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Donald Trump Dr. Deborah Birx Dr. Tony Fauci National Press Conference

Press conference with Donald Trump (4/4/20)

Rather than presenting you with every single one of Donald Trump’s repetitions and half truths today, I would like to present you with a different story. I call this one “a tale of two comment sections”, otherwise entitled “THAT’S IT, I’M COMMENT SHAMING!!!”.

For the past week, I have scrolled past a different death in my facebook feed every single day. A friend’s pastor, a friend’s cousin, a friend’s father, a security guard I used to work events with… everyday I wake up and brace myself for the deaths as they get closer and closer to home.

Meanwhile, some yahoo in Oklahoma is sitting at home on facebook typing “FILM UR HOSPITAL, DR.FAUCI IS LYING!!! PIZZAGATE WAS REAL!!1!!!1” while drinking a Mountain Dew and adjusting their MAGA hat.

We are all one country, and I don’t want to end up hating the people in states who have been fortunate enough not to have been affected yet by this horrible virus. But, I damn sure wish they could shut up and learn to be a little bit more sensitive about what we are going through here in New York. In the end though, there is only one person to blame for all of this rabid ignorance and total disregard for human suffering, and that is Donald Trump.

Everytime Donald opens his mouth to say “FAKE NEWS” he chips away at people’s trust and common sense. He has created a fanbase that is completely immune to facts, and has weaponized them against the rest of us. I am entirely sick of his behavior, and so today I have decided to highlight some of the comments from The White House live feed, alongside his own quotes.

Donald readying himself to throw someone else under the bus.

DONALD: “We want as few lives lost as possible. It’s therefore critical that certain media outlets stop spreading false rumors and creating fear and then panic with the public. It’s just incredible. I could name names,  but it’s the same ones always, always the same ones. I guess they’re looking for ratings. I don’t know what they’re looking for. So bad for our country. And so bad… the people understand it. You look at the levels and the approval ratings, and they’re the lowest they’ve ever been for media. So bad for our country. So bad for the world. You oughtta put it together for awhile, get this over with, and then go back to your fake news.”

You guys, forget his years of training as a doctor! HIS BODY LANGUAGE CONFIRMS HE’S DISHONEST!
You guys, science is attacking Donald Trump! MAKE SCIENCE QUIET AGAIN!
To quote an old Klingon proverb; “ANYONE I DO NOT LIKE IS WITHOUT HONOR!”
“IT’S NOT HAPPENING TO ME PERSONALLY, SO I ASSUME IT’S A HOAX! ALSO PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL!”
“FUCK YOUR LOVED ONES!”
Research = memes I saw on Facebook. Also, I’m pretty sure we can cure this with essential oils.
“I’m sick of seeing news stories with facts I would rather ignore!”
You know what’s more dangerous than a virus that killed more than 600 people today in New York? *checks notes* CNN!!!!
Executive order to end one of America’s basic freedoms please! MAGA!
I AM WRITING IN ALL CAPS TO CONVEY THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS MESSAGE!

DONALD: “New York is gonna be hit very hard, and uh… Louisiana is just… it’s just amazing the way it just sprung up. And everyone is doing a good job, but they’re gonna be hit hard. Areas in the country that are not experiencing large scale infections are requesting supplies beyond what they’re present circumstances require, and we talk to them, and we tell them, and we explain it, and for the most part they’re good with it. We think we’re right. It’s very understandable that officials would seek to get the most they can get for their communities. But, the fears of the shortages have led to inflated requests. We have some states, and areas, where they’re just asking for far more… I mean, look, we had one state asking for 40,000 ventilators. 40,000! Think of it! FORTY. THOUSAND. Uh… it’s not possible. They won’t need that many, and now they’re admitting they don’t need that many. But, we’re getting as many as we can to them.”

“Pffft… ONLY 630 PEOPLE DIED IN NEW YORK YESTERDAY! WHO CARES! JUST A FLU!”
Guys, remember when Andrew Cuomo was our president in 2015? HE DID NOTHING!!!

DONALD: “We want to finish this war. We have to go back to work. We have to open our country again. We have to. Open. Our country. Again. We don’t want to be doing this for… months and months and months. We’re gonna open our country again. This country wasn’t meant for this. Few were. But, we have to open our country again.”

“Don’t create a vaccine to end this! Jail the scientists and the people who fund them!”
Oh noooes! Evil scientist Bill Gates is going to infect us all with Windows 95!
BILL GATES STRIKES AGAIN!

DONALD: “Who ever heard of 180 million masks? And this is an incredible thing, a lot of the times, and we have to stop playing this game, if a governor wants 200 ventilators, and I say no we’re gonna send you a 1,000. We think you need more than 200. And then the media meets with the governor and they say, oh… you got more? Well, it’s not enough. The president should have sent more. So, he’s asking for 200, we give him 1,000, and they say how’s the president doing? He should have given more, cause that’s politics! That’s politics. And that’s unfortunate, because we can’t play that game. And that’s one party doing it, and the other party is happy. But, they’re all really happy because they should have been doing this work themselves for a long period of time. Many of their cupboards were bare.”

Kind of like what should have happened when Trump was impeached?
Uh-oh, someone is sad their favorite reality show isn’t popular enough to air on prime time anymore!
Damn it, she’s discovered my liberal addenda!!!
Would you like a live feed of the 630 people who died here in New York yesterday, sir? Would you like to speak to their families?

DONALD: “We have a great future, but we have to get back to work.”

PELISO HAS TO GO!!1!
I was only going to keep the top comment, but bonus points for the Alex Jones reference on the bottom! It’s like half a row on a right wing bingo card!
START TREATING PEOPLE WITH THE CURE WE DON’T HAVE IMMEDIATELY!
FIRE THE DOCTORS! PUT THE CAST OF CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER IN CHARGE!
“NO ONE I KNOW DIED IMMEDIATELY ON APRIL 1ST, SO I ASSUME THIS ISN’T REAL! SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING THE DEEEEEEEP STAAAAAAAATE!!!”

I decided to skip the question and answer portion of tonight’s conference. I’ve had enough of Trump’s gaslighting and alternate reality for one night tonight. If you need me, I’ll be here on the couch watching TV with my cat while casually eating an entire jar of Nutella by myself.

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Donald Trump Dr. Deborah Birx Dr. Tony Fauci Mike Pence National Press Conference

Press conference with Donald Trump (3/31/20)

Ok everyone, Donald Trump has been hyping up today’s press conference for the last two days. Mike Pence’s “15 days to slow the spread” one sheet looks to have now been expanded into a “30 days to slow the spread” powerpoint presentation, so you know this is LEGIT. I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I’m pretty tired. Covering three press conferences a day is pretty challenging, especially when De Blasio spends half of his press conferences repeating the same emotional statements about New Yorkers, and Donald Trump spends two hours… well, mostly just taking up air. Cuomo is pretty much the only one giving us solid facts for an hour everyday, in my humble opinion. But regardless, Donald has promised us some really big news tonight. So, I’m buckling up and preparing whatever he throws at us.

The run time on this is 2 hours, so I may attempt to limit myself to only doing bullet points on things that are either really outrageous or actually useful to know.

DONALD TRUMP

  • He starts with the usual platitudes about how we all need to do our part to defeat the virus.
  • QUOTE: “some of what we’re learning now will live on into the future. I really believe that. Shaking hands, or not shaking hands… washing hands all the time. Staying a little apart.” – Donald “grab em by the pussy” Trump.
  • The social distancing guidelines are extended up April 30th.
  • He repeats again that we had “THE BEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD” before the virus.
  • Thanks to the relief bill, nearly 350 billion dollars will soon be available to help small businesses to pay their expenses over the next few months. He says the loans will be forgiven as long as employees are still paid, but he also says that independent contractors can apply for this loan as well. Speaking as an independent contractor, I am wondering how that works? Will I be forgiven for this loan as long as I continue to pay myself? Because, if so… done!
  • This program will begin on Friday, April 3rd.
  • He spoke with the leaders of many telecommunications and internet companies today about their work keeping our phone and data lines open.
  • He claims that other continents are having problems connecting to the internet, and I would like a fact check on this. Do I have any international readers? If so, how is your phone and internet service holding up? Because, to me this just sounds like another episode of “WE HAVE THE GREATEST BLAH BLAH BLAH” for the millionth time.
  • He says they are distributing massive amounts of medical equipment to the states, but they are still holding back 10,000 ventilators. Which is probably why we here in New York City have been reduced to watching our mayor beg anyone who can help to send us more ventilators on live tv.
  • He says he just spoke to the government of Michigan, and they had a good conversation.
  • He repeats yesterday’s breakdown of who recently got ventilators.
  • He says FEMA gave New York City 250 ambulances, as well as additional staff and supplies. He remarks that it is “a lot of ambulances”. And that is a lot of ambulances under normal circumstances. But my city has been getting 7,000 emergency calls a day. That’s the part of this that he’s missing.
  • In California, the army corps of engineers is developing 8 facilities to expand hospital beds by up to 50,000 beds.
  • The USNS Mercy is now operational and receiving patients in Los Angeles.
  • The USNS Comfort is also ready to receive patients in New York City.
  • In Michigan, FEMA will soon deliver a 250 bed field hospital and evaluate other field hospital locations, in addition to delivering the ventilators.
  • In Louisiana, FEMA is delivering two need field hospitals, which will add a total of 500 hospital beds. They are also going to convert the New Orleans convention center, which will have a 3,000 bed capacity. The convention center location will be open next week.
  • He again says the outbreak in Louisiana came “out of nowhere”.
  • Their convention center will take non COVID patients, much like the Javits Center.
  • The government has now successfully retrieved more 25,000 Americans who were stranded abroad because of this crisis.
  • He says we will be going through a very tough two weeks, and says it will be “very painful”.
  • He thanks the media for posting positive articles about him and says that he thinks, frankly, “only positive things can be said when you look at the job we’ve done.” Ok. Sure.
  • He says we are battling “the plague”.
  • He talks again about Emhurst hospital. He says QUOTE “to see the scenes of trailers out there, and uh… what they’re doing with those trailers… they’re freezers. And nobody can even believe it.” (he is speaking about the morgue trucks outside of the hospital)
  • He does say some kind words about the bravery of the people working at Elmhurst, and he again speaks about his friend who is in coma now because of the virus. I can’t stand this man, but I am very sensitive to other people’s emotions. In fact, I would say my ability to quickly identify other people’s emotional state is a part of what makes me so good at my job in the event industry. Everything in me reads this moment as a sincere expression of pain on his part. It’s horrible, and I do not take any joy in seeing anyone feel hurt. As the saying goes, an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. But, I am glad that these horrible scenes in New York are finally getting to him on some level. The fact that he is feeling pain may end up saving a lot of lives.

DR. BIRX

  • Our first slide is labeled “GOALS OF COMMUNITY MITIGATION”.
  • My cousin said she couldn’t see the slides on TV, so I’m adding them here for anyone that missed them.
  • The two mountains show what would happen if we do nothing, and what would happen with social distancing.
  • The next slide is labeled “IHME Model Chris Murray”.
  • This model used data from other countries to help project our losses if we use full mitigation.
  • These models are reshaped everyday by the reality on the ground.
  • The next slide is labeled “CUMULATIVE CASES PER 100,000 NY, NJ, CT, WA, CA”.
  • She says this chart is giving us hope, but as I sit here in NY I’m not really seeing how.
  • The next slide shows ALL FIFTY STATES.
  • She says their goal for the next month is to ensure that all the states along the bottom maintain that lower level of curve. As for New York, we’re basically screwed.
  • We need everyone to follow the guidelines perfectly in order to keep our curves flat. Again, unless you’re in New York, in which case lock yourself into your apartment and pray.
  • The next slide is labeled “DAILY NEW CASES IN ITALY”
  • As you can see, now in their fourth week of full mitigation, their curve has started to come down.
  • She warns that although we have hope, we must keep a close eye on changes in Detroit, Louisiana, Chicago, and Massachusetts.
  • She says it’s stressful to follow the guidelines, but it is more stressful for the people working on the frontlines. So stay at home.
  • She said there is no magic vaccine or therapy for this. We just have to change our behavior and stay inside.

DR. FAUCI

  • He says these are very revealing bits of data, and agrees with everything Dr. Birx said.
  • The first part of this curve is in an increase in new cases. When the cases begin to level off, the first result we’ll see is less hospitalizations, the second effect is less intubations, and the third effect is less deaths. Those last three steps always lag behind the first one.
  • He says we are seeing little inclinings of this pattern in New York, so we have to brace ourselves. In the next couple weeks, we’re going to continue to see things go up.
  • He says we cannot be discouraged by that because the mitigation is actually working, and will work.
  • He says our goal should be to help very impacted places like New York and New Jersey get past our curve, but also to make sure the states with few cases continue to have a flat curve and prevent them from spiking.
  • He says the first 15 days have had a positive effect, and the goal with these 30 days is to continue those positive effects.

 MIKE PENCE

  • The American people have now seen what the president saw. This is why we’re doing 30 more days.
  • We have reason to believe this is working.
  • Stay at home.
  • Thoughts and prayers.
  • He spoke to all the governors yesterday.
  • At the present moment, the president has declared 29 major disaster declarations for various states, and authorized 10 different states to use full federal funding to pay for their national guard.
  • 17,000 national guard members have been activated.
  • Over a million tests have been done across the country.
  • It’s important that all hospitals and labs continue to report their test results to the CDC daily.
  • FEMA has distributed a lot of stuff.
  • We want all of our medical professionals across the country to know that help is on the way.
  • Mike Pence is going to the Walmart distribution center tomorrow to show people that food is still being delivered.

I watched some of the questions after the main presentation, but I had to cut it off early. I’m sorry, you guys. I try to give you complete, accurate coverage of everything that’s said at these press conferences but this one really got to me. The message I kept hearing over and over again, was that they think they can save the rest of the country, but New York is a different story. The overwhelming bulk of the deaths in this crisis will be here. I already knew that was the situation going into this, but I don’t think I can take hearing it over and over again for an additional hour and a half.

I already know people who have been hospitalized. Multiple friends of friends have already died. But, I think the most horrifying moment of this whole day was when I glanced over at Donald Trump as Dr. Birx was explaining the data again and saw the expression on his face. Just really take a second and look at his face here. This is the face of someone who knows they screwed everything up.

I’m sure in a few days he’ll recover his ego, and be back to his usual narcissistic self. But tonight, we saw a very different Donald Trump. And I was wholly unprepared for how much it threw me off. Any crisis that’s able to get through to someone as thick and self centered as he is truly something to be afraid of.

Please just stay inside, everyone. And if you believe in God, please pray for New York.

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Donald Trump Dr. Deborah Birx Dr. Tony Fauci Seema Verma Some Random CEO

Press conference with Donald Trump (3/30/20)

Today’s participants are Donald Trump, a bunch of CEOs, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci and Seema Verma.

DONALD TRUMP

  • Yesterday he announced we’d be extending the social distancing guidelines through April.
  • They are still expecting the United States to reach the peak of our infection curve in two weeks.
  • He says by following these guidelines, we can save one million American lives. “Think of that!” he says as if he’s commenting on a plaque at Ripey’s Believe It Or Not.
  • “Our future is in our own hands” he says, and now I am nervous because his hands are TINY.
  • “We will have a great victory. We have no other choice.” I mean, I suppose he’s right. If we’re all here in three months it will be a great victory. And if we’re not, well we won’t be able to complain. So… WINNING!
  • He says this is a very important 30 days. It’s very vital, because we “have to get back”. THINK OF HIS HOTELS, YOU GUYS! THE HOTELS ARE SUFFERING!
  • With all the energy of a child reading lines in detention, he says “the more we commit ourselves now, the sooner we can win the fight and return to our lives. And they will be great lives. Maybe even better than ever.” Ok Donald, and maybe I’ll lose 30 pounds in quarantine, but the way I’m running through the snacks, it’s not looking likely either.
  • The nightly bragging about how many people we’ve tested is now extended to the secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar. He gets up on stage and reminds us that no other country has done a million tests. That whole speech goes on for a few minutes, and by skipping it you’re missing just about nothing, which is why he’s not getting his own section tonight. It’s almost 3am, so all I’m hearing is “here’s a bunch of stuff you’ve heard before.”
  • He talks again about the new five minute tests Abbott has and repeats pretty much the same talking points as yesterday. He brings up someone from the FDA who also repeats the same talking points as yesterday.
  • The five minute tests will be delivered to market tomorrow.
  • The United States government now has 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine available, and Bayer has donated one million doses of chloroquine as well, which will soon be distributed to states.
  • Another private company is about to donate an additional six million doses of Chloroquine.
  • The FDA has also authorized an N-95 mask sanitizing kit.
  • Donald says he has always been asking why they need to throw the masks away, because apparently he’s qualified to ask questions like that now. This would also be a good time to ask everyone to pray for our medical community. They will need it.
  • He says the machine that was just approved can sanitize 120,000 masks per day, and that they will then be “just like a new one!”. I hope this is accurate.
  • He says each mask can go through this process 20 times.
  • There are currently two machines in Ohio, one in New York, and one will soon be shipped to Seattle, Washington and Washington, DC.
  • He spoke to our nation’s governors this morning to make sure they have everything they need, and Mike Pence asked our nation’s hospitals to begin reporting total bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, ventilator capacity, and vital medical supply levels on a daily basis.
  • QUOTE: “In New York, the 2009 bed hospital which is now completed, they completed it in 3 days, you might say 3 and a half days at the Javits Center will be completed today, will be… and when you look, they’re going up. I think they’re gonna be adding some more beds which will be completed today, and we’ve opened up… whoops, there goes our box. My hair’s blowing around, and it’s mine. It’s the one thing you can’t get away with, if it’s not yours you have a problem. If you’re president.”
  • Friends, if any of you have run out of alcohol or mary jane while in quarantine, just read that last quote about five or six times and you’ll feel just as loopy as if you were fully loaded.
  • He’s once again saying how unprecedented it is to completely flip the Javits Center but, as I discussed yesterday, being flipped to fit an ever changing need for the space is actually the entire purpose of the Javits Center. It’s fantastic that they were able to get the medical supplies necessary to make that happen, but I wish Trump would stop speaking about it like he oversaw the construction of the pyramids or something.
  • He strokes his hair mid speech, and I am instantly reminded of a tribble on Star Trek. Do I have any Trekkies reading this blog? If yes, you’ll be happy to know I’m one of you too! Live long and press conference!
  • The USNS Comfort arrived in New York today. It will service people who need hospital services, but do not have COVID-19.
  • To date, FEMA has given more than 1.3 billion dollars in federal support to the state of New York.
  • He says “we’re getting the job done”.
  • In addition to the 8,100 ventilators that they’ve already delivered to various states, they are sending more than 1,000 additional units soon. 400 ventilators are going to Michigan, 300 to New Jersey, 150 to Illinois, 150 to Louisiana, and 50 to Connecticut.
  • FEMA has delivered millions of PPE products.
  • Ford just announced and they will be producing 50,000 ventilators along with general electric healthcare, and they’ll be doing it in less than 100 days.
  • General Motors and nine other companies are also making ventilators.
  • He says as we outpace what we need, we’re going to be sending them to Italy, France, Spain, and to other countries when we can.
  • More than 14,000 national guard members have been activated to help with this fight.
  • We have 51 loads of supplies coming in now from all around the world. The first one landed in JFK yesterday.
  • We’re also sending “things that we don’t need”, 100 million dollars worth of “surgical things”, to Italy.

THE ENDLESS PARADE OF CEOs

  • We’re getting another CEO parade today. Honestly, all they do during this section is praise Trump, so we can skip this part too. I thank them for all of their hard work and what not, but…
  • HOLD UP, NEVERMIND! I’ve got a hot quote for y’all from the CEO of MyPillow!
  • QUOTE: “God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God, and I encourage you to take this time at home to get back in the word, read our bibles and spend time with our families. Our president gave us so much hope when just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great president, our vice president, this administration, and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.”
  • PERSONAL NOTE: Wow, there’s just so much to unpack here. Listen, I am certainly not opposed to prayer. I have been praying for our country daily as well. But, what I’m furious about is this ridiculous belief that God had ever been taken out of our country. First of all, if you believe in God then no one can remove God from your life. PERIOD. Belief in God is exactly what that first word says, it is a belief. You can’t take a belief from someone. Believe me, if I could take beliefs from people, I would gladly take away people’s sexim, racism, homophobia and bigotry. Those are beliefs too. But, beliefs do not work that way! Beliefs are in your mind and your heart, and only you can determine if you have them. If your belief in God is so precarious that not being allowed to pray in school could destroy it, then your beliefs were never really very strong at all. Second of all, what made America godless to this man before Trump came along? Was it that we had a liberal, black president? Are all democrats godless? What changed for you, sir? And lastly, how can anyone hold Donald “grab her by the pussy” Trump up as a godly man? Donald Trump has committed more sins than a whore house with a cheap buffet. I just can’t understand the logic here.
  • FRIENDS IN MINNESOTA: This man’s name is Mike Lindell, and Donald Trump is apparently encouraging him to run for Governor. I will pray for you all that he does not win, since he clearly needs to devote more free time to reading the bible and reinforcing his obviously unstable faith.
  • Ok, we’re back to the standard CEO stuff now. Lots of people are producing lots of stuff.

SEEMA VERMA

  • Seema is the administrator of the centers for Medicaid and Medicare services.
  • Today is national doctor’s day, and we thank all of our doctors.
  • Due to our current situation, CMS is waiving a wide range of regulatory requirements.
  • She says regulations shouldn’t stand in the way of patient care.
  • The first thing they are announcing is “hospitals without walls”. This new program will allow hospitals to create new treatment sites outside of their facility to expand capacity and be able to safely separate COVID patients from everyone else. I believe this also refers to the literal tent hospitals we now have in New York for overflow.
  • These waivers will allow local communities to convert things like hotels and gymnasiums into medical facilities, in order to help the main hospitals focus on ICU patients.
  • They are also making changes to Medicare to allow for home testing for patients that can’t leave their homes.
  • They are also expanding their workforce.
  • They are also allowing hospitals to provide more support to their healthcare workers. This extra support will include childcare, meals and laundry services.
  • They are also expanding telehealth. They will now be paying for doctors to make phone calls and give people help over the phone, and will be eliminating restrictions that previously demanded face to face visits.
  • They are also going to compensate healthcare providers for delaying elective surgeries.
  • Thank you to the team at CMS!

DONNY BOY

  • We’re gonna get through this with as few deaths as possible and resume WINNING soon.
  • They’ll be back tomorrow with some statistics, and some updates on timing.
  • “We have to get our country back.”
  • There are going to be a lot of deaths. We will lose a lot of people who are true heros to this country.
  • He says he has a lot of friends who are now sick, and one of them is now in a coma. In this second, I can see that he is having human emotions and that he is afraid. Because I am not heartless, I do feel sorry for him as he tells this story. Unfortunately, this is what it takes to get through to him. But, I’m just glad that something is getting through.
  • Thank you to all of the medical professionals who are trying to save our lives.
  • “We’ve learned so much.”

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: Do you think any of the national guidelines will change this month? Do you think you’ll be adding more? Are you reconsidering any of the travel bans?
  • TRUMP: Everything will be staying the same, though the guidelines may get tougher.
  • QUESTION: It’s great that we’re producing a lot of ventilators, but will everyone who needs one be able to get one in time?
  • TRUMP: He brings up the 10,000 ventilators in the national stockpile again, and repeats that he thinks we will have more than we need. He says that these flair ups of the virus keep popping up “out of nowhere! Even in Alabama!”, but he thinks we’ll be prepared.
  • QUESTION: Do you think we’ll have enough though?
  • TRUMP: He says, yes, he does. He then says that all of the governors are “very happy” before going on about the Navy ships again. He is actually being very civil today, which is almost unnerving in a way because it means that even he can see this is serious now.
  • QUESTION: North Virginia has ordered a 70 day stay at home order for their state. Do you think that’s legal or warranted?
  • TRUMP: We’re letting the Governors do whatever they think is their best in their own state. People should be staying at home.
  • QUESTION: QUOTE “2,405 Americans have died from coronavirus from coronavirus in the last 60 days, meanwhile you have 2,369 children who are killed by their mothers through elective abortions each day. That’s 16,500 children killed every week. Two states have suspended elective abortions to make more resources available for coronavirus cases. That’s Texas and Ohio. Do you agree with the states who are placing coronavirus victims above elective abortions, and should more states be doing the same?”
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “Well, I think that what we’re doing is we’re trying to, as a group, and that’s republicans and democrats, we’re just working together to solve this problem. That’s been a uh, what you’re mentioning has been going on for a long time, and it’s uh… it’s a sad event. A lot of sad events in this country. But, what we’re doing now is we’re working on the virus. We’re working on that hidden enemy, and I think we’re doing a great job on, uh… as good a job as you could possibly do when uh… when Tony and Deborah came up with numbers yesterday to say if we did nothing we could lose 2.2, up to 2.2… maybe beyond, I don’t know… maybe beyond. But, 2.2 million people if we did nothing. And I can’t tell you what the unfortunate final toll is going to be, but it’s going to be a very small fraction of that. So, uh… we’re doing an awfully good job with what we’re doing.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Ok, you guys. Now, I know the world really is ending because… I think he actually gave the right answer? For once, I wasn’t totally embarrassed by his response. She asked a clearly inflammatory right wing question, and he completely dodged what she was really getting at. Bravo, Donald? I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I’m willing to give credit where credit is due. His answer was not a total dumpster fire.
  • QUESTION: Are you considering a national stay at home order?
  • TRUMP: He says they’ve talked about it. Some areas are more affected than others. He says they have issued a travel advisory, and he thinks that’s enough. He again showed some real human emotion talking about how empty 5th avenue is, and I find myself wondering if Donald has reached a turning point here.
  • QUESTION: Dr. Birx, you had mentioned that the model that gives us 100,000 deaths was if we did things almost perfectly. Are we doing things “almost perfectly”?
  • DR. BIRX: She says that’s a great question, and tomorrow will go through all of the graphs. She looks so tired and defeated today. But, on a superficial note, today’s scarf is probably my favorite one so far. She says that when you look at the data on all of the states together, all of them are moving in exactly the same curves. That’s why they decided that the guidelines needed to be federal guidance. Because it may look like some states only have two cases today, but they become 2,000 quickly. She says that she believes that we can still prevent worse numbers if we all follow the guidelines.
  • QUESTION: If this becomes a cyclical virus, are you prepared for that?
  • DR. FAUCI: He says yes, he anticipates that it will become a cyclical virus. But, next time around, we may have a vaccine. We will have therapeutics as well, and we will be prepared.
  • QUESTION: Do you think everyone should be wearing a facemask in public going forward?
  • TRUMP: He says they haven’t discussed that to that extent. But, it’s something they can take a look at.
  • QUESTIONS: People have also talked about tracking everyone through GPS to ensure distancing, and isolating sick people in hotel rooms. What about that?
  • TRUMP: He says “what? Would an alarm go off? That’s pretty severe.”
  • QUESTION: What would you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis over the past few months? He then reads a list of direct quotes from Trump about how the virus will disappear and we have it all under control.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “It will go away, and I do want people to stay calm, and we are doing a great job. If you look at those individual statements, they’re all true. Stay calm. It will go away. You know it is going away. And it will go away. And we’re gonna have a great victory. And it’s people like you, and CNN that say things like that… that uh… it’s why people just don’t want to listen to CNN anymore. You could ask a normal question. The statements I made are I want to keep the country calm. I don’t want panic in the country. I could cause panic, much better than even you. I could make you look like a minor league player. But, you know what, I don’t want to do that. I want to have our country be calm. And Strong. And fight. And WIN.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: DENIAL AIN’T JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT, FOLKS!
  • QUESTION: You expressed some concern that medical supplies were going out the back door, can you update on that?
  • TRUMP: He repeats all the same crap from yesterday. He tells the reporter “I have no idea who you are, but that’s ok. You should go over there, go to the hospital, and find out.”
  • QUESTION: Something about the economy.
  • TRUMP: He says this was bad for the economy, and we had THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD before, but the economy is secondary to lives. “We’ve learned a lot” he says, and goes on to say “having borders is very, very important.”
  • QUESTION: We are still not testing as many people per capita as other countries who have been affected, when will our number be on par with that?
  • TRUMP: It is on par.
  • REPORTER: No, it’s not!
  • TRUMP: “I know South Korea better than anybody.” he goes on to say “we have vast farmlands.” He continues on to say that we had a “broken system” and goes on to say that other countries wish they had our testing.
  • TRUMP: QUOTE “you should be saying congratulation instead of asking a really snarky question, because I know exactly what you mean by that, you should be saying congratulations to the men and women who have done this job, who have inherited a  broken testing system, and have made it great. And if you don’t say it, I will say it.”

He was so close to making it through a whole press conference without having a tantrum about his direct quote and misinformation. But alas, he fumbled at the end. Check back tomorrow for the much hyped Tuesday briefing!


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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/27/20)

Boy, tonight was a wild ride. Hang on to your seats, everyone! This is the longest recap so far!

Tonight’s participants are Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, Peter Navarro, Sonny Perdue, Betsy Devos, Some CEO guys, and the one sheet.

TRUMP

  • This is a “brutal pandemic, 150 countries affected”.
  • Millions of pieces of equipment have been delivered.
  • QUOTE: “We’ve had millions of pieces purchased and delivered, and we’ve made it available to the states. And the governors have been very gracious, for the most part, I would say. There’s a couple who aren’t appreciative of the incredible job… they have to do a better job themselves, that’s part of the problem.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: IF THIS YEAR DOESN’T END WITH ANDREW CUOMO PUNCHING THIS ORANGE PIECE OF SHIT RIGHT IN THE FACE, I WANT A REFUND!!!
  • QUOTE: “Governor Cuomo’s been very nice.” *eye roll from me*
  • He says no one else has ever made “portable hospitals”.
  • This afternoon, he used the Defense Production Act to force General Motors to create ventilators. He says this will show companies that they are serious about invoking this right.
  • NOTE FROM ME: But hold up, y’all… hasn’t this tangerine been telling us that this was already a done deal all week? Hmmm…
  • QUOTE: “We thought that we had a deal with, as an example, General Motors, and I guess they thought otherwise. They didn’t agree. But, now they do. They do agree, and I think we might be able to pull it… but we let them know the way we felt, and they can’t be doing that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: People are going to use this as an excuse to shit on Detroit (my birth place) for years to come. Speaking from my experience on promo tours, people love to bring up the auto company bailouts as an excuse to drag Detroit. This will be more of the same. Way to bring shame to the city, GM! Ugh… But, just to let you know real quick, Detroit is about to get hit hard by this too, and I will not tolerate any slander against the people of my other hometown. It’s not Detroit’s fault that GM made this call. So, to redirect your focus back to the real problem here, Trump basically just admitted he’s been lying ALL WEEK.
  • Peter Navarro will now serve as the national defense production act policy coordinator. Trump says this position will now be more important than it’s ever been in this country. Can I get a fact check on whether this has been a position at all since the last time this act was invoked?

PETER NAVARRO

  • We are engaged in the most significant industrial mobilization since World War 2.
  • We have a “war time president fighting an invisible enemy”.
  • We need ventilators to continue this fight, and we need industrialization to do that.
  • He says we need to move in “TRUMP TIME” and honestly I’m gonna vomit. Trump time? TRUMP TIME?!? After he dragged his feet on declaring a national emergency and has left New York out here on our own to go broke? TRUMP TIME!??! *throws chancla at screen*
  • He says the two companies that they had a problem with were GM and Ventec.
  •  He says that Ford was “doing it’s duty patriotically” (Small redemption for Detroit here, I hope people see it!) and working as fast as possible.
  • He says GM threw up roadblocks, and so they had to invoke the act.

THE RETURN OF TANG TOUPEE

  • They are working to sign contracts with other major ventilator companies.
  • They are removing certain regulations in order to make this process faster.
  • There are normally about 29,000 produced in the US each year, but within the next year we will be making over 100,000 additional units.
  • Thousands have gone to New York, and he says “they didn’t know they got them.” Interpret that however you will.
  • His favorite company, Boeing, will be making face shields.
  • Boeing has loaned us a very large plane called “THE DREAM LIFTER”. It’s the largest plane in the world. And he’s brought a picture of it, which means we now have something to rival Pence’s one sheet on stage!
  • Boeing is giving us three additional planes to help deliver supplies.
  • This afternoon, he also signed the new relief bill into law.
  • They are still working on vaccines and therapeutics.
  • Apple has now provided us with a Coronavirus app! Great.
  • He repeats how great it is that we have done so many tests, and I almost feel like his proclivity for bragging about large numbers almost has him tempted to say we have the most cases in the world like it’s a good thing. U-S-A! U-S-A!
  • Boris Johnson is positive.
  • The UK and Italy have asked for ventilators for their countries, according to Trump, and he says we’re going to help them. Far be it from me to deny anyone aid, but he’s planning on helping Europe when he won’t even properly help New York? Whaaaaaaat?

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: What was the issue with GM?
  • TRUMP: It got to be a debate about costs. He says “I wasn’t happy where General Motors built plants at other locations over the years, not so much during my term, but they built a lot of plants in other countries, I won’t name the countries… but you can imagine, and so I didn’t go into it with a very favorable view. I was extremely unhappy with lordstown, Ohio, where they left in the middle of an auto boom because we had 17 car companies coming in and then they were leaving one plant in Ohio. I love Ohio, and uh that becomes the story. Not that all those plants are moving in, but that you had one plant that was leaving. And uh frankly, I think that would be a good place to build the ventilators. But, we’ll see. We’ll see how that all works out. But, uh… So, I wasn’t too thrilled. And then I thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators, but then all of a sudden it became 6, and then price became a big object. But, Peter Navarro is gonna handle that.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: First of all, damn… if you work for GM, this is going to be a really tough year. This is terrible PR. But, if you read between the lines here, it sort of sounds like Trump decided to make an example out of GM because something they did caused HIM to have bad press. Note that he says one plant closing became the focus of stories. What stories? What does that have to do with ventilators? I think there’s more to this story than we’re hearing.
  • QUESTION: Over the last 24 hours several states have issued quarantine orders for travelers coming from other states, and they are intercepting people on highways and at airports. They say this is at the recommendation of your administration. Is that true? And if so why?
  • TRUMP: Tony will speak to that later, but we’re being very strong on quarantine and people not leaving, especially people in certain states going to other states. I mean, you’re hearing constantly about people leaving New York and going down to Florida and obviously New York is a hot spot. I mean, that’s why we’re building all those hospital centers in New York. You have to understand, we’re not playing games.
  • NOTE FROM ME: Read between the lines here… he doesn’t want people from New York infecting Mar A Lago. lol
  • QUESTION: You tweeted about the DPA this morning, and shortly afterwards GM announced their ventilator plans. Why did you feel the need to invoke the DPA after they had already complied?
  • TRUMP: It wasn’t after, it was before and we just were not getting there with GM. “We’re not looking to make a big deal on price. We’re not willing to get ripped off on price.”
  • TRUMP: *Backs up his bus and tosses GM under it*
  • QUESTION: Last night, you said you didn’t think there was a need for 30,000 ventilators in New York. Comment?
  • TRUMP: “I think there’s a great chance that we’re not going to need that many. But, you know what? There are a lot of other people that are gonna need them. We have countries all over the world that are friends of ours, and we will help those countries. We’re in a position to do things that other countries can’t. So, we’re in sort of an interesting position because we can make them. We can make 100,000 pretty quickly. So, we can make them, and if we don’t need them, it’s ok because we can help Italy, the UK, Boris Johnson. We’re not gonna be keeping them.
  • NOTE FROM ME: To quote Cuomo “Sooooooooo…” What does this mean? Is he sending us the ventilators or not? There is a part of me that believes that he will make all these ventilators and sell them to Europe before giving them to New York, because “THE ECONOMY”.
  • QUESTION: Cuomo said he would need 30,000 to 40,000 ventilators based on expert advice, what are you basing your assessment on?
  • TRUMP: Ask Deborah. “I think their estimates are high. They could be high. They could be extremely high.” and “we’re gonna see” and then continues “remember, we sent thousands of ventilators to New York and they didn’t know they got them. Then we send thousands of ventilators to New York, and they got them in a warehouse, a New York warehouse, in Edison, New Jersey, which is an interesting thing, and we sent them to Edison, New Jersey. They were in the warehouse, ready to go and New York never took them. So, they knew they were there. So, we have to get people lined up. And I’m not blaming New York!”
  • NOTE FROM ME: If you have been watching Cuomo’s livestreams, then you know Trump is purposely misrepresenting the facts here. To my knowledge, the federal government has only sent New York 4,500 ventilators. Cuomo has been very clear about the fact that the ventilators are currently in warehouses, waiting to be deployed. I don’t know why this windbag is so shocked that the city of New York is using a storage unit in New Jersey. You try finding an available storage unit that large at the last minute in New York City! I can tell you from experience of having to do it before myself, that it is not that easy! Especially if you aren’t working with a large budget! It’s common practice to store things in New Jersey for later use in New York.
  • QUESTION: You have placed a lot of blame on state governors. Can you be specific about what you think they are doing wrong?
  • TRUMP: “I think we’ve done a great job for the state of Washington, and I think the governor is a failed presidential candidate as you know. He leveled out at zero, uh, in the polls, uh. He’s constantly chirping and, I guess complaining would be a nice way of saying it. We’re building hospitals. We’ve done a good job for the state of Washington. Uh, Michigan, all she does is, she has no idea what’s going on, and all she does is say oh, it’s the federal government’s fault. And we’ve taken such great care of Michigan. You know the care we’ve taken of New Jersey. I think if you act Governor Murphy of New Jersey, how are we doing? I think he’d say great. I think. He’s a democrat. Governor Cuomo has really said we’re really doing a great job, and I saw the news conference where he was thanking the people from FEMA, the people from the army corp of engineers… I mean, we built a hospital like in three and a half days. And it’s a big hospital in the Javits Center. And they’re building medical facilities in different parts of New York, and Governor Cuomo’s been appreciative. But, a couple people aren’t. We have done a hell of a job. The federal government has really stepped up.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: Apparently he missed all the times Cuomo said the federal government has failed us throughout his press conferences. Washington, Michigan and New Jersey friends, please weigh in!
  • QUESTION: What more specifically do you want these governors to do?
  • TRUMP: “All I want them to do is, very simple, I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true. I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job.”
  • TRUMP: We have the army crops renovating hotels. That should be for the states to do. He goes on to say that the governors are blaming him “for political reasons”, and then he goes on to cry woe is me for several minutes longer.
  • TRUMP: I told Mike Pence “DON’T CALL THE WOMAN IN MICHIGAN” (actual audible gasp from me!) “You know what I say? If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.”
  • NOTE FROM ME: PLEASE WAKE UP, AMERICA! He is leaving people to die because his ego can’t handle facts!!!!
  • QUESTION: Given that older Americans are advised not to travel, is it absolutely necessary for you to go to Norfolk tomorrow?
  • TRUMP: “No, but I have spirit for the country.”
  • QUESTION: You blamed the previous administration for the lack of supplies for a pandemic, you said “we took over an empty shelf”. You’ve been president for more than three years, why didn’t you and your administration fill that shelf?
  • TRUMP: We did. We did fill it. Twice. And we’ve been distributing it for literally a year. The stock pile has been filled “many, many times”. He claims he “changed the system”.
  • QUESTION: What kind of conversation did you have with the president of China?
  • TRUMP: A great one. We talked about how corona happened, what happened… he then praises himself for closing the borders to China YET AGAIN. “ Data… we call it data”
  • QUESTION: Did he ask you to suspend tariffs?
  • TRUMP: No.
  • QUESTION: Monday will be the end of the 15 days to slow the spread. Do you expect that you will simply renew the guidelines? Or do you expect to make modifications?
  • TRUMP: I’ll be sitting down with Tony and Deborah to think about this on Monday or Tuesday.
  • QUESTION: So for people at home, who are wondering how long are we going to have to live like this, what advice would you give them?
  • TRUMP: We do want to flatten the curve, and we really need to talk about areas that have not been affected. I certainly want to get the country open as soon as possible, but I also want it to open “safe”. “Otherwise, what did we do?”
  • QUESTION: United Airlines believes that there will not be enough aid in the bill for them to keep them from having massive layoffs. What do you think about this?
  • TRUMP: “We have brilliant people, and a tremendous amount of money. We have brilliant people from Wall Street.”
  • QUESTION: There may be an economic conflict between bringing companies back to health and making sure people keep their jobs. Are you going to do anything to intervene in that?
  • TRUMP: No, I think those are the same thing. He claims he is “ok at this stuff”.
  • ME: ASK THE PEOPLE OF ATLANTIC CITY ABOUT THAT!
  • Florida has issued some of the most lax separation rules in the country, yet Florida has a huge population of elderly people. Do you believe the governor is handling this well?
  • TRUMP: I do, because he’s a very talented guy and everyone loves him. He wasn’t happy with the people “flying down from New York”. This MF’er is just going to blame us in New York for everything, isn’t he? SMH.
  • QUESTION: In your letter to the governors, you said they should stop allowing people from high risk areas to travel to low risk areas. How do you expect them to do that?
  • TRUMP: Well, we have some very strong restrictions. We’re going to see.
  • QUESTION: Millions of kids are home, what would you tell the kids watching at home?
  • TRUMP: “I would say that you are a citizen of the greatest country anywhere in the world. And we were attacked, like… nothing that’s happened possibly since 1917 so many years ago. We were attacked. And we’re winning the battle, and we’re going to win the war, and it’s not going to be hopefully that much longer.”
  • TRUMP: He says to let them know that the country was doing GREAT before this.
  • TRUMP: “This thing… maybe it’s a virus… no one knows.”
  • QUESTION: When does the risk become acceptable to go back outside?
  • TRUMP: We’re going to look into that on Monday. He continues by saying that the media has been “very fair” to him and that he’s “not used to fair treatment”. And, yes, all of that is as unrelated to the question as it sounds.
  • QUESTION: New York is currently the epicenter of the crisis. Yesterday, Kellyanne Conway laid a lot of blame for that on the Mayor. I’m wondering if you agree?
  • TRUMP: He says that he does not know De Blasio well, but somehow also “spoken to him a lot”. He says it has been “productive”. He talks about Elmhurst, and vaguely mentions the morgue trucks. But, he says that he likes De Blasio and has been helping him.
  • QUESTION: Are you prepared for the oncoming rush of states that will need help?
  • TRUMP: We are doing a lot. Building hospitals. He says he is getting along well with the governor of California.
  • QUESTION: You and your team have had classified briefings about this virus since January. Did you include the governors in those briefings? When did you warn them?
  • TRUMP: Trump claims he did not have these briefings that long ago, and then he ONCE AGAIN gases off about how he was the first person to close the borders to China. I am not even sure if that is a true statement!
  • QUESTION: On the subject of ventilators, Governor Cuomo says he expects the Apex of his curve to be in 21 days-
  • TRUMP: “Here’s what’s gonna happen, you ready? We’re gonna have more than… we’re manufacturing a lot of them now, we’re accumulating a lot, we’re taking a lot, through the act, we’re taking a lot. We’re actually taking them, and we’re gonna have in a very short period of time, and Peter is doing it along with some very talented people, some really talented people, it’s uh… it’s very impressive, really. But, we’re actually taking a lot. We’re gonna have plenty. And if for some reason, you’re going to need even more, we’re gonna be prepared.”
  • TRANSLATION: “I HAVE ARBITRARILY DECIDED THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.”
  • TRUMP: “I inherited a broken system. It was an empty box,”
  • TRUMP: “What we don’t want, is where we distribute the ventilators in New York and they didn’t need them” Y’all, this man is an idiot and does not understand how this virus works!
  • QUESTION: Do you think you’ll be able to get ventilators to every state?
  • TRUMP: I think we’re in great shape. I think we’ll have more than we need, and we’ll be able to send the ventilators to other countries. He then tells the reporter “don’t be a cutie pie” for asking the question.
  • QUESTION: Do you think there will be a need for a phase of relief bills?
  • TRUMP: It may be something where we’ll have to help states, because some of the states have been hurt very badly. He says the priority is “Life and Safety” and then the economy.
  • QUESTION: The World Health Organization said today that any medicines used to treat COVID-19 should be clinically tested and backed by science, but you have encouraged the use of a malaria drug and said you’re sending it to New York very soon. So, is the WHO wrong on this point?
  • TRUMP: He says that the malaria drug seems to have some good backing. He says they’ve given New York 10,000 units. And it’s phenomenal for malaria! So, they’re testing it. He goes on to say that they should test it on people immediately because “people are already dying”.
  • QUESTION: Do you plan to suspend import tariffs for three months?
  • TRUMP: He says this is fake news, and then goes on to say that the Wall Street Journal publishes “a lot of fake news”.

MIKE PENCE + THE ONE SHEET

  • The task force met again today.
  • All 50 states now have an active case.
  • The epicenter is still New York.
  • *waves the one sheet*
  • Talks about the relief bill.
  • As of this evening, the president has issued major disaster declarations, most recently for Maryland and Missouri.
  • Emory University in Atlanta began enrolling volunteers in a phase 1 clinical trial for another possible vaccine for the virus.
  • Testing for COVID-19 is available in all 50 states.
  • More than 685,000 have already been performed.
  • DOWNLOAD THE NEW CORONA APP FROM APPLE, Y’ALL!
  • Pence says we are airlifting in supplies from countries around the globe, which is funny given how much time Trump just spent saying we were going to airlift them out.
  • If you work at a hospital and are running short on PPE, please alert your hospital administrator. Hospital administrators, please alert your state health director.
  • Tonight the administrator Gainer of FEMA will be speaking to all the hospital administrators in America to talk about the availability of resources, and to encourage everyone to have a logistical supply line from the national guard.

BETSY DEVOS

  • She wants everyone to know that President Trump is doing everything he can to keep the children safe and healthy during this crisis. (ignoring the fact that they left New York without the budget needed to fund schools)
  • We must rise to the challenge of educating many children, from many walks of life.
  • She is here to announce a new public/private partnership.
  • But, first she’d like to share some stories about how people are handling this shit show.
  • SPOILER ALERT: Teachers are stepping up and doing more than they are paid to do AS PER USUAL.
  • Trump has taken action to make sure our children don’t need to take standardized tests this year. 47 states have requested this delay in standardized testing, and 46 have been approved in a 24 hour period.
  • They also released additional information making clear the expectation that education will continue for all students. The transition to distance and online learning needs to happen quickly, and it needs to include meaningful instructions and support for children with disabilities.
  • Talks about how people are making this work in all states.
  • They are compiling all of the tools they have produced, along with the great resources that states are offering to help keep learning going. This will be added to their website on an ongoing basis. That website is Ed.gov/coronavirus.
  • They are working on providing funding for students who are in school districts that were shut down. She says she’s always believed that funding should be tied to students, not districts.
  • PERSONAL NOTE: I encourage everyone to look up what this woman did with schools of choice in Michigan, and the devastating effect it had on the city of Detroit.
  • She says she will support microgrants for teachers.
  • She talks about how inspiring it’s been to watch our nation’s underpaid teachers struggle to get through this mess.
  • She says they are “continuing to cut federal bureaucracy and allowing schools to rise to this occasion”… which sounds a lot like “we’re continuing to do basically nothing while the states are left to figure this out themselves.”
  • She calls this a “momentary setback” and starts talking about the economy.
  • Federally held student loans will be set at 0% interest rates and can now be deferred for up to 6 months.
  • Says some nice words about keeping up the great work.

SONNY PERDUE

  • They are giving out waivers to make sure that kids continue to be fed.
  • They have been working with food producers to make sure that all of our essential food workers are staying on the job.
  • He says that we do not have any problems with the food supply chain, and calls it an “American success story”.
  • HE COUGHS! *suspicious squirrel face*
  • He introduces our corporate sponsors from PepsiCo and Panera Bread, and they tell some human interest stories about making sure kids get food.
  • Y’all I just have to hit you with a few of the comments on this section of the NPR live feed for the Pepsico guy. “Who is this???” and “When did they make Zach Galifianakis part of the cabinet?” lol
  • Panera cares deeply about children or whatever. In all honesty, I should stop throwing  shade here because 1) I love Panera and 2) this Panera guy is doing more for us than most of Trump’s actual cabinet.

DR. BIRX + HER SCARF

  • Yesterday we talked about making sure that our efforts at social distancing are being reflected in the projected need for ventilators, especially in places like Detroit, Dearborn, Cook County and New Orleans. We know that we will not see those adjustments in the next week, but we hope to see them in future weeks.
  • It’s important that we adopt and adapt distancing methods for our country.
  • There was a question about quarantining New Yorkers, she says, and she just wants to clarify one more time that this was not a request for a mandatory quarantine of all New Yorkers, but rather a warning to make New Yorkers aware that they may be infected even if they travel away from New York City. Personally, I actually do think she looks stressed and annoyed here because that was her intention, but many people took it as a call to brick off New York City and let us die. I don’t think that she meant anything malicious by her original comment, and I think she feels guilty now that people are saying such harsh things about New York. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt here and say she is trying to discourage people from bullying us.
  • We continue to look at the data everyday.

DR. FAUCI

  • Today he had an opportunity to talk to people who are working on the front lines in places like New York.
  • He told them that they are doing an amazing job.
  • Interestingly, he pointedly reminds everyone that he is a member of the task force too, almost as if some of the people on the stage have forgotten that. This could just be me, but I got some definite mean girls vibes here.
  • …and now I’m picturing Dr. Fauci shouting “THE LIMIT DOESN’T EXIST” as he walks off stage. Lol

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: You said that there would soon be a website where we can see all the data you have, are we closer to that? When do you expect to have that up?
  • DR. BIRX: Thank you, we’ve learned that when the community is educated we all do better together. So, it’s important to get that information out. We are still working on getting this data. The bill mandating that commercial labs share their data was passed today, so hopefully we’ll have that soon.
  • QUESTION: What is the testing standard?
  • DR. BIRX: Testing only tells you if you were positive when you tested. You could become positive the next day. We are working on streamlining the testing standards.
  • QUESTION: Sunday will mark one month since our first death from this illness. How has this nation changed since that death?
  • DR. FAUCI: This is truly an unprecedented situation. He says if you look at other illnesses, like AIDS, the death toll has been horrific. But, it was a slow epidemic. It happened over time. This is happening in real time, and no one has seen a situation like this in over 100 years. It’s truly unprecedented.

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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/25/20)

Another day, another episode of the Trump show! Today’s participants are Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, and Steve Mnuchin.

Once again, I have broken this up into sections by speaker.

TRUMP

  • America continues to gain ground in the war against the virus. Thank you, America.
  • “Social distancing. Important phrase. And we’re doing it right now.” Trump says with a vague attempt at gravitas.
  • Trump is now saying that “certain sections” of the country will hopefully be able to go back to work soon.
  • He has now approved major disaster declarations for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, which has a “large legal significance”.
  • They are in constant communication with the leaders of all of these states.
  • He spoke to Governor Cuomo last night and this morning, and thinks he’s doing a great job. He says that Cuomo thinks, “because he understands negotiation”, that we have been using the defense production act “very appropriately”.
  • Trump says the defense production act is “a great negotiating tool”, however he has not had to use it “much” because all of these companies have done a “TREMENDOUS” job of rising to the plate on their own. Note how this language has subtly shifted from yesterday’s statement that he has not needed to use it all. This statement was followed by our daily sponsored words about 3M.
  • He says they are building up medical gear now and have been giving it away as fast as they can.
  • At 4 minutes in, we get our daily reminder that the Javits Center is the only field hospital location he can ever seem to remember.
  • He says he is doing everything in his power to help New York.
  • They are doing lots of testing on new drugs.
  • The US is doing the most testing in the world.
  • He congratulates the president of Japan for delaying the Olympics for a year. He says quote “I think it’s gonna be a fantastic Olympics. 2021. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic Olympics. I think it was the absolute right decision to delay it for a full year and now have a full beautiful Olympics. It’s gonna be very important because it’s probably the first time maybe ever or certainly in a long time that it was on an, uh, odd year. Always on an even year, they tell me.” with the all the authoritative air of a sophomore dude at a frat party rambling off some quick facts to try to impress a girl.
  • He says he will be at the games when they happen.
  • “As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also protecting American livelihoods.” The senate is very close to passing an emergency relief bill, this is in addition to the two other bills he signed earlier this month. He says they have “all sorts of things in there for the workers, for the families, a tremendous paid sick leave provision for workers at no cost at all to the employers. And that’s a big thing, no cost to the employers.”
  • He says that he believes that this is the biggest bill ever passed. TREMENDOUS.
  • “Families, families, families”
  • The senate bill includes 350 billion dollars in job retention loans for small businesses, with loan forgiveness available for businesses that continue paying their workers. We want people to keep their workers, and pay their workers, which will allow us to quickly accelerate our economy back to normal when we DEFEAT THE VIRUS.
  • There will be 300 billion dollars in direct cash payments available to all american citizens earning less than $99,000 a year. He says that would be $3,400 for the typical family of four.
  • Up to 250 billion dollars in expanded unemployment benefits. This will include self employed people and independent contractors. YASSS! THAT’S ME!
  • Over 100 billion dollars to support the heroic work of our doctors and hospitals.
  • 45 billion dollars for the disaster relief fund, more than doubling the amount to support the current emergency funds.
  • 27 billion to build up our national stockpile of medical gear.
  • He claims he has built up a whole new military while president. Can I get a fact check on this`?
  • The bill will include “significant” funding for new vaccines.
  • Over 500 billion dollars in support for the hardest hit industries, with a ban on stock buybacks, which he is now claiming was his idea. Quote “boy, I tell you the republicans wanted that and the democrats wanted that.” he adds.
  • He says our country will open up “LIKE A ROCKET SHIP”.
  • He says there will be limits on executive compensation going forward, because we are interested in “THE WORKERS”.
  • 16 billion for the purchase of PPE.
  • He encourages the house to push this through to sign. He says it’ll be a great signing. Dare I say it? A tremendous signing.
  • Spoke to the leaders of nonprofits today. They’re fantastic. Great people.
  • SUPPLIES – through FEMA, they are shipping 9.4 million N95 respirators, 20 million surgical masks, 3.1 million face shields, 2.6 million surgical gowns, 14.6 million gloves, and almost 6,000 ventilators.
  • Says there are 150 countries… maaaaybe more than 150… with the virus. He says no one would ever believe that. Never saw it coming. Never opened a history book. But we’ve been incredible. He says some of the press have said he’s amazing, and that he thinks that is “accurate”.
  • Says Cuomo and Deblasio are “happy” and that “it would be hard not to be happy with the job we’re doing”. Ok.
  • H says the people behind him have been amazing, but on the NPR live stream the only person I can see behind him is Pence. Lol
  • He says his team have become his friends, even though “maybe they don’t like me. Another lol for you, sir.
  • Human interest stories rattled off in a monotone voice. TREMENDOUS.
  • Steve Mnuchin has been working hard in “that beautiful building. He sort of lived over in that beautiful building. To me, it’s a very beautiful building. One of the most beautiful buildings in the world. To me, he’s gotten to know it very well.”

STEVE MNUCHIN

  • Thanks Mitch and Chuck for the bipartisan support for this relief bill.
  • Recaps what Trump just said about the bill.
  • Expects to have a way to get the small business loans out next week.
  • Direct payments to citizens coming in the next 3 weeks, either through direct deposit or through the mail. I’m assuming you will get this however you got your last tax refund.
  • Quick break to kiss Trump’s ass.

QUESTIONS

  • QUESTION: How long do you think this bill will keep the economy afloat?
  • TRUMP: Hopefully a long time. If we have to go back, we have to go back.
  • MNUCHIN: Says he expects this to carry us for three months.
  • QUESTION: Yesterday you said we should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. What did you mean by that?
  • TRUMP: “Well, we’re reliant on many countries where we give up our supply chains, our manufacturing, our production facilities… but it really costs us more in the long run, because we lose jobs and we lose our independence. So, we’ll be making some changes in the future.” On a personal note, I can’t believe this bizzare future we’re living in right now because I actually agree with him!
  • QUESTION: Are you going to sign an executive order to ban the exportation of medical equipment?
  • TRUMP: He says he does not think we’ll need to do that. He starts this answer off reasonably well, and then goes totally off the rails and says that other countries have been playing us “FOR YEARS! And no president has ever done anything about it.” He then goes on to say that we make “the best medical equipment in the world, but we can’t sell it to Europe. But, we’re changing. All of this is changing.” and he really sounds like a YouTube conspiracy theory video right now. Oh god, he’s bringing up NATO. Claims we were paying for everybody, and that because of him, everyone is paying us. This question has gone in a weird direction.
  • QUESTION: Four republican senators have indicated that they believe the extra unemployment insurance may encourage workers to leave their jobs, even though you can only collect unemployment if you’re fired. I’m curious what you think of that?
  • TRUMP: “I know the issue very well. Um, Steve?”
  • MNUCHIN: We did this to ensure the money could flow out quickly, and we do not believe it will encourage people to quit their jobs. No comment on those senators.
  • TRUMP: “The one good thing about this is that people will get more money” Trump says, just to feel useful.
  • QUESTION: The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson have concluded that he died in Iranian custody, are you aware of that?
  • TRUMP: “I’m very much involved in that. Great gentleman. Great family. I hate to say it, but it’s not looking good. He wasn’t well anyway. I mean, and it’s not looking promising.” But, Trump says that he does not accept that he’s dead.
  • QUESTION: You tweeted earlier, linking the closing of the country to your election success. Is this easter timeline based on your political interest?
  • TRUMP: WhAt Do U mEaN By ThAt?
  • QUESTION: Lawmakers on both side of the aisle say Easter is not a good idea. What do you say to that?
  • TRUMP: “I know the media would love to tear me down. Just so you understand, are you ready? I think there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly, because they think that would be very good for defeating me at the polls. I don’t know if that’s so, but I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession who write fake news. You do. She does” and goes on. “For whatever reason… and we’ve done one hell of a job. Nobody’s done the job we’ve done. And it’s lucky you have this group here for this problem, or else you wouldn’t even have a country left.” WOW. Just wow.
  • QUESTION: Once the bill is signed how rapidly do you expect to see the funds?
  • TRUMP: Who are you with?
  • QUESTION: CBN, and my second question, we are hearing direct payments will be out by April 6th. Is this true?
  • MNUCHIN: 3 weeks.
  • QUESTION: You’re meeting with world leaders tomorrow, will you try to introduce a worldwide ban on wild animal markets in order to prevent a similar pandemic?
  • TRUMP: I don’t know. This came out of China.
  • QUESTION: Do you want to do more testing? How many deaths are acceptable?
  • TRUMP: We’ve tested more than anybody. We have the best tests. No deaths are acceptable.
  • QUESTION: How can you prevent people from heavily infected states from going to less infected states?
  • TRUMP: I inherited a broken system. We’ve done a lot of tests.
  • QUESTION: Will you consider taking global measures to prevent an apocalyptic pandemic?
  • TRUMP: I’m very strong on borders. I built a big, beautiful wall. Before me, this country had no borders. The people you’re talking about aren’t coming here.
  • QUESTION: Why did all the bills include 25 million for the kennedy arts center here in DC?
  • TRUMP: The kennedy center is suffering greatly. I love the kennedy center, although I can never go there because I’m so busy running the country. The democrats wanted that. You guys, did you know they are closed?
  • QUESTION: Senator Rubio today said that the WHO had showed favoritism to China. Do you agree?
  • TRUMP: A lot of people feel it’s been unfair. I don’t know.
  • DR. FAUCI: I think the WHO is doing a good job. I can’t commit on the politics of that.
  • TRUMP: We’re the ones who had the great response, because I KEPT CHINA OUT.
  • QUESTION: When you have this meeting tomorrow, what kind of response are you expecting?
  • TRUMP: It’ll be a great call.
  • QUESTION: What happens at the end of this 15 day period?
  • TRUMP: I’ll consult with the doctors. Maybe we will reopen in sections. By Easter, we’ll have a recommendation.

MIKE PENCE

  • *waves the one sheet*
  • This is day 10 of 15.
  • Keep washing your hands and social distance.
  • Recaps everything Trump already said.
  • He had a call with Betsy Devos. They made a website for teaching recommendations. She will be joining us on Friday for questions.
  • Secretary Perdue will also be there to talk about school lunches.
  • FEMA is sending more resources to New York soon.
  • FEMA is already in California.
  • The CDC is publishing guidelines tomorrow for how to best use our parks.
  • *quick flash of the one sheet*
  • Continue to practice good principals.
  • People ask me, what can I do? *raises the one sheet*
  • God bless America.
  • Heal our land.

DR. BIRX

  • We are watching the testing results. Our system to look at flu like illnesses is still up and running, and that is important because we still need to be watching in places that have low numbers of cases.
  • There are four counties with 56% of all cases in the country, and they are all in New York.
  • We are close to getting through our testing backlog.
  • The numbers are stabilizing in New York, and this is good.
  • *borrows the one sheet from Pence, waves it*
  • Yesterday, we asked people from New York to self isolate. Today she clarifies that this is not a mandate, but a precaution.
  • Dr. Birx’s grandmother brought the spanish flu home to her pregnant mother, and her mother died from it. She asks us all not to be that child.

DR. FAUCI

  • He apologizes for being curt about the political question earlier.
  • China is warning us that most of their cases are now coming from outside the country, so we will want to consider what travel we allow when we get to the end of the curve.
  • He believes this may become cyclical flu, which really underscores the need to develop a vaccine.

MORE QUESTIONS:

  • QUESTION: How many ventilators do we have in the national stockpile?
  • PENCE: This has been a major focus for FEMA. We have less than 20,000 in stockpiles. But there are more than 100,000 in the hospital system, and we are working on producing or converting more.
  • QUESTIONS: What do you think about people sewing masks?
  • DR. FAUCI: We would only recommend that if you’re in a very desperate situation, but we don’t need to do that yet.
  • QUESTIONS: Kentucky said they were told to buy their own ventilators, but the federal government has bought them all. What do you say to that?
  • PENCE: We spoke to FEMA and the governors about that. We’re going to make sure everyone gets what they need. He spoke about Michigan, even though the question was about Kentucky, and said he is working with her to get what she needs.
  • QUESTION: when do you think all hospitals will have masks again?
  • PENCE: We’ll have a detailed report by the end of the week.
  • PENCE: *waves the one sheet*

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Press conference with Donald Trump (3/24/20)

As promised, here are my notes from today’s (3/24/2020) White House press conference. Today’s participants were Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dr. Tony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Larry Kudlow. I know they are long, but I have broken them up into sections so that you can scroll to whoever you want to hear from most.

TRUMP: ROUND ONE

  • Trump says everyone should continue following the White House’s 15 day challenge guidelines, as we continue our battle with the “invisible enemy”.
  • According to Trump, he expects that we will be winning this war by Easter! “What a great timeline that would be.” he says, almost misty eyed as he pictures all the winning that I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying come April. You know, unless you live in Washington, New York or California. But, for those of you reading this in say, Wyoming? THERE WILL BE WINNING!
  • Trump says they will continue to evaluate the data and work towards the best interests of our fantastic country.
  • The virus is currently attacking 149 countries, but Trump says that everyone around the world is looking to us for… well, I guess they are looking to us for some hot tips and advice on WINNING. One can only assume.
  • Trump says that he believes the light at the end of the tunnel is coming soon, although I think he might be getting some phrases about millions of Americans coming to the light a little bit confused here. Dark joke, I know.
  • Here is an update on critical supplies: through FEMA, the federal government is distributing more than 8 million N95 respirators, 14 million surgical masks, with many more on order. We also now have 2.4 million face shields, 1.9 million surgical gowns, 13.5 million gloves, more than 4,000 ventilators.
  • 4,000 ventilators are now coming to New York state, 2,000 of those will go to New York City.
  • The Defense Production Act has been activated, but it has not yet been invoked because companies have already been helping to make supplies without being forced to do it. Ford, 3M, General Electric are all working on making supplies. They came together on their own, and have thus far have been cooperating fully.
  • The Army corps of engineers and the National guard are building four hospitals in NYC and building out four separate temporary medical facilities across NY state, this number includes the Javits Center. We are also getting a Navy hospital ship “in the not too distant future”. The ship is currently under maintenance, although the maintenance has been “condensed” to make the process faster. I’m wondering what condesening maintenance actually means, but Trump assures us all that they are “Incredible ships”. 
  • One ship is already on its way to Los Angeles, and they are looking to develop field hospitals in LA as well.
  • Secretary Mnuchin continues to work closely with members of congress to pass the boldest financial relief bill in history. Senators will hopefully soon vote on a two trillion dollar bill that will deliver cash payments to struggling Americans. They are working on job retention loans and extended unemployment benefits. They are also working on support for hard hit industries, such as the airline industry and the cruise ship industry. On a personal note, I am in a hard hit industry, and I support extending help to industries that we know will be particularly devastated by this. But, I do wonder if benefits will be extended to the hotel industry, and if Trump will directly benefit from those funds.
  • Because Trump can never miss an opportunity to shift blame, he adds that he knows that “the democrats will do the right thing”.
  • The Dow surged over 2,100 points today, which is the all time record of the exchange. Trump says this is very encouraging. He assumes that this happened because people are looking at what is close to being passed, and looking at how hard his team is working to get the country open again.
  • Trump says he has a team of public health experts and financial people looking at when we can officially reopen the country. But honestly, from my point of view, it sounds like he is probably more so asking the financial people. He says his decision will be based on hard facts and data. But that he is really looking forward to “THAT BEAUTIFUL EASTER DAY”.
  • Trump then says that this is a medical crisis, not a financial crisis. It’s a thing no one has seen in decades. We are marshalling strength.
  • He’s had a call with governors, and spirits are great!
  • He goes on to say that we should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival, and that he thinks we have already learned a lot from this situation. He then somehow comes to the conclusion that this crisis has underlined how important it is to have “STRONG BORDERS” and manufacturing, and does some aimless bragging about how he has brought back a record number of jobs. Sure, jan.
  • “Without borders, you don’t have a nation” he adds, just to really underline that last point.
  • He says our goal for the future must be to have American medicine, American supplies, American xenophobia, etc for “our great american heroes”. Ok, I may have ad libbed some of that.
  • He says we are “energy independent. I’d like a fact check on this.
  • “Embrace commerce with all, be dependent on none” he continues.
  • He says the best thing for the world would be to see the US make a “very powerful victory over the virus”.
  • He says citizens in New York are using 3D printers to make hundreds of face shields, and to that I say… WE ARE??? And I ask, would that be because we were totally unprepared for a pandemic? Hmmm… things that make you think.
  • People are uniting to collect supplies, our spirit can never be broken, etc, etc.
  • Trump finishes this portion by saying “Let’s bring up someone who is maybe one of the great experts”. MAYBE.

DR. BIRX

  • Dr. Birx says that we are accelerating testing at a record rate. So far, 370,000 tests have been done. The majority (over 220,000) were done in the last 8 days. She adds that what South Korea did in 8 weeks, we did in 8 days. This was made possible by the HHS team all working together, and by the FDA and CDC just basically doing their jobs. She says that we still have a lot more to do.
  • They are working on the ability for people to take their own sample. That does not mean it would be a home test. That means you would be able to do it yourself with the guidance of a doctor at a testing site. The advantage of this is that it will limit the need for PPE at testing sites, and allow more PPE to go to the hospitals where they are needed most.
  • “Encouraging results have been coming out of Italy.”
  • She says that new cases will continue to surge because of our testing backlog, but we are close to catching up to the backlog. When we do catch up with the backlog, it will allow more realistic real time numbers for new cases each day.
  • She says that they remain deeply concerned about NYC and the metro area. About 56% of all cases in the United States are coming out of this area, which represents 60% of all new cases. 31% of the people dying from the disease are in NYC.
  • She reminds us that we must follow the CDC guidelines in order to get through this.
  • She says that, because of the sheer number of cases we are seeing in NYC, everyone who has left New York City recently may have been exposed. Thus, anyone who has been in NYC in the last two weeks should be quarantining for the full 14 days whether you are sick or not, no matter where you went subsequently. This is especially true if you fled NYC to go to the Hamptons, where they are not prepared for a mass outbreak.

DR. FAUCI

  • First, he talks about testing. He says we need to know what the penetrance of infection is for this virus in areas that are not hotspots yet, in order to get a better idea of how to handle things in each state. States that are not hotspots still have hope to identify new cases and contain them. But, although this was not said out loud, what I’m getting out of this is that if you live in Washington, California or New York you’re pretty much fucked. However, the nonfucked states will be hearing a lot more about testing in the coming days.
  • Second, he talks about New York. He says that people are “understandably” trying to flee the city. But so far, we believe that 1 in 1,000 people in New York City are infected. He’s not saying this out loud, but people with the means to travel are actually MORE likely to be infected than the poor. So, it’s even worse than it sounds. These people are selfishly carrying their germs with them all over the country. We are 8 to 10 times more likely to be infected than people in the rest of the country. It’s important to self isolate. We do not want New York seeding this illness to the rest of the country.
  • Lastly, Dr. Fauci talks about how Donald Trump said a lot of words about the malaria drug yesterday. Please ignore them. He says we are testing lots of drugs right now. Don’t forget that. He also says that there is no clinical evidence yet that the malaria drug works. There is anecdotal evidence, but it will need to be tested and studied more before it can be recommended as a treatment. He says that they are getting many things together for clinical trials, and the subtext here is for the love of god, don’t take fish tank cleaner pills.

LARRY KUDLOW

  • He says that we are making great progress on the relief bill. We are getting closer to a deal, and he expects another vote to happen ASAP.
  • Key points: Legislation is urgently needed to stabilize the economy and get us through a difficult period, and to better position us for what he thinks will be a huge economic crisis. This will be the single largest main street assistance program in the United States. Phase two of the relief package will deliver sick leave to all the hourly workers. Phase three will be a package for small businesses. He says they want to help maintain payrolls. They are currently looking at giving out direct deposit checks of roughly $3,000 for a family of four to help bridge the gaps, plus enhanced unemployment. He didn’t talk about self employment, but I’m guessing if you’re self employed you will also be helping yourself.
  • The hope here is that the companies that were doing well before this will continue to do well. And if you were doing poorly? I guess we’re not going to talk about that.
  • Income tax deferrals are happening. There will be no interest on student loan deferrals. The federal reserve is open to help stabilize the economy. In order to do this, we have to replenish the treasury’s emergency fund. That fun will be overseen by an oversight board. It will be totally transparent, and have an inspector general. The total package here comes to roughly six trillion dollars, two trillion in direct assistance and four trillion in federal reserve lending power.
  • He says we are headed for a rough period, but it’ll only be “weeks.. Or months” but definitely not years “that’s for sure”.

TRUMP: ROUND TWO

  • “Great voice, great man, Larry Kudlow” he says wistfully
  • He says we’ll be “even better than we were a month ago”. WINNING! BOEING! He talks about Boeing A LOT at these conferences.
  • He says money will come back in a “STRONG FORM”.

MIKE PENCE

  • Pence says the Coronavirus task force met again today.
  • Thanks America. Here’s my 1 sheet again.
  • He says that we are all making a difference. So if people can all just stay inside, that would be great.
  • He says the purpose of their task force is to slow the spread, but they are also looking to identify supplies, focus on testing, and give support to our healthcare workers.
  • He says that they have made great progress, repeats Dr. Birx for any of the men out there who can’t speak woman.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
  • He is continuing to urge all labs across the country to report their results to the CDC so we can have accurate tracking information.
  • They are continuing to follow test results, but are particularly focused on New York. The reality is that New York is pretty screwed.
  • If you’re in New York, please stay the fuck home. If you have left New York, don’t be a selfish bastard and isolate yourself.
  • Because of the spread in NYC, we will continue to surge resources to the city. The USS Comfort is on the way.
  • He gave some numbers for hospitals and supplies that contradicted what Trump said earlier.
  • They have been having team meetings at FEMA. FEMA has informed them that they are shipping… just a lot of stuff.
  • Last word, let’s praise businesses again.
  • You guys, McDonalds is now offering curbside pickup for food for truckers! God bless America!
  • Heal our land!
  • *Waves the 1 sheet one more time*

TRUMP: ROUND THREE, THE QUESTIONS

(to be clear here, I am paraphrasing the questions)

  • QUESTION: Mr. President, you said that you would like to see the country open by Easter and see churches packed on that day? What the fuck? Have and of the doctors signed off on that?
  • TRUMP: No, totally arbitrary. I thought it sounded beautiful.
  • You guys, here is the actual quote: “I think we’re looking at a timeline. We were discussing it at a very good meeting today. You know, if you add it all up, that’s probably nine days, plus another two and a half weeks. That’s a period of time that’s longer than the original two weeks. So, uh, we’re gonna look at it. We’re gonna do it if it’s good, and maybe we do sections of the country. We do large sections of the country. That could be it too. But, no we’re very much in touch with Tony and with Deborah. Whatever they would do.”
  • He continues: “I just thought it was a beautiful time. A beautiful timeline. It’s a great day.”
  • And again: “We were thinking sooner, but I just think it would be beautiful.”
  • QUESTION: Mr. President, the numbers are going up and we are clearly fucked. What states do you think will open? What the fuck?
  • TRUMP: “Well, we are working with all of them. There are large sections of our country you didn’t talk about, and we are working with all of them unbelievably well. They have small numbers. It’s very possible that they won’t be ever be faced with what’s happening in New York. And uh… we’re doing an incredible job in New York.”
  • QUESTION: Mr. President, let’s talk about easter again. What the fuck?
  • TRUMP: “We’ll be looking at lots of things. I’ll be guided by Dr. Fauci and DEBORAH,”
  • QUESTION: Dr. Fauci, please tell us… what the fuck?
  • DR. FAUCI: This is flexible. We will be evaluating this on a day to day basis. Obviously no one wants to tone down what’s happening in New York City. But we need to know more about what’s happening in the rest of the country. It’s a big country. Some areas might be less affected than others. What we don’t have right now is enough data to know what will be needed.
  • QUESTION: Is New York the epicenter?
  • TRUMP: It’s what you might call HOT.
  • And then he starts bragging about our test numbers again.
  • QUESTION: When you talk about what areas to open up… we need to cover this again, what the fuck? Where?!?
  • TRUMP: “Farms… Texas. Parts of Texas.”
  • REPORTERS YELLING QUESTIONS: did you give New York a heads up about all this isolation stuff? Do you think it’s wise to pack churches on easter?
  • Trump walks off stage and leaves.

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