White House briefing
President Trump delivering situation update on Covid-19
In our fight against the China virus I've reminded people of the importance of masks.
When you can't socially distance in particular a strong messages been sent out to young people to stop going to crowded bars another crowded places yesterday we made the amazing announcement.
For our plans to protect nursing home residents were working very hard on that we're doing very well all over the country and also about.
Contracting with the visor we made a big big beautiful contract with Fizer we think they're very close but we have a lot of companies that are very close to produce a vaccine and I wanted to come out again today to share some additional news with you this afternoon my political team came to me and laid out our plans for the convention in Jacksonville Florida it's a place I love.
The drawings look absolutely beautiful I never thought we could have something look so good so fast with everything going on.
And everything was going well the tremendous list of speakers thousands of people wanting to.
Be there and I mean in some cases desperately be there they wanted to attend people making travel arrangements all over the country they wanted to be there.
The pageantry the signs the excitement were really really.
Top of the line but I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right just not right with what's happened recently the flare up in Florida.
To have a big convention is not the right time.
It's said really something that for me I have to protect the American people that's what I've always done that's what I always will do that's what I'm about.
They said Sir we can make this work for.
This is as a even the polls say about the most enthusiasm they've seen we can do this safely we can do it responsibly I said there's nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe whether that's from the China virus or the radical left mob did you see in Portland where I want to thank homeland security and others in law enforcement for doing a fantastic job over the last few days they went in.
On people were out of control for 51 days a long time and homeland security and other law enforcement with US one and they've done a great job.
Checking our property federal courthouse and other property.
And most importantly protecting our people or the senseless violence that you see in Chicago or New York or Detroit a lot of other cities were so many people are shot.
And people elected me to help and to protect.
I tell my team it's time to cancel the Jacksonville Florida component of the.
GOP convention will be starting in North Carolina for the Monday is has always been planned we were never taken that office remaining as it is the delegates are going to get together that's where they do their nomination so the delegates are going to North Carolina and they'll be doing for the nomination.
And we're going to do some other things with teleradio normalize the week that would discussing which will be.
Really good I think we're going to do it well and I'll still do a convention speech in a different form but we won't do a big crowded convention per se it's just not the right time for that I care deeply about the people of Florida and everywhere else frankly in this kind.
To the state and I don't want to do anything to upset it they'll be doing very well very shortly we're going to put some.
Maps up of the country behind me and you'll see that the area that we're talking about is a hot spot you'll also see a lot of the country is has has no problem whatsoever most of the country actually so I'm always going to take care of you so that.
That's the way we're going to do it I've spoken to governor dissenters and informed other political leaders I want to thank the.
Jacksonville community and it's great Mary's great great guy really great guy they wanted it so badly and all of the other political representatives in Jacksonville and in Florida.
And just very special people a very special group and they were there for is 100 percent.
Taking to support the safe reopening of America's schools.
Parents around the world who have had their children home for the last few months have a greater appreciation for the fact that teachers are essential workers at their essential to our children's future our goal is to protect our teachers and students from the China virus while ensuring that families with high risk factors can continue to participate from home very important.
The American academy of pediatrics says released guidance recommending that schools reopen.
It said quote lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in a social isolation making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child at.
If you want to be as substance abuse depression and suicidal ideation.
This in turn places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and of.
Some cases mortality.
Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures there's been a substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and for families.
So that's very important and there's a highway it goes both ways the national education association recently stated despite.
The momentous efforts of educators during the pandemic online learning has never been an effective replacement for in person learning.
Being at the school being on the campus is very very important one study estimates that due to school closures last spring the average student will begin the school year.
Where do the typical year and more than 50 percent behind in math that's a big statement according to McKinsey and company learning loss will probably be greatest among low income black and Hispanic students they're the ones that are hit the hardest we don't want that happening 30000000 American students rely on schools for free and reduced meals over 70 percent of the students who receive mental health services do so through their schools.
According to HHS wanted 5 reports allegedly.
Having to do with child abuse they have neglect and these are neglected and it like did cases are submitted by education personnel so.
People in the education world on the premises will be the ones that report needs lacked and.
You know if they've been neglected they know if they've been hurt or harmed in any way whether it's at home or someplace else but they see this at school you don't get to see that if you're not going to school it's a big thing.
Fortunately the data shows the children.
Are lower risk from the China virus very substantially when children do.
They often have only very well continuous joining us on the BBC news channel where we bringing you live from Washington president trump's coronavirus researchers often have underlying medical conditions.
99 percent of all China virus hospitalizations are adults and 99.96 percent of all fatalities are adults that means that children are a tiny.
Percentage less than one percent and even a small percentage of one percent.
In a 2.
Did more deaths of those under 18 in the United States that have been lost thus far to the corona virus many different names many many different names the life of every child is sacred and must be protected our sole focus is the health and well being of America's.
Children I have a very very special person who loves children whose whose.
I think one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Lot of people say the greatest picture of all time known as a relief pitcher could have been whatever you wanted some people he is the greatest reliever of all time by far substantially more saves than anybody else in fact he got the presidential medal of freedom recently and he I'm reading off the stats I knew it was the best I knew he was great but I didn't know it was almost double anybody else.
He's a man who loves children has children loves children works hard with children we're going to.
Mariana Rivera you know he's the Sandman ride my wife said.
Darling what do they call in the same manner said you know they played the song he just puts the batters to slip and that's exactly what happened so having Mariana here's a great honor thank you very much was talking about children in schools.
And there's nobody that's done more than you have thank you very much Maria fantastic man.
Given these considerations we believe many school districts can now reopen safely.
Provided they implement mitigation measures and health protocols to protect families protect teachers and to protect students so we do have to protect the teachers and the families also have to remember that all families should be empowered to make the decision that is right for their own circumstance this is especially important if a child is underlying health conditions or lives with the parents.
In cities or states that are current hot spots then you'll see that in the map behind me districts may need to delay re opening for a few weeks that's possible that'll be up to governors.
The decision should be made based on the data and the facts on the grounds in each community but every district should be actively making preparations to open.
Again the children obviously have a very strong.
I mean system maybe even as strong as yours they seem to be able to fight it off and not have a problem so it's pretty amazing actually great great credit our strategy to safely reopen schools mirrors our approach nationwide as we race toward the completion of the vaccine and therapeutics the responsible path is to.
Well allowing those at lower risk much lower the case of young children to resume work at school and as long as everyone practices vigilant hygiene and social distancing we want that a permanent shutdown was never the strategy which would ultimately lead to.
Greater mortality and irreversible harms we don't want to do that.
At the same time we have to get our economy going we had tremendous numbers issued yesterday housing prices pricing if housing up 21 percent the highest in history.
The highest number in history real estate housing.
One of 21 percent.
Today the CDC will provide additional guidance for how schools can reopen safely I hope that local leaders put the full health and well being of their students first add to make the right decision for children parents teachers and not make political decisions this isn't about.
This is not about politics I even think it's bad politics if you do the wrong decision very bad politics were asking Congress to provide $105000000000 to schools as part of the next coronavirus relief bill.
This funding will support mitigation measures such as smaller class sizes more teachers and teacher aides.
Re purposing spaces to practice social distancing and crucially mask wearing.
This money is in addition to the $30000000000 we secured for schools and universities earlier this year.
That money we have some is distributed and some is not distributed if schools do not reopen.
The funding should go to parents to send their child to public private charter religious or home school of their choice the key word being choice.
If the school is close the money should follow the student.
And these are in control of their own decisions so would like the money to go to the parents of the student this way they can make the decision that's best for them.
We cannot indefinitely stop 50000000 American children from going to school harming their mental physical and emotional development re opening our schools is also critical to ensuring that parents can go to work and provide for their families.
The council of economic advisers estimates that 5.6000000 parents will be unable to return to work if schools do not re open this year it's a tremendous problem it's a tremendous problem schools have to open safely they have to open more than a dozen European countries as well as South Korea Taiwan and many others have already reopened schools and cases have not risen.
We can achieve the same goal if we.
Ical practices and apply common sense will continue to support states and cities in the current hot spots in the south southwest and west.
The governor's a normal they're all very very capable they're doing a very good job they're working so hard you wouldn't believe it.
We have nearly 30000 federal personnel deployed in the states that need assistance were helping with doctors and nurses medical personal of all kinds as a P. P. E. update we're in close communication with governors and states.
We have supplies everything they could possibly need were very strong and supplies remember I used to say the cupboards were bare well now the coverage of the opposite due to our historic efforts to increase both the national stockpile and the state stockpiles the vast majority of the states of 60 days worth of supplies on hand.
Just because the ventilators are.
Very very hard to come by at least in the past now were making thousands of ventilators a month and supplying them in many cases to other countries for states that are making requests were rapidly delivering in the last 2004 hours FEMA has the Floyd more than 1.5000000 masks upon request 1.7000000 gallons and 600000.
Well let me change that we've created about 600000 different supplies we have 600 ventilators to Arizona North Carolina Pennsylvania Colorado Idaho and Washington I think the numbers 600 with a check that it will give it to you in a little while but we've we've got a stockpile of thousands of ventilators I think we sent out about 600 just.
It is now conducted more than 51000000 test which is.
More than any other country in the world by far roughly half of the tests are either the rapid point of care tests which frankly solves a lot of problem and delay 5 to 15 minutes instead of waiting for service both ways in both directions and then at the lab.
But roughly half of them now which is a tremendous increase our 5 to 15 minute tests or tests done at a hospital we get the results back in less than a day some cases immediately we're continuing to surge testing to current hotspots but such as Miami and Phoenix to detect those with the virus and take steps to stop it from spreading it further there's a copy of the map and this is you have it right behind me that's.
Really very much indicating.
From that is in great shape lots of it for the northeast has become very plain the country is.
In very good shape other than if you look south and west some problems that'll work out one therapies we worked with Florida to ensure that over 40000 vials of room disappear arriving this week it's a lot.
That's a really that's a lot they're working around the clock to make it it's had a tremendous impact.
We've also shipped thousands of vials to Arizona California Texas over the past 2 weeks.
Arizona is doing very well it's heading down numbers are heading down I think very quickly governors done a great job they've all done a great job they were all done a great job working hard.
We'll continue to monitor the area is rising and with respect to cases and we ask all Americans to exercise vigilance practice so.
This is Sir so we get rid of this horrible situation this horrible disease that was sent to us by China should not have been sent they should have stopped it they could have stopped it they didn't and the entire world is gotten infected and a lot of countries are going through a lot right now this morning I spoke with president Putin of Russia and they're going through a very hard time with this in Moscow in particular.
I spoke to.
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia they're doing well but they're going through a lot everybody's going to a lot yesterday I spoke to the heads of 4 different countries all for going to a lot going through a hard time this could have been stopped it could have been stopped quickly and easily but for some reason it wasn't.
And we'll figure out what that reason was so with that if you have any questions please.
Your work is simply not.
I just felt it was wrong save to have people going to what turned out to be us but you know which shows that it was not at all hot it was free and all of a sudden it happened quickly it happens quickly and it goes away and it goes away quickly the key is we wanted to go away without a lot of death without a lot of problems and we're learning so much about the disease that's why we're we're very cognizant of nursing homes will watching them very carefully and people over a certain age and especially people over a certain age with diabetes or or heart disease in particular but with the problem so we didn't want to take any chances so we had a lot of people we have the dell delegates want to be there we're going to do a fairly reasonably quick meeting in North Carolina the nomination will be produced and then will announce what we're doing how we're doing it.
Something that's done online I guess you could call it online so they can nothing there could be nothing like our last convention unfortunately that was a great convention and a great place as you know we had a we had a great time great time in Cleveland but it's a different world and it will be for a little while we want to get the world back to what it was and I think we'll have that including great job numbers including that so many things are happening so positive I have to say the stock market is close to records for nasdaq Inc it is a record it's already exceeded its highest numbers but we want to get our country back to what it was.
Acceptance speech from the White House we haven't said that yes he will have that will probably announce that over the next few days my Japanese movie every 4 years but we've done a great job we built the greatest economy in the world no nobody close not China not anybody.
We opened it but we had the best numbers in history for African Americans Hispanic Americans Asian Americans every group you want to name young people without a diploma young people with a high school diploma with a college diploma anything you want to name we had the best numbers women doing incredibly never never been a time like that and we had to turn it off.
Because of what China did we had to turn it off.
And then all of a sudden now we turn it back on and we're doing very well but it was a very bad China speaking about China the trade deal means less to me now than I did when I made it when it matters a great deal but they are they're setting records yesterday was a record corn day they purchased more corn than any order ever.
And that went on for 2 or 3 days and soybeans and all but it just means much less to me can you understand that.
What was once there was one thing that changed your mind about the convention center Florida officials ask you to cancel it no they didn't we're dealing with them but they did I would just say safety because safety I just you know I could see the media saying oh this is very unsafe this is I don't want to be in that position it's safety not because of the media but that's what they would say and will have a very nice something we'll figure it out it'll be it'll be online in some form maybe it'll be something even a little bit different we have time you know we're talking about the end of August but I think it'll be something that will be exciting but they can be nothing like having 25000 people we had a tremendous thing planned and apply tremendous convention planned in North Carolina and it would have been very good but a much smaller version in Florida but then we saw was that.
That the virus was coming up that caused so.
The severity of the situation is horrible.
Now I think it's going to come and go it will I mean you take a look at some of these locations were heavily infected I mean to a point where Deborah and I were talking that you know we've when you look at what happened in New York and what happened in New Jersey and other places and now you're looking at with a gun pope would stays gun I think we I think it will but we had to be we had to be we have to be vigilant we have to be careful and we also have to set an example I think setting the example is very important it's hard for us to say we're gonna have a lot of people packed in a room and then other people shouldn't do it don't forget we're talking about schools and we want them to be vigilant and we sang open and then we're saying here you have a big girl but I also if you notice I said where bars are crowded with other things your credit well there's nothing more crap.
And even though you try to keep people away from each other it's just not that kind of thing they probably.
Can't do that it just doesn't work for them so it's a very hard so I think we're setting an example by doing it is very important yeah John president if I could come back to school for putting chalk about money that Congress is looking at to help schools who want to re open for school wants to re open but is concerned about the testing would you consider directing some of that money toward testing for either sisters or even individual schools if that's what it took to open the schools yeah I think so I mean a lot of people feel differently about testing we talk about it a lot when we have 50000000 test plus and you know we bracket we broke the 50000000 test mark second in the world is India which has 1.4000000000 people and they had 12000000 to US and other countries said a very big had 2000000 tests in some countries essentially a.
Doctor's office or you literally really sick they essentially don't do tests unless you're sick and I understand that too so yeah if they feel that that's what they want it's that would be fine with you which office you want to respond to 3 for testing if they want again we've done 50000000 tests there's nobody even close in the whole world you look at our mortality rate you look at our death rate you look at different statistics were doing very well but one death is too many they should never happen this should never have been allowed to happen from China so much McConnell's office just put out a statement a moment ago about some of the face for relief package care she's saying quote it's tailored precisely for this phase of the crisis it does not include your payroll tax so do you believe it's for you I'd like to see a payroll tax cut I think it's great for the workers that Democrats would never have gone for.
The workers I guess and based on that I told them last night I told the Republicans who have been working very hard on this I tell you and they want what's right for the country and hopefully the Democrats ultimately will but I said I think a payroll tax will be good but you're not going to get it from the Democrats we need the votes as you know it's not like you know we have a majority but it's not enough that we that's why I guess we have an election coming up so you still need Democrat votes and we're not going to get the Democrat votes on that so I'd like to see it I think would be very good for the workers but if we're not going to get the votes I guess we have to go on to the next thing.
A real tax cut would have been very good and maybe maybe something happens yes please Hong Kong setting an example from Jacksonville but I I just want to somebody who's going to take away from this the lesser you pushing to fall to fox's scene for a while the numbers are going up in Jacksonville you're gonna have a problem with that this comes up with a time your country for schools career.
The Major League.
Well baseball as an example we were discussing a little while ago you gonna be at at at empty stadium I've agreed Randy Levine's a great friend of mine from the Yankees yes we did throw out the first pitch and I think I'm doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.
And I say how's the crowd going to be and you know it's so like you don't have a grad there is no such thing is going to be interesting Mariana he's not used to that I've been at many games he walks in the place goes crazy I think it be just as good without the crowd you just born with it you know some people are born with it I don't know if it is only for the baseball players but I've never seen a pitcher throw ball with so many bats were broken as Mariana it's got the all time record they said how do you do that he said parents great parents when you get right down to it right how do you do that school parents but but yeah I I just just to finish I think I think that we have to all.
Hi you know playing to empty stadiums and so are other sports you see that now then they'll allow a certain number and I see golfers now soon will be allowing people to come in and percentages and all of a sudden we want to get back to normal the key is to get back to normal because nobody wants to see this but.
I think it's really good that baseball's opening it looks like football's opening it looks like sports are opening week we have it's a tremendous thing psychologically for a country and we're all we're all with the receipt we're going to see right now some beautiful young little leaguers outside with a great future ahead of them they're already practicing on the front lawn of the White House and we're going to go out and say hello to them and it'll be really great okay have a one more yeah please go ahead.
Trump post earlier today reported that one thing holding up the GOP.
I was asking about it includes language regarding the FBI building in downtown Washington DC is that true.
I don't know that they're putting it in this bill but I know they want to have a new FBI building this one is very old and it's really was never built to a very high standard as you probably have heard and it's got a lot of danger involved in panels falling off the outside and pieces of concrete falling off the building.
And they want to build it at the site that they have it they had options very far away from Washington and I said don't frankly you have to be near the justice department there's nothing better than the site the site they have now is better but they were looking at sites in Maryland and Virginia in different places but they would have been too far away so I am I've been encouraging them to build it and if you're going to have a choice you can renovate the existing building but it's not a good building or you could take it down and build a great building for the FBI for 100 years and have it be incredible even with tracks on top they're talking about.
And you could have literally quarter mile tracks on top it's a very big say very wide side so I think the idea the best idea would be to build a new building and that way you have it for a long time renovation can never be as good as a new building in that case I know they're talking about it whether or not they put into this bill or someplace else but the FBI needs a new building will get it done thank you all very much thank you thank you very much.
Hey there you have it president trump leaving the White House briefing room as he finishes another overseas corona virus briefings no of course he resumed those off to a pole for a couple of months he started those again earlier this week there was some things that came out of today's briefing he said that the Republican National Convention which is of course a huge set piece event in a presidential election year when Republicans get together and the president of the candidate makes a speech in front of quality.
In Florida a state which is seen rising cases the other thing that he talks about his well what's his desire for schools to reopen safely while to go through all of that joining us now is that correspondent David Willis who is in Los Angeles for stated lots to unpack in that briefing let's start with the the first major news which is that the Republican National Convention well like so many things in this coronavirus that pandemic effectively be a virtual one.
Thanks Rauner isn't.
The veldt Florida next month has been canceled he said that to his political advisers a told him that the walls of possibility of pulling it off safely but he had made the decision himself that that should not take place he said the timing wasn't right he was making the decision he said in the interest of safety and delegates will gather he said in North Carolina for the early part of the week long convention but there will know they'll be no big.
Yeah that's something that said the trump campaign had very much hoped to see because it sort of event that Mr trump himself really likes they wanted desperately to have some sort of repeated Cleveland 4 years ago but it is not to be the president making the suggestion that he might accept his party's nomination in a speech that was given online but Jeannie and David just for our viewers around the world what is the significance and meaning all of a convention for those who are familiar.
Well it is the event had which but members of the party get together and they basically formally nominate that candidate for the presidency and it is a big event it's televised nationally and it gets a lot of attention well this is a different time a different age if you like because of the corona virus and because of the fact that Jacksonville Florida has been well Florida in general has been one of the epicenters of this new wave of coronavirus cases it really became the case that Robbins had no alternative but to make other arrangements there is now the president has announced David Willis in Los Angeles thank you very much.