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this is an NBC News special report here's Lester Holt good afternoon everyone we're coming on the air to bring you a news conference from President Trump in which he is expected to declare a national emergency to combat the corona virus pandemic here is the president beautiful day in the Rose Garden appreciate everybody being here today I'd like to provide an update to the American people on several decisive new actions we're taking in our very vigilant effort to combat and ultimately defeat the corona fire virus see we've been working very hard on this we've made tremendous progress when you compare what we've done to other areas of the world it's a it's pretty incredible a lot of that had to do with the early designation and the closing of the borders then as you know Europe was just designated as the hot spot right now and we close that border while ago so that was lucky or through Talent or through luck call it whatever you want but through a very collective action and shared sacrifice national determination we will overcome the threat of the virus I also announced Wednesday night following the advice of our medical professionals who are doing a tremendous job and we appreciate it very much that we're suspending the entry of foreign nationals who have been to Europe in the last 14 days from entering the United States citizens permanent residents and our families any of the families returning from Europe will be subject to extra screening as well as self isolation for a period of 14 days as the World Health Organization confirmed today many of the things that what we said were 100% correct including our designation before them of Europe like our earlier very aggressive with China this measure will save countless lives I appreciate a number of the folks behind me a lot number of the people behind me said that that saved a lot of lives that early designation but it is only the beginning of what we're really doing and now we're in a different phase we had some very old and obsolete rules that we had to live with it worked under certain circumstances but not under masked circumstances they were there for a long time they were in place for a long time and we're breaking them down now and they're very usable for certain instances but not for this to unleash the full power of the federal government that this effort today I am officially declaring a national emergency two very big words the action I am taking will open up access to up to fifty billion dollars of very importantly very important and a large amount of money for states and territories and localities and our shared fight against this disease in furtherance of the order emerging every state to set up emergency operation centers effective immediately you're going to be hearing from some of the largest companies and greatest retailers and medical companies in the world they're standing right behind me on the side of me I'm also asking every hospital in this country to activate its emergency preparedness plan so that they can meet the needs of Americans everywhere the hospitals are very engaged New York and various other places are also various engaged I just spoke with Governor Cuomo we had a very good conversation and we're working very strongly with many states including New York the emergency orders I'm issuing today will also confer broad new authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services the Secretary of HHS will be able to immediately waive provisions of applicable laws and regulations to give doctors hospital all hospitals and health care providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients this includes the following critical authorities the ability to waive laws to enable telehealth a fairly new and incredible thing that's happened and if in the not-so-distant past I tell you what they've done with telehealth is incredible it gives a remote doctor's visits and hospital check-ins the power to waive certain federal license requirements so that doctors from other states can provide services and states with the greatest need number two the ability to waive requirements that critical access hospitals limit the number of beds to 25 and a length of stay to 96 hours the ability to waive the requirements of a three day hospital stay prior to admission to a nursing home big thing the authority to waive the rules to hinder hospitals ability to bring additional physicians on board or obtain needed office space they can do as they want they can do what they have to do they know what they have to do now they don't have any problem getting it done the authority to waive rules that severely restrict where hospitals can care for patients within the hospital itself ensuring that the emergency capacity can be quickly established will remove or eliminate every obstacle necessary to deliver our people the care that they need and that they're entitled to no resource will be spared nothing whatsoever ten days ago I brought together CEOs of commercial labs at the White House and directed them to immediately begin working on a solution to dramatically increase the availability of tests other countries have called us and worked with us and they're doing similar things or will be doing similar things as a result of that action today we're announcing a new partnership with private sector to vastly increase and accelerate our capacity to test for the rotavirus we want to make sure that those who need a test can get a test very safely quickly and conveniently but we don't want people to take a test if if we feel that they shouldn't be doing it and we don't want everyone running out and taking only if you have certain symptoms using federal emergency authorities the FDA approved a new test for the virus we did this within hours after receiving the application from Roche a process that would normally take weeks we therefore expect up to a half a million additional tests will be available early next week we'll be announcing locations probably on Sunday night don't want to thank Roche great company for their incredible work I'd also like to thank thermo Fisher the FDA's goal is to hopefully authorize the air application within 24 hours it'll go very quickly it's going very quickly which will bring additionally 1.4 million tests on board next week and five million within a month I doubt we'll need anywhere near that at the same time we've been in discussions with pharmacies and retailers to make drive-through tests available in the critical locations identified by public health professionals the goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swamped without having to leave your car I want to thank Google Google is helping to develop a website it's going to be very quickly done unlike websites of the past to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location we have many many locations behind us by the way we cover the this country in a large parts of the world by the way we're not going to be talking about the world right now but we cover very very strongly our country stores in virtually every location Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now they've made tremendous progress our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus and to help all Americans who have been impacted by this again we don't want everybody taking this test it's totally unnecessary and this will pass this will pass through and we're gonna be even stronger for it we've learned a lot tremendous amount has been learned I want to thank deborah birx and i want to ask her maybe to come up and say a few words as to what's happening dr. Burks is a highly respected person I've got to know very well over the last six days and what we've done is rebuilt something that was very old very old fashioned somewhat obsolete certainly obsolete when it comes to the kind of numbers that we're talking about dr. Burks please Thank You mr. president Tom it's a pleasure to be here with all of you I think you know at the beginning of this epidemic HHS through CDC proactively developed an assay built on the existing flu surveillance system that surveillance system was then converted to diagnostic system but last Tuesday seeing the spread of the virus around the globe the president realized that our current approach to testing was inadequate to need to meet the needs of the American public he asked for an entire overhaul of the testing approach he immediately called the private sector laboratories to the White House as noted and charge them with developing a high throughput quality platform that can meet the needs of the American public we are grateful to LabCorp and quest for taking up the charge immediately after the meeting and within seventy now at 72 hours bringing additional testing access particularly to the outbreak areas of Washington State and California and now across the country we are also very grateful to the universities in large hospital systems that took up the charge developed their own quality tests made available by new dep new FDA guidance this has resulted in expanded testing across New York California Washington Colorado and you see sometimes those drive-through options that have been made available through these high throughput options following the meeting last week major commercial laboratory equipment and diagnostic companies took immediate action to adopt and develop new testing systems last night the initial company Roche received sta FDA approval moving from request to development to approval in record time this innovative approach centered fully on unleashing the power of the private sector focusing on providing convenient testing to hundreds of thousands of Americans within short turnaround times in less than two weeks together we have developed a solution that we believe will meet the future needs testing needs of Americans I understand how difficult this has been I was part of the hiv/aids response in the 80s we knew from dying from first finding cases in 1981 it took us to almost 1985 to have a test it took us another 11 years to have effective therapy it is because of the lessons learned from that that we were able to mobilize and bring those individuals that were key to the HIV response to this response I understand that a lot of this behind-the-scenes action over the last couple of weeks was invisible to the press and the American people but this intense effort has not only resulted in innovative solutions but an automated high throughput system bringing the availability of these quality Korona viral testing to the American people at unprecedented speed finally I want you to know in South Korea they did have large number of tests available over the last several weeks their positivity rate is between three and four percent with LabCorp and quest expanded testing their positivity rate is between one and two percent so we want to also announce this new approach to testing which will start in the screening website up here facilitated by Google where clients and patients and people love interest can go fill out a screening questionnaire move down for symptoms or risk factors yes they would move down this and be told where the drive-thru options would be for them to receive this test the labs will then move to the high-throughput automated machines to be able to provide results in 24 to 36 hours that is the intent of this approach we have seen at work just in our own United States and we want to bring this across the continent thank you very much I'd like to maybe have Tony do you want to come up you become a yeah yeah I think everybody out here knows you pretty well but Tony has been doing a tremendous job working long long hours and you've seen a lot happen but this has been it's been a great experience and working with you has been terrific Tony please thank you very much mr. president this is an example of another example of what I've been referring to in my discussions with many of you in the audience as a proactive leaning forward aggressive trying to stay ahead of the curve and what you've seen now with this order is that we're going to be able to remove the constraints so that people at the state the local level the individual physician all the way up through the federal government will have as many constraints as possible removed for them to do everything they possibly can so that we can implement the things that we've been talking about the containment the mitigation so that as I've said many times that curve that I refer to that goes up we don't want to have that curve we want to suppress it down to that small mound and I think what we've done today is something that is going to be a very important element in having us be successful in doing that we still have a long way to go there will be many more cases but we'll take care of that and ultimately as the president said this will end but what's going on here today is going to help but to end sooner than it would have thank you if I could some of these folks we know they're celebrities in their own right they're the biggest business people the greatest retailers anywhere in the world and one of them is Doug McMillon from Walmart and I'd like to have Doug if you would say a few words wherever you may be please when we got the call yesterday from the White House we were eager to do our part to help serve the country and given what we're facing that's certainly important to do we should all be doing that so we've been asked to make portions of our parking lot available in select locations in the beginning and scaling overtime as supply increases so that people can experience the drive-through experience that the president described we'll stay involved and do everything we can from a supply chain point of view to be of assistance thank you sir thank you very much very much I'll just stay right over here and Richard if you could come up please Richard please Walgreens thank you thank you mr. president and similar to to Doug and Walmart we're happy to stand in here and help in communities all across America because a lot of times when we have natural disasters our stores are a beacon in the community and this situation is no different so we look forward to partnering with the CDC the administration HHS and the task force and specifically to the vice president's doing such a fantastic job we're ready to engage in help thank you thank you very much great job thank you very much Brian Cornell Target thank you Brian thank you please well mr. president thank you for inviting us here today along with our colleagues from Walmart and Walgreens and our partners at CVS normally you'd view us as competitors but today we're focused on a common competitor and that's defeating the spread of the corona virus and we look forward to working with the administration to do our fair share to alleviate this growing threat so thank you for including us today in the near term we're all committed to making sure we're keeping our stores open to serve the American consumer whose rapidly stocking up on household essentials key food and beverage items that they need during this time making sure we run safe stores and create an environment that's safe for our team members with making sure that they feel supported during this very critical time so thank you for including I see very much great job is Tom here Tom Paula Thank You mr. president as CEO of Becton Dickinson were one of the leading providers of medical devices as well as collection products for testing of coronavirus we were wrapping up our manufacturing capacity to ensure that the right collection devices and testing equipment are ready to to address this issue Stephen Rakowski quest diagnostics Liz great job thank you thank you very much Thank You mr. president so as mentioned we recall the leadership of the vice president last week to come together as an industry and we took advantage of that opportunity work with the FDA to work with the Center for Disease Control and we were up and running with tests in a number of our facilities as the president mentioned we now have capabilities from Roche Diagnostics that we will bring into our facilities this weekend and I know myself in us my colleague at LabCorp will be doing the same so the capacity available to the American public to support this action with consumers will be considerably increased in the next few weeks Thank You mr. Presley very much I appreciate it Thanks and Matt sauce please have rush Matt thank you man Thank You mr. president so from Roche we want to thank the FDA for their rapid approval of our coronavirus tests we really appreciate the partnership with the CDC and the FDA to get that to market as fast as possible because it's critical for us to make that available to help patients in need and working with laboratories to get it up and going in the near future which will bring hundreds of thousands of tests available to patients in need in the United States so thank you you can do it you can do it the great company David Pierre of signify signify health please thanks Thank You mr. president we are the largest house-call provider in the US and we go to the homes and most vulnerable elderly and through our network and our logistics engine we stand ready to help and provide our clinicians to be where they're needed whether they're in retail clinics or in the home and we're here to assist thank you very much and we'll be changing a lot of the rules regulations for future should this happen in the future which we hope it never does but it will I guess somewhere out there some bad ones over the years and I guess that'll continue to an extent but we hope it never happens but we're going to be changing a lot of the old rules and specifications and regulations Adam Schechter who has really been of tremendous help LabCorp please Adam Thank You mr. president and LabCorp we're working every second of every day to increase the number of tests that we can run we're working with academic medical centers with our colleagues at Quest with other hospital and other laboratories to ensure that we do everything we can to increase the testing as we move forward and I can tell you we understand how important the testing is and we are committed to doing everything possible Thank You Thomas Moriarty CVS we all know CVS thank you thank you thank you Thank You mr. president we have been focused since the start of making sure our patients and the customers we serve have the information they need the safety they need as well we are committed to working with the administration and local public health officials to make this work as well and thank you sir for the honor thank you very much and Bruce Greenstein LHC Group tremendously talented people thank you very much mr. president thank you for the honor being here and the home health industry has been treating patients and seniors and the safety and comfort of their own home for decades we're very proud to be part of the equation for testing in their own home for Americans that can't get to a test site or live in rural areas far away from a retail establishment we're here to help to partner with our hospitals and physicians as well as the people we have here today that will be doing testing around the country thank you okay I like that that's good also announcing the following emergency executive actions today to help our students and their families I've waved interest at all student loans held by federal government agencies and that will be until further notice that's a big thing for a lot of students that are left in the middle right now many of those schools have been closed based on the price of oil I've also instructed the Secretary of Energy to purchase that a very good price large quantities of crude oil for storage in the US strategic reserve we're going to fill it right up to the top saving the American taxpayer billions and billions of dollars helping our oil industry and making us even further with that wonderful goal which we've achieved which nobody thought was possible of energy independence it puts us in a position that's very strong and we're buying it at the right price and that's something that would have not even been possible a week ago the price of oil went down quite a bit so we're going to fill it up there's a good time to fill it up I'd like to ask Mike Pence to say a few words please VP Thank You mr. president it is this day should be an inspiration to every American because thanks to your leadership from early on not only are we bringing a whole-of-government approach to confronting the coronavirus we're bringing in all of America approach mr. president from early on you took decisive action you suspended all travel from China you created travel advisories South Korea Italy we screened all travelers from all airports in both of those countries and on the unanimous recommendation of your health experts you at midnight tonight will effectively suspend all travel from europe and americans that were returning will be screened and asked to voluntarily participate in a 14-day quarantined throughout this process mr. president you've put the health of America first but you brought the best of America to address it and it's not just at the federal level she said mr. president we've been working with states across the country we issued broad guidelines from CDC for every American but this week at your direction we tailored specific recommendations from CDC for New York Washington state California Massachusetts in Florida and we've been in continuous contact as you said with governor's around the country mr. president you have forged a seamless partnership with every state in every territory in this country to put the health of our nation first but today I trust that people around the country that are looking on at this extraordinary public and private partnership to address the issue of testing with particular inspiration after you tapped me to lead the White House Corona task force mr. president you said this is all hands on deck and you directed us to immediately reach out to the American business sector commercial labs to meet what we knew then would be the need for testing across the spectrum and today with this historic public-private partnership we have laid the foundation to meet that need for Americans looking on by this Sunday evening we'll be able to give specific guidance on a on when the website will be available you can go to the website as the president said you type in your symptoms and be given Direction whether or not a test is indicated and then at the same website you'll be directed to one of these incredible companies that are gonna give a little bit of their parking lot so that people can come by and do a drive-by test mr. president I want to join you in thanking Walmart and CVS and Target and Walgreens these are companies that are synonymous with communities large and small where people come together and now they're going to come together to meet the needs of the American public these commercial laboratories LabCorp and quest and Roche just done an incredible job stepping forward and they're gonna literally make literally make hundreds of thousands of tests available and being processed with results to patients in the very near future but it's all a result of you tasking us with bringing together not just government resources which all state labs can now test across the country CDC is testing but you said mr. president that we wanted to bring all the resources the country together and that's what this partnership really means you know truth is that we have coronavirus cases now in 46 american states and while the risk of serious illness of the corona virus remains low we want to encourage every American to practice common sense practice good hygiene go to the CDC's website to see what the guidance is for your community or for the American people broadly and as the president has said it's especially important now that we look after senior citizens with chronic underlying health conditions last week the president directed the Center for Medicaid Medicare Services to raise the standards in our nursing homes increase inspections at our nursing homes and today we're offering very specific guidance which Seema Verma will articulate about visitations at nursing homes it's important to remember that they were there for us when we were growing up mr. president they helped us with our homework they tucked us in at night they cheered us on as we pursued education cheered us on in our careers and now it's time for us to be there for them and to recognize that seniors with chronic health conditions are the most vulnerable and Americans can make a difference so wash your hands use common sense look after the most vulnerable and a mr. president I know I join you in saying that every American should be proud of this incredible public/private partnership that's going to be speeding access of testing to millions of Americans in the weeks ahead and together as you've said many times together we'll get through this together we'll put the health of America first Seba where Seba I'd like you to baby take that a step further please thank you well thank you to the president for the declaration it allows my agency CMS that runs Medicare and Medicaid and has oversight of all of the nation's healthcare facilities to suspend regulations that could get in the way of treating patients during this time these temporary national blanket waivers are reserved for the rarest of circumstances and they represent a massive mobilization of our country's resources to combat this terrible virus and the flexibilities we are offering will be a godsend to the providers clinicians and facilities on the frontlines of this fight and later CMS is going to be issuing guidance directing nursing homes to temporarily restrict all visitors and non-essential personnel with a few exceptions such as end of life situations we fully appreciate that this measure represents a severe trial for residents of nursing homes and those who love them but we are doing what we must to protect our vulnerable elderly thank you as I said in my address to the nation the other night all Americans have a role to play in defeating this virus our most effective weapon right now is to limit the damage to our people and our country and slow the spread of the virus itself the choice we make the precautions we put into place are critical to overcoming the virus reducing its spread and shortening the duration of the pandemic which is what it is the CDC has published guidelines on the corona virus dot-gov to enable its coronavirus dot-gov and it's very ly very heavily used right now I will say to enable every American to respond to this epidemic and to protect themselves their families and their communities while the risks the young and healthy Americans remains very low we've learned a lot about this over the last two weeks anyone can be a carrier for the virus and risk transmission to older Americans and those with underlying health conditions and those who are most at risk they have not done very well older Americans who were especially if they have a health problem they have not done well we must take all precautions and be responsible for the actions that we take and that we see other people take we want to prevent the spread and transmission of the disease it's incredible what's sports what's happening with the sporting world where so many of the great sports that we've gotten so used to at this time of the year they're not going to be meaning and they've done a great service actually but that would be another way that it could be problems could be caused but this is why I outlined on Wednesday night my admission administration's the fact that we've issued a requirement suspending all medically unnecessary visits to various places but in particular nursing homes we should all be working off the same playbook when it comes to protecting Americans we have to we need to be consistent and adopting measures to limit the spread of the virus the viruses the same whether it's spreading in cities towns or rural communities the tools and tactics for attacking it are similar no matter where you go you know I don't way you go you have some hotspots throughout the world right now that people would have never thought possible and they're being very seriously affected the key among these efforts are breaking chains of transmission between people these measures have been adopted by many companies universities and schools and we want to protect the safety and the health of their employees and their students I encourage everyone to follow the guidelines we've issued by CDC and these common-sense measures a lot of it's common sense for the areas where the virus is spreading the CDC is advising communities to pose phone large gatherings postpone assemblies social functions and sporting events stagger recess and lunch for schools but aren't canceled limited person meetings increased scheduled cleanings and canceled work sponsored travel among numerous other steps that can be taken Americans are the strongest and most resilient people on earth and in the coming weeks we will all have to make changes and sacrifices but these short-term sacrifices will produce long-term gain and again I've said we're learning a lot for the future and future problems like this or worse or worse it could get worse the next eight weeks are critical we can learn and we will turn a corner on this virus some of the doctors say it will wash through it will flow through interesting terms and very accurate I think you're gonna find in a number of weeks it's going to be a very accurate term in times of hardship the true character of America always shines through we live in the company of the greatest heroes and the most inspiring citizens anywhere in the world we want to take care of our people we want to draw on the strength of our history draw in the strength of our people and we will get through this all together we will just get through it so much progress has already been made and frankly the numbers because the steps that have been taken or at a level that a lot of people are surprised especially when you compare them with other places with far smaller populations the spirit in the will of our nation is unbreakable we will defeat this threat when America's tested America rises to the occasion and to those families and citizens who are worried and concerned for themselves and their loved ones I want you to know that your federal government will unleash every authority resource and tool in its disposal to safeguard the lives and health of our people so we're with you every step of the way no nation is more prepared or more equipped to face down this crisis as you know we are rated number one in the world we're also helping other nations many other nations were helping them a lot and they're doing ok in some cases in some cases they're not doing well at all but we're working with a lot of groups of people and a lot of other nations with faith and heart and hope and love and determination we will succeed we will prevail we will be very very successful and we'll learn for the future thank you all very much if you have any questions we can take so go ahead please and if you'd like to ask some of the folks up here would be fine please mr. president where are you with the House bill yesterday we talked to you in the Oval Office you were opposed to it what has happened since then and and what's the holdup on that well we just don't think they're giving enough we don't think the Democrats are giving enough we're negotiating we thought we had something but all of a sudden and they didn't agree to certain things that they agreed to so we could have something but we don't think they're giving enough they're not they're not doing what's right for the country and if I could ask doctor foul sure go ahead please Thank You mr. president you just mentioned waiving interest for student loans you talked about buying oil from the from the SPR or adding to the SPR what other specific targeted measures is your administration thinking about taking the Treasury secretary Stephen douching said today that you're just in the second inning of games that you want the undergo that's true and we are looking at many different things as you know you know some of them they've been written about very widely but we're gonna be releasing a paper in about two hours stating quite a few other steps very important once please go ahead please thank you so much mr. president I wonder I want to know if you are in contact with the Brazilian president both senado after a member of his delegation who was with you Saturday was tested positive and also senator I want to ask another question if you let me senators Lindsey Graham and also Senator Scott Rick's card herself isolating you planning to take any kind of Prakash or any precautionary measure to protect you and also your staff who was there no we have no symptoms whatsoever and we have we had a great meeting with the president of Brazil Paulson our oh great guy very very tremendous he's done he's doing a fantastic job for Brazil and as you know he tested negative meaning nothing wrong this morning and we got that word too because we did have dinner with him we were sitting next to each other for a long period of time but are you in contact with him over the coronaviruses we have we're talking about it country to country but we did discuss if he had a problem it was reported that he may have it and he doesn't fortunately much mr. president dr. foutch she said earlier this week that the lag in testing was in fact a failing do you take responsibility for that and when can you guarantee that every single American who needs a test will be able to have a test what's the date of that yeah no I don't take responsibility at all because we were given a a set of circumstances and we were given rules regulations and specifications from a different time was it meant for this kind of an event with the kind of numbers that we're talking about and what we've done is redesigned it very quickly with the help of the people behind me and we're now in very very strong shape I think we'll be announcing as I said Sunday night and this will start very quickly and we have will have the ability to do in the millions over a very very quick period of time so no and what we have done and we are going to be leaving a very indelible print for the future in case something like this happens again but it was a and that's not the fault of anybody and frankly the old system worked very well for smaller numbers much smaller numbers but not for these kind of numbers Tony maybe you have by Sunday night will every American be to get a test so just to reiterate what I said to many of you multiple times it's a distance of a system the system was not designed for what it was designed for it worked very well the CDC designed a good system if you want to get the kind of blanket testing and availability that anybody can get it or you could even do surveillance to find out what the penetrance is you have to embrace the private sector and this is exactly what you're seeing because you can't do it without it so when I said that I meant the system was not designed for what we need now looking forward the system will take care of it mr. president and if you go back please if you go back to the swine flu it was nothing like this they didn't do testing like this and actually they had lost approximately 14,000 people and they didn't do the testing they started I thinking about testing when it was far too late what we've done and one of the reasons I think people are respecting what we've done we've done it very early we've gotten it very early and we've also kept a lot of people out ministration said that they had tested a million people at this point you will ask them how they did with the swine flu is a disaster respective next place next place they had a very big failure with swine flu a very big failure president I want to ask you about the European travel ban that goes into effect at midnight tonight and the exemption that you've offered to the UK there are 17 countries that are in the so-called Schengen zone that have fewer coronavirus cases than the UK and just in the past 24 hours the UK has added 208 coronavirus cases to their total why do they mr. president deserve an exemption and would you consider adding them to this travel ban list well that was recommended to me by a group of professionals and we are looking at it based on the new numbers that are coming out and we may have to include them in the list of countries that we will you could say ban or whatever it is during this period of time but yeah the numbers have gone up fairly precipitously over the last 24 hours so we may be adding that and we may be adding couple of others and we may frankly start thinking about taking some off Thank You mr. president I'm not corresponding with hong kong phoenix TV um you have been mentioned you have mentioned that the number in china has been decreasing in china has made tremendous progress in the past weeks I'm wondering how much confidence does this give you to control the virus in the United States and do you see the data China has been sharing with the United States has been helpful I think it has been helpful we've been working very much with China I've spoken as you know with President Xi they went through hell and their numbers are starting to look very good they're really they're really looking very good we're very happy about that and we are sharing data yes in fact we're sharing quite a bit of data including the fact that some of our pharmaceutical companies are working over there right down with large groups of people yeah go ahead please Thank You mr. president you spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau yesterday did you discuss the potential closing of the border between the Canada and the US and by extension are you considering ways to salvage the two billion dollar daily trade between the two countries so we didn't discuss the border we've had a very good relationship just about finished with the u.s. MCA as you know he called actually called me to tell me that I think that was the primary reason for the call at the time his wife had not been diagnosed and she's a lovely lady wonderful lady great lady and since then I've heard read that the result was that she has it and there was a little surprise I think he was surprised also we did discuss it prior to she's going to be fine but he thought that she would not most likely have the virus unfortunately she does but we didn't discuss the border yesterday don't go ahead please if you have any questions for these great geniuses up here you should even a business question related to what we're talking about mister president Russell Palumbo from ABC News Miami is a relatively new Floridian what is your message today to the cruise line industry in the travel industry that Florida depends upon and since senator Rick Scott and miami-dade Mayor Carlos Jimenez have the same exposure as you and they ourself I like isolating what's your message to them that they shouldn't be well I don't know that I had exposure but I don't have any of the symptoms and we do have a white house doctor and I should say many White House doctors too frankly and I asked them that same question and they said you don't have any symptoms whatsoever and we don't want people without symptoms to go and do the tests the test is not insignificant as far as the cruise line business we're with them all the way it's a great business it's a great US business frankly and I know how important they are to the country that includes Airlines but the cruise line business obviously was hit very hard we had a tremendous success out in Oakland where we moved at vice president pence did a fantastic job with that we worked with UK we worked with Canada and they took their people back in Canada's approximately 600 people UK likewise took a large number of people back to the United Kingdom and we have people quarantined it was a big operation and worked out really you don't hear about it anymore it worked out really well Mike you may even want to say something about that because that was really done properly well thank you mr. president and that that that program with the grand princess the ship is continuing to be administered in the highest standards orderly way as the president directed and Americans that needed treatment have received them I spoke to the governor of Iowa today and some of those who now have been cleared are are able in proper supervision to be returning to Iowa they're making arrangements for them to do that others in Texas others in Georgia again it's another example of the extraordinary operation governor Abbott Governor Gavin Newsom governor Bryant Kim of Georgia but to add to that the president directed me last Saturday to travel down to Miami we met with all the leaders of the cruise line industry several cruise lines have announced a 60-day pause in operations our Department of Homeland Security has praised them for doing that because of the unique health challenges particularly presented to seniors with underlying conditions we have a proposal from the cruise line industry but they're currently considering what other steps that they might take perhaps even similar to what those other lines have taken we're anticipating some response on that in the next 24 hours but as the president said the American people cherish our cruise line industry men and women who work on the ships men and women who work on the shore all the economies that are so benefited by a vibrant cruise line industry and what the president's directed us to do is whether there whether there is a pause in the moment as some cruise lines are doing and as we all continue to discuss we want to work with the cruise line industry to ensure that when we come through this that cruise lines and the medical services that are available and for the passengers and and all of the crew that the cruise lines are safer than ever before and can prosper for many years to come go ahead please this question is for dr. Zhao Zhi and Burke Burke's doctor fowey based on what you currently know what is the trajectory for when this outbreak will peak how long will the American people have to remain on this emergency footing and for dr. Burks as the administration tries to get its arms around this testkit shortage issue the next glaring need could be respirators and related hospital equipment so what does the administration doing right now to ramp up production of respirators and then that kind of equipment should this outbreak persist so when you have an outbreak like this particularly if you're trying to interfere with it it's really impossible to predict the time element of when it's going to peak and when it's naturally going to go down so if you look at the situation where countries really did not get to the point of trying to contain and mitigate very well you see a peak over several weeks and then down again over other several weeks what we're trying to do with the efforts that we're doing is to blunt that peak and I mentioned that many times and I think it's important and appropriate for me to mention it again because it answers your question when you talk about preventing infections from without in which is the kind of travel restrictions we're talking about then how do you handle what you already have in your country you continue some sort of containment but you also do mitigation and you try to proportionate to the areas where there are the most infections the success of that and how much you make this turn into this is going to give you the amount of time if we're successful it'll be less if we're not successful it's going to be more but these kind of things generally run out in a few months hopefully we'll make it several weeks eight nine whatever weeks but I can't give you a number because it depends on how successful we are great thank you it's a great question and dr. Falchi and I've worked together a very long time and continue it's a privilege to work with them every day so I think you can learn very and I appreciate there was some graphics done by some of the reporting over the last several days if you align the data from China with the data with South Korea you can start to see as to complete overlay of that data and so that's what we're tracking very closely as well as Italy but you have an excellent question I just want to make one note in South Korea I want to repeat only 4% of the tests were positive that means 96% of the people had a different respiratory disease because we're in the middle of flu season cold season and all of the other respiratory diseases that we get every day in LabCorp inquests early data they're running about one to two percent positive that means that we have a lot more other respiratory disease out there besides the corona virus and that's why the screening is critical but even with the screening we're gonna reload run what we think are very low rates needless to say though we're taking extraordinarily seriously to plan for what could come not what what doctor felt you talked about blunting the curve that makes it much less high need at that peak of the curve that we're all planning for so we're in full inventory of all of our assets by the president unlocking and this emergency order and the Secretary of HHS is ability it unlocks all of those stockpiles those needs what the VA has what the DoD has what the National Guard has and what every hospital has and the hospital emergency preparedness plan allows them to defer elective issues to keep those hospital beds open for those who might need them so we're in full planning mode for each of those things and I might add that we are in the process and in some cases have already done it ordered a large number of respirators just in case we hope we don't need them but we've ordered a large number yeah guy please thank you very much mr. president in your speech to the nation you mentioned the situation in China and South Korea have improved and you're thinking about remove the restrictions also the warning right in place right now when can we expect that announcement and how do you see the overall progress that asian countries make well some are making progress some are not as you know but some are making as they make progress as they get down to the number that we all think is right that they know is right we know is right we'll be opening it up and some are really moving along rapidly we hope to be able to open things up as quickly as possible go ahead please go ahead I'd like to ask secretary czar and dr. Foust Fozzy just how dr. foul Qi okay all right better not a hundred percent but 90 percent this affects the elderly primarily and in that sense it's an unusual disease is any specific research being done as to why it affects our senior citizens more than others so I I don't mean to to diminish your your question but we already know why it would affect senior citizens more because when you talk about anything that requires a robust immune system as you get older your immune system is not as potent as it is when you are young and that's the reason why when you talk about even influenza which we have extraordinary experience with over decades and decades the people who are very vulnerable are the elderly and those with underlying conditions the same thing holds true for a variety of other disease why cancer is more prevalent in some in mostly in older individuals of course the immune system that screens for it is less robust so it really is something that is kind of well known over a lot of studies Oh a n oh yeah mr. president the Chinese officials are expressing some tones of discontent with how we're the source of this virus has come from and they're spinning some odd narratives what are your response to the Chinese officials who are doing that and have they signaled any kind of resistance to upcoming trade talks in in response to how we're handling the deal with China they're gonna be buying 250 billion dollars worth of goods and fifty billion from our farmers and it's a great deal for our country it's about time somebody did that and frankly phase 2 we'll start negotiating I did read one article but I don't think that article was representative certainly not in my conversations with President Xi and they know where it came from we all know where it came from Thank You mr. president you Michel thunder from PBS newshour my first question is you said that you don't take responsibility but you did disband the white house pandemic office and the officials that were working in that office left this administration abruptly so what responsibilities do you take to that and the officials that worked in that office said that you that the white house lost valuable time because that office wasn't disbanded what do you make of that well I just think it's a nasty question because what we've done is and Tony had said numerous times that we've saved thousands of lives because of the quick closing and when you say me I didn't do it we have a group of people I could I could ask perhaps by administration but I could perhaps ask Tony about that because I don't know anything about it I mean you say you say we did that I don't know anything about it you don't know spending ministration perhaps they do that you know people let people go you used to be with a different newspaper than you are now you know things like that happen please go ahead we're doing a great job let me tell you these professionals behind me and the these great incredible doctors and businesspeople the best in the world and I can say that whether it's retailers or or labs or anything you want to say these are the best of the world we're doing a great job and we have 40 people right now 40 compare that with other countries that have many many times that amount now one of the reasons we have 40 and others have and again that number is going up just so you understand and a number of cases which are very small relatively speaking it's going up but we've done a great job because we acted quickly reacted early and there's nothing we could have done that was better than closing our borders to highly infected areas please go ahead Thank You mr. president an essay at least for ntn24 for a latin-american country and also for Spain Laura Thoren Anton address I would like to ask you two very brief questions one for how long we're gonna have the emergency I mean the national emergency and I hope not long but it's there now and it gives tremendous powers for things that we need tremendous power actually and the Stafford Act and various other things that were involved where then have studied and memorized in so many different ways and forms it gives the kind of power that we need to get rid of this virus and we're going to do it very quickly and I hope we won't need it very long but whatever it takes so for now we still don't know for how long and I have something very important I wanted to ask you is like how do you think do you really think it's essential coordinating with other countries and learning from the lessons that they already suffer the same situation countries of course like China and South Korea but now recently Italy and Spain how is that coordination done very yeah we're in touch with Italy and you know it's a it's a country that we love we have tremendous millions and millions of people originally origins from Italy and we're working with them there in a very there and probably relatively speaking the toughest position of all we're in touch with everybody we're in touch with when I say everybody we're in touch with many of the countries that you know about that you're writing about and they're calling us asking for advice they're asking for the advice of the people behind me Italy's got a tough situation but they're they're really they have really clamped down and I think they're gonna see some very good results it's tough what they did they really took their medicine but they're going to see some much better results yeah Jeff thank you sir with regard to domestic travel should Americans feel safe or should Americans at all be traveling to states such as Washington State New York and other hotspots with in this country and a follow up on Brazil you're asking people who come back from America from Europe Americans were coming back from Europe to self quarantine for a couple weeks you were in a picture with somebody who now has coronavirus from Brazil at mar-a-lago how is that different well I'll tell you first of all I'm not coming back from someplace exposed we there was somebody that they say has it I have no idea who he is but I take pictures and it lasts for literally seconds I don't know the gentleman that we're talking about have no idea who he is I haven't seen the picture I said there's a picture of somebody but I take sometimes hundreds of pictures a day and that night I was taking hundreds of pictures so I just don't know now I did sit with the president for probably two hours but he's tested negative so that's good it's just a matter of it's good and go ahead please I would say if you stay home it's not bad it's not bad now there are certain parts of the country that are essentially have known zero problem Washington's been very tough in particular a nursing home and Washington the state of Washington has been very tough it's been a big percentage of when you talk about the forty deaths that's been a big percentage of the deaths as you know very well and they all came from a very a certain area unfortunately please go ahead go ahead okay thank you very much mr. president cause Ely Lynch Sky News you talk this week about the UK doing a good job in tackling coronavirus in light of the rising cases are you changing your mind about that you also just spoke about possible travel restrictions have you discussed when they might be put in place well in light of the results as we discussed before a lot of the results we're gonna be looking at it and I know the the task force is looking at it very strongly vice president everybody but it was looking good but they've the results have been building up pretty rapidly so will will be taking another look at that yes absolutely go ahead please mr. president thank you I want to first follow up on Jeff's question because the person you were standing next to whether you know who he is or not tested positive for coronavirus dr. Falchi said this morning if you stand next to somebody who tested positive you should self isolate and get a test you say your White House doctor is telling you something different who should Americans listen to and my second I think they have to listen to their doctors and I think they shouldn't be jumping to get the test unless it's necessary but I think they have to listen to their doctors and I mean I don't know that I haven't seen the picture somebody said there's a picture with somebody taking a picture with me but I haven't seen it you don't have symptoms are you being selfish by not getting tested and potentially why did say I wasn't going to be tested are you going to be most likely yeah mostly not for that reason but because I think I will do it anyway well you a fairly soon we're working on that we're working out a schedule my second question is you go ahead please go ahead yeah I know there's been a lot of talk about testing I just want to make sure we're clear though because we've been hearing from doctors who say as of today they still can't get patients tested who need a test so as of today can everyone who a doctor once have tested get tested and if not win that's been true for a while but I'll let Mike one of the ends of that like well as the president said and dr. Falchi has articulated the nature of our current system where the CDC has samples sent and tests are perform or State labs perform tests or in some cases University and hospital labs perform tests it's generally adequate for infectious disease or for people getting a diagnostic work done but given the sheer scale of this the president tasked us with bringing together this extraordinary public and private partnership today by some estimates when you add all the labs together and today the president made it possible for every state in the country and their state labs to authorize labs across their state to do coronavirus testing we're we're estimating somewhere between 15 and 20 thousand tests a day are able to be performed but very soon with with the program that was announced today Americans will be able to visit one of the sites closest to them as described on the website if they're symptomatic if the questionnaire indicates it be able to have a test there and these incredible companies will will process the tests and and they'll receive that information but for now the best advice that we can give for people is to speak to their doctor as the president just said and if the doctor indicates that physician if it's not a University Hospital or otherwise authorized lab can contact the state lab and again every state lab in the country can perform tests today but what the president charged us with when I was tasked to take over the White House coronavirus task force was open up tests all across the country the president said a few days ago that we made it clear that any American that wanted to get a test would be able clinically to get a test because I literally heard from the governor of Washington State who said the doctors in Washington state were saying that if you were only mildly symptomatic they would not order a test and fortunately the president directed CDC to clarify that now anyone in consultation with their physician regardless of their symptoms can request a test and their doctors will contact those those agencies those labs in their state but very soon Americans will be able to go to these these drive-in sites and be able to obtain and participate in a test dr. Burks is there more to amplify that I think that's that's perfectly said I think just to review what's 4-time about the testing with LabCorp and quest i think many of you have been to doctors office and seen the little boxes outside what they do is they deliver both the specimen collection piece because remember it's a nasal swab it's not a tube of blood so they've delivered that to doctors offices and hospitals and then they will arrange to pick that up the important piece in this all is they've gone from a machine that may have a lower throughput to the patate potential to have automated extraction I know you don't want all these details but it's really key for the laboratory people it's an automated extraction of the RNA that then runs in an automated way on the machine with no one touching it and the result comes out of the other end so sample two machine two results that cuts out a lot of the manual pieces that were happening that we're delaying the test results and so with that what's the timeline like from when you're tested to when you get results like next week what should people expect well with the prior testing it was taking several days because the test is slower we believe with this test because of its throughput that the testing can be from start remember it has to transport to the laboratory that we'll run it and then we're hoping that all can be finished within 24 hours which is very similar to other tests that you receive today these are not point-of-care tests we are working on point-of-care tests but we have to realize point-of-care tests take six months or more to develop so we're not waiting for those we're still diagnosing this on nucleic acid so as an antibody this is actually the antigen the the actual virus in your nose that were amplifying I think you have to remember though we're working very closely with States and this you have a smaller form and more targeted form of government going in and doing it like in New York where the relationship is very good like gavin newsom where he made some very complimentary guy that's california he made some really complimentary comments the other day about how we're working together we worked on the ship together but we worked on a lot of other things together having to do with this and we'll really the relationship that we have I can't think of a bad relationship we're helping them we're funding them in some cases depending on what it is you're talking about and we're all working together very closely so we've done really I think a tremendous job of of teamwork with the different states right one or two more and if you have if you have questions for these folks does anybody have a question for the folks up here who has a question up here you have okay go ahead if you have a question go ahead thank you I have one for you as well because I haven't heard this ask them first yes I will okay with regards to the CEOs can you please tell us when you expect to see items like hand sanitizer that have been going out of stock very quickly back on the shelves there have been a lot of reports about that and for You mr. president could you talk about a potential bailout for the cruise industry you would suggested that could happen is that something you're still looking at and how much would that be well I didn't suggest that it could happen but I can tell you it's an industry that was very badly impacted by what's going on with the virus and it's a great industry it's a very important industry and we will be helping them and we will be helping the airline industry if we have to assuming we have to so far people have been asking but if they should be asking will we want to make sure our airline is very strong and then one day and one day all of a sudden wasn't looking so good interestingly we're just talking or so key to Doug and the numbers they're doing from the retailing standpoint I guess because of this your business is like the opposite all of you have didn't you've been selling a lot of a lot of stuff do you want to answer the question as to the hand sanitizers specifically the areas where we're seeing pressure in the supply chain are surface cleaners cleaning supplies paper goods in particular and hand sanitizer is going to be very difficult to have a hundred percent in stock on for some time we're still replenishing it and shipping it but as soon as it's the stores it's going the same things true for the categories I just mentioned so all the retailers will be working hand in hand with the suppliers to bring that to the market as fast as we can what is your advice though for Americans who are seeking those items what is your advice for selling out online their selling out in the stores I think I think this team has given you other example what people can do to fight back against this virus and you should look at the entire list I mean obviously it sounds very simplistic but wash your hands as often as you possibly can and I know you're not always in a position to be able to wash your hands but wash them is as much as you can if you don't have the the alcohol wipes try and get them if you can't get them just try as best as possible to do it I mean you got to do the best you can well just general preparedness you know you want to wash your hands you want to keep distance from people and if you're around someone sick keep away from them this is basic basic public health no these guys are selling a lot of toilet paper I don't know there seems to give some guidance that that that toilet paper is not an effective protection against getting the corona virus there it's selling out but the soap and water hot water soap 20 seconds that's how you do it thank you very much mr. president you have a great team of course that's true my question is mr. president are you happy from the Chinese response what correctly really told you what really happened those days and second Prime Minister Modi or India have closed borders until April 15th if you have spoken with the Prime Minister of India and if they have needed any help and finally sir any message for the small businesses because they are losing some businesses because of this thank you sir well on small businesses the Small Business Administration is now stacked with money to help them and we're going to make the money readily available if they needed small businesses we had a great time in India it was an incredible two days and he's a great friend of mine and he's a friend of his people because he was greeted incredibly warmly as was I in that stadium I was an incredible event and I loved being with him so just say hello to him but we we talk about everything we talked about far more than just borders and as far as president she likewise he's a friend of mine I believe that we are dealing in good faith that we just worked to as you know as I just said he we just worked at an incredible deal big deal one of the biggest deals ever made of any kind big even by the standards of some of the people here the deal with China but I think that they want to get to the bottom of things also we're working our drug companies our pharmaceutical companies are working very closely with China and with India as you know and with all over the world and they're all over the world these are magnificent companies that are very very knowledgeable and it's we're very lucky to have them because I think you're going to come up with whether it's therapeutic or whether it's just help helping getting better and then ultimately a vaccine which takes a little bit longer because of the test periods and a couple of other reasons you're gonna have it very quickly because of the the great knowledge and they'll have it very quickly they've made a tremendous amount of progress thank you all very much we appreciate it thank you thank you very much president Trump concluding a rather lengthy news conference there in the Rose Garden along with other officials about the government's response to coronavirus the president declaring a national emergency that essentially unlocks billions of dollars I think he said fifty billion dollars it can be used now in the fight he also noted a new partnership being formed with US officials and private companies that he says and believes will expand the availability of testing for the virus in addition we learned about a website that will be going up soon that will allow people to essentially enter their symptoms and and what they've experienced and go down a list that will guide them as to whether they should receive or undergo testing let's go to Kristin Walt Welker right now who was at that news conference Kristen what are some of the other headlines there well I think you hit the big ones Lester and just to reiterate the president declaring a national emergency which will he said tap into some fifty billion dollars which will essentially give more funds to state and local government so that they can help to fight those who've been impacted by the coronavirus so they can help to fight the spread and so that there can be more testing moving forward of course that has been a critical issue let me just tick through some of the other big headlines from this news conference Lester and there were a number of them I'll start with my question I asked the president if he takes responsibility for the fact that there was a lag in testing for the fact that to this day 50 days into this crisis you still have people saying they cannot get tested and yet they are showing symptoms the president not taking responsibility and when I pressed him on specifically when can every American expect to have a test at the ready the president could not give a specific date although he did say we are expecting to have many more by Sunday and certainly within the next week to several weeks looking forward another headline I thought from this exchange Lester came toward the end when President Trump was pressed repeatedly about whether or not he's going to in fact get tested himself because he was pictured last week at mar-a-lago with the Brazilian official who later tested positive for the corona virus the president initially saying that his doctor said he didn't have to self quarantine but then finally at the end saying that it's possible he will get tested for corona virus he said we're working on that this is a real leadership moment for President Trump and the question remains will he essentially do as he is telling people to do which is to get tested if you have any concern if you have come into proximity with someone who's been impacted bottom line this is an administration that has been under fire for not acting quickly enough and today President Trump taking his most robust action yet to address the crisis Kristin thank you let me go to moderator of Meet the Press Chuck Todd in our Washington bureau chuck it seemed the president was taking this at a new level of seriousness that we have not perhaps seen from him before there was also the political point of this as to whether Congress can get together whether they can come up with something look I will say this I thought the president's tone gave off a mixed message the event itself I think gave a strong message but as he took questions and as he talked about the precautions that are being taken any kind said well there that's kind of good or I'm okay it certainly did send I think a bit of mixed messaging but let's let's let's be blunt about this today's event felt a week too late I mean when you think about what dr. Fauci told Congress earlier this week that sort of we blew it on testing and in some ways what we could have gotten from testing when it came to containment or mitigation strategy that's that's moot now now the issue of testing and testing capacity is simply to find out who has it and who doesn't in order to separate that out I think the show of force today was very necessary for this administration getting the private sector involved but again it felt almost as if this should have been a week ago and I think frankly there's some people on that stage today dr. pouchy included almost indicated that all right Chuck thank you let me bring in our senior business correspondent Stephanie ruhle along with our medical correspondent dr. John Torres Stephanie let me begin with you we were watching the stock market began to tick upward as the president and the team of folks spoke this is exactly what investors what the market has been asking for more than monetary or fiscal policy they have said we want to see a massive coordinated effort to resolve this public health emergency and they got to see all the heavy hitters they like as far as corporate America you had Doug McMillon from Walmart who's not just the CEO of Walmart he's the head of the Business Roundtable you had CVS Walgreens Roche LabCorp quest so from the perspective of every time you've seen the president speak about the corona virus you've seen the market tanked today investors got what they wanted every one of those companies their stock went up in the last twenty five minutes John Anthony Fauci my really appreciate the idea that they're finally now partnering with the private sector to really get this testing thing going this idea of a website break it down does this seem like something that may begin to accelerate testing yeah I think it will accelerate testing I think it's a great idea and I agree with him one of the big issues has been relying on the CDC to develop those tests and that's just something that we do other countries don't necessarily do and so they're able to get them out a lot faster than we are that's a big been a big criticism you know the issue is why is it taking so long for them to I'm not sure of that but them having now gotten the private partnerships is certainly going to accelerate this and I think this is a great idea of saying let's put this question here online people can go the question there if it answers yes here's where you need to go drive through and get your test that's gonna solve a lot of issues with getting that test and finding out where the outbreaks are which even dr. Fauci said is one of the critical things we need to know to blunt that curve all right dr. John thanks and we'll have you on to answer some questions with us tonight on Nightly News so a declaration of a national emergency by the president a in response to the corona virus pandemic as his approach to the crisis continues to evolve confirm cases now in the u.s. now exceed 2000 that's 2,000 since the outbreak began with 42 deaths health officials warned that at least in the short term those numbers will continue to rise we will continue to bring the latest on this evolving crisis including full details when we see you on NBC Nightly News for now I'm Lester Holt in New York good day everyone [Music]