James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
5:54 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, thanks very a lot. Earlier than I present an replace on our continued progress in opposition to the China virus, I’d like to debate our newest actions in opposition to the Iranian regime.
Immediately, I’m directing the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to inform the U.N. Safety Council that the US intends to revive just about the entire beforehand suspended United Nations sanctions on Iran. It’s a snapback; it’s not unusual.
Two years in the past, I withdrew the US from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, which was a product of the Obama-Biden overseas coverage failure — a failure like few folks have seen, by way of the amount of cash we paid for completely nothing and a short-term deal. This deal funneled tens of billions of to Iran — $150 billion, to be precise — plus $1.eight billion in money, which I don’t know that the President have the authority to offer. He gave $1.eight billion in money. Simply one other nice deal. That turned out to be a complete catastrophe. It could have funded the entire chaos and the bloodshed and the phobia within the area and all all through the world.
And I gained’t say something, as a result of I don’t like saying it, however Iran doesn’t have a lot cash to offer to the world anymore — to the terrorists, to offer to al Qaeda and varied different teams of people who they have been funding. They must preserve their very own regime collectively, and it’s not straightforward for them.
And if and once I win the election, inside the first month, Iran will come to us and they’re going to be asking for a deal so shortly as a result of they’re doing very poorly.
However that deal was a catastrophe: 150 billion ; 1.eight billion in money. And we bought nothing, besides a short-term, little deal. A brief-term, expiring. It’s beginning to expire already. It’s terminated, however it could have, if we didn’t terminate it, begin to expire very shortly.
A great deal was the deal we made with UAE and Israel. And, by the best way, different nations, I’ll let you know now, wish to come into that deal. International locations that you simply wouldn’t even consider wish to come into that deal. And, swiftly, you’re going to have peace within the Center East, and also you couldn’t have accomplished it with this ridiculous Iran nuclear deal, as they name it, that President Obama made together with Sleepy Joe Biden.
I imposed the toughest-ever sanctions on Iran, and this has precipitated nice problem for them giving cash to terrorist organizations. And in the event that they do, they’ll have hell to pay.
Earlier this 12 months, I ordered the strike that took out the world’s primary terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, along with beforehand terminating chief and founding father of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the 2 main terrorists by far on the earth. The founding father of ISIS. No person even talks about that. And we additionally defeated — we now have 100 p.c of the ISIS caliphate in Syria. Once I took over, it was a large number. It was a complete mess. It was — they have been in all places.
My administration won’t enable this Iran nuclear state of affairs to go on. They are going to by no means have a nuclear weapon. Iran won’t ever have — mark it down. Mark it down: Iran won’t ever have a nuclear weapon. When the US entered into the Iran deal, it was clear that the US would at all times have the suitable to revive the U.N. sanctions that can forestall Iran from creating a nuclear weapon. We paid a fortune for a failed idea and a failed coverage — a coverage that may have made it unimaginable to have peace within the Center East.
Right here at residence, by Operation LeGend, we’re confronting the wave of crime in Democrat-run American cities. It’s completely surprising. While you take a look at Portland or New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, typically Los Angeles — Democrat-run cities — they’re a large number as a result of they don’t get it. Both they don’t get it or there’s one thing that no one else understands.
We’ve deployed greater than 1,000 extra federal brokers to assist these Democrat-run disasters. We simply have accomplished this. We now have to offer them a hand. And we are able to cease it instantly, like a Portland could be really easy to cease. We’d cease it instantly.
We solely despatched in some Homeland folks — who’re nice, by the best way — to avoid wasting the courthouse, as a result of it could have been blown up or burned down, and so they did that very simply. But when we have been referred to as upon, we might ship in, whether or not it’s Homeland, whether or not it’s FBI, whether or not it’s simply regulation enforcement — and we’d ship them in shortly. We’d eradicate it, identical to occurred in Minneapolis. As quickly as they have been referred to as in — they need to have been referred to as in lots sooner; you’d’ve had far much less injury.
Immediately, we introduced that Operation LeGend has efficiently resulted in practically 1,500 arrests already. Dangerous ones. Dangerous ones. Actually dangerous folks. Prosecutions and jail sentences will observe. And so they’ll be a really very long time in jail for what they’ve accomplished to those cities. Most cities are properly run; many of the nation is properly run. And the areas that we’re speaking about are all — in all circumstances, run by Democrats, often radi- — radical-left-leaning Democrats, like in New York or in Portland.
We’ve made arrests in Kansas Metropolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis, and Albuquerque for a lot of violent crimes, together with gun crimes, arson, and 91 murders.
We’re additionally utilizing the total energy of the federal authorities to defeat, as , the China virus. New circumstances have declined in 80 p.c of the jurisdictions up to now week. Eighty p.c. New Zealand, by the best way, had an enormous outbreak. And different nations that have been held as much as try to make us look not so good as we must always look — as a result of we’ve accomplished an unimaginable job — however they’re having quite a lot of outbreaks, however they’ll be capable to put them out and we put them out.
The hospitalization price has fallen in our nation 54 p.c since its peak in April. Fifty-four p.c. Older People are nonetheless essentially the most weak to the virus: 92 p.c of deaths have occurred amongst these 55 and older. Solely 2.7 p.c of deaths have occurred amongst these 44 years — consider that — 44 years and youthful. So 44 years previous and youthful: solely 2.7 p.c of deaths have occurred. And lots of of these folks had preexisting circumstances, that they had issues — coronary heart, diabetes, and different issues, however — lots of these. So, consider that: solely 2.7 p.c underneath 44 years of age.
Extra mortality in Europe this 12 months is 33 p.c greater than the US — proof that the tragic value of this virus is greater in different Western nations. South Korea — you’ve been studying about South Korea doing properly. Effectively, they simply had a really large breakout, however they’ll be capable to resolve the issue.
We should all stay vigilant and proceed to train excessive warning round these at highest threat, as we all know. A number of schools and universities introduced that they might droop in-person instructing. We now have discovered one factor: There’s nothing like campus, there’s nothing like being with the trainer versus being on a pc board. It’s been confirmed lots higher. It’s lots higher. The iPads are fantastic, however you’re not going to be taught the identical manner you do by being there. So, nonetheless, sure schools and universities have introduced that they might droop the in-person instructing.
For older folks and people with underlying circumstances, the China virus may be very harmful, however for college college students, the probability of extreme sickness is lower than or equal to the danger of a seasonal few [sic] — a seasonal flu. And the seasonal flu occurs and comes and it goes, and it may be very dangerous, however folks don’t discuss it in the identical manner, and so they shouldn’t. However for those who take a look at that, the percentages are lower than or equal to.
As a substitute of saving lives, the choice to shut universities may value lives. It’s considerably safer for college kids to dwell with different younger folks than to go residence and unfold the virus to older People. Is smart.
And the shutdown factor is inflicting super despair for these locations which might be nonetheless shut down. You take a look at sure areas that — in all circumstances, Democrat-run — nonetheless shut down, and the numbers there aren’t even good. However inflicting super despair, suicide, medication, alcohol abuse. Numerous issues are being precipitated — in all probability much more, I might say, Scott, than is brought on by the virus itself, now that we perceive the virus.
Faculties ought to take affordable precautions. College students who really feel sick shouldn’t attend class and will restrict social interplay, as they might for another sickness. And universities ought to implement measures to guard the high-risk college students or professors and lecturers.
The last word aim of testing is to forestall transmission in high-risk settings — and to forestall transmission, interval — however particularly in nursing houses; and to look after the weak and our aged, which actually match into that definition of who’s weak.
We now have super unused testing capability in our nation. We now have an amazing unused testing capability. It’s one thing that quite a lot of different nations are very impressed with, they inform us.
In our path ahead, we’ll proceed to observe a science-based method to defending the excessive threat whereas enabling wholesome People to soundly return to work and faculty. Our nation will probably be open. Our nation is getting open shortly. Our inventory markets are nearly again to the place they have been, previous to the China virus catastrophe coming in.
And I wish to thanks all for being right here, and we’ll take some questions.
Q Throughout the pandemic, the QAnon motion has been — seems to be gaining quite a lot of followers. Are you able to discuss what you consider that and what you need to say to people who find themselves following this motion proper now?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, I don’t know a lot in regards to the motion, apart from I perceive they like me very a lot, which I respect, however I don’t know a lot in regards to the motion. I’ve heard that it’s gaining in recognition. And from what I hear, it’s — these are people who, once they watch the streets of Portland, once they watch what occurred in New York Metropolis in simply the final six or seven months — however this was beginning even 4 years in the past once I got here right here. Virtually 4 years; are you able to consider it?
These are people who don’t like seeing what’s occurring in locations like Portland and locations like Chicago and New York and different cities and states. And I’ve heard these are people who love our nation, and so they simply don’t like seeing it.
So I don’t know, actually, something about it apart from they do, supposedly, like me. And so they additionally wish to see issues in these areas — like, particularly the areas that we’re speaking about — go away. As a result of there’s no motive the Democrats can’t run a metropolis. And if they will’t, we’ll ship in the entire federal — whether or not it’s troops or regulation enforcement, no matter they’d like — we’ll ship them in. We’ll straighten out their downside in 24 hours or much less.
Q And, Mr. President, on the crux of the speculation is that this perception that you’re secretly saving the world from this satanic cult of pedophiles and cannibals. Does that sound like one thing you’re behind or a believer in?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, I haven’t — I haven’t heard that. However is that presupposed to be a nasty factor or an excellent factor? I imply, , if I may also help save the world from issues, I’m keen to do it. I’m keen to place myself on the market.
And we’re, really. We’re saving the world from a radical-left philosophy that can destroy this nation. And when this nation is gone, the remainder of the world would observe. The remainder of the world would observe. That’s the significance of this nation.
And if you take a look at a few of the issues that these persons are saying, with “Defund the Police” and no borders, open borders — everyone simply pour proper into our nation; no testing, no nothing. You realize, you discuss testing — no testing. Mexico, as , has a really excessive price of an infection.
The wall is now going to be, subsequent week, 300 miles lengthy. Our numbers are extraordinary on the border. Had that — and that is by luck, maybe, greater than expertise, though the expertise is getting constructed when one get together refuses to permit it. You don’t hear discuss in regards to the wall anymore.
However I’ll say this: We want power in our nation, not weak spot. An excessive amount of weak spot.
Sure, John. Please.
Q Mr. President, you’ve been very bullish on the promise of convalescent plasma —
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.
Q — to deal with coronavirus. The FDA seemed to be getting ready to issuing an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma. However after listening to from prime officers on the NIH that there wasn’t sufficient proof to go forward with that, the FDA has put that on pause. Your response to that? And do you consider that convalescent plasma must be within the arsenal of remedies for coronavirus?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, I hear nice issues about it, John. That’s all I can let you know. And it may very well be a political choice, as a result of you’ve lots of people over there that don’t wish to rush issues as a result of they wish to — they wish to do it after November third. And also you’ve heard that one earlier than.
However I’ve heard incredible issues about convalescent plasma. And I’ve heard numbers manner over 50 p.c success. And persons are dying, and we must always have it permitted if it’s good. And I’m listening to it’s good. I heard from folks on the FDA that it’s good. So we’ll see. I’m going to verify that proper after this convention.
Q It’s my understanding that the White Home will encourage the NIH and the FDA to get this on the market as shortly as doable. Is that right?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, if the numbers are nearly as good as I’m listening to — I imply, I’m listening to over 50 p.c, and that’s superb. And we’ve permitted — sure issues are at 31 p.c, and that’s okay, too; that’s not dangerous. And it’s actually had an amazing affect.
However, no, I’ve — you’re telling me one thing proper now that surprises me, however we’ll test it out proper after this.
Q Are you involved a few delay?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t need delays. I don’t need folks dying. I don’t need folks dying.
Yeah, please. Go forward.
Q Mr. President, I wish to ask you about your tweet earlier at present on Goodyear. It was basically calling for a boycott on Goodyear tires.
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.
Q Would you like the federal authorities to cease shopping for and utilizing Goodyear product as properly? And is there something —
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, I’m not proud of Goodyear as a result of what they’re doing is taking part in politics. And the humorous factor is the people who work for a Goodyear — I can assure you I ballot very properly with all of these nice staff in Goodyear.
And once they say which you can’t have “Blue Lives Matter,” you’ll be able to’t present a blue line, you’ll be able to’t put on a MAGA hat, however you’ll be able to produce other issues which might be Marxist in nature, there’s one thing incorrect with the highest of Goodyear.
And what the unconventional left does is that they make it unimaginable for folks to do enterprise in the event that they’re Republican or in the event that they’re conservative. They put out all kinds of effort: “Don’t store there.” They do vicious issues, not so totally different than what you noticed on the streets of Portland two nights in the past.
Q However what sort of boycott do you envision?
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I don’t know. That’s as much as folks. However I wouldn’t advocate it. In the event that they — in the event that they wish to maintain political speech, in the event that they wish to allow you to not do what everyone is doing; in the event that they wish to put on a MAGA hat or in the event that they wish to put on a “Blue Lives…” You realize what “Blue Lives Matter,” proper? That’s policemen and ladies. That’s a horrible factor. That’s a horrible factor.
In order that they’re utilizing their energy over these folks, and these folks wish to put on no matter it’s that we’re speaking about. You realize that. And so I might be very a lot in favor if folks don’t wish to purchase there. And what? They’ll be capable to get an excellent job — as a result of we set a jobs file during the last quarter, as . Probably the most jobs ever within the historical past of our nation. You’ll be capable to get one other good jobs. I feel it’s disgraceful that they did this.
Please, go forward, within the again.
Q Sure. Mr. President, you’ve stated that the arrest of Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong is, quote, “a horrible factor.” Do you’ve a message for Jimmy Lai? Has your administration spoken instantly with him? Is your State Division working for his launch?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, I ship him greatest needs. I hear he’s an exquisite gentleman. He’s actually a courageous man. And I ship him greatest needs.
With that being stated, due to that and clearly what occurred in Hong Kong, we’ve taken the entire huge quantities of cash that we used to subsidize Hong Kong. We basically backed Hong Kong by giving all of them kinds of incentives. And that’s what made Hong Kong — the trade and enterprise in Hong Kong — profitable. I’ve taken all of it again. That implies that the US goes to do much more enterprise. You realize, we — we — we actually gave them super incentive and subsidy so that they achieve success for freedom.
However now that the liberty clearly appears to have been taken away, we’ll preserve the entire incentives that we have been giving them, which is billions and billions of . And all of that enterprise will come into our nation, together with the New York Inventory Trade and NASDAQ. And it’ll all come right here.
However I really feel badly for him as a result of I hear he’s an excellent particular person. I don’t know him, however I hear he’s an excellent particular person; clearly, a really courageous particular person.
Did you’ve one thing? Go forward, please.
Q Sure, sir. Thanks, Mr. President. With the Iraqi Prime Minister coming in tomorrow, what about —
THE PRESIDENT: Say it?
Q The Iraqi Prime Minister is coming in tomorrow to fulfill with you. And the way do you are feeling about this notion that Iraq can as soon as once more change into the buffer between Iranian affect and Russian affect within the Center East? Do you are feeling that underneath this Prime Minister that that’s doable as soon as once more? What are your ideas on it?
THE PRESIDENT: Effectively, this can be a man that I get together with very properly. We’re largely out of Iraq. We’re all the way down to a only a few troopers. I stated we’re getting out of those infinite wars — these ridiculous, infinite wars. We must always have by no means been there within the first place. I feel it was the worst choice made within the historical past of our nation. Ought to have by no means been there. Within the Center East, we must always have by no means been. However we’re getting out quickly, out of — , over the course of three years. And getting out — it’s very sticky getting out. And a few folks agree, and many individuals don’t agree, however I feel most individuals very a lot agree.
We’re doing very properly in our negotiations with Afghanistan. We’re getting out. We’re all the way down to a a lot smaller variety of folks left there. And, , I greet women and men coming residence, and coming residence after they’ve been hit. I’ve additionally greeted many, many at Dover — greeted many our bodies coming again in.
And we’ve been there 19 years, and we’re mainly policemen. We’re performing as police, versus troopers. And so they’re going to must police their very own states, and so they’ve been doing that for 1000’s of years. But it surely’s time, after 19 years, that our troopers come residence.
They’ve accomplished an unimaginable job, however, , they don’t — they’re not allowed to combat to win. And — and possibly they shouldn’t be, as a result of quite a lot of the folks — it’s not their fault. However with the Taliban and with going to Iraq — once more, we’re down in Afghanistan; very low numbers. And that’ll be going down.
And I allow them to know, “Do something, and also you’ll be hit such as you’ve by no means hit — been hit earlier than.” So we’re — we’re doing very properly. Syria, the identical factor. Keep in mind once I took the entire troopers off of the border between Syria and Turkey. Proper? And everyone stated, “Oh, that is — that was two years in the past. It was a very long time in the past.” They stated, “Oh, that is horrible, horrible, horrible. We’re going to go away.”
Why do we’ve got our troopers between Syria and Turkey? Turkey can undoubtedly deal with itself. I’ve an excellent relationship with President Erdoğan. And Syria has been preventing perpetually. And I say, “Why are we guarding their border?” And I introduced our troopers again residence. I bought them out. And guess what? Nothing has occurred. They’ve been preventing like they’ve been for a thousand years. Okay? Nothing has occurred. And no one mentions that.
Everyone stated, “That is going to be a catastrophe.” There’s no catastrophe; nothing has occurred. And so we’re getting out of the infinite wars. And we’re constructing a navy, the likes of which the world has by no means seen. Two and a half trillion we’ve got spent. And we hopefully don’t ever have to make use of it. However we wish to deal with a a lot greater image as a result of we’ve got a a lot greater image.
It’s — if you take a look at what China is doing, if you take a look at what Russia is doing, if you take a look at what another nations are doing, we wish to be prepared simply in case there’s a disaster. We don’t wish to see that; we don’t wish to ever use it. We’ve rebuilt our navy — new missiles, new rockets, and new tanks, and new all the things. New all the things — two and a half trillion — all made within the USA.
And we’ve upgraded extremely our nuclear functionality. And a few of our nuclear wanted nourishment. It wanted new power. And we’ve — we’ve upgraded it very, very considerably — I imply, to a degree that no one would even consider. And hopefully we don’t — you pray to God we by no means have to make use of it. Okay? However we’ve by no means been able the place we’ve been this sturdy.
Q Mr. President, thanks a lot. I wished to ask you in regards to the Center East. I’ve a pair questions. You talked about that different nations are all for following swimsuit —
THE PRESIDENT: Sure.
Q — after the Emiratis —
THE PRESIDENT: Having to do with UAE and Israel.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
Q So is — do you count on that Saudi Arabia will be part of? And —
THE PRESIDENT: I do.
Q Sure. And likewise, the Emiratis have expressed curiosity within the F-35. Do you assume that that must be one thing that they may stay up for sooner or later? Is there some form of time delay?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I feel they’ll — I feel — look, they’ve undoubtedly bought the cash to pay for it. You realize, it’s good as a result of often what we — quite a lot of occasions, we make offers; they don’t have 10 cents, these nations we cope with. We give it to them like, “How about paying this again later?” However they by no means pay as a result of they don’t have the cash.
No, they’ve the cash, and so they all — they wish to order fairly a number of F-35s; it’s the best fighter jet on the earth, as , by far. Stealth. Completely stealth. You may’t see it. Makes it very troublesome. I used to be asking a pilot, “What do you assume is healthier: This one? This one? That one?” Speaking about Russian planes, Chinese language planes. He stated, “Effectively, the benefit we’ve got is you’ll be able to’t see it.” So once we’re preventing, they will’t see us. I say, “That feels like a very large benefit to me.” To those guys —
Q However the Israelis don’t need them to have it.
THE PRESIDENT: You realize, they appear — by the best way, I stated to those pilots that I meet — they appear higher than Tom Cruise, and so they’re undoubtedly more durable. And he’s a pleasant man. However these — these persons are wonderful. And I converse to them lots about it — “What do you assume?” — , as I’m going round to the assorted locations. I saved the large one in Florida, for example. That was an enormous one. Knocked down, just about, by the hurricane.
So I spent quite a lot of time on that. And it’s the best airplane on the earth. One factor about that type of factor — expertise — high-technology — the best airplane doesn’t final lengthy. Any person comes up with one thing else, however we’re at all times the one to provide you with one thing else.
So, yeah, they’d like to purchase F-35s; we’ll see what occurs. It’s underneath evaluation, however they made an excellent — an excellent advance in peace within the Center East. Even the New York Occasions thought it was an unimaginable deal. Are you able to think about that? Tom Friedman had a really good factor to say about it. I spoke to him about it. He thought it was terrific. And — and it’s terrific.
I see quite a lot of nations coming in pretty shortly. And when you’ve all of them in, in the end, Iran will are available in too. There’ll be peace within the Center East. That’ll be a pleasant. Iran will probably be very a lot neutralized. They by no means thought this might have occurred.
And with the horrendously silly Iran deal signed by Obama, this might have by no means occurred.
Q Can I observe on one thing, Mr. President? On the Goodyear difficulty: You experience on Goodyear tires —
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.
Q — within the presidential limousine.
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
Q If there have been another, would you need these tires swapped out?
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I might try this. I might — I might swap them out, primarily based on what I heard. We’ll see what occurs. Hey, look, you’re going to have lots of people not wanting to purchase that product anymore, and so they’ll purchase from a competitor — made within the USA, too. Okay?
Please. Go forward.
Q Mr. President, excerpts from Obama’s speech that he’ll give later on the Democratic Conference present that he’ll — he says that he hoped that you’d take being President extra “significantly” after getting the job and “uncover…reverence for democracy.” After which he stated, I quote, “However he by no means did.” What’s your response to that?
THE PRESIDENT: You realize, once I take heed to that after which I see the horror that he’s left us, the stupidity of the transactions that he made. Look what we’re doing: We now have our nice border wall. We now have safety. We now have the UAE deal, which has been universally praised — praised by people who aren’t precisely followers of Donald Trump for varied causes. I don’t know why; can’t be my persona. However they’re not followers. Proper?
And once I take a look at what we’ve got — now, take a look at how dangerous he was, how ineffective a President he was. He was so ineffective, so horrible. Slowest-growing restoration within the historical past — I assume, since 1929 — on the financial system.
Don’t overlook, till the China virus got here in, we had the best financial system within the historical past of the world. And now we’re doing it once more. I’m going to must do it a second time. We’re doing it once more — laborious to consider.
We’re doing very properly. You heard the numbers; they’re manner, manner down on the — on the virus.
However if you take a look at the type of numbers that we’re producing on the inventory markets, we’re nearly on the degree — in truth, NASDAQ and S&P are greater than they have been at their highest level previous to the China virus coming in — the plague coming in.
No, President Obama didn’t do an excellent job. And the rationale I’m right here is due to President Obama and Joe Biden. As a result of in the event that they did an excellent job, I wouldn’t be right here. And doubtless, in the event that they did an excellent job, I wouldn’t have even run; I might have been very comfortable. I loved my earlier life very a lot, however they did such a nasty job that I stand earlier than you as President.
Thanks all very a lot. Thanks.
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