Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Office of the Press Secretary

Double Eagle Oil Rig
Midland, Texas
3:28 P.M. CDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you, Cody.  Good job you did, Cody.  He was wealthier four months ago, but he'll be up there very soon.  He's doing good.  Come on.  Sit down, please.  Let's have some fun.

     And I really am -- I’m thrilled to be here in Midland, Texas, with the extraordinary men and women of Double Eagle Energy.  And what a nice welcome.  And thank you very much.  (Applause.)  There’s a lot of big, beautiful rigs behind me.

     Thanks to the hardworking citizens like you, the United States of America is now the number one energy superpower anywhere in the world.  So, congratulations.  That was -- it was not that easy, but now it’s getting easier.  (Applause.)

     We're here today to celebrate your incredible achievements.  We’re also here to send a clear message to the zealots, radicals, and extremists trying to shut down your industry and to make America subservient to foreign producers.  That won't happen to this nation again.  (Applause.)

     It took a long time to be independent.  And as long as I'm your President, we will never let anyone put American energy out of business, which is what they'd like to do.  (Applause.)

     We will never again be reliant on hostile foreign suppliers.  We will defend your jobs, and we will defend the Lone Star State.  (Applause.)  I love this state.  And we will defend America’s newfound energy independence.

     Before going any further, I want to provide you with a brief update on our battle against the China virus.  Our hearts are with the people of Texas.  We love our people.  We love our country.  Statewide, the percent of patients testing positive has stabilized, and the number of new cases has begun to substantially decline, but Texans must remain vigilant.

     To protect our seniors, my administration has deployed personal protective equipment and rapid point-of-care testing systems to every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in your state.  No matter where you go, they have it.

     This week, Texas hospitals are receiving 500 cases of antiviral treatment, remdesivir -- it's been very, very successful -- enough to treat 3,200 patients.

     Under my administration's Operation Warp Speed, we're developing vaccines in record time.  Earlier this week, a promising vaccine entered the final stage of clinical trials, long ahead of schedule, with more following very quickly behind.  We have some of the greatest companies, labs in the world doing this.  This is the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed.  (Applause.)

     Together, we will end the plague from China.  We will defeat the virus.  I want to thank everyone at Double Eagle Energy for hosting us today, including the co-founders -- two great, young, smart people: Cody Campbell and John Sellers.  Thank you, Cody.  Thank you, John.  Thank you, fellas.  Good job.  (Applause.)

     Thanks also to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.  David, thank you.  Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.  Texas has keep --- really kept him very busy.  Where's Dan?  You've been very busy.  Very busy.  (Applause.)

     A great senator and a great friend of mine, Senator Ted Cruz.  Ted, thank you.  (Applause.)  He's out there fighting for you, I want to tell you.  Thank you, Ted.

     Representatives -- and these are friends of mine and they’re warriors -- Jodey Arrington and Mike Conaway.  Thank you, fellas.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Great job.

     A very, very special man and a very special talent in Governor Greg Abbott.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you, Greg.  Great job you're doing.  And he's working hard, and you're doing a fantastic job.  Our people are working together and you're getting everything you need.  So, good.  Thank you for doing such a good job.

     And thank also Dan Patrick, your lieutenant governor -- my friend.  Thank you very much, Dan.  (Applause.)  Great help.  It’s a great team.  No better team in the country.  Thank you.

     Midland County Judge Terry Johnson.  Thank you, Terry.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

     Your former governor -- a great man, a friend of mine -- Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.  Nobody did a better job than my Rick.  Thank you, Rick.  (Applause.)

     And we have so many other distinguished guests and local leaders, and we just want to thank you all for being here.  Thank you all very much.  Great honor.  Thank you very much for being here.  (Applause.)

     Under the last administration, America's energy industry was under relentless and unceasing attack.  You know that.  But the day I took the Oath of Office, we ended the war on American energy and we stopped the far-left assault on American energy workers.  Now the sault [sic] -- the assault -- you've seen what's going on; it could come again.  But I have a very strong feeling you're not going to have to worry about it.  If you do, you're in big, big trouble.

     I withdrew from the one-sided, energy-destroying Paris Climate Accord.  It was a disaster.  (Applause.)  It cost us billions of dollars, and it would have made us a noncompetitive nation.

     We cancelled the Obama administration's job-crushing Clean Power Plan.  You know all about that.  (Applause.)

     I approved the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines immediately upon assuming office.

     We opened up ANWR in Alaska to energy exploration, ended the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, and reopened public lands and offshore areas to oil and gas exploration.  That's where David Bernhardt has done such a great job.  Thanks, David.

     We unlocked the full energy potential of Texas and New Mexico.  And New Mexico -- we're proud that we've been here.  We're proud to help.  You have been fantastic.  A lot of jobs.

     And since my election, oil and gas production in the Permian Basin has more than doubled.  (Applause.)  Under the Trump administration, the United States has increased oil production by 3.1 million barrels per day.  That's some number.  Never been anything like that number.

     For the first time in nearly 70 years, we have become a net energy exporter.  (Applause.)  And the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas on the face of the Earth.

     To ensure we maintain this dominant position long into the future -- we will never lose this position -- my administration is announcing today that export authorizations for American liquefied natural gas can now be extended through the year 2050.  (Applause.)  Mr. Governor, is that long enough?  Okay, 2050 -- that seems like a long time.

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  (Inaudible.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughs.)  He said, “Let's make it longer.”

     At the same time, we're strongly protecting our environment.  Air pollution is down significantly since I took office.  While other countries are polluting the world's air and oceans, we will never cease to be a leader in protecting our natural environment.  And that's what's happening.  (Applause.)
People don't know that about us.  We love our environment.

     Under my administration, the United States will continue to have among the cleanest air and cleanest water anywhere on Earth, and that's what we have.

     Thanks to our pro-American energy policies, we're also taking jobs and factories away from countries with poor environmental standards, such as China, and bringing jobs back to America where they belong.  (Applause.)

     Before the invisible enemy struck our shores, we created 800,000 new energy jobs -- a third of them in Texas.  That was just the new jobs; add on to that millions of other jobs.  After the China virus struck, we implemented historic economic relief.  When oil crashed, I got Saudi Arabia, Russia, and others to cut nearly 10 million barrels a day, and got OPEC Plus and Mexico to agree to the deal.  And hence, we're okay now.  We're back.  We're back.

     And I will tell you -- (applause) -- and I can tell you that I spoke with Dan and Greg, and I spoke with Senator Ted Cruz -- I spoke with a lot of people -- and we were very close to losing a very powerful, great industry.  And we did a job.  We did a great job all together, working together -- a job like I think nobody could have done.  And now we're back, and now we're just going to keep expanding.  It's going to see -- you will see.  It's happening.  But we really did -- we did a great job.

     And I want to thank, frankly, Saudi Arabia.  I want to thank Russia.  I want to thank Mexico.  And I want to thank OPEC, as they call it, Plus.  It's called OPEC Plus.  That's OPEC plus a lot of other countries.  But they all came together and they did a job on the industry, and we -- we appreciate everybody's help.

     This action stabilized world oil prices that had been in a freefall, and saved millions of energy jobs, and frankly, it saved your industry.  Four months ago, people were very, very concerned about that industry.  And now it's just going to be a question of how fast will you put people on.

     Through the Paycheck Protection Program, we provided over $1 billion in emergency aid to keep Texas energy workers on the payroll.  We kept them all on the payroll.  We opened up 30 million barrels of space in Strategic Petroleum Reserve, allowing American companies to store surplus oil to be sold at a later time.  And we filled up our 75 million barrels in the Strategic Reserve.  And, Dan, you've done a fantastic job on that.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

     I only wish he bought it when the oil was selling for zero, and they paid you $37 in addition.  You get a barrel, plus 37.  I said, “Dan, why didn't you make that deal?”  I would have loved that.  But you did well.  Thank you very much.

     Today, I'm taking another bold action to support energy jobs in Texas.  In a few moments, I will sign four critical permits, granting approval to vital pipeline and railway infrastructure on our nation's border.  That’s a big deal.  This will include two permits allowing the export of Texas crude to Mexico -- a giant victory for the workers of this state that you've been after for many years.  (Applause.)  Right?  You've been after that one for many years.  I said, “What do I know about it?  If you want to do it, it's okay with me.”  And we're doing it, so that's been a long time in the making.

     We're joined today by some of the incredible patriots of the Texas oil and gas industry who are benefitting from America's energy boom.  Josh Guinn was born and raised right here in Odessa and Midland.  Where's Josh?  (Applause.)  Thank you, Josh.

     After spending a few years away at school, Josh came back home to West Texas.  Josh's dad worked on the oil rigs.  Josh worked on the oil rigs.  And he hopes his three children will work one day doing the same kind of incredible work and looking for the wonderful opportunities in American energy.  Josh, thank you very much.  Congratulate your family.  You're going to have a great future.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Appreciate it.

     Brian Welch spent five years in the Army, supporting our victory in the Gulf War.  Then he became -- (applause) -- hello, Brian.  Thank you, Brian.  Then he became an energy worker.  Did you make the right move, Brian?  I think so.  Right?  Better believe it.

     With over 25 years of experience, Brian is senior pumper with Double Eagle Energy.  Do they treat you well?  They better.  They better, or I'm going to come back and see those two guys.

     Just like thousands of other veterans who work in this industry, Brian has made America safer with his service, and now he's helping keep us secure by maintaining American energy independence, which we have.  Thank you very much, Brian.  (Applause.)  Great job.

     To Brian and every veteran who works in the American energy sector, we salute your noble service and we thank you very much.  We thank you very much.  Everybody, thank you.  (Applause.)

     While my administration is fighting for workers like you, the radical left -- have you ever heard of the radical left, Brian?  You don't want to hear about them.  You don't want to know about them -- is fighting to abolish American energy, destroy the oil and gas industries, and wipe out your jobs.

     Washington Democrats have embraced Representative Ocasio- Cortez’s nearly $100 trillion Green New Deal disaster -- I've added the fourth word; it's a “disaster” -- which would ban oil and gas leasing on all federal lands.  And, by the way, there'd be no fracking.

     So let me ask you, Mr. Governor, how do you think that works in Texas?  No fracking, no drilling, no oil.  Is that okay?  Good.  I don't think Biden is going to do too well in Texas.  He's already written it off.  It's gone.  No fracking.  That's part of his platform.

     If these far-left politicians ever get into power, they will demolish not only your industry, but the entire U.S. economy.  Their stated agenda includes rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, spending billions and billions of dollars in order to make us non-competitive and seeking an even higher level of restrictions; mandating net-zero carbon emissions -- which, frankly, is impossible -- for all new homes, offices, and buildings by 230 [2030].  Not possible to do.  And if you ever did it, it would cost so much that your home would be valueless.

     This would cause the cost of construction to skyrocket and effectively end the use of natural gas in homes because it would be an impossible situation.  They're asking for things, just so you understand, that are impossible.

     I don't know -- I haven’t checked recently: What have they done with cows?  Remember, there were going to be no more cows and no more cattle.  I think they might have left that one off the manifesto, but it'll be back.

     Their platform calls for mandating zero-carbon emissions from power plants by 2035.  In other words, no drilling, no fracking, no coal, no shale, no gas, no oil; otherwise, they've been very good to the industry, I think.

     You got to be careful.  You know, people don't take it seriously.  If they got in, you will have no more energy coming out of the great state of Texas, out of New Mexico, out of anywhere -- Oklahoma, North Dakota.  Name them.  Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania does a lot.  People don't realize that.  A lot.  It would throw Pennsylvania, Ohio -- so many other places.  You don't realize how big it is.  They want to have no fracking, no nothing.

     The policies required to implement this extreme agenda would mean the death of American prosperity and the end of the American middle class.  It would mean, I think, even worse than that.  It would destroy our country.  I used to say, “Would become another Venezuela.”  Same ideology.  You would become another Venezuela.  Venezuela used to be one of the richest in the world, per capita, and period, one of the richest in the world -- among the largest oil reserves.  Now they don't have water, they don't have medicine, they don't have food.  You got a lot of oil; it doesn't matter.  Doesn't seem to matter.  They don't have anything.  And that can happen to us.

     All you have to do is look at Portland.  Look at the agitators.  Look at the anarchists in Portland.  And our people have done a great job in protecting our courthouse.  And I told my people, a little while ago: If they don't solve that problem locally, very soon, we're going to send in the National Guard and get it solved very quickly, just like we did in Minneanopolis [sic] and just like we will do in other places.  (Applause.)  They want to solve their problem.  They've got a very short time to do it.  But they'll either solve their problem or we send in the National Guard.

     The U.S. energy industry would grind to a halt, and every single energy-producing state would be plunged into a depression.  Two million jobs would vanish overnight in just the state of Texas alone.  And I think the number is probably, Greg, a lot higher than 2 million.  Millions more would disappear in New Mexico and Ohio and Colorado and Pennsylvania.

     By imposing these punishing restrictions -- and beyond restrictions -- the Washington radical-left, crazy Democrats would also send countless American jobs, factories, industries to China and to other foreign polluting states.  They want us to take care of our air, but China doesn't take care of its air.  In all fairness, India doesn't take care of its air.  Russia doesn't take care of its air.  But we do.  Not on my watch, it's not going to happen -- I can tell you that.  (Applause.)  Because as long as I'm President, we will always put America first.  It’s very simple.  Very simple.  (Applause.)  For years and years, we put other countries first, and we now put America first.

     As we have seen in cities and towns across our nation, it's not just Texas oil that the radical Democrats want to destroy; they want to destroy our country.  These people are sick.  They are sick.  And you better get used to hearing it because they have some real problems.  They don't love our country in any way, shape, or form.  They don't love our country.  There's no respect for the American way of life.  There is no way of life ever in history that's been like the great American way of life.  There is no respect, but there is by you, and there is by 95 percent of our people.  Our people love our country, and our people love our anthem and they love our flag.  Remember that.  (Applause.)

     The radical left wants to tear down everything in its way.  And in its place, they want power for themselves.  They want power.  Hard to believe -- power.  They want to uproot and demolish every American value.  They want to wipe away every trace of religion from national life.  They want to indoctrinate our children, defund our police, abolish the suburbs, incite riots, and leave every city at the mercy of the radical left.  That's not going to happen.  That's not going to happen.

     And, by the way, I just ended the rule on suburbs.  You know, the suburbs -- people fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home.  There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs.  I abandoned and took away and just rescinded the rule.  It's been going on for years.  I've seen conflict for years.  It's been hell for suburbia.  We rescinded the rule three days ago, so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen.  Enjoy your life.  (Applause.)

     The proud people of Texas will never bow, kneel, or surrender to the left-wing mob.  You will always stand tall and strong for America.  Everyone here today carries the legacy of some of the toughest, fiercest, and most determined people ever to walk the face of the Earth -- your ancestors.  You know that.  (Applause.)  You know that.

     Generations of Texas oil workers before you gave every last bit of sweat and heart and grit that they had to build up this country.  They loved our country.  They loved our country so much, they couldn't breathe.  Their pride and devotion helped raise up America’s cities, power our factories, propel our industries, sustain our families, supply our military, and fuel America's rise into the strongest, wealthiest, and greatest nation the world has ever known.  We are now at the strongest point, militarily, we've ever been due to -- I'll tell you.  Ted?  Where is Ted?  He was a big leader in this.  Stand up again, Ted.  (Applause.) 

     Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and our Senate, and our House approved $2.5 trillion to rebuild entirely the United States military.  It's now at a point that it's the strongest it's ever been.  A lot of the equipment is still coming in -- brand-new planes and missiles and everything you can think of.

     And I want to thank you, Ted.  You were one of the real leaders, and John, too.  The two of you.  I appreciate it very much.  You were well represented.  (Applause.)

     We have the greatest equipment on Earth.  We have equipment that I can't even tell you about.  You don't want to know about it, frankly, and hopefully we never have to use it.

     Now it's your turn to help lead our nation to even greater heights.  Today, we give thanks for each and every one of you, and we are telling the Washington politicians trying to abolish American energy: Don't mess with Texas.  (Applause.)

     And I just want to finish by saying that I've had a great relationship with your leaders, with your politicians, with all the people in Texas.  We’ve had great success.  We had a great victory.

     They said, “Oh, I don't know if he'll win,” and we won -- not only did we win, we won quickly and easily.  And now we're leading what we had even four years ago.

     I will never let you down.  I will never let Texas down.  (Applause.)  And your governor and your lieutenant governor and your senators, they know that very well.  So thank you.  And thank you very much.  Greg, Dan, thank you very much.  Ted, thank you.  Great job.

     God bless you and the great state of Texas.  God bless you.  God bless you.  (Applause.)

     So on behalf of every American energy worker, I will now sign these very important permits that your governor and your senators have been after me for a long time to sign.  And they've been after a lot of other presidents to sign them, but they never were able to get it done.  But we got it done, and we got it done for a great state called Texas.  Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)

     (The permits are signed.)  (Applause.)
 END                 3:56 P.M. CDT  


Office of the Press Secretary
“With the tremendous progress we have made over the past three years, America is now energy independent.” – President Donald J. Trump
LEADING AN ENERGY REVOLUTION: American energy production is soaring to new heights under President Donald J. Trump’s pro-jobs, pro-national security, and energy independence agenda.
  • Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has become the world’s number one producer of oil and maintained our position as the number one producer of natural gas.
  • American energy exports reached an all-time high last year, marking the first time in 67 years that our annual gross energy exports exceeded our gross energy imports.
    • Crude oil production hit new record highs both last year and the year before, leaping past the previous record set in 1970.
  • Crude oil production was up 38 percent last year compared to 2016.
  • The Trump Administration has increased exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) by nearly five-fold and issued 20 long-term authorizations for LNG exports.
  • The President is taking further action today to promote our energy independence by signing four critical permits for vital pipeline and railway infrastructure on our Nation’s borders.
  • President Trump has proven that energy production and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive, as America continues to be a world leader in clean air, including in energy-related CO2 emissions.  
    • Our Nation’s air quality has improved by 77 percent over the last 50 years, including 7 percent under President Trump.
ACHIEVING HISTORIC DEREGULATION: President Trump’s deregulation campaign has eliminated unnecessarily burdensome rules that stifled domestic energy production.
  • The deregulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration are simultaneously benefiting the American consumer and the energy sector by lowering cost, speeding up projects, and removing unnecessary bureaucratic and regulatory hurdles.
  • President Trump has signed multiple Executive Orders to speed up energy infrastructure development and support American energy jobs.
  • The Administration took action to right-size the Federal Government’s environmental review process, the first such update in over 40 years.
  • President Trump has ended the Obama Administration’s war on coal and is replacing the expensive, job-killing Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.
  • All told, the President’s actions unleashing the shale revolution are saving Americans over $200 billion annually through lower energy prices.
    • This is disproportionately benefiting poor households who typically spend a greater percentage of their income on gasoline, natural gas, and electricity bills.
RESTORING OUR GREATNESS: The President’s leadership and decisive action during the pandemic have enabled the energy industry to contribute to the Nation’s economic recovery.
  • President Trump’s leadership throughout the coronavirus pandemic has given energy producers the support they need to keep afloat.
  • A recent analysis showed that the Paycheck Protection Program for companies struggling with the coronavirus pandemic saved more than half of oil field jobs in Texas.
    • The Small Business Administration has made more than $1 billion in forgivable loans to Texas oil field producers to keep their employees on the payroll.
  • While energy producers were hit hard by the sudden drop in demand, due in part from the coronavirus, consumer demand and oil and natural gas production are rapidly returning.
  • With the help of the President’s policies, American energy companies will be at the forefront of our Nation’s rapid economic recovery.

1600 Daily The White House • July 29, 2020 LIVE: President Trump Discusses Restoring American Energy Dominance

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The White House • July 29, 2020

LIVE: President Trump discusses restoring American energy dominance

🎬 Watch live at 4:20 p.m. ET: President Trump speaks in Texas

Today, President Trump will address Americans from the Permian Basin in Texas, which stretches nearly 86,000 square miles into New Mexico. Both these states have helped America lead the shale oil and natural gas revolution that is changing the world.

Upon taking office, President Trump ended the war waged on American energy by the previous administration. Rather than expand the reach of bureaucrats, President Trump rolled back overregulation, ended stifling rules, and unleashed energy resources.

The results of American energy dominance couldn’t be clearer:
  • America is leading the world in oil and natural gas production.
  • U.S. energy exports reached an all-time high last year, marking the first time in 67 years that our annual gross energy exports exceeded imports.
  • Oil production has soared, surpassing records that stood for nearly half a century.

This energy dominance means more affordable utilities and gas prices for families, more jobs for American workers, and less reliance on unstable foreign energy sources.

Shale-driven improvements have reduced the global price of oil by 10 percent. According to the Council of Economic Advisers, these price decreases alone save American consumers $203 billion annually—an average of $2,500 for a family of four.

These savings equal nearly 7 percent of income for the poorest fifth of U.S. households.

Most important, President Trump’s agenda of U.S. energy dominance is good for both for the economy and for our environment. Key pollutant concentrations are down since 2017, with lead down 28 percent and sulfur dioxide down 10 percent. Additionally, the electricity sector has reduced per unit carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent relative to 2017 government forecasts when President Trump took office.

President Trump wants even more of this American innovation to drive results for consumers, workers, and our environment. The left, meanwhile, wants more government mandates to create jobs for lawyers, lobbyists, and politically connected industries.

American energy dominance may be bad news for the bureaucrats, but it’s great news for your family, your community, and our country.

MORE: The value of U.S. energy dominance!

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President Trump arrives in Midland, Texas | July 29, 2020

Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate

Office of the Press Secretary

     Gregory Autry, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Jeffrey DeWit, resigned.

     Mark C. Christie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2025, vice Bernard L. McNamee, term expired.

     Allison Clements, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2024, vice Cheryl A. LaFleur, term expired.

     Craig Duehring, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, vice Laura Junor, resigned.

     Douglas Macgregor, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany.

     Theodore Rokita, of Indiana, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for the remainder of the term expiring January 3, 2021, vice Derek Tai-Ching Kan.

     Theodore Rokita, of Indiana, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term expiring January 3, 2026. (Reappointment)

     Eric M. Ueland, of Oregon, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights), vice Sarah Sewall, resigned.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Continued Treasury and State Sanctions on the Assad Regime

Office of the Press Secretary
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Continued Treasury and State Sanctions on the Assad Regime
Today, at President Donald J. Trump’s direction, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of State announced designations on four individuals and ten entities actively supporting the murderous and barbaric Assad regime in Syria.  Today’s designations employ a range of sanctions authorities to target the Assad regime, including the Caesar Act provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which authorizes sanctions on individuals providing support to the Syrian government.

The targets of today’s sanctions include a corrupt Syrian businessman complicit in support to the regime, and nine entities responsible for enriching the Syrian regime through construction of luxury real estate.  The United States also designated three Assad regime figures, including a senior regime general responsible for perpetuating the conflict in Syria, as well as the regime-controlled First Division of the Syrian Arab Army for its obstruction of a ceasefire in Syria.

Today’s sanctions continue the recent actions by the Trump Administration against those who enable the Assad regime’s violent reign of terror.  On June 17, 2020, the United States designated nearly 40 individuals and entities also actively supporting the Assad regime.  More sanctions will follow as part of a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime the resources it uses to wage war against the Syrian people.

These designations also underscore the Administration’s simple but firm position that no individual or entity should enter into business with or otherwise enrich such a vile regime. Importantly, today’s actions are intended to hold the murderous Assad regime accountable.  They are not directed at the Syrian people, whom the United States supports in their efforts for peace, stability, and rule of law.

This Administration remains committed to a lasting political solution in Syria.  The Assad regime and its patrons must recognize that a political resolution is the only viable mechanism to bring a peaceful end to the Syrian conflict.


Office of the Press Secretary

South Lawn

9:15 A.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  We have a lot of things going on.  As you know, we’re heading out to Texas right now.

     But Portland -- I’ll give you a little report on Portland:  We have the courthouse very well secured.  Our people have done a fantastic job.  You hear all sorts of reports about us leaving.  We’re not leaving until they’ve secured their city.  We told the governor, we told the mayor: “Secure your city.”  If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice -- we’re going to have to go in and clean it out.  We’ll do it very easily.  We’re all prepared to do it.

     So, in Portland, they either clean out their city and do the job and get rid of the anarchists and agitators, which is what they are.  They’re not protesters; they’re anarchists and agitators.  We have many in jail.  Many of them have been put in jail.  It’s going to be a long sentence.  They either clean out their city and do it right, or we’re going to have to do it for them.

     On CARES, I think -- maybe, Steve, would you like to say something on that?

     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, as of now, we’re very far apart.  And because of that, the President and we have discussed a short-term extension to UI and the evictions so that we have some period to negotiate before this runs out.  And the President is very (inaudible).

     THE PRESIDENT:  We want to work on the evictions so that people don’t get evicted.  We’ll work on the payments for the people.  And the rest of it, we’re so far apart, we don’t care.  We really don’t care.  We want to take care of the people.  The Democrats aren’t taking care of the people.  The payments aren’t enough.  The payments aren’t enough.  You understand that.  They’re not making the payments; they’re not making them high enough.  The Democrats are not taking care of the people.  Nancy Pelosi takes care of herself, but she doesn’t take care of anyone else.

     If you look at what’s going on with Schumer: So when Schumer and Pelosi can get together and take care of the people, we’ll do something.  In the meantime, we ought to stop evictions because that expires very soon.  So we want to stop the evictions.

     Q    How do you rate Kamala Harris as a VP?  There’s a rumor it’s going to be her.

     THE PRESIDENT:  I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris.  She’d be a fine choice.

     Q    Sir, you said you want to pass a short-term bill?  A short-term bill.  Are you saying you want to pass a short-term bill?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t hear a word you’re saying.

     Q    Mr. President, are you saying you want to pass a short-term bill?

     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, we’re looking at a deadline, obviously, of this Friday.  The President is very focused on evictions and unemployment.  And if we can’t reach an agreement by then, the President wants to look at giving us more time to negotiate this.

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’re focused on those two things.  We want to take care of them now.  The rest, we can discuss later.  They want big bailout money for Democrats that ran cities terribly.  Their cities are going down the tubes.  If you look at Portland, if you look at what’s going in Seattle -- Democrat-run cities, whether you like it or not, they’re terribly run, and they’re always over-taxed.  So they’ve taxed them too much and they run them poorly.  And we don’t like that.

     And what the Democrats want are bailout funds, and what we want is we want to take care of people.  And we should reward most of this country that’s well run.  You know, most of the country is very well run.  You’re watching a Portland and you’re watching Seattle.  You’re watching New York, where they had a 400 percent increase in crime.  Four hundred percent.  My city that I love, that I left to do this job, and they had a 400 percent increase, and it’s unacceptable.

     But most of the country is very well run, and Republican cities are very well run.  And it’s a shame to reward badly run, radical-left Democrats, with all of this money that they’re looking for, for cities -- to throw it away on cities that are poorly run.

     Q    Are you confident that Russia did not place bounties on U.S. troops?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t -- I told you, I certainly read about it, and since then, I’ve talked about it.  Colin Powell says it’s not true.  Colin Powell is not exactly somebody that I’m a big fan of.  Colin Powell says it’s not true.  Other people say it’s not true.

     If it were true, I’d be very angry about it.  But if you look at Russia, Russia became Russia from the Soviet Union because of Afghanistan.  They lost a fortune and a lot of people -- a lot of people.

     So I don’t know why they’d be doing it.  But if you tell me they’re doing it, I will certainly take that under consideration.

     Q    How would you respond if Russia did turn out to have done that?  How would you respond?  Would you do sanctions?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I would respond appropriately.  Nobody has been tougher on Russia.  Nobody has been tougher on China.  Nobody has been tougher on Iran than me, and it’s not even close.  And everybody knows this.  Nobody has been tougher on Russia, China, or anybody else than me, including our allies -- NATO, who I got to pay $140 billion more money -- $140 billion.  You know what that is?

     Q    A lot of money.

     THE PRESIDENT:  And you know why?  That’s to hold Russia in check, all right?  I did Russia no favor.  Nobody has been tougher on Russia than I am.

     Q    Mr. President, on NATO, you just gave the order to remove U.S. troops from Germany.  How does that keep Russia in check?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Germany is delinquent.  They haven’t paid their fees.  They haven’t paid their NATO fees.  And they’re way off, and they’ve been off for years, and they have no intention of paying it.  And the United States has been taken advantage of on trade and on military and on everything else for many years, and I’m here and I’ve been straightening it out.

     But Germany owes billions and billions of dollars to NATO.  And why would we keep all of those troops there?  And now Germany is saying it’s bad for their economy.  Well, it’s good for our economy.  Germany is delinquent.  They’re at 1 percent.  They should be at 2 percent.  And actually, everybody should be at 4 percent, not 2 percent, because 2 percent is too low.  But they’re at 1 percent, and they’ve take advantage of us for many years.

     And you think that’s bad?  They take worse advantage on trade.  And I was all set to fix that, and then we got hit with the China plague.  But we’ll be fixing it.

     And a guy like Biden -- this country wouldn’t have a chance.  With Biden, our country wouldn’t have a chance.

     Go ahead.

     Q    In terms of China, they closed our consulate in Chengdu.  Are you planning a response for that move by China?

     THE PRESIDENT:  No, we’ll see what happens.  That’s all right.  We’ll see what happens.

     Q    Are you dropping the demand for FBI money -- the FBI building?

     THE PRESIDENT:  So the FBI building -- they’ve been trying to build a new building for many years -- many, many years.  They were thinking about going very far away, but you have to be near the Justice Department.  You don’t want to be too far away, where they have to drive for an hour, hour and a half -- because they had a site way out in Virginia, way out in Maryland.  And I said, “The best place is right where it is.  It’s the best piece of property in Washington.”  I’m very good at real estate.

     So I said, “We’ll build a new FBI building.”  Let’s build a new FBI building -- either a renovation of the existing, or even better would be a new building.  So we have that in the bill.  It should stay.  People have wanted a new FBI building now for 15 or 20 years.

     Q    But Republicans don’t want it in the bill.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Then Republicans should go back to school and learn.  They need a new building.  It’s a bad building.  It’s a dangerous building.  You have slabs falling off.  It’s not a good building from the inside, and it’s a very expensive building.  They need a new building, and we can do it very easily.  To me, it would be very -- super (inaudible).  I would make sure you build a great building at a fraction of the cost, and they can have it done quickly.  So the FBI building is not new; this is something they've been talking about for many, many years, for decades.

     Q    Mr. President, on TikTok, how close are you to making a decision about banning TikTok?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’re looking at TikTok.  We’re thinking about making a decision.  We’re going to be watching the hearings today very closely, because there is no question that what the big tech companies are doing is very bad.

     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Let me just also add on that: CFIUS -- TikTok is under CFIUS review, and we’ll be making a recommendation to the President on it this week.  So we have lots of alternatives.

     Q    Do you regret tweeting about that doctor, Mr. President?  Do you regret tweeting about that doctor yesterday?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Regret what?

     Q    Stella Immanuel, the doctor -- do you wish you had not retweeted that?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I was very impressed with her and other doctors that stood with her.  I think she made sense, but I know nothing about her.  I just saw her on -- you know, making a statement with very respected doctors.  She was not alone.  She was making a statement about hydroxychloroquine with other doctors that swear by it.  They think it’s great.  So she was not alone.

     Fake news CNN made it like, “Oh, I said this, I said that.”  She was with a whole group of people.  And you ought to tell your network the reason their ratings are so bad is because the coverage is so false.  If CNN would be honest -- and that goes for MSDNC also.  But your network is so dishonest in its coverage on just about everything, and there's an example.

     I was very impressed by her.  Know nothing about her; I had never seen her before.  But certainly you can put her up and let her have a voice.  So what they did is they took down their voice.  Now, they seem to never take down the other side.  They only take down conservative voices.  It’s a shame.

     And with hydroxy, all I want to do is save lives.  I don’t care if it’s hydroxy or anything else.  All I want to do is save lives.  If we can save lives, that’s great.

     Now, one thing: We’re doing very well on vaccines and very well on therapeutics.  So that’s very important.  But I happen to be a believer in hydroxy.  I used it.  I had no problem.  I happen to be a believer.  Many, many people agree with me.  A great test just came out from the Ford clinic in Michigan -- very respected.  We’ll see how it is.

     Q    Mr. President, have you decided how you're going to give your convention acceptance speech yet?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I'm thinking about it, but we’re picking a location.  Fairly soon we’ll let you know.

     Q    It won’t be here at the White House?  It’ll be somewhere in --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Might be.  It’s something we’re thinking about.

     Q    Back to Germany: Are those troops -- what signal does it send to Russia?  Those troops were always there to defend Europe against Russia.

     THE PRESIDENT:  You're right.  They’re there to protect Europe; they're there to protect Germany.  Right?  And Germany is supposed to pay for it.  Germany is not paying for it.  So why should we leave them if they were not -- we don’t want to be the suckers anymore.

     The United States has been taken advantage of for 25 years, both on trade and on the military.  We are protecting Germany.  So we’re reducing the force because they're not paying their bill.  It’s very simple: They're delinquent.  Very simple.  And there are other NATO countries also.

     Right now, you have 8 out of the 28 countries that have paid up.  I got them to pay $130 billion a year more, going up to $400 [billion].  Most of them will be up to date.  It wasn’t easy.  But most of them will be up to date.  The one that won’t be up to date is Germany.  And we spend a lot of money on Germany.  They take advantage of us on trade, and they take advantage on the military, so we’re reducing the force.  Now, if they start paying their bills, I could rethink about -- I would think about it.


     Q    Did you talk to Russia about a coronavirus vaccine?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We talked to Putin about a lot of different things, mostly --

     Q    About a vaccine?

     THE PRESIDENT:  -- arms control.  We’re working on a vaccine.  I think we’ll have one.  Oxford is doing very well.  Pfizer is doing very well.  We have a lot of good options.

     Q     They said Russia was trying to steal information about a vaccine from researchers.  Did you talk to them about that?

     THE PRESIDENT:  You’re going to have to talk up.  I can hear everybody but you.

     Q    Can you come right here?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I can hear everybody but you.

     Q    Can you come right here?

     Q    On arms control, did you make progress?  Are there going to be formal negotiations?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  There already are.  We’re -- we’re in formal negotiations with Russia on arms control -- meaning, on nuclear arms control.

     Q    What about bringing China in?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll talk about that later.  We’re going to work this first and we’ll see.  China right now is a much lesser nuclear power -- you understand that -- than Russia.  Right now, we are the great nuclear power.  We’ve upgraded our nuclear tremendously since.  We have the most power.  Russia is second and China is third.  China is surging; they’ll be there at some point.  And, yeah, we would want to talk to China eventually.  Yes.  Okay?

     Q    Why not as part of a trilateral negotiation?  Does China not want to be involved?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We thought that we would do it first.  I don’t know if it’s going to work out.  But we would do it first and then we go to China together.  Okay?  Which, I think, works out probably better.

     Q    Did you talk to O’Brien?  Did you talk to Robert O’Brien?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I did.  I wished him well.  I haven’t seen him in a while --

     Q    Why not?

     THE PRESIDENT:  -- but he went on vacation.  He came back, he wasn’t well.  He tested positive.  He’s doing very, very well.

     Q    Why haven’t you seen him lately?

     THE PRESIDENT:  He said he’s doing very well.  I spoke to him yesterday.

     Q    Mr. President, are you concerned about reports that a lot of Americans wouldn’t accept a vaccine?  And what could the administration do --

     THE PRESIDENT:  No, I’m not -- I’m not concerned.  Well, I’m a therapeutic person, too, you know, to be honest.  I love the idea of therapeutics, where you go in, you give somebody a transfusion or a shot, and they get better.  I am a big therapeutic person.  But we’re doing very well on vaccines and therapeutics.  Okay?

     And as far as Portland is concerned, we’ve taken a very strong stand.  They are anarchists.  They’re radical, crazy people.  And they’re either going to straighten it out for themselves -- Portland, the police -- and maybe if the state gets involved; that means the governor and the mayor.  But they’re very weak people.  They’re very weak people.  These radicals, these anarchists are controlling the governor and this mayor.

     The mayor went into a rally -- it wasn’t accurately reported by CNN, by NBC.  The mayor went into a rally.  He thought he’d be their buddy.  They excoriated him.  They excor- -- what they did to him was incredible.  Lucky he had five bodyguards.  But they excoriated him.

     NBC -- I didn’t see CNN because I don’t watch CNN.  NBC absolutely covered it like he was their big buddy.  No, he was in great danger of dying.  He would have been dead if he didn’t have his bodyguards.

     These are bad people.  These are anarchists.  They’re agitators.  And either they do something or we’re going to do it.

     In the meantime, our purpose there is only to protect our federal buildings, which we’re doing with no problem.  I mean, they’re nasty and they’re vicious people, but our people are very powerful people.  Very powerful.

     And either they’re going to clean up Portland soon or the federal government is going up and we’re going to do it for them.  So either they clean out Portland -- the governor and the mayor, who are weak -- either they clean out Portland or we’re going in to do it for them.

     Okay, thank you very much.

                 END                      9:31 A.M. EDT

West Wing Reads Bringing Drug Manufacture Back to America—Another Trump Triumph

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Bringing Drug Manufacture Back to America—Another Trump Triumph

This week, the Trump Administration signed off on a partnership with Kodak to begin producing critical pharmaceutical ingredients right here in the United States.

“America is dangerously dependent on foreign supply chains for all three stages of drug production: starting materials used to manufacture active ingredients, the active ingredients themselves and the finished product in the form of tablets, pills and injectables,” Peter Navarro and Adam Boehler write.

“The Kodak project is a big win for the Defense Production Act, a big win for New York and the nation—and a huge step forward toward US pharmaceutical independence.”

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared that over 80 percent of the state’s school-age population won’t return to the classroom this fall—despite calls from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other healthcare experts for schools to reopen for in-person learning wherever possible, retired teacher Larry Sand writes in City Journal.
“President Trump will head to Midland, Texas on Wednesday to tour an oil rig owned by Double Eagle Energy and deliver remarks on how the U.S. is achieving energy dominance by cutting regulations, simplifying permitting, and encouraging private investment in energy infrastructure,” Lucas Manfredi writes for Fox Business.
“On a nightly basis, hordes of rioters attack federal law enforcement officers who are guarding Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse . . . On Monday night, one of [the rioters] threw a bomb at the courthouse,” Victor Joecks writes. “The rampant violence isn’t a small part of the story. It is the story—just not one the mainstream media want to talk about.” Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

On Monday, the Department of Commerce, as directed by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, filed a petition to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability. The petition also requests that the FCC clarify when an online platform curates content in “good faith,” and requests transparency requirements on their moderation practices, similar to requirements imposed on broadband service providers under Title I of the Communications Act.  President Trump will continue to fight back against unfair, un-American, and politically biased censorship of Americans online.


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James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

5:20 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Today my administration has taken a momentous step toward achieving American pharmaceutical independence -- a very, very big, big step -- a focus of our campaign to bring America's critical supply chains and medical manufacturing back to the USA.  We've been working on this for a long time.

    This is a core of our strategy to protect our people from the horrible China virus.  It should have never happened.  It should have never been here.  They should have stopped it.

    In the decades before I took office, foreign nations were allowed to freely plunder our factories and loot our industries, take our business out of the United States.  Millions of jobs were vacuumed out -- just taken out so easily.  Our politicians let that happen.  And our communities were stripped and shipped, in many cases, to China and all over the world -- countries all over the world.

    Nearly four years ago, we launched a bold effort to revitalize American manufacturing, enact fair trade deals, and bring our industries back home where they belong.  When the China virus landed on our shores, it became clearer than ever before that restoring American manufacturing is a core matter of national security.  We must never be reliant on a foreign nation for America's medical or other needs, and that includes many other needs.

    I just want to say that Pfizer just announced, a little while ago, that they're combining phase two and phase three trials, and the vaccine looks like it's really heading in a very rapid direction, in a very positive direction.  First time that's happened.  And they’re many months ahead of any other trial.  There's never been anything like it.  So it's the fastest ever, and to me, it's very exciting.

    Today, I'm proud to announce one of the most important deals in the history of U.S. pharmaceutical industries.  My administration has reached a historic agreement with a great American company -- you remember this company; it's called -- from the good, old camera age, the old days -- to begin producing critical pharmaceutical ingredients.  It's called Kodak.  And it's going to be right here in America.

    So I want to congratulate the people in Kodak.  They've been working very hard.  Members of my administration are present in Rochester right now -- Rochester, New York -- a good place.  And they’re trying to finalize this groundbreaking deal, and they will be announcing this deal.

    I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and his representatives.  We've worked really well together on this deal.  It's a big deal.  It's going to be a great deal and a great deal for New York and a great deal for Kodak.

    Ninety percent of all prescriptions written in the United States are for generic drugs.  We have approved more generic drugs than any other administration, by far.  Generic drugs can be just as good as the brand names, but cost much less.

    Yet, in less than 10 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to make these drugs -- they’re currently manufactured in America -- more than 50 percent, however, are made in India and China.  And you'll be seeing -- a lot of things have happened.  It's been happening, but it's happening at a more rapid pace right now.

    With this new agreement, my administration is using the Defense Production Act to provide a $765 million loan to support the launch of Kodak Pharmaceuticals.  It's a great name, when you think of it.  Such a great name.  It was one of the great brands in the world.  Then people went digital, and Kodak didn't follow.  But now, under very extraordinary leadership, they are following and they're doing something that's a different field, and it's a field that they've really hired some of the best people in the world to be taking care of that company and watching that company -- watching over it.  But it's a breakthrough in bringing pharmaceutical manufacturing back to the United States.

    Under this contract, our 33rd use of the Defense Production Act -- remember when you were saying I didn't use it enough, I didn't use it enough?  And now you heard it's the 33rd use.  We don't talk about it all the time; we used it, and we used it as a little bit of a threat, frankly, with certain companies that weren't doing as we were asking them to do, and it came through as both a threat and a usage.  But this is our 33rd use of the Defense Production Act.

    Kodak will now produce generic active pharmaceutical ingredients, which is a big deal.  Using advanced manufacturing techniques, Kodak will also make the key starting materials that are the building blocks for many drugs in a manner that is both cost-competitive and environmentally safe.  We'll be competitive with almost all countries, and soon with all countries.

    Once this new division is fully operational, in addition to all of the other plants that we've opened with other companies throughout the United States recently, it will produce as much as 25 percent of all active ingredients needed to make generic drugs in the USA.  That’s a big number: 25 percent.

    This agreement will directly create 360 new jobs at Kodak's factory in Rochester; that's just in the initial phase.  And in Minneapolis, a place I have gotten to know very well and it's a great place -- and I'm very happy that we're able to help them with the problems that they've had recently.  And the National Guard -- I want to thank the National Guard, both state and beyond.  I want to thank them for the incredible job.  They went in and they did some beautiful job.  They cleaned it up.  You didn't hear about the problems anymore.

    And indirectly, I want to create -- we created thousands more jobs all across our pharmaceutical supply chains.  We have now been building a very big pharmaceutical supply chain -- not only coming out of China, coming out of other countries also.  I want to thank Peter Navarro, Adam Boehler, and Admiral Polowczyk for their tremendous work to make this deal possible.

    Today's action is our latest step to build the greatest medical arsenal in history.  We'll be able to do that.

    Through the Defense Production Act and other authorities, we have invested more than $3 billion in our nation's industrial base.  We've contracted with companies such as Ford, General Motors, Philips, and General Electric to produce more than 200,000 ventilators by the end of this year -- nearly seven times more than we would ever do in a typical year.

    We've contracted with Honeywell, 3M, O&M, Halyard, Moldex, and Lidl to increase U.S. production of N95 masks.  And we’ve brought it from less than 40 million a month to over 100 million a month by August, and we'll have 160 million in a very short while -- 160 million a month.  That's many times what we used to do.  If you go back two years ago, it’s many, many times.

    We’re increasing domestic production of gloves by 1,000 percent.  It’s 1,000 percent.  We will be manufacturing 450 million gloves annually by next year.

    We're finalizing contracts with our textile industry to make gowns in America with American fabric, which makes a lot of our businesses happy that produce the fabric.  We have 13 million reusable gowns in the Stockpile, and we'll continue to grow that number to 72 million this fall, which is a rapid escalation indeed.

    We made major investments in new rapid point-of-care tests.  So we have -- there’s nothing like the rapid point, where you get your answer in 5 minutes to 15 minutes to maybe 20, 25 minutes at the max.  And we're already at about a 50 percent level, and we're bringing it up very substantially from there.

    We're growing domestic production from less than 250,000 test kits per month in May to 8 million test kits per month.  There is nothing like this that has ever taken place anywhere in the world or close.

    Through our partnership with Puritan Manufacturing and the state of Maine -- a great state -- we've increased production of test swabs from 30 million per month in June to 56 million per month now.  As you remember, I went to Maine; I went to the plant where they do this.  It was incredible.  It was a great experience.  And we’ll produce over 100 million swabs per month by January.

    We've dramatically ramped up production of materials needed for a vaccine and are on track to rapidly produce 100 million doses as soon as a vaccine is approved, which could be very, very soon, and 500 million doses shortly thereafter.  So we'll have 500 million doses.  And, logistically, we're using our military, our great military -- a group of people; their whole life is based around logistics and bringing things to and from locations -- and they'll be able to take care of this locationally and bringing it where it has to go very, very quickly.  They're all mobilized.  It's been fully set up.

    A very, very talented general is in charge.  And when we have that vaccine, it will be discharged and taken care of.  It'll be a very -- a very rapid process all over the country.  And perhaps we'll be supplying a lot of the vaccine to other parts of the world, like we do with ventilators and other things that we, all of a sudden, have become very good at making.

    When the China virus struck our nation, we mobilized the entire government and the private sector to acquire, source, and deliver lifesaving supplies.  HHS, FEMA, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of more than 196 million N95 respirators, 815 million surgical masks, 20 million gloves, 34 million face shields, and 354 million gowns.  That's a lot of gowns.

    Last week, FEMA completed a second shipment of personal protective equipment to over 15,000 nursing homes in the United States.  Our big focus has been on nursing homes and senior citizens.  As you know, that’s where we want to take care -- we have to take care of the most vulnerable, especially if they have a medical difficulty, a medical problem -- in particular, heart or diabetes.  Which provided a total of 1.2 million pairs of protective eyewear, 14 million mask -- masks, 66 million pairs of gloves, and 13 million gowns.

    We have replenished the long-neglected National Stockpile.  In January, the Stockpile had 17.9 million N95 masks.  Today, the stockpile has over 50 million N95 masks, and we'll be doubling that in a very short period of time and then doubling that number.

    We've shipped more than 14,000 ventilators to areas of need across the country, and we have more than 75,000 available to deploy.  Not a single American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator.  And if you remember, early on when we were first hit with the virus, ventilators were very hard to come by, and now we're the largest maker anywhere in the world, by far.  And not only are we fully supplied and stocked, but we're helping other nations, because ventilators are hard to build and hard to get.

    This is just the beginning.  In the coming months, we will continue the largest onshoring campaign in American history.  We will bring back our jobs, and we will make America the world's premier medical manufacturer and supplier.  That's what's happening already.  It's been happening now for quite some time.
    We're seeing improvements across the major metro areas and most hotspots.  You can look at large portions of our country; it's -- it's corona-free.  But we are watching very carefully California, Arizona, Texas, and most of Florida.  It's starting to head down in the right direction, and I think you'll see it rapidly head down very soon.  But if you look, California, Arizona, Texas, and, for the most part, most of Florida, it’s starting to head down.

    In the wake of the recent mass gatherings Americans have witnessed in the streets of Portland and Seattle, we are also tracking a significant rise in cases in both metropolitan areas because of what's been going on.

    And we, as you know, have done a excellent job of watching over Portland and watching our courthouse where they wanted to burn it down.  They're anarchists.  Nothing short of anarchists, agitators.  And we have protected it very powerfully.  And if we didn't go there, I will tell you, you wouldn't have a courthouse.  You'd have a -- you'd have a billion-dollar burned-out building.

    We’re also working aggressively to combat the virus and Native American and Alaska Native communities.  Under the CARES Act, we provided $8 billion to address the coronavirus in tribal communities, and we've worked very hard with tribal communities.  They're very vulnerable to this horrible plague.  It's the largest investment in Indian Country in U.S. history.  There's never been an investment that big in Indian Country.

    We need every American to help protect our fellow citizens and prevent the spread of the disease.  It's critical that younger Americans remember that even though they are at lower risk -- and, in fact, some are in -- some age groups are at an extraordinary low risk themselves -- they can unknowingly spread the virus to others who are at higher risk.

    I ask all Americans, regardless of background or age, to practice social distancing -- which people have gotten very used to, but we have to keep doing it; remain vigilant about hygiene; avoid indoor gatherings and large gatherings, but especially indoor, especially where you have crowded bars; and that you wear a mask whenever appropriate.

    Through the genius of our scientists, the devotion of our doctors, the skill of our workers, and the dedication of our people, we will achieve victory over the virus and emerge stronger than ever before.

    We're looking at a very powerful year next year, economically.  The job numbers are looking outstanding, to put it mildly; set records.  The numbers on retail -- retail sales -- came in two weeks ago at the highest number in the history of our country.  So we look like we're heading to some very, very good economic times; that means jobs, that means stock market.

    The stock market is already doing very well.  It's getting to a point very close to where it was when we had this -- when we were hit with the -- the plague.  So I just want to thank everybody for being here.

    Steve, please.  Go ahead.

    Q    Can you clarify your acceptance speech for the Republican nomination?  Are you physically going to be in Charlotte or will you give the speech here or somewhere else?

    THE PRESIDENT:  We'll be doing a speech on Thursday -- the main speech, the primary speech.  Charlotte -- they will be doing -- nominating on Monday.  That's a different -- that's a different period, a different thing happening, but they'll be doing nominations on Monday.  I speak on Thursday.  Okay?

    Q    From where?

    THE PRESIDENT:  We'll go -- we'll be announcing it soon.  We’ll be announcing it soon.

    Q    So you could be going to Charlotte?

    THE PRESIDENT:  Anybody have any ideas?  We'll be announcing it very soon.

    Q    Mr. President --

    THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, please, go ahead.

    Q    Mr. President, the negotiations are ongoing right now for the next relief measures.  Republicans -- Senate Republicans have put forth their plan.  Do you support what Senate Republicans have put forward?  And are there certain aspects that they’ve put forward that you don't support?

    THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, there are actually, and we'll be talking about it.  There are, you know, also things that I very much support, but we'll be negotiating.  It's sort of semi-irrelevant because the Democrats come with their needs and asks, and the Republicans go with theirs.  So we'll be discussing it with Mitch and all of the other people involved.  Kevin has been very active, as you know -- all of the people involved.  Steve Mnuchin has done a great job, keeps everybody together, both Democrat and Republican.

    And we'll see.  We want to do what's best for the people.  I want to do what's best for the people.  I want to do what's best for the economy because that means jobs and lots of good things.  All right?

    Q    What do you think of what Senate Republicans put forward, sir?  What do you make of what Senate Republicans put forward?

    Q    Mr. President, two questions quickly.  First, can you clarify your position on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine after you retweeted a video making claims that it is effective?

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that was -- I wasn’t making claims.  The -- it’s recommendations of many other peoples and -- people, including doctors.  Many doctors think it is extremely successful -- the hydroxychloroquine -- coupled with the zinc and perhaps the azithromycin.  But many doctors think it's extremely good, and some people don't.  Some people -- I think it's become very political.

    I happen to believe in it.  I would take it.  As you know, I took it for a 14-day period, and I'm here.  Right?  I'm here.  I happen to think it's -- it works in the early stages.  I think frontline medical people believe that too -- some, many.  And so we'll take a look at it.

    But the one thing we know: It's been out for a long time, that particular formula, and that's what -- essentially, what it is, the pill.  And it's been for malaria, lupus, and other things.

    It -- it’s safe.  It doesn't cause problems.  I had no problem.  I had absolutely no problem, felt no different.  Didn't feel good, bad, or indifferent.  I -- and I tested, as you know.  It didn't -- it didn't get me, and it's not going to hopefully hurt anybody.

    So, we know from that standpoint -- because it's been so many years, from a safety standpoint, it’s safe.  I happen to think, based on what I've read -- I've read a lot about hydroxy.  I happen to think that it has an impact, especially at the early years.  There were some very good tests at Ford, and the doctor from Yale came up with a very, very strong testament to it.  There was a group of doctors yesterday, a large group that were put on the Internet, and for some reason, the Internet wanted to take them down and took them off.  I guess Twitter took them off and I think Facebook took them off.  I don't know why.  I think they're very respected doctors.

    There was a -- a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it, that she's had tremendous success with it.  And they took her --

    Q    (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT:  -- they took her voice off.  I don't know why they took her off, but they took her off.  Maybe they had a good reason, maybe they didn't.  I don't know.

    I can only say that, from my standpoint, and based on a lot of reading and a lot of knowledge about it, I think it could have a very positive impact in the early stages.  And I don't think you lose anything by doing it other than, politically, it doesn't seem to be too popular.  You know why?  Because I recommend it.  When I recommend something, they like to say, “Don't use it.”

    John, please.

    Q    On that note, Mr. President, last night, in tweets that were deleted by Twitter, you said that Dr. Fauci misled the country about hydroxychloroquine.  How so?

    THE PRESIDENT:  No, not at all.  I think -- I don't even know what his stance is on it.  I -- I was just -- you know, he was at the -- he was at the task force meeting a little while ago.

    I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.  You know, it’s sort of interesting -- we've listened to Dr. Fauci.  I haven't always agreed with him, and it's, I think, pretty standard.  That's okay.  He did not want us to ban our -- this -- this -- put up the ban to China, when China was heavily infected -- very badly, Wuhan.  He didn't want to do that, and I did and other things.  And he told me I was right, and he told me I saved tens of thousands of lives, which was generous, but it's -- you know, I think it's fact that I banned -- I did the ban on Europe.  But I get along with him very well and I agree with a lot of what he’s said.

    So -- you know, it's interesting: He's got a very good approval rating, and I like that.  It's good.  Because remember, he's working for this administration.  He's working with us, John.  We could have gotten other people.  We could have gotten somebody else.  It didn't have to be Dr. Fauci.  He's working with our administration.  And, for the most part, we've done pretty much what he and others -- Dr. Birx and others, who are terrific -- recommended.

    And he's got this high approval rating, so why don't I have a high approval rating with respect -- and the administration, with respect to the virus?  We should have a very high, because what we've done in terms of -- we're just reading off about the masks and the gowns and the ventilators and numbers that nobody has seen, and the testing at 55 million tests; we tested more than anybody in the world.  I have a graph that I'd love to show you -- perhaps you've seen it -- where we're up here and the rest of the world is down at a level that's just a tiny fraction of what we've done, in terms of testing.

    So it sort of is curious: A man works for us -- with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx also highly thought of.  And yet, they're highly thought of, but nobody likes me.  It can only be my personality.  That's all.

    Go ahead.

    Q    Can I just ask you also: DHS announced today that it is going to undertake a thorough review of the DACA program to decide whether to continue it, and if not, how to disband it.  You had mentioned, after the Supreme Court ruling about DACA, that you were thinking about a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.  Are you still thinking about that?

    THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to work with a lot of people on DACA, and we're also working on an immigration bill, a merit-based system, which is what I’ve wanted for a long time.

    That decision was an interesting decision because it gave the President, as a President, more power than many people thought the President had.  So the President is now, which happens to be me, in a position where I can do an immigration bill and a healthcare bill and some other bills.  And you've seen some of them come along.

    We're going to do tremendous -- we just signed it three days ago -- we’re doing tremendous prescription drug price reductions.  Tremendous.  It could be over 50 percent -- whether it's favored nations clauses or anything else.  I mean, it's tremendous numbers we're talking about.

    You know, you go to some countries and they'll sell, like, a pill for 10 cents, and in the United States, it costs two dollars.  And it's the same basic factory.  It's the same everything.  The United States bears the cost of all of these low prices that you see all over the world where people go to Canada to buy a prescription drug from the United States.  Not going to happen with me.  It's not going to happen with me.

    So, John, I think one of the exciting things -- got very little coverage, and that's okay, but the people understand it -- I think we will be reducing prescription drug prices by massive amounts, numbers that have never been done before.

    Other thing: In 51 years, we got -- as you know, last year, drug prices came down.  First time in 51 years that they came down.  Now, with what I signed last week, I think that drug prices can come down by numbers like 50 percent and even greater, in certain instances.

    Q    But if I can come back to where I originally started, are you still considering a path to citizenship for current DACA recipients?

    THE PRESIDENT:  We are going to make DACA happy and the DACA people and representatives happy, and we're also going to end up with a fantastic merit-based immigration system.


    Q    Yeah.  On the drug pricing, you had said that pharmaceutical representatives would be here today for a meeting to talk about bringing drug prices down or to negotiate.  That meeting was cancelled.  Why?

    THE PRESIDENT:  I didn’t know a meeting was cancel- -- oh, a meeting with the drug --

    Q    You said there would be a meeting today with drug companies.

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I said there would be a meeting -- yeah, a meeting sometime this week.  Yeah.  They want to meet.  I mean, I don’t know that it was cancelled.  They want to meet.  I thought the meeting was actually scheduled for tomorrow.

    Q    We will see, I guess.

    THE PRESIDENT:  I thought -- I thought the meeting was scheduled tomorrow.  Sorry about the dates.  But, you know, I see how upset you are by it.

    Q    On the FBI headquarters, sir --

    THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead.  Please.  Bloomberg.

    Q    On the FBI headquarters --

    THE PRESIDENT:  Bloomberg.  Mr. Bloomberg.  You look like Mr. Bloomberg.  Go ahead.

    Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  Do you support --

    THE PRESIDENT:  I think you look much better, actually.

    Q    -- a temporary extension of supplemental unemployment aid if the deal that they’re hashing out in Congress isn’t completed by the end of this week?  Those benefits are set to run out.

    THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll do something.  We’re going to take care of the people.  Yeah.  It’s a good question.  We’re going to take care of the people.

    Q    Mr. President, the woman that you said is a great doctor in that video that you retweeted last night said masks don't work and there is a cure for COVID-19, both of which health experts say is not true.  She's also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens, and that they're trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious.

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, maybe it’s a saying, maybe it’s not.

    Q    So what’s the logic in retweeting that?

    THE PRESIDENT:  But I can -- I can tell you this: She was on air, along with many other doctors.  They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine, and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that, from where she came --

    Q    It’s misinformation.

    THE PRESIDENT:  -- I don't know which country she comes from, but she said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients.  And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.

    Q    But she said masks don’t work.  And last week, you said masks --

    Yeah, go ahead.  Paula.

    Q   Last week --

    THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead.

    Q    Well, real quick.  Last week, you said masks --

    THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  

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