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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:25 PM

Remarks by Trump, Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing, 04-01-20


Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing


Issued on: April 1, 2020

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

5:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much everybody. Thank you. So, America continues to wage all-out war to defeat the virus — this horrible, horrible virus. You see how terrible it is, especially when you look at the numbers from yesterday. And we explained why we’re extending our nationwide guidelines to slow the spread by 30 days.

Together, we have the power to save countless lives. We’re attacking the virus on every front with social distancing, economic support for our workers, rapid medical intervention, and very serious innovation, and banning dangerous foreign travel that threatens the health of our people. And we did that early — far earlier than anyone would have thought and way ahead of anybody else.


SECRETARY ESPER: Well, thank you, Mr. President.


I want to thank President Trump for his leadership and support to this critical mission. This is a particularly important time for this operation to begin, as nations around the world shift their focus inward to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, many criminal organizations are attempting to capitalize on this crisis. The enhanced operations we’re announcing today will keep the pressure on these criminal groups and protect the American people from the devastation caused by the flow of illegal drugs into our country.

Mr. President, thank you for your leadership as we begin this important operation. While the men and women of the United States military work hard here at home to fight the coronavirus, we continue to take action around the world to defend our great country.

Thank you and I’d like to invite General Milley.

GENERAL MILLEY: Thank you, Secretary, for those words. And thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership. And I want to publicly thank Admiral Craig Faller, the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command out of Miami, for leading this operation, which is underway effective today; and also Admiral Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, and Admiral Schultz for their contributions to this from their services. There’s thousands of sailors, Coast Guardsmen, soldiers, airmen, Marines involved in this operation.


Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Secretary.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, General. Beautiful. Thank you.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: Thank you, Mr. President, and thanks for your decisive leadership as we confront this unprecedented challenge posed by corona- — coronavirus. I’d like to thank you for your support for this important initiative and thank all of — the Secretary of Defense and all the services for taking on this — this important initiative.


And, with that, I’d like to introduce Ambassador O’Brien.

AMBASSADOR O’BRIEN: Thank you, General. Thank you, Mr. President. Today’s action is another example of the bold leadership of President Trump and his commitment to protecting the homeland against threats that seek to destabilize the United States and our Western Hemisphere.


Under President Trump’s leadership, we will continue to execute our maximum pressure policy to counter the Maduro regime’s malign activities, including drug trafficking. And this operation will help to choke off the funds that go to that corrupt regime.


Q What about waiving visa restrictions for —

THE PRESIDENT: But I am glad you asked that question because we want the farmers — they’ve had this for years. We want the farmers to be able to get the people that have been working those farms for years or we’re not going to have farms. So they’re going to come in and they’re going to be given a certain pass. And we’re going to check them very, very closely, especially over the next month.

Because remember, after a month or so — I think once this passes, we’re not going to have to be, hopefully, worried too much about the virus.

But we want them to come in. We’re not closing the border so that we can’t get any of those people to come in. They’ve been there for years and years, and I’ve given the commitment to the farmers: They’re going to continue to come. Or we’re not going to have any farmers. Okay?

Yeah. One more question.

Q What about waiving visa restrictions for immigrant doctors?

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you with, by the way?

Q I am with Voice of America.

THE PRESIDENT: Boy. Amazing.

Q So what about waiving these restrictions on immigrant doctors?

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Who else, please?



7:18 P.M. EDT

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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:38 PM

1. Numbers.

All he really sees are numbers.

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