Monday, August 31, 2020

Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | August 31, 2020

Office of the Press Secretary


James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

5:45 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I'd like to begin by saying we've just closed out another month of stock market.  We had the best stock market -- Dow -- in 36 years.  That's very impressive.  So people are very happy with their 401(k)s and with the stocks that they have.  And that's a tremendous achievement: best in 36 years.

     Let me begin with a brief update on the China virus.  Over the last month, our new cases in the United States have declined by 38 percent.  Last week, we announced a breakthrough in testing that will allow us to have over 150 million rapid, point-of-care tests.  These tests return results in less than 15 minutes, and many will be deployed to nursing homes.  We're being focusing -- we're focusing very strongly on nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other locations that serve high-risk populations.  So we're going to have the 15-minute, and less, tests, and we will have 150 million rapid point-of-care tests.  That's something.

     This evening, I am pleased to announce that AstraZeneca vaccine has reached phase three clinical trials.  So that's joining another group of vaccines that are very close to the end and, hopefully, approval.  In the United States, we're doing things that nobody thought would have been even possible.  This is a process that would have taken, in some cases, years, and we did it in a matter of months.

     Thanks to the efforts of Operation Warp Speed, we remain on track to deliver a vaccine very rapidly, in record time.

     I also want to provide an update on left-wing political violence that we're seeing in Democrat-run cities.  Under my administration, federal law enforcement is working with state and local authorities all over the country to comb through hours of video, track down rioters, looters, and arsonists, and bring them to justice.  We've just come up with a report that we've arrested a large number of people.  It's over 200.  And you'll be hearing about that, but they've been arrested in various cities throughout the United States.  We're doing it very low key, but we're trying to help cities.  They are, in all cases, Democrat-run, but we're doing the best we can to help them without really much of a consent.

     We'd like to have the consent, as an example, in Portland.  We could solve that problem in approximately one hour, but the mayor refuses, perhaps for political reasons.  I don't know why it's good for him to have a city that's falling apart and that's under siege now for 94 days.  But, really, it's been under siege for years, if you know Portland.

     So, to the mayor, I say: Whenever you're ready, let us know.  We'll solve your problem of violence.  We'll solve your problem of crime.  We'll arrest those criminals very rapidly, and you'll be able to have some nice evenings in Portland.

     The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are announcing a joint operation center to investigate the violent, left-wing civil unrest.  And again, in Portland alone, the federal government has already taken care of and arrested 100 rioters, just in that one city.  The wave of violence and destruction that we've seen in recent weeks and months has occurred in cities exclusively controlled and dominated by the Biden -- Joe Biden party.  If you take a look, the top 10 in the country are Democrats; it's Democrat-run cities, and it's a shame, and it can be solved so easy.  It can be solved very easily.

     The violence is fueled by dangerous rhetoric from far-left politicians that demonize our nation and demonize our police.  We have to allow our police to do what they're very good at doing.  We've taken that power away.  They're afraid to lose their pension, their job, their everything.  They're afraid to be destroyed.

     You saw this when left-wing extremists attacked law-abiding citizens attending the Republic -- the Republican National Convention at the White House, including Senator Rand Paul and his wonderful wife Kelly.  What they went through, but other people went through it too.  And that was done very systematically.  That was done on purpose.  They knew we were having the convention, and they wanted to do everything they could to disrupt it.  And the good news is the public is very wise to it.  They see what's happening, and they're wise to it, and I think they are probably acting accordingly.

     Left-wing rioters are repeating the same false narrative about America that you hear about, the -- really, you hear this from people -- what they're saying, how they're saying it -- the violence, it's terrible.  And again, it's Democrat politicians.  I don't know that they’re spurring it on or they're afraid to stop it.  But in any event, we're there to help.  We're there to get things under control.

     What they did on Thursday night at the White House, just outside of the White House, to people that came from all over the world is a disgrace.  It's a disgrace.  And, frankly, the mayor -- Democrat mayor, Mayor Bowser -- should have done a better job.  She did a very poor job.  But at the same time, we had the police, who were very brave.  They helped Rand.  I guess, it started off with two, and they took a beating, if you can believe this.  They really took some heavy hits.  One went down but got right up, and two others joined them, and they were able to get Rand and Kelly through.

     But it was a terrible, terrible thing to witness.  But other people went through similar -- not to the extent, in terms of taping.  We don't have to the tapes as strong, but some people went through -- from what I heard -- as bad, or worse.

     The violent rioters share Biden's same talking points, and they share his same agenda for our nation.  And even his strange speech today that he made in Pittsburgh, he didn't mention the fact, and he didn't mention the far left.  He didn't mention the far left, or, from what I saw, I don't believe he mentioned the word “Antifa.”  Antifa is a criminal organization, and he didn't mention Antifa thugs, but mostly seemed to blame the police and law enforcement.

     He went on point after point after point.  He even talked about those on the right, but he didn't talk about those on the left.  And those on the left are the problem, and Antifa is the problem.  The rioters and Joe Biden have a side: They're both on the side of the radical left, and that is so obvious.

     And until that neutralizes, you're never going to have safe areas in those Democrat-run areas.  For months, Joe Biden has given moral aid and comfort to the vandals repeating the monstrous lie that these were peaceful protests.  They're not peaceful protests.  That's anarchy.  That’s -- you look at the agitators, you look at the looters, you look at the rioters -- that’s not a peaceful protest.

     They keep using the term -- it's so nice -- “peaceful protest.”  And behind the reporter, the cities are burning.  We could solve it very quickly if they ask us to come in, like we did in Minneapolis and like we just did in Wisconsin, where I'll be going tomorrow.  And at least the governor asked me if I could, we would -- I said, "You got to get the National Guard."  And he finally agreed to even a small number, but they were able to take care of things, and that was about five days ago, six days ago.  And ever since, it's been very good.

     Thirteen members of Biden's campaign staff donated to bail and -- rioters -- they're getting them out of jail.  Looters -- they got them out of jail.  And his running mate, Kamala, urged their supporters to do the same thing.  It’s outrageous that they're now seeking to shift the blame for the mayhem.

     And they really want to put it on the -- on the backs of the police.  I see it.  The police are -- there's just a war on law enforcement in this country.  And without law enforcement, we wouldn't have a country.  We have very talented people; they're not allowed to do their job.

     If you give the radical-left power, what you're seeing in the Democrat-run cities will be brought to every city in this country.  If they have that power, every city in this country could be potentially another Portland or another Chicago, where they've had such problems.

     To defeat them, we must jail lawbreakers, and we must defeat their hateful ideology about this country, about America.  We must teach our children that America is an exceptional, free, and just nation worth defending, preserving, and protecting.  And that's what we want to do.

     They want to destroy our country.  They're going to destroy our suburbs.  But I think I've gone a long way from allowing that to happen.  The suburbs are protected, especially with the rule changes that I made.  I took them out of the Obama administration; they were going to be made much worse.

     What we're witnessing today is a result of left-wing indoctrination in our nation's schools and universities.  Many young Americans have been fed lies about America being a wicked nation plagued by racism.

     Indeed, Joe Biden and his party spent their entire convention spreading this hateful and destructive message while refusing to say one word about the violence.  They didn’t even discuss law enforcement, the police.  Those words weren't mentioned.

     Two words that were taken out were the words “under God” -- “under God” -- two very important words in the Pledge of Allegiance.  In their caucus, I guess they did it twice.  They took it out of their Pledge of Allegiance.  I heard it the one time, and I said “That's strange.  What's -- that's a big…”  I tell you, I figured they maybe made a mistake, something happened.  No, they didn't make a mistake.  Then they did it later on.

     So they took the word -- essentially, took the word “God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance.  We're not taking the word “God” out of anything.  We're not taking it out of our Pledge of Allegiance, and we're not taking the great word “God” out of anything.

     At our convention, we highlighted law enforcement heroes and repeatedly emphasized that violence has no place in American political discourse.  The left's war on police, faith, history, and American values is tearing our country apart, which is what they want.  They think it's good, but it's gotten out of control.  They're unable to control this radical-left, crazy movement, but we can control it very quickly -- very, very, quickly indeed.

     The only path to unity is to rebuild a shared national identity focused on common American values and virtues, of which we have plenty.  This includes restoring patriotic education in our nation's schools, where they're trying to change everything that we've learned.  What we've learned -- in fact, what most of you have learned, they want to change it.  They want to change it for whatever reason -- cancel culture -- whatever you want to call it.

     At the same time, we must strictly and fully enforce our law and have no tolerance for anarchy and no tolerance -- zero -- for violence.  Anyone who breaks the law should be arrested, prosecuted, and punished.  This includes targeting law enforcement efforts to focus on Antifa, the left-wing domestic terror organization.  The mission of Antifa is to spread terror in the U.S. population with a goal of getting Americans to give up to their agenda.  This is how terrorist organizations have always operated.

     Biden won't even say the name “Antifa.”  I don't believe he said it today.  He made a speech, and he didn't mention that.  He mentioned others, but he didn't mention Antifa.  He mentioned law enforcement, he mentioned the police, and -- but he didn't mention Antifa.  I wonder why.  And if he cannot name the problem, there's no way that he'll solve the problem.  You don't name it, you don't solve it.

     In fact, Biden would give Antifa exactly what it wants: the far-left policy agenda it's asking for.  And if that happened, we don't have much of a country left.  If you give violent extremists what they want, the violence doesn't go away; they gain new power to spread the terror nationwide.

     Most of our nation is extremely safe, by the way.  You know, you only see the bad.  You see Portland and Chicago, and you see what's happened in New York just in a very short period of time.  It's horrible what's happened in New York.  I love New York; I come from New York.  And when I see -- four years ago, I left, and I could see that it was problems under this mayor.  He's terrible mayor; one of the worst.  I can't say “the worst.”  I mean, I -- I've witnessed Portland.  Hard to top him, but he's certainly one of the worst.  And when I look at what's happening in New York, and I look at what's happening in the city, and -- so quickly.  It happened so quickly.  It's a shame.

     Biden's strategy is to surrender to the left-wing mob, which is exactly what he's doing -- I don't think he even knows what he's doing -- and give them control over every lever of power in the United States government.  But when you surrender to the mob, you don't get freedom; you get fascism.  That's what happens in all cases.  You take a look at Venezuela.  Look what -- look what's going on there and other places.

     Biden is using -- Biden is using mafia talking points: “The mob will leave you alone if you give them what you want.”  That's what it is.  “The mob will leave you alone.  Give them what you want.”  But it doesn't work that way, because once you give them, they keep taking, taking, taking.

     What happens is you give and give and give, and you take, and they no longer respect you.  And that's what's happened with the Democrats, because I actually think they've lost control of these radical-left maniacs.  I think they've lost control, because I don't think they feel that's helping them -- when New York and Chicago and Portland, and you look at Oakland, and you look at Baltimore, and you look at so many different places and what's going on there.  The top 10 are all run by Democrats, and you can go a lot further down the list than 10.

     In America, we will never surrender to mob rule because if the mob rules, democracy is indeed dead.  The reason we're continuing to see violence in left-wing cities today is that liberal politicians, mayors, prosecutors, and judges are refusing to enforce the law and put the rioters in jail.  These are rioters.  These are dangerous people.  These are killers.  They kill a lot of people, and they don't even think about it.  They wake up the next morning; they don't even think about it.

     This is the extreme left’s agenda for America: They want to appoint radical prosecutors, judges, and federal officials who will set criminals free.  Their stated plan is to cut police funding, abolish cash bail, close down prisons, reeducate our children, preach left-wing social justice, establish a national sanctuary for criminal illegal aliens, and abolish the death penalty, even for cop killers.

     No one will be safe.  And, in fact, they want very much to let people in prison -- like, as an example, the Boston bomber -- they want to let everybody vote.  If you're in prison, if you're the Boston bomber, they want you to have a vote.  I don't know, I don't think that sells too well.

     My administration is a very different approach.  We want states to work with us to deploy the National Guard to quell the unrest.  All they have to do is call us.  We will have the National Guard.  We're prepared.  We're ready to go no matter where they may call from.  Any part of the country -- East Coast, West Coast, doesn't matter -- we're ready to move immediately, as we did in Minneapolis, as we did -- we are ready to move as quickly as you can imagine.

     Tomorrow, I’m going to a place where we moved very quickly -- you know that -- in Wisconsin.  And we moved very, very quickly.  And as soon as we moved, that was the end of that.  It was very well behaved.

     I’ll appoint more tough-on-crime prosecutors, support stiffer penalties and longer jail terms for rioters, and support effective policing methods that are proven to be great crime reducers.  When you enforce the law, order follows.  And we need order.  We need -- we need order.  You can't have cities run like these cities are run.

     They gave a little, then they gave a little, then they gave a little more.  And all of a sudden, they've lost these cities, but I'll get them back very quickly.  All they have to do is say, “Please come in.”  As you know, they have to ask -- unless we go a much tougher route, which we could, but you don't like to do that -- they have to ask you to come in.  When they ask me to come in, we'll be there within a matter of minutes.

     When I signed the executive order outlining 10-year prison sentences, as an example, for destroying monuments and statues, it immediately stopped.  That was three months ago or so.  I signed an order, and it said, “Ten years in prison.”  Ten years if you knock down a statue.  It immediately stopped.  I mean, to the best of my knowledge, I haven't seen it happening for about that time.  They were going to have a big march on Washington.  They cancelled that march.  They said 10 years is too long.

     Before the outbreak of left-wing extremism, our strategy produced a historic reduction in violent crime.  In the last two years of the Obama administration, murder increased 30 percent in major American cities, and we witnessed the largest two-year nationwide increase in murder in over a half a century.

     In the first two years of my presidency, the number of murders went down significantly.  Earlier this year, we announced that Operation LeGend, surging federal law enforcement to cities plagued by violent crime.  And we did a lot of it.  We did a lot of it very quietly, but we did a lot.

     Since the beginning of Operation LeGend, we have conducted more than 1,000 arrests and reduced the murder rate in Kansas City, which is one of the cities we targeted, by one third; got it down 33 percent.  In the last month alone, we cut the murder rate in Chicago in half.  People don't know that, but we sent them into Chicago without fanfare at all.  But we cut it down in half; it's still far too high.  And if they'd ask for full help, as opposed to just sending in some very talented people, we’d be able to cut it down to a very low number.

     While I am President, we will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens.  We will honor the heroes who keep America safe.  And we do -- we honor our police; we honor our law enforcement.

     I have the privilege of having gotten, I guess, most -- most every law enforcement group in the country that I can think of -- the sheriffs in Florida -- all of them; law enforcement in Ohio; in Texas; North Carolina.  I mean, almost no matter where you look, I think I've gotten all of it.  We'll have to do a little study so I’m totally accurate, but I would say all of it.  And the ones who didn't, I think we have to look at them -- where do they come from.

     So we -- we've done a real job.  We're ready, willing, and able to help these Democrat-run cities that are doing poorly.  They have to call and ask.  All they have to do is call.  They don't even have to put it in writing.  We'll put it in writing later.  We'll get them in there, and we'll straighten out the city very quickly -- whichever city we may be talking about.

     So those governors that are responsible for a state that has a city that's got a lot of problems: Call me or the mayor can call me, and we'll be there very quickly.

     Tomorrow, we’re making that trip to Wisconsin.  I think a lot of you are going to be going, and it should be very interesting.  It should be very interesting.  But we’re proud of it because, in six days, it’s been like a different world.  And it took place immediately.  As soon as we surged, as soon as we went in, it took place immediately.

     Okay, please.  Thank you.

     Q    Mr. President, are you giving any consideration -- or did you give any consideration to the governor and mayor’s request not to come to Kenosha tomorrow?

     THE PRESIDENT:  No, because Kenosha was something we did a good job on.  The governor didn’t want us there.  He didn’t want the National Guard, as you know.  He was very reluctant.  But I give him credit because, ultimately, he said yes.  And as soon as he said yes, the problem ended.

     But I have to see the people that did such a good job for me.  And we’re meeting with numerous people.  And we have tremendous support in the state of Wisconsin.  So I promised them, when it all gets taken care of, we’ll go.

     Q    They expressed concerns though that it could exacerbate tensions and increase violence.  Do you give any consideration to that?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, it could also increase enthusiasm and it could increase love and respect for our country.  And that’s why I’m going, because they did a fantastic job.  As soon as I called and told them, “Let’s go,” the whole problem stopped.  That was -- what? -- six days ago.

     Yeah, Jeff.

     Q    Mr. President, why are you not meeting with the family of Jacob Blake while you’re there?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I spoke with the pastor.  A wonderful man -- the family’s pastor.  And I thought it would be better not to do anything where there are lawyers involved.  They wanted me to speak, but they wanted to have lawyers involved, and I thought that was inappropriate, so I didn’t do that.  But I did speak with the pastor of the family, who is a fine man, a wonderful man.  And I think we had a great talk.
     And I may, at some point, you know, do that.  But they -- they did have a lawyer that wanted to be on the phone, and I said, “No, that’s inappropriate,” but I just gave my best regards.  But, again, I spoke with the pastor.

     Yeah, please.

     Q    I have a question about coronavirus.  But first, you were just criticizing Joe Biden, saying he didn’t mention the far left or Antifa during his speech today.  You said you wanted to talk about left-wing political violence.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

     Q    But I notice you did not mention that your supporters were also in Portland this weekend, firing paintball guns at people, some form of pepper spray.  So do you want to also take this chance to condemn what your supporters did in Portland?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I understand they had large numbers of people that were supporters, but that was a peaceful protest.  And paint is not -- and paint is a defensive mechanism; paint is not bullets.

     Q    It’s a paintball gun.  It’s a bullet.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Your supporters -- your supporters -- and they are your supporters, indeed -- shot a young gentleman who -- and killed him -- not with paint, but with a bullet.  And I think it’s disgraceful.

     These people, they protested peacefully.  They went in very peacefully.  And I’ll tell you what they’re protesting: They’re protesting, when they turn on television, or read whatever they may be reading, and they see a city like Chicago, where 78 people were shot and 13 died; or a city like New York, where the crime rate has gone through the roof; or a city like Portland, where the entire city is ablaze all the time, and a mayor says, “We don’t want any help from the federal government.”

     When these people turn that on and they see that, they say, “This is not our country.  This is not our country.”  That was a peaceful protest, totally.

     Q    But it was a supporter of yours, Mr. President --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, go ahead, please.

     Q    It was a supporter --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, go ahead, please.

     Q    Mr. President --

     Q    It was a supporter of yours, Mr. President --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead, please.

     Q    Are you going to condemn the --

     Q    No, no, it was a supporter of yours, Mr. President --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me?

     Q    -- who killed someone, who is accused of killing two people.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me?

     Q    It was a supporter of yours.  No --

     Q    To follow up on what Kaitlan was saying, are you going to condemn the actions of vigilantes like Kyle Rittenhouse?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’re looking at all of it.  And that was an interesting situation.  You saw the same tape as I saw.  And he was trying to get away from them, I guess; it looks like.  And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him.  And it was something that we’re looking at right now and it’s under investigation.

     But I guess he was in very big trouble.  He would have been -- I -- he probably would have been killed.

     Q    But do you think --

     THE PRESIDENT:  It’s under -- it's under investigation.

     Q    Do you think private citizens should be taking guns (inaudible)?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I’d like to see law enforcement take care of everything.  I think everything should be taken care of -- law enforcement.

     But again, we have to give our cops back, our police back their dignity, their respect.  They're very talented people.  They're strong.  They're tough.  They can do the job, but we've taken it away.  We don't want to have -- when somebody makes a mistake, he chokes, or -- in some cases, you have bad cops, and we have to take care of that.

     In other cases, they choke.  They're under -- they have a quarter of a second -- a quarter of a second to make a decision, and sometimes they make the wrong decision.  If they make the wrong decision -- you know, if they make the wrong decision in the other direction, they're probably dead.  So they choke sometimes, and that goes on the evening news for weeks.

     And the thousands and tens of thousands of great things they do, nobody covers that.  Nobody writes about that.  But if they make a mistake --

     And again, the bad cops -- everybody agrees they have to be very tough on bad cops.  But sometimes you have a cop or a police person who is a good -- a good police person, right?  Good.  But they choke.  You know, the timing -- and they go through this, and they study this, and they work on it all the time.  They literally have a quarter of a second to make some of these decisions.  And they make a wrong decision, and it's very devastating.

     But I will say this: I honor law enforcement.  We wouldn't be here right now if it wasn't for law enforcement.  We have to stop this horrible, left-wing ideology that seems to be permeating our country.  And basically, it’s weakness.  It’s weakness on behalf of Democrat politicians.

     The Republicans, we don't have problems.  You take a look at our cities; our cities are doing very well.  They're safe.  They're secure.  I spent a lot of time in Texas, as you know, just a couple of days ago.  And I was with the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.  He was explaining they wouldn't put up with it for a minute.  They just don't have the kind of problems that other people have.

     Thank you very much.  I appreciate it. 

                        END                6:12 P.M. EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany | 8/31/2020, #32

Office of the Press Secretary

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:03 P.M. EDT

     MS. MCENANY:  Good afternoon, everyone.  The President shows up.  When the Trump administration arrives in a Democrat-run city engulfed in chaos, peace is restored, law and order is upheld.

     Washington D.C., New York, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Kenosha: all of these cities are Democrat-run; all of these cities have experienced anarchy, violence, and destruction in recent days -- the opposite of a peaceful protest.

     This is the reality facing American cities and towns across the country.  This is not hypothetical.  These are real people and real lives that have been impacted.

     Portland mayor, Ted Wheeler, rejected federal law enforcement in an irrational and tone-deaf letter.  Mayor Wheeler might have thought he put political points on the board, but the very next day, a protester was shot and killed on the streets of his city.

     Before the Trump administration took action in Kenosha, businesses were burned, property damaged, and chaos was rampant.  Then, nearly 1,000 National Guard troops and 200 DOJ personnel were deployed at the request of local officials.  President Trump showed up, and law and order arrived.

     Nationally, according to the DOJ, 300 have been arrested and 302 charged amid riots and unrest.  Democrats are late to the game.  I've stood behind this podium and highlighted this issue for months.  While this President is always willing to show up, it is incumbent on Democrats to step up: Invite federal law enforcement in; we stand ready.  Do not tolerate anarchy, violence, and destruction.  Rioting is not right.  Secure your streets.

     President Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, tomorrow.  This president will show up.  He will go to cities where Americans are hurting.

     And with that, I'll take questions.


     Q    So he's going to Kenosha tomorrow.  Does the President have any plans currently to meet with Jacob Blake's family?  Currently, the plans are to meet with local law enforcement and some business owners, and he’ll survey the damage.  But there will be more detailed plans forthcoming that are announced.

     Q    Okay.  So, no, he's not scheduled to meet with them?

     MS. MCENANY:  Not currently.

     Q    And I know that there's been an outreach from the White House.  Who has the White House reached out to in Jacob Blake's family?  And why has there not been able to -- been a connection made since he was shot and hospitalized?

     MS. MCENANY:  So I would refer you to what the Chief of Staff's office has tweeted.  They've detailed that outreach, and part of it has been to the pastor and part of it directly to the family.

     Yes.  Ben.

     Q    Kayleigh, the President was asked on Friday if he thought the shooting of Jacob Blake was justified, and he said that he didn't like the sight of it but that he was going to learn more about it.  Now that a couple of days has passed, does the President think this shooting was justified or unjustified?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I'd refer you back to the President's remarks.  There's a investigation ongoing.  So I spoke to him earlier, and he was not willing to weigh in more than he had.  But he’ll have a briefing this afternoon that you can ask him more about.

     Q    But based on what he has seen, he doesn't have any further thoughts on whether that's an appropriate use of force?

     MS. MCENANY:  I refer you back to his comments over the weekend and just say there's an ongoing investigation.

     Q    Just one other thing: Does the President condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting some of the protesters?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President is not going to, again, weigh in on that.  You can ask him this evening; he may weigh in further.  But at the moment, he's not weighing into that.


     Q    Kayleigh, why did the President like a tweet that said the alleged shooter, Kyle Rittenhouse, was “a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump.”  Can you help us understand?

     MS. MCENANY:  Well, I think -- I did ask him about that tweet and the “like,” in particular, and he just wanted to bring some attention to some of the details that aren't as well known in that case: that the individual was being attacked and that one of the individuals who arrived on the scene did have a gun.

     So there were some details that were not public or as public as they should be.  So he was referring to that with the “like.”


     Q    Does he want his supporters to show up and do similar --

     MS. MCENANY:  Of course.  And the President roundly condemns violence in all of its forms.


     Q    Kayleigh, on the Director of National Intelligence briefings with the Hill, the President said the information leaked was wrong.  So if that's the case, how can it be considered sensitive information?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President -- are you referring to the July 31st briefing?

     Q    Yes.

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, so the President has been very clear, and more clearly, Director Ratcliffe, in saying that leaks for political purposes are not to be tolerated.  We will fulfill statutory obligations, but leaks on private briefings to Congress should not be tolerated.


     Q    Just one follow-up please.  How long will the oral briefings be off the table?  Is this a permanent decision or just through the election?

     MS. MCENANY:  I’d refer you to ODNI, but they've been very clear that they'll fulfill their statutory obligation, but they will not participate in partisan leaking.


     Q    Thanks, Kayleigh.  I have two for you on TikTok.  The first is that China has said they're going to require TikTok’s parent company to sign off the government -- to obtain government signoff on any sale with a U.S. business.  Is the White House willing to accept such a sale that's subject to Chinese approval?

     MS. MCENANY:  Negotiations are ongoing on the sale of TikTok, so we are not going to get in the way of those negotiations by providing comment on this.

     But the administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber-related threats to critical infrastructure, public health, and safety in these apps; as I’ve detailed from the podium before, collect significant amounts of private data on users, which -- can be accessed and used by the PRC, and that’s --

     Q    Yeah --

     MS. MCENANY:  Go ahead.

     Q    Yeah, and the second question is on the timeline here.  There’s some confusion among buyers.  There was one order that said it would be a 45-day deadline for TikTok to stop transaction -- transacting business in the U.S.  And then another said there was a 90-day deadline for TikTok’s owner to divest.  So could you just clear that up for the market?  You know, what’s the actual deadline for the sale?
     MS. MCENANY:  I’d have to check into that, but I’ll check in and get back with you about the discrepancy there.

     Yes.  Jeff.

     Q    Kayleigh, thank you.  Broadly, what does the President want to achieve by going to Kenosha tomorrow?  And what is his or the White House’s response to local and state leaders encouraging him not to come at this time?

     MS. MCENANY:  So, two things: First, the President wants to visit hurting Americans.  He shows up just like he showed up this weekend in Louisiana and Texas in response to Hurricane Laura.  So he wants to show up in the city that’s hurting.  And also, I think it’s just important to note that -- our federal response.

     Look, in Kenosha, in Minneapolis, there was violence on the streets.  And, literally, within 24 hours, you saw a turnaround when federal officials came in.  So I think highlighting that the federal government has done a lot in the way of using law and order to create peace, but showing up for hurting Americans is the primary concern.

     Q    Just to follow up on that: Like, he didn’t -- he didn’t show up in Portland, where there were also protests that he talked about a lot.  Is it not also because Wisconsin is such an important political state?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President is showing up to see hurting Americans.  He goes to several states each and every week, and this is another one in a long line of many.


     Q    Kayleigh, coronavirus infections have now reached 6 million in the U.S., over 180,000 dead.  Why was the President retweeting a report over the weekend that appeared to suggest the death toll was much lower than that?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President --

     Q    Does he believe that?  Does he believe the number is lower?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President was referring to a CDC -- new information that came out from the CDC that showed that 96 -- 94 percent, rather, of cases -- of fatalities were not just COVID alone; there was another comorbidity or extenuating matter.  So he was just pointing to those numbers.

     But we are encouraged to see a drop in cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and very encouraged that we have one of the lowest case fatality rates in the world.  In fact, ours is 3.1 percent; EU and UK together is 10.5 percent.  So we're encouraged that our therapeutics are working and saving lives, thanks to the hard work of President Trump tearing down bureaucratic barriers.

     Q    But why promote that number?  Is he trying to downplay the death toll and the toll that it’s taken (inaudible)?

     MS. MCENANY:   No, he was -- he was highlighting new CDC information that came out that was worth noting.


     Q    Kayleigh, I want to ask you about one of the President’s other tweets this weekend.  He took a video or retweeted a video of a caravan of people driving into Portland with Trump and American flags flying; he called them “great patriots.”  What about that image does the President see as patriotic?  And, ostensibly, you’re talking about people going into a city in which they don’t live, presumably to protect the property they don’t own.  What’s patriotic about that activity?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President was highlighting that these were good Americans going in to peacefully be a part of a protest and show their voice.  And, you know, that’s what he was noting by the tweet and highlighting the video, which he routinely does.

     Q    What about the video of them scuffling, shooting paintballs at people and getting in the mix with people?  Is that patriotic activity?

     MS. MCENANY:  I don't think the President has seen that video, nor have I.  But if you're going to ask about paintballs, it's incredible that, for 90 days, I've stood at this podium talking about officers who have been -- lasers flashed in their eyes in an attempt to blind them; commercial-grade fireworks being thrown at them; a church, right out here, burning down; the people that were harassed and yelled at -- Senator Rand Paul, Dan Bongino -- right out here.  And you're going to ask me about a paintball video when, in fact, for 90 days we've seen horrific, horrific violence by Antifa, a radical anarchist organization, and you're going to ask me about a paintball video I have yet to see and neither has the President.


     Q    I’m going to ask you about it, but you maintain that that’s -- that the people who went into the city to conduct that activity, they are patriots.

     MS. MCENANY:   The President has never seen that video.  I don't even know if the people that you're referring to were a part of the paintball activity.

     But, look, there's been 90 days of violence from left-wing anarchists, and it's incredible that today is the one time you're interested in a violence -- when it's paintballs and we don't even know who set off these paintballs -- but you fail to ask for 90 days about violence from an anarchist organization because it happens to be on the left.


     Q    That’s not --

     Q    Okay, thank you, Kayleigh.  The President is also traveling this week to Wilmington, North Carolina.  He could celebrate the end of World War Two in any city in America.  So why is he traveling specifically to Wilmington?  Why is that the place that he is choosing to designate as the first heritage city site for World War Two?  And is this related in any way to the fact that North Carolina is considered a must-win state for the President and the fact that absentee-by-mail voting starts this week on Friday?

     MS. MCENANY:  No, there's not a political purpose in this visit.  This President is visiting it to commemorate a great site in American history.


     Q    Why was it specifically selected then?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yes.

     Q    Kayleigh, a federal judge in Georgia last week became the latest to rule against the administration, denying citizenship to gay couples -- pardon me, the administration denying gay couples citizenship for their children born overseas by a surrogate, yet the Justice Department continues to appeal these cases.  How can the administration claim to be part of its LGBTQ record when it’s litigating against these couples?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, so that pertain to surrogacy, and it had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents.  And this administration, President, will proudly stand on a record of achievements, like leading a global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the world, launching a plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and easing a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

     Q    But the --

     MS. MCENANY:  Yes.

     Q    -- the federal judge has ruled the interpretation of that law --

     MS. MCENANY:  Yes.

     Q    -- is not correct, and that there's statutory and constitutional concerns.

     MS. MCENANY:   Again, for anything further, I'd refer you to the State Department.


     Q    Thank you.  What is the message of the White House to the people who are still protesting in the street in Belarus, despite threats?

     MS. MCENANY:  Yeah, it’s an important question, and we’ll always stand on the side of freedom and democracy.  We continue to follow the developments in Belarus closely, and we support international efforts to look independently into electoral irregularities, human rights abuses, and the government crackdown.  And the massive number of Belarusians protesting peacefully makes clear that the government can no longer ignore the people's call for democracy.

     And Russia must also respect Belarus's sovereignty and the right of its people to elect their own leaders freely and fairly.


     Q    Thanks, Kayleigh.  The President, at a campaign rally Friday night, talked about the possibility of -- again, of declaring an insurrection over the rioting.  Does he believe there's an insurrection going on?  And if so, what's holding him back?

     MS. MCENANY:  So the President does not want to invoke the Insurrection Act, which has been used very sparingly.  But what he does want is to help these cities where he can.  And when you see Kenosha, when federal forces came in, there was peace in Minneapolis.  And in both of those cases, it was at the invitation of the governor.

     So we want to work collaboratively with Democrat mayors and governors.  They, after all, do hold the police power, as embedded in the Constitution, to control their streets.  But we, as a federal government, are willing to supplement.

     Q    You mentioned the person who was killed in Portland last weekend.  He was a Trump supporter.  Does the President feel like Portland right now is too dangerous for his supporters?  Should they stay away from the city?

     MS. MCENANY:  The President believes that people of all ideologies should be able to peacefully protest and not have their lives put at risk -- like Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who lost his life.  Noteworthy that his suspected killer said he was, quote, “one hundred percent Antifa” and ready for, quote, “war.”  Unacceptable.


     Q    Thanks, Kayleigh.  I wanted to follow up on what Katherine was asking about: the coronavirus numbers.  Given that they're going up, should -- is the President rethinking urging to reopen schools?  And what is the administration’s message to parents who might be worried about sending our kids back to class among these rising numbers?

     MS. MCENANY:  So, first of all, there has been a drop in cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.  In fact, since the peak in July, we saw a 38 percent decrease in the seven-day average of cases.  So numbers are going down.  It's paramount that students have the option to go back to school, that parents have a choice to send their kids back to school.

     And as Dr. Redfield said, CDC director: “I think we have to be honest that the public health and interests of students in the nation right now is to get a quality education and face-to-face learning.  We need to get on with it and give parents this option.”  There are a lot of consequences for schools staying closed, and I've walked through a number of those.


     Q    Thanks, Kayleigh.  Two quick questions: The first is, Kellyanne Conway -- sorry for my voice being a little scratchy.  But --

     MS. MCENANY:  No worries.

     Q    But Kellyanne Conway said, “The more chaos and anarchy…and violence reign, the better it is for the very clear choice of who’s best on public safety and law order.”  Does this President -- is he rooting for more violence for the political benefit?  That's what Kellyanne Conway's quote is suggesting.  Democrats say that the President thinks violence works in his political favor.

     MS. MCENANY:  Absolutely not.  He is not rooting for more violence in the slightest.  And, in fact, you know, I would note that, under his administration, we saw violent crime nationwide decrease in both 2017 and 2018, after rising during each of the two previous years.  We're encouraged that Operation LeGend is working.

     In Kansas City, violence has been cut by a third.  In Indianapolis, we've gotten 49 guns off the streets in two weeks that were related to gun violence.  In Port- --

     Q    But do you think the violence helps make his case for reelection?

     MS. MCENANY:  No one wants to see the violence that we've seen in our cities, where, after two years of coming down under President Trump, in Portland, you have a 650 percent increase in murders.  In Seattle, you had the first eight-month totals of murders almost surpassing the entire amount in 2019.  And this is because of the “Defund the Police” movement.  This is because of the criticism of our police officers and the drawing down of funds for these officers.  No one wants to see this, which is why the President is fighting against that movement, and it's why he's fighting for a robust Operation LeGend response that’s proved successful so far.

     Q    A quick follow-up to that.

     MS. MCENANY:  Mm-hmm.

     Q    Why hasn’t the President just said Americans shouldn't be taking their own weapons to try to protect buildings, and condemning the idea of people, kind of, deputizing themselves?  Or maybe, does this White House believe that citizens should stop showing up to cities, especially the ones they don’t live in, to have guns to protect buildings?

     MS. MCENANY:  This White House believes our police should be fully funded.  We should have more police rather than less.  We shouldn’t criticize our police, because it is our police officers who are responsible for taking to the streets and protecting us.

     And when they're called "cancers" by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, when they're compared to the KKK by a current sitting vice presidential candidate, it's appalling.  It's despicable.  We need to fund our police officers because they should be the ones out patrolling the streets.

     Yes, Chanel.

     MS. MCENANY:  Thank you, Kayleigh.  What is the President's position on victims, families, businesses -- as a result of these riots -- suing Democrat-run cities?  Would he support them if they were to band together and do so?

     MS. MCENANY:  I haven't spoken to him about that specifically, but certainly what you're seeing is: It is Democrat cities where you're seeing all of these numbers increase.  When you look at -- I just noted to Yamiche -- Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, these have all seen anywhere from a 33 percent spike in the murder rate to a 277 percent increase in one month alone in New York City.  It's appalling.  And it is Democrat governors and mayors, and lawlessness that they're allowing to prevail.

     When federal forces come in, the situation changes.  And it's so interesting to me to see Democrats who once disparaged or ignored the violence, I should say, all of a sudden caring about it.  But let's not forget what they said previously: Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplaying the violence rocking U.S. cities, ignorantly saying, "People will do what they do."

     Jerry Nadler, when asked about Antifa, he said that that was a "myth" that's being spread around Washington, D.C.  It's not a myth.  In fact, an Antifa individual took the life of an innocent Trump supporter in Portland.

     You have Rep. Ayanna Pressley saying that she wanted unrest in the streets.  Chris Cuomo saying, "Show me where it says protesters are supposed to be peaceful."  I'll give you an idea, Chris: It's the Constitution.

     Don Lemon saying, quote, "The rioting has to stop.  Chris, as you know and I know, it's showing up in the poll[s].  It's showing up in the focus groups.  It is the only thing right now that's sticking."

     So, now, all of a sudden, 90 days later, I, from this podium, have talked about law and order.  The President has talked about law and order repeatedly, but because the polling has shifted, now it's time for the Democrats to deny what they said previously and, all of a sudden, focus on law and order.

     I'll leave you with this: That's like the arsonist blaming the firefighter.

                         END            1:21 P.M. EDT

Proclamation on National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, 2020

Office of the Press Secretary

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     As our Nation recognizes National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, we do so with an unwavering commitment to a future in which people with the condition live fully, without pain and impediments, and ultimately experience a cure.  My Administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is leading unprecedented activity in research, medical education, and models of care in support of people with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  A cure is within reach, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new treatments and more are on the horizon, and several initiatives are underway to make better use of all available tools in the battle against this disease.

     SCD is a chronic, debilitating, inherited condition that afflicts 100,000 Americans -- primarily African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.  One in 13 African-Americans and approximately one in 100 Hispanic-Americans carry the gene for this disease.  Those individuals with two copies of the gene have blood cells that are sickle-shaped, instead of cylindrical, which causes a disruption in blood flow that can damage many organs, including the brain and kidneys.  A person with SCD can begin experiencing the negative effects in early childhood, including pain, organ damage, and risk of stroke.  Unfortunately, it is estimated that only one in four patients with SCD in America receive the care that they need.

     My Administration puts action behind our words, which is why I signed into law the "Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018" (Public Law 115-327).  The bill reauthorizes an SCD prevention and treatment program and authorizes initiatives for research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment of heritable blood disorders.  HHS is leading the way to identify and address barriers to care for patients, and several organizations have joined in developing education and training programs to better equip healthcare providers to identify and treat this disease.  HHS has also begun collaborating with States on new payment models that will enable children living with SCD to receive the care they need.

     We have made exciting progress towards our goal of extending the lives of Americans with SCD by 10 years and finding a cure by 2029.  In January 2020, HHS launched a new, one-of-a-kind Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP), to train primary care providers on the basics of SCD evaluation and management.  This innovative program is the result of critical collaboration between the Office of Minority Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The FDA has approved two new drugs to help prevent the complications of SCD, is providing leadership to reduce barriers and hasten the development of new treatments, and has developed multi‑media educational resources for patients and their families.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has initiated an aggressive portfolio of research, education, and capacity building, including the "Cure Sickle Cell Initiative" to accelerate gene therapies to cure the disease.  NIH reports that the most promising genetic-based curative therapies for SCD could be available in clinical trials in the very near future.

     My Administration is leading on SCD advancements both in the United States and throughout the world.  In May 2019, HHS leaders convened a roundtable with African health ministers, international health leaders, and SCD experts to chart a course to save hundreds of thousands of children around the world.  Through NIH, we will continue to support the Sickle Pan African Research Consortium, and other Public Private Partnerships to develop gene-based cures.

     The United States is helping raise the profile of SCD as a public health priority, by drawing  attention to the work underway to create meaningful programs that immediately improve patients' lives.  My Administration is committed to advancing treatment, research, and quality-of-care to improve the lives of people with SCD -- and ultimately to deliver a cure to the world.

     This month, we take a moment to recognize all Americans with SCD and celebrate our progress toward future treatments. Together, we will secure a healthier future for all Americans.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim September 2020 as National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.  I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to eliminate a disease we have known about for more than a century and to work to improve the quality of life of those living with SCD.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

Proclamation on National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2020

Office of the Press Secretary

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     National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month is a time to honor and celebrate the millions of Americans who have found a pathway from addiction to a life of renewed purpose.

     The theme of this year's Recovery Month is "Join the Voices for Recovery:  Celebrating Connections."  For those in or seeking recovery, developing and nurturing connections and relationships is essential.  Despite challenges to developing and fostering meaningful connections caused by the coronavirus, Americans in recovery have demonstrated resilience and resolve by creating new and innovative means of connecting to fill the void of in person interactions.  From establishing virtual peer support groups that embrace technology like videoconferencing to holding health and wellness classes remotely or in person following social distancing guidelines, Americans in recovery are finding strength in their communities.

     Throughout these unprecedented and challenging times, my Administration has taken historic action to ensure the road to recovery remains open.  Among other measures, we have expanded access to telehealth services and ensured addiction treatment medications have remained available, including in rural and other underserved areas.  In March, I signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to provide millions of dollars in emergency funding for a wide range of prevention, treatment, and recovery services during the pandemic.  My Administration is also working tirelessly to increase access to effective treatments and to build up the Nation's peer recovery support services infrastructure.

     To help end the scourge of addiction, my Administration released our National Treatment Plan for Substance Use Disorder, which outlines steps for improving the quality of treatment across a full continuum of care.  This includes early identification and intervention services, and increased access to addiction treatment and recovery support services.  Additionally, in June, I signed an Executive Order that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to survey community support models addressing addiction and to make recommendations to ensure successful models are widely adopted and implemented.

     It is within a communal framework of love, compassion, and understanding, nurtured by the shared experiences of strength, hope, and healing, that we can find understanding and inspiration in one another.  As our Nation continues to recognize those who are successfully breaking the chains of addiction and drug and alcohol misuse, we applaud the healthcare and treatment professionals, counselors, peer recovery coaches, faith leaders, first responders, family members, friends, and advocates who are vital in helping them achieve and sustain recovery, whether in person, over the phone, or virtually.  Together, we can help more Americans live healthy and meaningful lives while building a stronger Nation.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2020 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

Office of the Press Secretary
Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates
The accord reached between the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020, is a courageous step toward a more stable, integrated, and prosperous Middle East.

The accord inverts traditional thinking about the way to address the region’s problems and challenges, focusing on pragmatic steps that have tangible, practical outcomes. It carries with it the promise of new bridges that will serve to de-escalate existing conflicts and prevent future conflicts.

And it comes at the right time. Over the last decade we have seen a marked increase in war, destruction, and dislocation, and a growing demographic shift towards a younger population. If we are to meet the needs of current and future generations, we must be responding actively to all these changes.

The accord has initiated a historic breakthrough in normalizing ties between Israel and the UAE and has led to the suspension of Israel’s plans to extend its sovereignty. The United States and the UAE urge Palestinian leaders to reengage with their Israeli counterparts in discussions aimed at achieving peace.

On Saturday, the UAE formally abolished its 40-year boycott law, thereby allowing UAE companies and individuals to trade directly with Israel.

Israeli and Emirati ministers, from foreign affairs to food security, have initiated their first official discussions on continuing and strengthening cooperation. We have already opened phone lines between the two countries and, as we speak, Israelis and Emiratis are collaborating on research we hope will lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of COVID-19.

Today we have witnessed the first commercial flight by Israel’s El Al airlines to the UAE, carrying both Israeli officials and media.  Tomorrow, Emirati, Israeli and American officials will begin discussing bilateral technical cooperation in seven key areas: investment, finance, health, the civilian space program, civil aviation, foreign policy and diplomatic affairs, and tourism and culture. The result will be broad cooperation between two of the region’s most innovative and dynamic economies.

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

All the countries hope and expect that in the near future our collective efforts will set in motion a cascade of positive changes, both large and small, that will put our respective peoples and the wider region on a solid path to security, prosperity, and peace. 

1600 Daily The White House • August 31, 2020 LIVE: President Trump holds news conference

1600 Daily
The White House • August 31, 2020

LIVE: President Trump holds news conference

Tune in at 5:30 p.m. ET today as President Trump holds a news conference from the White House. After the event, you may also watch a recording of it using the link below.

Click here to watch President Trump's briefing!

Update: President Trump surveys damage from Hurricane Laura

President Trump visited Texas and Louisiana on Saturday to survey damage after Hurricane Laura made landfall last week.

As of today, FEMA has delivered 324,000 liters of water and 811,400 meals in Texas, along with 3.1 million liters of water and 2.6 million meals in Louisiana.

🎬 WATCH: People of faith are helping families and communities recover

“I want to thank the men and women of FEMA and the first responders and the law enforcement, which we love and we cherish and are doing a fantastic job,” President Trump said in Louisiana.

The President quickly approved emergency declarations for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, and local leaders praised the quick response and ongoing support from Federal officials over the weekend.

“Of all the storms I’ve been through—which, as you know, has been a lot—I’ve never received a swifter response from the administration. And so, on behalf of everybody in this room and everybody across the state of Texas, we want to say ‘thank you,’” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.

🎬 WATCH: President Trump is helping Texas rebuild

🎬 “Most powerful storm in Louisiana and Texas in 150 years”

President Trump to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, tomorrow

After yet another weekend of violence and unrest in major democrat-run cities, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany briefed Americans this afternoon on the Administration’s ongoing response.

While Democrat leaders continue to condemn President Trump instead of the violent rioters, many local officials are thanking the President for stepping in where other politicians have failed.

“Kenoshans are hurting and looking for leadership, and your leadership in this time of crisis is greatly appreciated by those devastated by the violence in Kenosha,” a letter to President Trump from seven Kenosha County Board members reads.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is not the first Democrat leader to make a media show of rejecting Federal support to score political points. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected Federal law enforcement assistance in a letter to President Trump on Friday. The next day, a man was shot and killed on Portland’s streets by a member of the far-left criminal group Antifa.

Along with Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City have all seen major spikes in violent crime this summer. Their Democrat leaders have tried to appease rioters by allowing lawlessness to prevail.

“I’ve stood behind this podium and highlighted this issue for months,” McEnany said today. “While this President is always willing to show up, it is incumbent on Democrats to step up.”

🎬 Democrat leaders must stand up to anarchy, violence, and destruction

🎬 Murders in Portland alone have spiked 650 percent

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President Trump participates in an emergency operations center briefing in Orange, Texas | August 29, 2020