President Trump Hosts Industry Executives on Coronavirus Pandemic CSPAN May 30, 2020 5:21am-6:19am EDT
maybe it just sags like a heavy load. explode?t this meeting is now closed. thank you. >> watch c-span's daily unfiltered coverage of the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic with briefings from the white house. fromgress and governors across the country. joint in the conversation on our in the conversation on our live program, washington journal. --you missed at a white house meeting, industry executive talked with president trump about best practices to ensure consumer confidence and increasing economic growth. the president opened the meeting by commenting on the deaths of an african-american who was killed while being arrested
by minneapolis police. >> thank you very much. -- i appreciate it. i want to express my deepest condolences to the family of george floyd. terrible event. a terrible, terrible thing that happen. i have asked the department of justice expedite the federal investigation into his death and do it immediately. do it as quickly as possible. it is a local situation but we are also making it into a federal situation. it is a terrible thing. we all saw what we saw. it is hard to even conceive of anything other than what we did
see. it should never happen. it should never be allowed to happen, a thing like that. we are determined that justice is served. family to members of the . terrific people. reporting as time goes by. we also have to make the statement. it is important. we have peaceful protesters and we support the rights for peaceful protesters. we cannot allow a situation like what happened in minneapolis to descend further into loveless anarchy and chaos. we understand that -- lawless anarchy and chaos. we understand that. i think it is important to everybody that the memory of george floyd be a perfect memory. let it be a perfect memory.
the looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters. they hurt so badly with what is happening. it is so bad for the state and that great city. so we are working very closely with the justice department. we are looking -- working with local law enforcement. we are working with everybody and speaking with the family. beefully everything can fairly taken care of. i understand the hurt. i understand the pain. people have really been through a lot. george is entitled to justice read the people of livesota are entitled to in safety. law & order will prevail. americans will honor the memory of george and the floyd family. it is important to us and
important to me to see that everything is taken care of properly. it is a horrible, horrible situation. backo we will be reporting in due course as quickly as possible. i am pleased to welcome american industry leaders to the white house as we continue to safely reopen america. we are glad to be joined by jeff andtti of wyndham hotels resorts. wyndham hotels have been a terrific company over the years. brian of hasbro. kelly ofman, gary southwest airlines, a good job they have done. rodney mcmullen of kroger. of united, thank you. united airlines. brad smith of microsoft. his stock has done well, i will say. great job. great job.
gap. of thank you very much. also with us is steven mnuchin and jean scalia. mourntion continues to for the lives claimed by the virus and grieve for the families who have lost loved ones where you continue to battle the invisible enemy. we are directing for resources and support to safeguard high-risk populations. especially in nursing homes. it has been a- powerful strategy for nursing homes for quite a while. the best strategy for public health is to aggressively protect the most vulnerable while allowing younger and healthier americans to work safely. , newnwide hospitalizations cases and deaths are all declining.
we are tracking cases and hospitalizations daily and states are demonstrating their ability to rapidly identify and contain new outbreaks. surpassed 15 million tests, which is more than any other country, by a factor of many times. we have completed over 15 million. that is -- i think we can say that is a record by a lot. onwill give you a big report testing tomorrow. we have new tests coming out that are above and beyond anything anybody would have thought was even possible couple of months ago. in many places we had more tests available then people seeking them. florida and others have said they have testing and they don't have enough people to take the tests. we have come a long way. we started with an empty covered. we had a lot that we inherited.
i think they have stepped up to the plate on ventilators, tests, equipment and gowns and everything else. gloves. if you look at masks, everybody has masks now. to maintain the health and safety of our society, we must also maintain the health of our economy. there is a reason why our nation's life expectancy is correlated with economic development. a never ending shutdown would increase and not reduce the total loss-of-life while failing to focus on the most vulnerable. we have made a lot of progress in terms of the invisible enemy. a lot of things have happened that taught us a lot. nobody has seen anything like this. there has not been anything like this in over 100 years. 1917. i want to thank all of these great companies for being here and representing their company
and themselves and our country so well. we are going to be having a discussion with the companies as to suggestions they have. we think we will have a strong opening which just started. economy ingreatest the history of any country, not just ours. we have had the best numbers in every way. whether it is the biggest tax cuts, the greatest regulation cuts of any president. nobody has come close. we have rebuilt our military with the strongest military we have ever had. new equipment coming in all of the time. a lot of it already arrived. all made inntly, the usa. so many other things, you look at what we have done for the vets with accountability. -- they weren't able to get that done for over 40 years and we got it approved.
we've done so much and we had to turn it all off to be in a position where we are in now. numbers were estimated to be 2 million deaths, 1.5 million deaths, maybe one million but it could have been over 2 million and substantially over. unfortunately, one is too many. it could have been stopped in china. it should have been stopped in china, but it didn't stop and the world got infected, and it is very sad. it is a very sad thing, but we turned off the greatest economy ever and we turned it off very quickly, very rapidly. we banned people coming in from china very early. most people said don't do it. even a month later, they said you shouldn't have done it, but we turned out to be right. go,ave now a long way to but we are getting very good early numbers. the stock market has been doing very well because people have a
lot of confidence. we are doing very well in therapeutics. we are doing very well on vaccines. i think we will have very good answers soon and we are set up logistically with our military. our military is set to move and to act so went -- i think i can say when we have that vaccine -- with pretty good surety based on what we are seeing, rather than taking long periods of time and bringing it out slowly, we are able to bring it out quickly so we have a general in charge of logistics, and he's supposed to be the best. he's usually moving soldiers and various things for other reasons, but now, he's going to be moving vaccines or therapeutics, depending on what ends up, but we are doing very well on vaccines. we are doing very well on therapeutics and maybe i can use the word cure as opposed to appear early therapeutic. everyone forthank being here. we have a lot of positive things to report.
you see some of the numbers coming out with some of the states that have been opened, and some of the numbers have been really, really beyond expectation, so we are really happy. i think what we will do is go around the room quickly and say a few things about any ideas you have, your company, how well you have done with your companies, and might as well give eat a little buildup. you've got plenty of firepower here. >> thank you, mr. president. -- ande representing working with you to reopen our stores, which is important to us right now. i have the honor of running america's largest quilting company -- gap inc. four million-dollar brands between banana republic, old navy, and gap. second old navy is the
largest apparel brand in the u.s.. we have serviced families for 150 years and these trends represent the best of american values and we are interest open of the economy. we have 2500 stores in the u.s. and have begun the opening process. prior to covet, we had over one million u.s. customers walked into our doors everyday, so when we shut in march, we lost 70% of our sales overnight. we acted quickly. we had to make big, unfortunate decisions to furlough employees and to retrench. have a very strong and powerful e-commerce business, so we are the second largest e-commerce player for apparel and that has kept us going along with our film and center. we have five big campuses across the u.s. so that has been great. have over 100,000 employees we are anxious to bring back to work.
we developed these safe shopping protocols with industry leaders and retail. we feel really good about them. we are interest to reopen our stores with these protocols and have been excited about what is happening so far as we open. our place feels that employees feel safe, customers feel safe and are coming back to shop with us. we are committed to opening at least 800 stores this month, so we are on track for that and and ahead of that, which feels good and as customers come in, they will have new protocols, masks, and cleaning, etc. it will create trust and everyone is responding well. i visited our stores in virginia last night and our stores in texas and arizona, california over the last couple of weeks and our customers are thrilled to come back, employees are thrilled to be back. one of our store managers came up to me and burst into tears, thanking me for giving her job back. it is an important thing and as
much as the government has helped, our employees want to be back. that feels great. it is my time to ask, during this closure process come half of retail stayed open and half of retail shot. we -- shut. we've created a lack of level playing field and as we look forward and think about a possibility of a resurgence or something, we must stay committed to safe retailing protocols. and work through future issues so we can have a level playing field. secretary mnuchin has been fantastic. pres. trump: he's done a great job. steve? >> thank you, mr. president. thank you for all the work you've done and everyone else. i want to thank carrie and oscar is part of the cares act, we worked with both of you and the
rest of the airline industry. many of the businesses here have been hit hard but the travel industry in particular, and we appreciate everything you've done with us and thank you. pres. trump: oscar, please? lead-in. of a the cares act was great. think you -- i think everyone involved. i won't belabor it. i have two slides. one to give you a sense of the thing we are doing. one of the most conversed discussions, our airplane safe? is flying safe? it is paramount. industryeen the safest in the world so what we're doing thehis chart, everything in hydrostatic testing, disinfectant, wearing of a mask for everyone. we were one of the first to be able to do that, touchless aspects. our customers get a chance to choose where they said. -- sit.
these filters are hospital grade filters that remove 99.7% of particles in the year -- there. -- the air. the combination of the filters and masks should eliminate. it feels like we are always talking into the wind with regard to that so we took it a step further and partnered with different people, clorox in particular, a brand name that speaks of powerful disinfectant and branding gives it a sense that we -- we went further and used the mayo clinic to guide us and direct us. is not meaningful? like having invested or birx at our side -- ambassador birx. on the question, how do we restart the economy? the first one is obvious. all been talking in the business community, it is not just about flying.
people have to fly somewhere, hotels of the world, the restaurants, the theme parks, all of that has to be collectively. everything we do as business and government to take everyone into account and not forget that airlines are only part of it. that's the important part. again, from a health perspective, i don't know there is another nation that has more powerful branding than the u.s. thank you for the efforts. lastly, this is a big ask from our perspective, we are global. we supply over 60 countries. this is the general aspect of when the world restarts to fly, it is historically every government, every country will have its own regulatory scheme to start flying. that is called patchwork. in order to get the economy going and flowing from his
perspective of the entire planet, it is important we work with your teams. that harmonization and avoid patchwork. pres. trump: thank you, oscar. you've been really helpful. we appreciate it. larry kudlow, please. thank you to everyone who has come here and work with us. i hope everything continues at case. kevin and i try to follow these high-frequency economic indicators, and my little list is growing. as things open safely, i say that because deb is here. truckloads, freight shipping, hotel bookings, tsa travelers, all starting to shoot up. they are really green chutes. the stock market has done well. mobility, gasoline demand, tremendous housing demand, applications for mortgages and
so forth are pre-pandemic levels again with low interest rates, and we had a number from the income report, the saving rates are 33% for the month of april. 33%, which is to say we've given them a lot of income, government income, the quiddity, cash, -- liquidity, and the stores have been closed. they have nowhere to spend so they are saving at a 33% rate. that is almost 10 times the norm, so that, my final point, as we open and as the stores open, we are going to see a boom in spending. pres. trump: i think so. i agree. starting to see it. verye are going to be surprised. we are going to have a great third quarter, fourth quarter. next year is going to be one of our best years.
we have the head of the sec, securities and exchange commission. and ione a fantastic job thought i would invite him up and you could see a few words if you would like. appreciate the invitation today. i like to thank secretary mnuchin and our friends at the fed for their support and i really want to thank the many companies who have been candid about where they stand, i think you have done a fantastic job. i look forward to continuing to work with you. pres. trump: thank you very much. southwest airlines. what a great company.
go ahead. >> it is a pleasure to be here on behalf of all of the southwest people. i'm gary kelly and i want to thank you and secretary mnuchin. the cares act was exactly what we needed, the speed and scope are absolutely breathtaking. closed the markets were and after that, the markets opened up and we've been able to do a significant amount of financing so thank you. it was just the right thing for our economy. what several, echo have already said in terms of the business. of thedown to about 2% normal traffic volumes and are up well beyond that, thank goodness. we are not there, but i'll take 15% as opposed to two, so we've got a long way to go but the trends are in the right direction. i think what is important is to
make sure that our employees, our customers know that it is safe. that is our number one priority, to make sure we have a healthy, safe environment. i'll echo what oscar has already covered, but we published the southwest promising early may and it addresses the cleaning of the airport, deep cleaning of the airplane. we require masks of our customer facing employees as well as our customers. we are not booking the airplanes full so that the middle seats are open to allow for physical distancing, and it is a layered approach. the one thing we would like to see and we know the administration is looking closely at this come is to add a health screening at the tsa checkpoint. i think it temperature check like we had today coming into the white house would be very sensible, along with a health declaration.
we're working closely with the tsa on that point. i thinkbeyond that, ongoing tax burden reduction would be very helpful in terms of ticket taxes. i know we have a ticket tax holiday for 2020. as airlines begin to get back on their feet, that could be something worth looking at. for all of us, some sensible form of liability protection, which i know is also a topic that would make great sense. we applaud all that the administration is doing. i think the key is to get treatments for when people are sick, number one, so they are confident they will quickly get back on their feet and number two, ultimately getting a vaccine. when that happens, i think things will absolutely take off.
lastly, i wanted to thank you all for the support with the payroll support program. we've never had a furlough or layoff or pay cut in our history at southwest and we sure don't want to have that now, so thank you again and we are going to fight the good fight here. pres. trump: thank you, gary. deborah, please. >> thank you, mr. president. we've made amazing progress together with the american people and with you all. as you heard the president described, new hospitalizations are down month over month by 50%. mortalities, fatalities that we all grieve are down significantly week over week. we are excitingly finding governors and mayors being able to respond to the epidemic in a new way. newctive testing, finding cases, contact tracing, and stopping outbreaks. we are seeing that over and over again, county by county, metro by metro. we are working with health care providers because we want to
open america safely and make sure every american has access to health care. we want to see our babies immunized. we want to see they are at their well checkups, we want to see the hospitals back caring for people and doing elective surgery and insuring people are getting the cancer screenings. as we open up the economy, we want to ensure americans are not only covid free, but have their health care taking care of. pres. trump: so you are seeing much improved numbers? think theproved and i proactive testing, having enough tests available not only for diagnosing and hospitals and clinics, but an abundance of tests to be able to do what we talk about as proactive surveillance, going into nursing homes and testing 100% of workings and workers, at processing plants to test everyone that is there and stopping outbreaks before they start. this asymptomatic piece is unique among diseases and we have that in hiv. we have it in this particular
respiratory disease, so you have to test proactively to find the asymptomatic -- no one intends to infect others. they just don't know they are infected themselves so working with governors and mayors to set up those testing sites has been extraordinary. available at that level, i think we are at 350, 400,000 tests a day. 5% of every tested american in the last month. pres. trump: that is great. i wish the press would report it, but someday they will. someday they will do that. thank you, deborah. a lot of progress has been made. i'm withesident, hasbro and thank you for your leadership and for working closely with the private sector to reopen the american economy. know hasbro is a 100-year-old play and
entertainment company with brands like transformers and to beand it is an honor here. it is an incredible honor to see how our brains are resonating with consumers, more people getting together and connecting and playing with games and doh.ds like play we were talking about how people andmaking new connections we are excited about that and the reopening of the economy. i also have to thank you for the partnership we've had over time with director kudlow, and it is great to get the support that we have seen from secretary mnuchin. from health screenings to interactive handbooks, safe return to the office, safe social distancing, staggering shifts in our warehouse is an factory floors, we are safely reopening u.s. businesses. we've worked closely with governors in our region, the rhode island governor, and the
massachusetts governor to design safe reopening guidelines. i'm especially proud of our hasbro safety folks in operations. ouret a standard in factories and warehouse operations across the country for consumer goods. we are training other consumer goods manufacturers to help them open safely in the u.s. from massachusetts to texas. again, i am very pleased to be here. we are proud of our employees. they are excited about getting back to work, and we've been working all alone and as our factories closed down during certain times over the last few months, our teams came together to make face shields in our factories. 50,000 week to give to health care workers, and we've made good use of those factories and are happy to see them back up and running, so thank you again. pres. trump: that is really a great. we appreciate that soto. -- that too.
>> thank you, mr. president. i am here representing our great franchisees for both brands duncan and bask in. we are 100% franchised so big brand names powered by small, independent business owners. we've got a saying in the company that we think we have for getting america running nearly 70 years and when this crisis hit, it was about keeping communities running but also getting america working again. we've been guided by one principle. we've been talking about doing the right thing in the communities we serve, and 90% of our restaurants have remained open during the crisis. we've rallied around the mantra, people over profits and doing we areht thing there and proud we didn't have to furlough or do layoffs during all of that. i'mgreat franchisees,
really proud of the work they've been doing in the communities they serve. they live in these communities, they are proud to be there. doughnuts,coffee, ice cream to over 300 hospitals and they continue to do that. they've raised one point $5 million for food banks including the capital food bank in d.c. we are starting to see a lot of hope and optimism in our business today. we are seeing good signs of encouraging green chutes. we are working to get america going again, hiring campaign over the summer. three areas we focused on that was a good northstar for us and the first was we got in early on a lot of the safety measures, making investments in safety measures across both brands. for us, brands like emoluments clauses and -- brands like allowingd baskin is
consumers to do it on their terms. there are consumers with different levels of comfort, so weather is drive-through curbside, pick up, delivery, giving the consumer has many options and choices to access your brand is important and the last thing, i'll repeat what a few other people said. thank you to you and your mint -- administration, the federal government for the ppe program. that has allowed us to keep our franchisees standing up, allowed them to continue serving the communities, and keep america working. my asking all of this would be the second round, second version of this that sailed through the house with the flexibility plan on ppe. i'm just hoping it sails through cleanly and gets to your desktop be signed because that is another great example of helping small, independent business
owners like our franchisees keep america working right now. pres. trump: thank you, david. very much. you, president trump and i appreciate the invitation to talk about reopening businesses in america. my name is rodney mcmullen, the chairman and ceo of kroger. over 500,000 associates and we tired over 100,000 people over the last two months. -- we have hired over 100,000 people over the past two months. we provide food and essentials 35 operate 2800 stores, manufacturing plants, 44 distribution center facilities. if you look at our associates, we have invested over $800 million in safety procedures and rewards for our associates over the last nine weeks. we all do everything we can to make sure we keep our employees safe on a daily basis.
weyou look at our customers, have 11 million people a day who come into our stores, so things we are doing to protect our employees, we are also doing the same thing to protect our customers. we use every available way of trying to remind customers on social distancing, limiting the number of people in the stores. we have an in-store radio network that every 15 minutes, we remind people of social distancing, but everything we can do, we are trying to remind people to stay safe. supporting our business and continuing to make sure we have a viable, strong business over time and supporting the communities we operate in. working with local food banks, we have been able to provide over the last three years over a billion mils -- meals with local food banks and it is something that in the united states, no
one should have to go to bed tonight hungry. we have sony resources as a country and together, we can all in a food waste and when we eliminate -- a limited food waste, we can make sure no one goes to bed hungry. it is one of the things we thought it would be helpful to pay forward, as a company that has operated throughout the pandemic, we have learned a lot. one of the things you learn is the agile quickly and if you think you should do something, you probably should do it. with that, we developed a 59-page blueprint that we made public and we shared it. "thether day i was on today show" and they asked me four times why would you do that? one of the things that was incredibly helpful for us was other retailers across the world that were in front of us from the pandemic standpoint were nice enough to share their learnings with us, and we thought it was only fair and appropriate for us to share our learnings with others.
100,000 siter visits on that, 126,000 individuals and companies download that. we've gotten a ton of notes from small companies in terms of their appreciation. if you look at all the companies in this room, we have a lot of resources, but if you think about somebody with 50 employees are 100 employees or 200 employees, the resources they have -- it is just not the same as us, so sharing that across has been something that has been a real pleasure to represent the kroger associates in being able to help america get started again. thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you, rodney and thank you for all the help. you, sir. sir, i think you can sense the optimism around the room, that the cross-section of
american businesses here are heading back to work and i think this cross-section is extraordinarily representative of what we are seeing run america, and as larry mentioned, we watch every little detail every day and there are now 27 states where more than 75% of businesses are open. weeksas almost none a few ago and there are 28 states where 80% of the workforce is back to work. the question then becomes -- and the last thing i'll say, that the people in this room are saying yes, but we have demand for our products. report,ersonal income because you required his store policy action, we got money to people who needed it while they were laid off because of big and thement checks checks we mailed, they have the income to go out and demand product. we are very bullish on what is going on with the restart, sir. pres. trump: thank you, kevin.
>> thank you on behalf of 7000 small business owners. hotels is in the state of new jersey and if i could have the first light up, we have remarkably remained open throughout this crisis, much , our hotelsd dunkin here in the united states really never closed. we were serving front-line workers, we were serving the national guard emergency workers and a large part of that had to support -- and we really have -- the industry has to callout secretary mnuchin. you've been there for us all along. you have listened to us. the ppe act has been monumental. 95% of our franchisees have loaned for either a ppe and we estimate from the surveys
that 80% of them have received one of those. that is an absolute lifeline, so most important, this is going to be a long recovery, even the weaver made open. the most important thing for our franchisees is seeing this amendment to the 75-25 rule, which is in the bill. seeing the expansion of that loan term from two years to five years, that is critical for our small business owners and as the secretary and i were talking earlier, our ability to rehire those employees we have had to furlough, to be able to bring them back, not have it expire on june 30, but have that continue until the end of the year is critical for us. also think the idea of a temporary travel tax to spur leisure travel is important and we know the administration is in favor of that.
bringing back the full deductibility of full expenses to spur business travel would be our country up again, because as oscar said, as gary said, just as planes are safe, hotels are safe. they're safe because we've been safe throughout this crisis with again, 90% of our hotels operating at low occupancy. demand is coming back, but we need those consumers to feel safe and we just thank you for everything that you and the secretary and congress is doing on this industry's behalf, because it's going to be a tough road back. president trump: well, it's going away, but i think we'll have vaccines, and i think we're going to have therapeutics and maybe even beyond that, maybe a cure, and it won't be in the long distance. so, i really think that's going to be helpful and regardless, it's going away, but that would certainly speed up the process so, we appreciate it, jeff. thank you very much.
jean? jean-philippe courtois: thank you, mr. president. thank you for bringing together so many great companies, different companies, different sectors of the economy that some of them have been affected really very different ways during the pandemic. some able to stay open, some really having great difficulty doing it, but one thing we've heard today and we had conversations earlier before the meeting got underway, i think all of them are very, very focused on safety. safety of their customers, safety of their employees. i don't think there's been a time when american businesses have been as focused on safety as they are right now, and that's a great thing for bringing customers back, bringing workers back. it's been a focus of ours at the labor department, actually since january. we've tried to help american workers through this crisis in so many different ways, but as early as january, we were helping providing guidance guidelines to businesses.
we've now put out guidelines to 16 different specific industries on how they can reopen safely. we'll continue to do that so that companies understand what's expected of them, can have confidence in what they need to do and same for workers, and we're mindful that not every company is going to focus the right way on these things, so we'll continue to respond to employee concerns, complaints as they come in. as larry and kevin said, mr. president, we've turned a corner. we put out unemployment numbers yesterday showing that for the first time since february, the number of people on unemployment dropped, and that's great. the number of filing is still much higher than we want. president trump that's a good : sign. that's a good sign, isn't it? jean-philippe courtois: we've turned the corner, mr. president, and we'll get back there to that extraordinary economy that you built so recently, and we're going to do it safely. thank you,rump:
jean, very much. a man who has done a very good job, microsoft. that's a good job they've done, deborah, right? thank you very much. brad smith: well, thank you, mr. president, and i just think this is a fascinating conversation because it really shows how each industry is unique. and as an economy, we need to meet the needs of every industry and put the economy together. not surprisingly, when you're in a business and you're in a sector that creates the tools that people can use to work from home, it's not difficult to have your own employees work from home and that's what we've been doing. but i think our mission in this first phase has really been much broader than that. it's been twofold. one is, to provide the data resources and the technology to support the public health needs of the country, from public health agencies, to hospitals, to the researchers, as you mentioned, who are on the quest for a vaccine and therapeutics and the like. and i think more broadly, it is meant to work with, frankly, many of these companies around this table to sustain the economy these past few months, so that employees could work from home, so students could study from home, so that the government could operate from home when that was needed. now, it's all about phase two and i think you put it well. it's all about both protecting public health and reopening the economy. and here we see in some ways, something that may look
more like a dial than a switch as we go through a series of phases, we think we'll all likely continue to see different industries with different needs. we do see technology playing some new and important role. and on this slide, which you'd have to stand within three feet of to read, you'll see the nine different areas where we see different public health needs, but there's three i want to call out because i think they're especially important for the private sector. the first is the ability to use technology, to work with people, to detect the disease. i thought the reference to a health declaration was a really good one. it makes sense that the airport, many employers are going to want that on some kind of self attestation basis for their employees. it doesn't make sense to do it on a piece of paper. we were developing an
app for our employees. we realized, well, everybody's employees need this, so we're now partnering with united health group so it can be made available to everybody. the second layer that i think is really important for the private sector is the tracing capability. and we're seeing both companies like microsoft and others work to create tracing technology that can be used by individuals, that can be deployed by employers or by public health agencies. and then the last is notification, exposure notification that can be done by individuals with public health officers. i think the key to all of this is captured in the next slide. we want people to be comfortable using this technology. we need to protect people's privacy so that they know that they're not putting their personal information at risk when they use technology in this new way. so we're very committed to doing that. in closing, i would say when you step back from this, this is also the right time to close the broadband gap, which
you're addressing through stimulus efforts- president trump: right, we are. brad smith: and i think there are more. it's the right time to invest in more skilling because we are going to see more jobs demand more digital skills than we did six months ago. and it's the right time to maintain the focus as you have set on testing. you noted the progress, we've noticed the progress, we appreciate the progress. but i think even more than the progress is frankly, the high ambition level the administration has set to sustain that progress because i think by fall, if we want students to return to college campuses, if we want more employees to feel safe in the workplace, we're going to see more private sector institutions wanting the ability to test people, even when they're asymptomatic. and so that progress, i think will be another one of the fundamental ingredients that we'll need. so, thank you. president donald trump: well, thank you very much and your first picture was so beautiful. the picture of the white house, i don't think i've ever seen one more beautiful
than that. i don't know, you must have something very special over at microsoft. wasn't that beautiful? we appreciate it, thank you very much, brad. thank you very much. you have any questions please? any for the great executives? reporter: mr. president? president trump yeah. :reporter: it's obviously been a long day for a lot of americans, but i'd like to give you an opportunity to address some of your tweets from this morning. "you tweeted when the looting starts, the shooting starts." how would you know that phrase and not know it's racially charged history? president donald trump: well, i've heard that phrase for a long time. i don't know where it came from, where it originated. reporter: in 1967, the miami police chief used it. president trump: well i don't know, i've also heard it from many other places, but i've heard it for a long time as most people have. and frankly it means when there's looting, people get shot and they die. and if you look at what happened
last night and the night before, you see that. it's very common. and that's the way that was meant and that's the way i think it was supposed to be meant, but i don't know where it came from. i don't know where it originated. i wouldn't know a thing like that, but i will say it's very accurate in the sense that when you do have looting, like you had last night, people often get shot and they die and that's not good and we don't want that to happen. yeah, please. reporter: thank you, mr. president. in the past, you've criticized nfl players for their protest against police brutality. given what we've seen with george floyd and what we saw with the delays in the case arbury does that change , your views around those nfl protests? and also given that you had a message for those in the streets in minneapolis, do you have a statement to make about the police that are involved in such police brutality incidents? president trump yeah, i didn't : like what i saw at all. i thought it was a terrible thing, a terrible picture. i think that it sad in so many ways, from the standpoint of the family. when you look at george floyd and his family and you see what that's done to them, just a terrible thing. he was in tremendous pain obviously, and couldn't breathe. it was very obvious to anybody that watched it. it was a very, very sad thing for me to see
that. we also know that most policemen, you see the great job they do. they do a fantastic job, but this was a terrible insult to police and to policemen. and i know the justice department will, as you know it's a local case, but i know the justice department is also looking at it very strongly. reporter: does that change your views around, like the nfl protests? they were peaceful protests. president trump say that again? i can't- reporter does that change your : views around the nfl protest on this issue? they were peaceful protests. does that change your stance on that at all? president trump: yeah, it should be a peaceful protest. i think really in memory of george floyd, i think it should be peaceful. it's terrible. i spoke with his family today, terrific people. i think it's so bad for the memory when you see a thing like that going on, and
hopefully that won't happen tonight. and as you know, the national guard has arrived and they're there, but hopefully everything will be very different tonight. last night was very sad on many different levels. yeah, please. yeah, please. reporter rose garden event, we : see tensions with china over the virus, now over hong kong. are we witnessing the start of a cold war between the united states and china? president trump: well, we're certainly not happy with what happened with respect to china. they have a virus that started then when it got out of control, perhaps i assume that's what happened, it got out of control, whichever way and they stopped it from going to china, but they didn't stop it from going to the rest of the world. so nobody likes that. that was not good. they did not do a good job. so i don't know if it was incompetence or it was done for some other reason, but i know that i didn't see anything in beijing and i didn't see anything in other chinese cities, but i did see them in new york, in london, in paris. we saw them in spain and we saw them in italy. we saw that the
enemy, the invisible enemy come out and all over the world, 186 countries and probably more than that now. and they stopped it in china, but they didn't stop it going to europe and the united states and the rest of the world. so what's that all about? and we have to do a very strong study and figure that out. reporter if i could follow up, : are you going to eliminate the special status for hong kong? i know you announced the measures. president trump: we're talking about doing a lot of things and we're not. we're very, very saddened by what happened to our relationship with china. they should have never allowed this to happen. they could have stopped it at the source. we asked them to come in and help them, and they didn't want help from anybody. even the world health organization, they wanted to go in and they were delayed, but we asked to go in very specifically and they didn't want any help. they didn't need any help. and then it got out of control in some form, but it didn't seem to get out of control when it came to go into other parts of china, because it didn't go very far, but it did
come to the united states. it did come to europe. it went all over the world. reporter mr. president, mr. : president. reporter during your : conversation with the floyd family after the rose garden event, what was the thing you were trying to impress on them and did they have a message for you? president trump well, i just : expressed my sorrow. that was a horrible thing to witness and i've seen bad things. i've seen many bad things and that was just a horrible thing to witness and to watch. and it would certainly look like there was no excuse for it. reporter: mr. president, mr. president. reporter: did they have a message for you at all? did they communicate- president trump: they were grieving very much. it was their brother and they were grieving and i could see very much that they loved their brother. reporter thank you so much, mr. : president. the united states
and brazil right now have more cases of covid-19 other than. i want- president trump brazil, you : said? reporter yes. my question is : there are many comparisons between the way you and the brazilian president handled the pandemic. do you think it's a fair comparison and how long do you think the travel ban will be in place? president trump: well, the brazilian president is a friend of mine and he's working very hard and they do have a big, big outbreak. and i can tell you, he's a very good man and he loves his country incredibly well. they've had a hard time, there's no question about it. they want a different route than we did. reporter: he is again- reporter: we did a shut down, they decided to do it a different way. they're having a very hard time. reporter he is against social : distancing at the moment where the brazil- president trump can you take
: that off, just for a second. reporter sure. :president trump yeah, it's :reporter he is against social : distancing and lockdown at a moment where the numbers in brazil are skyrocketing. what do you think about that? president trump well, he went a : different way. brazil went a different way and certainly they're having a hard time. i don't want to be critical of anybody because i have great respect for him and he's doing a very good job with the country then he got hit. he got hit like everybody else. they went about it differently than us. i closed down from china, i closed down from europe and we did a lot of close downs. we had a close down from brazil. you're asking about brazil, we closed down, as you know, the other night from brazil. but it's a tough time they're having in brazil. it's a great country, great place, great people, but they're having a very tough, reporter how long would you : think the ban had been place for brazil? reporter: and are you also thinking russia and india? president trump yeah, i'd like : to take the ban off as soon as we can. okay? as soon as we can. yes, please.
reporter mr. president, do you : believe that there's a problem with police brutality in america? and if you do, what would you do about it? president trump well, i think : that police brutality certainly is something that we've been hearing about, reading about, studying, i have for many years and we all have to say, and i think most people would admit that most of the police, men and women, that i've seen have been outstanding. when you have something like this happen, you look at it and you just say, "how does a thing like that happen?" because you just seem so bad to watch, but our police have been very outstanding. our crime rates are way down right now in this country, and way down. the police have done a great job. something like this happens and you really say it's so bad in so many different ways and so unfortunate. reporter: yes, mr. president. it certainly seems like you're sympathetic to some of the frustration expressed by the protesters last night. i want to ask you first off, do you think there were good people out protesting in minneapolis last night? president trump: did you say were there good people?
reporter: were there good people among the protesters? and then also more broadly, what is your message to black americans and others who just are really frustrated and saddened to see another video of a black man being killed in police custody? president trump well, certainly : there were a lot of different people and there were good people too and they were protesting and they were protesting for the right reason. they were protesting in honor of a man, george floyd, where something happened that shouldn't have happened. my opinion from what i've seen, certainly something happened that shouldn't have happened. and yeah, you had a lot of people out there that were protesting out of sorrow. and then you had people that got out of control, some people, and i think they did a great disservice to their state and to their city and to really our country, what they did last night. and we brought in the national guard today and they're there and that won't happen again. it can't happen again. we can never let that happen again. that was run by the mayor of the city. in all fairness to him, he was in a tough position, but i don't think they were very well prepared. but we brought in the national guard. they'll be very prepared tonight. thank you all very much. thank you, please. thank you. reporter mr. president, would
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