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but due to our support under operation warp speed and to some of the incredible scientists involved they've reached phase three trials by september far ahead of schedule we encourage americans to enroll in the vaccine trial it's not only interesting it'll be a terrific thing for our country we encourage everybody to enroll as many people as we can today my administration announced that we are awarding 200 million dollars of cares act funding to all 50 states to prepare to distribute the vaccine to high-risk residents and we want to do that the instant it is approved not the following day but the following moment and so we're going to be doing that and we'll be distributing getting it ready because we have some great vaccines going to be coming out through operation warp speed we also continue to accelerate life-saving therapies we're seeing promising results that are monoclonal antibody treatments which help the immune system fight the virus and help very significantly refining can reduce hospitalizations now by more than 70 percent by cutting red tape and unleashing america's medical genius we've reduced the fatality rate 85 since april for individuals under 50 they've they have a 99.98 rate of survival from the china virus that's a number that's been in really increasing substantially with time as children go back to school we're encouraged that early research shows only a small degree of spread brown university conducted a study of more than 550 schools across 46 states and found that only 0.076 of students had confirmed cases of the virus that's a tiny percentage and only 0.15 percent of teachers had confirmed cases patients coming to the emergency room due to the virus is down to only 1.6 of all emergency room visits the lowest since the pandemic began 1.6 emergency room visits as far as protecting the vulnerable is concerned we provided over 21 billion dollars to our nursing homes and we are really focused on the nursing homes everybody including our governors we have governors are working very closely with the task force and with the vice president and everybody involved we've sent rapid testing devices to nearly fourteen thousand certified nursing homes in the country this week we're sending hundreds of thousands of additional rapid tests to nursing homes to ensure they can test staff regularly and the staff now is being tested on a very very powerful and on a regular basis but uh very strongly at the finest level the highest level on the best tests we're encouraged that the number of americans getting the flu vaccine is increasing by roughly 50 compared to last year substantially up the flu when it's mixed with covid or china virus is going to be very interesting to see what happens but that can drive numbers and we just don't know what that will be yet but you'll have flu numbers and you'll have some covet numbers i think we're rounding the turn very much you see what's happening in europe however they have a very big spike countries that we thought were doing well aren't doing well they had some very big spikes very a very big surge months ago we increased our nation's procurement of the flu vaccine by 66 percent and we ask americans to go get their annual flu shot as early as possible it's possible i would imagine scott that the flu can get mixed up with the virus and people can think it's the virus when actually it's another flu season coming on i don't know it's i hope they can keep them separate can they keep them separate we hope so i definitely will it's going to be a very interesting time but we have a flu season coming up we've had some flu seasons which are really massive over the years over many years and we have some that are much less so but it's still significant so i hope they can separate them because it's it's pretty close in the past four months we've created 10.6 million jobs we cut unemployment rate nearly in half the unemployment rate is cut nearly in half larry kudlow is here he'll be discussing that in a little while retail sales are up 121 percent that's far above what we thought manufacturing is up 61 that's above also above our schedule and our schedule is a heavy schedule automobile production is up six-fold homebuilders sentiment is at the highest level in history that's an amazing statement larry the highest level in history that means people are thinking good thoughts home sales are at the highest level in nearly 15 years small business optimism is higher than any time under the last administration substantially higher small business optimism higher than at any time over the last more than the last administration today i was proud to award nine companies and organizations with the first ever pledge to america's workers presidential award this award recognizes outstanding training programs that are giving americans the skills to hone a trade and earn a great living great people over 400 companies have competed and committed to 16 million training opportunities for the american worker and it's really been amazing we've created the fastest economic recovery in american history you are witnessing it you're part of it our approach is pro-science biden's approach is anti-science if you look it's i don't think they know what their approach is although a lot of it's copied from what we've done biden opposed the china travel ban and the europe travel ban and the strategy that they have was just never ending lockdowns we're not locking down we're actually growing at a rate that we've never experienced before but they're talking about if you have a question just lock it down we're not doing that and you can't do that our plan will crush the virus and actually uh biden's plan will crush america if you think about it you can't lock down again we're growing at levels that nobody's ever seen before our plan is unleashing a rapid recovery our opponent's plan would hurt america very badly send us into a depression and with all of that being said we are going to be having a very exciting saturday at five o'clock in the rose garden where i'll be putting forth my nominee for supreme court justice and i think it will be a a great nominee a brilliant nominee as you know it's a woman we've brought it down to five women it's time for a woman to um to be chosen with everything that's happened and with justice ginsburg's passing we are going to go sometime tomorrow morning as i understand it to pay our respects and we'll be over there and i guess they probably put that announcement down but that'll be done tomorrow morning the vice president was there today and so uh if you have any questions we'll take a few questions right here mr president uh real quickly when loser draw in this election will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election and there has been rioting in louisville there's been rioting in many cities across this country red and your so-called red and blue states will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election well we're gonna have to see what happens you know that i've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster and that but people are rioting do you commit to making sure that there's a peaceful transfer we want to get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very trans we'll have a very peaceful there won't be a transfer frankly there'll be a continuation the ballots are out of control you know it and you know who knows it better than anybody else the democrats know it better than anybody else go ahead the second question is will you please go ahead you asked me a question mr president do you go after the russians say it mr president do you plan to meet with barbara lego at the white house i cannot hear you through i'm sorry uh do you plan to meet with barbara lego in washington and is she still on your shortlist she is on my list i don't have a meeting planned uh but she is on my list uh do you have i don't really talk about the meetings planned i i speak to people i talk to people uh but i don't have a meeting planned now do you uh have a response to the governor of missouri uh testing positive for coronavirus i didn't know that no mr president um we asked you earlier today about uh the brianna taylor case yes can you comment now i assume you've been briefed on the charges in the book well i thought it was really brilliant kentucky attorney general daniel cameron is doing a fantastic job i think he's a star and he made a statement that i'll just read justice not justice is not often easy it does not fit the mold of public opinion and it does not conform to shifting standards it answers only to the facts and to the law if we simply act on emotion or outrage there's no justice mob justice is not justice justice sought by violence is not justice it just becomes revenge i mean i i heard that i said write that down for me please because i think it was a terrific statement um he's handling it very well uh you know who he is right you i think you know i think everyone now knows who he is uh i will be speaking to the governor and uh we have a call scheduled to make very shortly with the governor uh i understand he's called up the national guard which is a good thing i think it's a very positive thing and uh it'll all work out can i just follow on your supreme court nominee um it's highly unlikely that any democrats will vote for your nominee if it when it comes to a vote in in the senate given the posture a good candidate i think that's a pretty safe assumption but on that point would you want to nominate someone who in their confirmation to the appellate court received broad bipartisan support or would you be more inclined to put forward somebody whose confirmation fell along party lines i can't tell you what's going to happen with the democrats i can say this the person that i will be putting up and i won't say that i've even chosen that person yet i could say any one of the five they're outstanding women but the person i'll be putting up is highly qualified totally brilliant top of the line academic student the highest credentials all of them have that but the highest credentials and you'll see on saturday who that is i can't imagine why a democrat wouldn't vote for this person probably better on you yeah please go ahead thank you very much no i didn't not you we're right here thank you mr president uh prince harry and meghan markle uh chimed in on the u.s election and essentially encouraged people to vote for joe biden let me get your reaction to that i'm not a fan of hers and uh i would say this and she probably has heard that but uh i wish a lot of luck to harry because he's going to need it mr president the fda is reportedly considering stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of a coveted vaccine are you okay with that well i'd say what we're looking at that that has to be approved by the white house we may or may not approve it uh that sounds like a political move because when you have pfizer johnson and johnson modern are these great companies coming up with these the vaccines and they've done testing and everything else i'm saying why would they have to be you know adding great length to the process we want to have people not get sick the vaccine is very important it's the final step i believe it's going to be the final step and no we're looking at that but i think it's a i think that was a political move more than anything else on that sir it's designed to improve trust in the vaccine do you think that's not needed well i have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are uh so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests i mean i don't know that a government as big as we are could do tests like this we've made it possible for them to do the test in rapid fashion but when they come back and they say that we have something that works and absolutely works and they're coming back with great numbers and statistics and tests and everything else that they have to come back with i don't see any reason why it should be delayed further because if they delete delay in a week or two weeks or three weeks you know that's a lot of lives you're talking about scott would you agree with that or how do you feel about that yeah thanks um yeah i mean there is no i think that people don't understand what's going on with operation warp speed it's unprecedented what's happened here a typical vaccine takes roughly four years or so and now we're going to have a vaccine highly likely in in far less than one year but without cutting any safety corners because the president has done things concomitant to the development of the vaccine that is the manufacturing the logistics everything is being done at the same time and that's never been done before but there is zero cutting of safety concerns there is there should be no uh hesitation about the safety you shouldn't be punished by doing something faster than other people could have done or thought it's the opposite we have a pandemic the urgency is the pandemic not politics are you why would they do this when we come back with these great results and i think you will have those suspects why would we why would we be delaying it but uh we're gonna look at it we're gonna take a look at it and ultimately the white house has to approve it and maybe we will and maybe we won't but we'll be taking a look i have to leave for an emergency phone call i'm going to let scott and larry finish it larry's going to talk about it so i'll be uh i'll be back i will see you tomorrow one more question on brianna taylor we're in a time right now where americans feel like we are on this carousel mr president just one more question if i can't briana taylor people are protesting in the streets what is your message to them people feel like we are on this carousel we're another black lives mate so here we have dr scott atlas and larry kudlow um i encourage you all to be respectful and show a little bit of decorum here as they take your questions can you clarify for us uh your views on the impact of the virus spreading in the community that's been reporting that maybe you favor or have talked about or looked at some sort of heard community strategy he said to fox in july that when younger healthier people get the disease they don't have a problem with the disease low risk groups getting the infection is not a problem in fact it's a positive can you say what you meant by that is does that younger folks who are less susceptible i think i've answered this multiple times but i have never advocated a herd immunity strategy there has never been a desire to have cases spread through the community that's a false story i've denied that multiple times and i just don't that false story doesn't seem to die but that's the fact and the description of immunity coming when people get an infection is not something i'm inventing that but that has never been a policy that i have advocated there has never been a policy uh recommendation to pursue that to the president and that is not the president's policy 60 000 cases yesterday do you have any sense or does the task force have any sense of what is driving that that's the highest level in six weeks why are we still seeing cases at this level yeah well i mean there are several things to look at but the case metric is not the most important metric the most important metric are the following hospitalizations per day are coming down deaths per day are coming down number of people in the hospital is 47 lower than it was since its peak the number of people sick with coveted illness coming to the emergency room is 1.6 percent as the president said the lowest number since the pandemic began all of these trends are positive the cases per se are defined by tests if i tested a million people i would see more cases the only thing that counts are the the problems with the cases so when we see that hospitalizations per day are coming down people are not dying as much these are all very positive trends and that's exactly what we want to see go ahead dr dr atlas is there any bad blood between you and dr deborah burks no i saw the story in really a super journalism story uh dr burks speaks for herself but that that's a completely false story and she denied it today it's completely false when do you expect a vaccine yeah so this is a very important uh question the the vaccine is proceeding at an extremely rapid pace as we know everything's being done simultaneously so that the logistics and the uh technology in place to deliver it is ready to go as everyone knows and it depends on the data okay the the data is being monitored by an external group of experts called the data data safety monitoring board and when we have enough cases that when they see enough cases that have shown a statistically significant difference they will tell the company and then the company will say look at it and say yes we have it and we think that that has a good chance of happening in october of just that i follow you did say that last week in this room pretty much the same thing but you said it could be the truth yeah well i understand but i want to clear it up because you said it could be as late as january it could be after the election that there's no clear-cut time and that's what i want to make sure that that you're saying this is the current thinking that i have been told i'm not in charge of the vaccine development i'm relaying information and what i've been told is exactly what i said and there will be a hundred million plus doses available by the end of this year it is highly likely we will have a vaccine before the end of the year and it is also likely that we will say the data is good we have the vaccine and then it will be submitted of course for approval and authorization sometime in october but it depends on the on the data no one can really say with certainty when it's coming that's just impossible i don't see the data until the data happens dr redfield today said that more than 90 percent of the population remains susceptible to coronavirus do you agree with that assessment yeah i think that dr redfield uh misstated something there in the region last time i'm going to answer your question let me finish the the data on susceptible that he was talking about was his uh surveillance data that showed that roughly nine percent of the country has antibodies but when you look at the cdc data state by state much of that data is old some of it goes back to march or april before many of these states had the cases that's point number one point number two is that the immunity to the infection is not solely determined by the percent of people who have antibodies if you look at the research and there's been about 24 papers at least on the immunity from t cells this is different type of immunity than antibodies and without being boring the reality is that according to the papers from sweden singapore and elsewhere there is cross immunity highly likely from other infections and there is also t cell immunity and the combination of those makes the antibodies a small fraction of the people that have immunity so the answer is no it is not 90 of people that are susceptible to the infection so i guess my question is for i'm not a doctor i defer to your expertise on this end to his but so americans hear one thing from the cdc director and another thing from you who are we to believe you're supposed to believe the science and i'm telling you the science so he's not telling us i'm telling you the science and that's the answer and if you want to look up all the data you're free to you can also talk to the following epidemiologists why is he still going out before congress and speaking if you say he's mistaken today and the president said he mistreated last time americans are looking for the best information right now and i'm giving you the best information and it's confirmed by people like martin koldorf who's a harvard epidemiologist at harvard medical school let me finish please jay bhattacharya and johnny anitis both epidemiologists at stanford professor gupta university of oxford these are people who know the latest data on the immunology and what's happening and i just recited it to you i'm going to give scott a little time off i'm just going to give scott a little time off i want to reinforce some of the things that president trump said about the economy because that's very much a key part of the story we got some new numbers out late last week and this week and i wanted to underscore that if we can get the charts back up i want to show you some more examples of the d-shaped recovery i actually i i can jump in here this is from the census bureau report changing the number of people living in poverty during president trump's first three years pre-pandemic uh 6.6 million uh fewer people 6.6 million fewer people were living in poverty what's the number postponed and the um what's the number of post-tendons well we'll have to wait and see on that we're just getting nothing let me go to the uh under the obama uh years 787 000 people uh moved into poverty so that's a problem and we have the second chart isn't that way yeah no this is a brand new this stuff just came out lately right now if i if i may okay i just like accurate information this is the accurate information this is from the bureau and it just came back well let me just go back into this three years in the president trump's uh presidency under his policies real family income is probably the best measure of living standards there is real median household income grew by six thousand over six thousand dollars that is five times the rate of the eight years of the obama administration i hear people ask me legitimate questions i respect that that this is some kind of has been a k-shaped recovery where only the wealthy did well and the bottom did not do well in fact this is the middle real family income and i will add to that not only was this five times higher but the biggest gains came in the lower income levels significantly higher than the top one percent uh or the top uh 10 now let me hit another chart put this up uh see where we're sort of doing this by feel go ahead more charts there we go back to the v-shape recovery you've heard me speak about this i just want to underscore we got new production numbers uh this week this is a v-shaped recovery in automobiles a key sector of the economy and we had additional numbers on housing that i'd like to show confirming the v-shaped recovery housing housing there we go we're at an all-time high in home builders sentiment all right very important leading indicator a clear v-shape recovery and if anything it's strengthening and finally i think the last chart is on existing home sales here it is their highest reading in 14 years so i i just want to say we have more work to do with respect to the um to the recovery and return to economic health we have more work to do there is still hardship and there is still heartbreak you know but the numbers coming out how many americans are living in poverty right now actually that won't be wrong won't be reported i can only wait until the census bureau i don't know if you cover this beat a number of americans living in poverty right now do you happen to know that answer uh no because we're getting them you don't know i will wait you're an economic advisor right if you'll just stop nitpicking and let me explain these history numbers well you should have a history lesson too it will help you understand but i'm going to say to you these are census bureau numbers the most accurate comprehensive they are not out yet so i'm giving you the ones that were released late last week they're the most up-to-date numbers and under the president's policies of lower taxes and regulations and energy independence and better trade deals we've had a phenomenal increase in living standards five times what the prior administration had for eight years and we're proud of that and this is a topic that will come up again and again second point i want to make is while living standards went up poverty went down and inequality went down so the notion that under president trump only the top-end benefit is simply not true these are facts from the census bureau and they are backed up by many other facts that we've talked about as i've discussed with those of you and then finally the v-shape recovery we've got more work to do on unemployment and employment no question about that i think this is a self-sustaining recovery as i've said we would welcome some additional assistance in targeted areas uh particularly getting back to school and working on uh covert related safety precautions and health precautions we'd love to see an extension of the small business loans uh the ppp program but the recovery itself continues to move ahead nicely we're in the right direction and um this is no time to change did you policies on a pending stock deal that's going to be taking place in ipo in the hong kong stock exchanges and technology group they could raise as much as 40 billion dollars potentially the largest ipo in history there have been a lot of security national security concerns a lot of human rights concerns about the technology used potentially to suppress the uyghur people what is the administration's position on the ant technology group ipo i'm going to reserve comment on the deal itself but i will add to your question we are examining all these deals and publicly held companies china-based companies that may list on our exchanges we are examining them with respect to transparency possible fraudulent accounting this comes from a financial working group report and we've given them one year to shape up and get their books in order including their um backdrop books their supporting papers to prove to the public accounting board and the sec that they are safe for american investors uh with whole comment on that particular today in california the governor issued an executive order designed to move the state to the point where there will be no gas powered vehicles sold by 2035. what do you make of this move that's taking place in california do you expect it to to spread around the country and what are the polit the economic ramifications i don't expect it to spread with respect to governor newsom whom i know it just seems like a very extreme position i don't know how you get there i'll have a look at the proposal if there's more detail meat on the bones i don't see this happening elsewhere i don't think we should be taking any steps to get rid of fossil fuels for example and by the way there should be consumer choice for all automobiles and that includes electric automobiles but i'd have to look at the governor's proposal it just sounds very extreme to me i don't know how you do it larry do you think that the fight now over the supreme court nominee is going to have a major impact on the possibility to get ppp extended and what impact will that have on the economy if for example aid for airlines does not get extended in october you know it it doesn't have to interfere i mean you can walk and chew gum at the same time they operate on different lanes legislatively so i guess that's my take we would like very much to help the airlines we've told them that you can't run a healthy economy without the airline channel and we'll see what has to be done there with respect to possible legislation or even possibly with respect to executive administrative action we will take a look on that again you've heard me say i don't think this uh recovery right now is dependent on an additional assistance package but there are a number of targeted areas in that package including airlines most particularly small business loans and getting back to school that i think would be a big help and i just don't see if you can have agreement on four or five or six measures which is what's been happening even though you don't get the whole deal why not do it it'll help americans uh move ahead in terms of the recovery last one do you think that we need another broad stimulus package or do you think we'll do i think this one do we think do you think the us needs another broad stimulus package or do you favor sort of a la carte type measures like on airlines for instance yeah i think i would say to you sensible efficient targeted measures might be very helpful i don't think we need another gigantic multi-trillion dollar package and as i say you know the latest numbers coming in are looking very good the v-shape recovery i mean the atlanta fed gdp now model is showing over 30 percent growth in the third quarter uh the blue chip forecasters are well over 20 percent uh our view has been 20 plus uh we'll see we'll get that number uh in due course i'm just saying let's be smart about some of these assistance measures thank you haley is the president spoken to the family of rihanna taylor is that a yes nbc news now we've got some breaking news if they do go back to their jobs they want to make sure that they are