curves were in the winter season. in the ry interested urves in italy because their different approach and we're following every single country's curve. at prior do is look coronavirus and prior espiratory infection r.n.a. viruses. when you look at flu in the hemisphere, when you look at the cold viruses and if sars, that's the way the peak normally occurs. a november to april.
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we all started later and so to predict g me based on a letter start and to 's what we're trying really look at china and south that. to really inform >> a question for secretary wilkie if you don't mind. veterans that need to be tested have been tested? > those that have needed to be tested, we believe we caught most of them. we have 44 veterans who have tested positive, sadly, passed in portland. we are working with state labs companies to make available.testing is because the president had us out aggressively early, we have -- have been in a better place than most healthcare systems in the country. i cannot predict as dr. birx said when the next surge will be, but one of
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the things that we do at v.a. is prepare for national national disasters or epidemics. we started preparing for this, stockpiling equipment. equipment is staple and that is in large part because of the nstructions the president have given me. >> do you have a number of how many were tested? tested several hundred. we tested several hundred, yes. do know now exactly, i that 44 veterans have the virus, of those are quarantined at home. i'm trying to t, nderstand what we, about the mortality rate. yesterday we underlined the fact 100 deaths reached 12 this point at 110, within
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hours, we by 10%. is this something that we have now on, a 10% increase every 12 hours? each one early on in of these cases, if you look at all of the countries to date, mortality is higher at the beginning because you're diagnosing the sickest, the ones that came in quite ill. i just want to remind the american public that still the majority, the risk for serious illness and the majority of that ans are low, but doesn't mean that you can't transmit it to one of those groups.isk that's why we're asking for all americans to take responsibility. you're seeing mortality or deaths today from infections three weeks ago in general. the other thing that you're dramatic and very difficult impact of this virus n nursing homes and that's why very early on, the president and vice president had us come out c.m.s. put those very strict
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rules in place and everybody strict we were being too in keeping loved ones away from their family in nursing homes. this re going to solve with a lower death rate, we have o protect the elderly because their percent is much higher in mortality than any other age group. pres. trump: go ahead, please. the federal government has a plan that shows that this coronavirus outbreak might last as 18 months. are you saying those numbers? pres. trump: no. second question is, there that me health officials use the term kung flu saying it started in china. is it acceptable, is it wrong that having this virus being chinese virus? a pres. trump: i wonder who said that? sure of the person's name. pres. trump: say it again. person at the white house
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used -- my question is is that flu and using the asian inese virus puts americans as targets? pres. trump: no, i think they probably would agree with it 100%. comes from china. how about thing -- the last question. >> switching gears to a larger here, we have seen before the pandemic where a lot f americans were already alienated, we saw death and despair increasing through suicide and other things. with these individuals in rural parts of the country are self-isolating. what is your message to those what do you hope that individuals, communities, -- churches pres. trump: my message to all americans, but to those americans that are going through a lot. we're with them and we will not let them down. thank you all very much.
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>> dr. birx do >> c-span, your unfiltered view of government, created by cable in 1979 and brought to you today by your television provider. it's easy to follow the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak at c-span.org/coronavirus. spread throughout the u.s. and the world with interactive maps and charts. watch briefings and hearings with public health specialist. any time, unfiltered, at c-span.org/coronavirus. >> canadian prime minister justin trudeau and president trump announced this morning that the u.s.-canada border would be closed to all nonessential travel in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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prime minster trudeau announced an $82 billion economic aid package to support families and businesses during the pandemic. the prime minister addressed the nation from his home in ottawa as he completes his 14 day self isolation after news that his wife tested positive for the virus. >> thank you for being here today. >> i have some news to share regarding the canada-u.s. border. over the past few days of speaking with president trump about what we can do to slow the spread of covid-19. to president trump again this morning and we have agreed that both canada and the u.s. will prohibit any