Learn the complete transcript of President Donald Trump‘s ABC Information city corridor, Tuesday on the Nationwide Structure Heart in Philadelphia.
Please notice: This can be a rush transcript that might not be in its closing kind, and could also be up to date.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Welcome to our city corridor with President Trump.
Mr. President, thanks for becoming a member of us.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thanks very a lot.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re right here with a gaggle of Pennsylvania voters, and you’ll see we’re socially distancing on this COVID period.
TRUMP: I can see it. Undoubtedly. There’s little doubt about it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And everybody’s been examined.
It is best to know that a few of these individuals voted for you final time round. Some voted for Hillary Clinton, some voted for third celebration candidates, or none, or nobody in any respect.
All have written their very own questions.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And the primary one comes from Paul Tubiana.
Paul, take it away.
TRUMP: Hello, Paul.
TUBIANA: Mr. President, I voted for you in 2016. I’m a conservative, pro-life and diabetic. I’ve needed to dodge individuals who don’t care about social distancing and sporting face masks.
I assumed you have been doing job with the pandemic response till about Might 1st. Then you definitely took your foot off the fuel pedal. Why did you throw susceptible individuals like me below the bus?
TRUMP: Properly, we actually didn’t, Paul. We’ve labored very exhausting on the pandemic. We’ve labored very exhausting. It got here off from China. They need to have by no means let it occur.
And in case you checked out what we’ve executed with ventilators, and now, frankly, with vaccines –we’re very near having the vaccine.
If you wish to know the reality, the earlier administration would have taken maybe years to have a vaccine due to the FDA and all of the approvals, and we’re inside weeks of getting it. You already know, might be three weeks, 4 weeks, however we predict now we have it. Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, now we have nice corporations they usually’re very, very shut.
It’s been very… it’s a horrible factor, however in case you take a look at…for instance, are you from New York? The place are you from?
TUBIANA: Initially I’m from New York. I’ve lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
TRUMP: I see.
TUBIANA: For 18 half of years. That is the longest place I’ve ever lived.
TRUMP: Properly, that’s superb. It’s place. However really, in case you take a look at what we’ve executed for varied issues — we constructed hospitals. New York, we took the conference heart, transformed it to 2,800 rooms. We introduced within the ships. I want they’d have used it, as a result of, frankly, they’d have saved lots of people had they used it.
However we actually — we’re beginning to get superb marks. When you take a look at what we’ve executed in comparison with different international locations, with the surplus mortality, the surplus mortality fee, we’ve executed very, very properly.
If you see our testing, we’re going to be at 84 million exams, 84 million, consider that. And subsequent can be India with about 50 million much less testing applications, far higher.
I introduced this alongside right now as a result of I believe it’s one thing that’s actually, very particular. We now have a brand new check. It got here out actually right now. That’s simply displaying you numbers of how properly we’re doing relative to different international locations.
However that is really a brand new check, simply got here out from Abbott, extremely refined. You wouldn’t assume, it’s a chunk of actually little, mild cardboard. And this got here out, and this can be a very correct check. And folks will be capable to have this, they usually’ll be capable to check or go — ideally go to a health care provider, but it surely’s quite simple and really correct.
And we provided governors, together with this state, with gear like no one’s ever gotten. We have been quick on ventilators as a result of the cabinets have been naked after we took it over.
And we’re now making 1000’s of ventilators a month, many 1000’s, and we’re sending them — we don’t want them in our nation anymore — not one individual that wanted a ventilator didn’t get a ventilator.
All people acquired a ventilator. And so they’re very – Paul — they’re very complicated, they’re very exhausting to make. However we’re making out tens of 1000’s a month and sending them to different international locations who’re in dire want of them.
So I really feel that we’ve executed an amazing job really, and it’s one thing that, I don’t assume it’s been acknowledged prefer it ought to, however once you take a look at our testing, once you take a look at our swabs, once you take a look at our ventilators, once you take a look at what we’ve executed with hospitals — and we’ve made loads of governors look superb, and now some are in a shutdown and a few aren’t. We’d wish to see it open up and open up as quickly as attainable.
However we’re very happy with the job we’ve executed, and we’ve saved loads of lives, an amazing variety of lives.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you talked about numerous issues right here. Let’s discuss concerning the mortality first. You mentioned we’re doing higher in mortality than different international locations.
However right here’s this chart proper right here. It says the US is correct right here. That is variety of deaths per million residents. Right here’s Western Europe, right here, Canada manner down there. We’re not on the prime of the listing.
TRUMP: The surplus mortality fee is among the many greatest in the entire world. I imply, I can present you. There’s a chart that simply got here out a short while in the past, extra mortality fee is in comparison with Europe, in comparison with different locations, it’s about 25 p.c higher.
In a single case, it’s over 60 p.c higher. And we even have a really large nation. You already know, this — we’re speaking about lots larger than most international locations.
If you take a look at testing, simply for instance, when India does 40 million much less exams than us; they’ve 1.5 billion individuals; China, you don’t get the correct numbers out of China, however China, they misplaced lots of people. They only don’t say what…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However you realize now we have four p.c of the world’s inhabitants, greater than 20 p.c of the circumstances, greater than 20 p.c of the deaths.
TRUMP: Properly, now we have 20 p.c of the circumstances due to the truth that we do far more testing. If we wouldn’t do testing you wouldn’t have circumstances. You’d have only a few circumstances.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However these are precise circumstances.
TRUMP: Properly, Dr. Fauci mentioned we’ve executed a implausible job. He simply mentioned it yesterday really. He mentioned we’ve executed a implausible job, that we didn’t mislead anyone.
Now, I’m not going to make individuals really feel like I need to — look, we’re a pacesetter of an incredible nation. We need to preserve it that manner. I don’t need to scare individuals. I don’t need to make individuals panic. And also you’re not going to exit and say, oh, that is going to be — that is dying, dying, dying.
You must run a rustic, we’re in a rustic. We acquired hit by one thing very unfairly.
However I discover the place yesterday Dr. Fauci mentioned that we have been — we’ve executed a very good job, and we didn’t mislead anyone. He got here out with that assertion, which I respect.
However whether or not it’s Dr. Fauci or anyone else, lots of people acquired it mistaken. They talked about don’t put on masks, and now they are saying put on masks. Though some individuals say don’t put on masks.
I imply you could have loads of totally different concepts. Some individuals say simply depart it the way in which it’s and don’t do any shutdowns, and different individuals say do shutdowns. And I’ve my very own views on that…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However what did you get mistaken? You say lots of people acquired issues mistaken.
I imply, you talked about China on the prime proper there. All by January and February you have been downplaying, by your personal admission, the severity of the disaster, that you just didn’t need to panic individuals.
TRUMP: Not downplaying.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me simply ask you the query first.
TRUMP: Not downplaying. I don’t need to drive our nation right into a panic. I’m a cheerleader for this nation. I’m the one which closed up our nation. I closed it up lengthy earlier than any of the specialists thought I ought to — and saved a whole lot of 1000’s of lives.
However once I closed it, I put a ban on our nation. And the ban was a vital ban as a result of…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wished to ask you about…
TRUMP: …China was closely contaminated. And no one, by the way in which, I learn the place different individuals mentioned do it. No those that I noticed mentioned do it. And I do know they mentioned safety advisors and others. I put a ban on when it wasn’t in any respect widespread.
Joe Biden mentioned I used to be xenophobic as a result of I put the ban on, and I assumed that was a really unfair — and by the way in which he’s completely taken that again. However I’m undecided he is aware of what it means…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I need to ask you about China, although, as a result of at the moment, you have been really praising President Xi. You have been saying he was clear, you have been saying he was sturdy. You have been saying he was doing job.
Did you get that mistaken? Did you misjudge President Xi?
TRUMP: I don’t assume I did. We simply completed a commerce deal. We simply had the biggest order of corn within the historical past of our nation final week, the biggest order of soy beans, largest order of beef, as a result of they know I’m very sad. They know I’m very, very sad.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However you mentioned he was doing job, and now you’re blaming China.
TRUMP: No, no. I didn’t say by hook or by crook. I’m not saying by hook or by crook. In the beginning, earlier than anyone knew what it was, I spoke with President Xi and he mentioned, we’re doing it properly, we’re having it below management. And I used to be very open with that. He instructed me that it was below management, that every part was, and it turned out to be not true, as a result of it wasn’t below management. It went all around the world, 188 international locations.
So I didn’t say something dangerous about President Xi initially, as a result of no one knew a lot concerning the illness. No one knew the seniors are prone. They thought individuals can be prone, however not simply, you realize the seniors are actually a really, very endangered group of individuals, particularly if they’ve issues with hearts or diabetes or any of that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You talked about masks. We now have Julie Bard who’s from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.
STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s proper right here. She has a query about that. You voted for Hillary Clinton final time I consider.
BARD: Sure I did. The sporting of masks has confirmed to reduce the unfold of COVID. Why don’t you assist a mandate for nationwide masks sporting? And why don’t you put on a masks extra usually?
TRUMP: Properly, I do put on them when I’ve to and once I’m in hospitals and different areas. However I’ll say this. They mentioned on the Democrat conference they are going to do a nationwide mandate. They by no means did it, as a result of they’ve checked out they usually didn’t do it.
And query is, you ask why Joe Biden — they mentioned we’re going to do a nationwide mandate on masks.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He’s referred to as on all governors to have them. There’s a state duty…
TRUMP: Properly no, however he didn’t do it. I imply, he by no means did it. Now there’s by the way in which, lots of people don’t need to put on masks. There are lots of people assume that masks usually are not good. And there are lots of people that for instance you could have…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Who’re these individuals?
TRUMP: I’ll inform you who these individuals are — waiters. They arrive over they usually serve you, they usually have a masks. And I noticed it the opposite day the place they have been serving me, they usually’re taking part in with the masks…I’m not blaming them…I’m simply saying what occurs. They’re taking part in with the masks, so the masks is over, they usually’re touching it, after which they’re touching the plate. That may’t be good.
There are lots of people. When you take a look at Dr. Fauci’s authentic assertion…you take a look at lots of people, CDC, you take a look at lots of people’s authentic assertion, they mentioned very strongly, George, don’t put on masks. Then rapidly they went to put on masks.
The idea of a masks is nice, but it surely additionally does…you’re continually touching it, you’re touching your face, you’re touching plates. There are those that don’t assume masks are good.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s get one closing query on COVID.
We’ve acquired Joni Powell proper right here. She’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And also you really haven’t voted earlier than.
TRUMP: How are you?
POWELL: Howdy, hello. My query is, in case you consider it’s the president’s duty to guard America, why would you downplay a pandemic that’s recognized to disproportionately hurt low-income households and minority communities?
TRUMP: Yeah. Properly, I didn’t downplay it. I really — in some ways I up-played it by way of motion. My motion was very sturdy.
POWELL: Did you not admit to it your self?
TRUMP: Sure, as a result of what I did was, with China – I put a ban on with Europe, I put a ban on. And we’d have misplaced 1000’s of extra individuals, had I not put the ban on.
In order that was referred to as motion, not with the mouth, however an precise truth. We did a really, superb job after we put that ban on. Whether or not you name it expertise or luck, it was essential. So we saved loads of lives after we did that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: There have been holes within the ban, and the European ban didn’t come for one more month…
TRUMP: Properly, they have been People. I imply, the holes in…have been, in case you have any person in China that’s an American citizen, we needed to allow them to in. I imply, there have been really some those that mentioned, properly – as soon as it acquired going, they mentioned, wait a minute, that is known as a closely contaminated place.
And we had a case the place we had loads of People, they have been most likely…they most likely had COVID, and we’re saying, will we allow them to into our nation? We allow them to in very rigorously, we quarantined them, however we allow them to in.
However sure, they are saying that we allowed sure individuals in. It’s true, however they have been Americans.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I need to transfer onto another topics. However we’re nonetheless – are coping with 195,000 deaths in the US proper now. If you see that…when you consider that, does that offer you any pause? Does it make you assume, is there something I might have executed in another way? Something…
TRUMP: I believe we might have had two million deaths if we didn’t shut out the nation…
STEPHANOPOULOS: So that you remorse nothing?
TRUMP: We did shut it — no, I believe we did an incredible job. If we didn’t shut the nation…look, we created…I created, all of us created collectively…you helped everyone. The actual fact is, we created the best economic system within the historical past of the world, greatest employment numbers for African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-America, ladies, every part.
The most effective employment, highschool, no highschool, school, we had the very best economic system we’ve ever had. 100 and sixteen million individuals – nearly simply wanting 160 million individuals – we have been by no means shut.
After which any person is available in after which any person else, docs, they usually begin speaking concerning the pandemic and about closing, they need to shut up our nation.
I mentioned, wait a minute. We’re the best nation, the best economic system, and it was coming collectively even by way of unity, as a result of it was so profitable that folks that weren’t getting alongside have been beginning to get alongside, George. That’s the way in which we solved that downside.
However, we had the best economic system ever, and now we have to shut it. If I didn’t shut it, I believe you’d have two million deaths as an alternative of getting the 185,000 – 190,000. It’s a horrible quantity – one is simply too many.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Earlier on there would have been fewer deaths.
TRUMP: George, I used to be thus far forward of my closing – and I’ll offer you an instance. Once I closed on the finish of January, Joe Biden was speaking about, in March, about, it’s completely over exaggerated. Nancy Pelosi was standing within the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco late – a month – greater than a month after that — saying this factor’s completely exaggerated. Come, you realize, to attempt to construct up tourism.
And all of those individuals now they are saying…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You have been saying it was going to vanish.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You have been saying it was going to vanish.
TRUMP: It’ll disappear. It’s going to vanish, I nonetheless say it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However not if we don’t take motion, appropriate?
TRUMP: No, I nonetheless say it. It’s going to vanish, George. We’re going to get again – we’re not going to have studios like this, the place you could have all of this empty house in between.
I need to see individuals, and also you need to see individuals. I need to see soccer video games. I’m pushing very exhausting for Huge Ten, I need to see Huge Ten open – let the soccer video games – allow them to play sports activities.
However no, it’s going to vanish, George, and I say this –
STEPHANOPOULOS: However Dr. Fauci mentioned now we have to be ready for – now we have to hunker down. We now have to be ready for a attainable second wave.
I perceive that you just don’t need to panic individuals, you mentioned you need individuals to be calm. You’ve usually talked about Winston Churchill and FDR, they usually did reassure individuals, they have been sturdy. They did preserve individuals calm.
However additionally they have been straight. They mentioned this conflict goes to be robust, it’s going to be an actual battle, now we have to persevere.
TRUMP: When Churchill was on the highest of a constructing, and he mentioned every part’s going to be good, every part’s going to be – be calm. And you’ve got the Nazis dropping bombs throughout London, he was very courageous as a result of he was on the prime of a constructing. It was very well-known that he was standing on buildings, they usually have been bombing. And he says everybody’s going to be secure.
I do not assume that is being essentially trustworthy, and but I believe it is being an incredible chief. However he mentioned, you are going to be secure. Be calm, do not panic. And also you had bombers dropping bombs throughout London.
So I assume you possibly can say that is not so trustworthy, but it surely’s nonetheless an incredible chief.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So do you assume it is OK to be dishonest?
TRUMP: I am not trying to be dishonest. I do not need individuals to panic. And we’re going to be OK. We will be OK, and it’s going away. And it is most likely going to go away now lots quicker due to the vaccines.
It will go away with out the vaccine, George, however it will go away lots quicker with it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It will go away with out the vaccine?
TRUMP: Certain, over a time frame. Certain, with time it goes away.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And plenty of deaths.
TRUMP: And you may develop — you will develop herd — like a herd mentality. It will be — it will be herd-developed, and that is going to occur. That can all occur.
However with a vaccine, I believe it’ll go away in a short time.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We have to take a fast break.
TRUMP: However I actually consider we’re rounding the nook, and I consider that strongly.
STEPHANOPOULOS: As you realize, Dr. Fauci disagrees with that.
TRUMP: Properly, I imply, however lots of people do agree with me. You take a look at Scott Atlas, you take a look at a few of the different docs which might be extremely — from Stanford. Take a look at a few of the different docs. They assume perhaps we might have executed that from the start.
I believe we did it precisely proper. We closed it up, now we’re opening. And we’re opening as much as a brilliant V as a result of the numbers are implausible, the employment numbers. You take a look at…we employed 10.four million jobs in 4 months. That is a report by far.
We now have each report. Retail gross sales are by the roof. We now have each report. We did the correct factor. If we did not shut it up, I consider we might have two million, two and a half million, perhaps three million deaths.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The subsequent query comes from Laura Galvas. She’s from Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, a registered nurse who’s at all times voted Republican for president.
Laura, go forward.
GALVAS: Howdy, Mr. President. Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as famously wrote, “Injustice wherever is a menace to justice all over the place.”
In mild of ongoing protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the current capturing of Jacob — Jacob Blake, do you’re feeling racial injustices are occurring on this nation? And if that’s the case, what may be executed to handle them?
TRUMP: Properly, I believe they have been tragic occasions, and I do really feel that now we have to additionally take into accounts that, in case you take a look at our police, they do an exceptional job. You’ll have individuals choke, make errors, they usually occur… it occurs, the place they must make a quick resolution and a few dangerous issues occur.
And also you even have dangerous apples. However you could have 99 p.c nice individuals. I do know the police forces very properly. I believe nearly everybody of them, in case you look, I’ve been endorsed by so a lot of them. And these are nice individuals.
And I’ll say this, in case you’re going to cease crime, now we have to provide the…the respect again to the police that they deserve. They’ve executed a implausible job in so many areas, however then dangerous issues occur.
Take a look at New York. New York was a really secure metropolis. Rudy Giuliani did a implausible job. Town was secure, after which rapidly now we have a mayor who begins reducing the police pressure and crime is up 100 p.c, 150 p.c. I noticed one type of crime up 300 p.c.
So I believe it’s essential, whether or not you discuss Seattle, the place they’ve superb police, however they’re not allowed to do their job. You must permit the police to do their job.
I agree with you, these occasions are horrible. However now we have to permit the police to do their job, in any other case crime goes to soar.
Now the issue is that in Democrat, normally liberal Democrat-run cities, now we have super issues. The highest 10 most unsafe cities are run by Democrats. You go into the highest 25 and prime 35, nearly each considered one of them is run by Democrats. No money bail, simply weak insurance policies on crime.
We now have to provide the police the respect that they deserve, and now we have to provide them their mojo. We now have to allow them to defend us.
How about that horrible crime that came about two days in the past, the place this horrible human being walks as much as a police automobile with two individuals sitting within the automobile, and he begins capturing bullets proper by the glass, proper of their face? And simply has destroyed. I imply, I…I hear they’re going to make it however they’re going to have a tough time ever being the identical.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you…
TRUMP: It’s only a horrible factor.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That was monstrous, there’s no query about that. However lots of people take a look at the statistics…
TRUMP: However that’s a scarcity of respect. When any person can try this, that’s a scarcity of respect. There’s no retribution within the subject. There’s no retribution.
This man walks as much as a police automobile, and he begins capturing level clean rang at two harmless individuals. You possibly can’t let that occur. You must, you need to be very robust crime in terms of issues like that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Robust on crime, but in addition obey the foundations and rules for policing.
And but, you speak about police choking, you speak about dangerous apples. However lots of people take a look at the statistics, black People greater than thrice extra seemingly than white People to be killed by police.
And that signifies that this simply isn’t dangerous apples, this simply isn’t chocking. This can be a actual systemic downside. Do you consider that? What is going to you do to handle it?
TRUMP: So I simply noticed a ballot the place African People on this nation, black communities, are 81 p.c in favor of getting extra police. They need extra police, they need safety.
They endure greater than anyone else by dangerous police safety — all minorities; whether or not it’s Hispanic or black or — or Asian. They endure greater than anyone else, George.
We now have to provide — now we have to provide the police again the authority to cease crime. When you could have one thing like in Portland the place it’s simply night time after night time, I might cease that with the individuals now we have in a half an hour, in the event that they’d let me try this however they…
STEPHANOPOULOS: What would you do?
TRUMP: Deliver within the Nationwide Guard. We’d carry it in, and we might cease that with it… properly, we did it in Minneapolis. Check out Minneapolis.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However how do you cease police killing blacks at thrice the speed of killing whites?
TRUMP: I can solely say this, that he police on this nation have executed usually an incredible job. There are crimes, there are issues, and there are chokers. They choke below strain. I imply, they’ve one quarter of a second to decide, and typically they make a mistaken resolution, and that’s a horrible factor.
The issue is, that’ll be on the information for 2 weeks or three weeks in a row, and the a whole lot of 1000’s and 1000’s of fine acts, no one talks about…
STEPHANOPOULOS: So that you don’t assume that’s an indication of systemic racism?
TRUMP: …however our police division – no. I believe there’s issues, however I additionally assume there’s some very large issues the place, in case you don’t give the police again their authority — proper now, police are afraid they’re going to lose their pension, they’re going to lose their job in the event that they discuss to any person within the mistaken manner.
Once I watched New York, the New York Metropolis Police endorse me, and I like them, however I watched six months in the past policemen strolling down the road and folks have been dumping water on their head. They’d completely no concern. They’d no completely…there was no retribution. I assumed it was a low level, I assumed it was a low level for New York Metropolis’s best.
And albeit, these individuals ought to’ve flip — these cops ought to’ve circled and actually executed one thing.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We now have one other query on this topic from Pastor Carl Day, he’s from Philadelphia, voted for Jill Stein final time.
DAY: How are you doing Mr. President?
DAY: You’ve coined a phrase, make America nice once more.
DAY: When has America been nice for African People within the ghetto of America? Are you conscious of how tone deaf that comes off the African American group?
TRUMP: Properly, I can say this, now we have super African American assist. You’ve most likely seen it within the polls. We’re doing extraordinarily properly with African-American, Hispanic-American at ranges that you just’ve hardly ever seen a Republican have.
When you speak about make America nice — in case you take a look at simply previous to — and I’m speaking about for the black group — you look simply previous to this horrible state of affairs coming in from China, when the virus got here in, that was the — most likely the very best level, house possession for the black group, house possession, decrease crime, the very best jobs they’ve ever had, highest revenue, the very best employment numbers they’ve ever had.
When you return and also you need to look over a few years, you possibly can simply return six or seven months from now, that was the very best single second within the historical past of the African-American individuals on this nation, I believe — I’d say.
DAY: Properly, I imply, your assertion is although, make it nice once more. So traditionally, the African American expertise, particularly in these — out of those ghettos which have been out redlined, traditionally these ghettos which have systemically been arrange…
TRUMP: Sure, sure.
DAY: …been handled the way in which that they’ve been, the circumstances of the medication, the weapons and every part else that truly created the signs for what we see that you just professed to be simply Democratic cities in themselves, this stuff have traditionally been occurring for African-People in these ghettos. And now we have not been seeing a change, fairly frankly below your administration, below the Obama administration, below the Bush, below the Clinton, the exact same factor occurring, the exact same system, the cycles proceed to ensue.
And we have to see, since you say once more, we have to see when was that nice, as a result of that pushes us again to a time by which we can not determine with such greatness.
And I imply you’ve mentioned every part else about choking and every part else, however you could have but to addressed and acknowledge that there’s been a race downside in America.
TRUMP: So in case you go, properly, I hope there’s not a race downside. I can inform you, there’s none with me, as a result of I’ve nice respect for all races, for everyone. This nation is nice due to it.
However once you return six months and also you check out what was occurring, you possibly can’t even examine that with previous administrations.
If you take a look at revenue ranges, and loads of issues, due to the job state of affairs, the place they’d the bottom revenue — the very best unemployment numbers they’ve ever had, the black group by far.
And that was fixing loads of issues. And you realize what else? It was bringing individuals collectively. I used to be beginning to get, simply earlier than this was — we have been having a long term of success. I used to be beginning to get calls from Democrats that — hey, it’s beginning work, let’s get collectively. Folks that you’d by no means have thought this is able to have occurred with.
There was going to be unity. However sadly that was damage as a result of we acquired set again. However now, I believe subsequent 12 months goes to be considered one of our greatest years economically.
DAY: However, however revenue inequality remains to be, however revenue inequality is larger. So I imply, jobs may be produced, however on the identical time in loads of these large, main cities the place African-People are underserved, under-resourced, that is — an $eight an hour job doesn’t imply that they’ll essentially afford to stay the place they must stay or the place they have been residing at for the final 20 years.
TRUMP: Properly, the revenue inequality, which, I agree with you, is an issue. I at all times agreed with that. However in case you look below President Obama and Biden the revenue inequality was phenomenal. It was…it was report setting. It was.. it was…
STEPHANOPOULOS: It is getting worse now.
TRUMP: Properly, we’re speaking a few plague coming in. Earlier than the plague, we have been doing very properly.
Now, we are going to quickly be doing properly once more, as a result of we’ll have a implausible third quarter. You are seeing the numbers are available in. I believe you are going to have a GDP that is mid-20s and could also be a lot larger. Any individual mentioned 35, I do not know. That might — these are all data we’re speaking about. And you are going to have a — economically, you are going to have an excellent 12 months subsequent 12 months.
However I agree with loads of the stuff you say. However you need to look again, as a result of we actually had it going properly. Had we not been hit by this horrible illness that got here into our land — and all around the world by the way in which, it got here all around the world — we’d be able the place, I believe, revenue inequality can be totally different. It was actually getting there. We have been actually driving it down. We have been driving it —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, now we have — now we have — now we have to maneuver on. However even earlier than the pandemic the common black household was incomes half of what the common white household was incomes. Even in case you maintain the training…
TRUMP: You are proper. I can solely examine it to the previous. The African-American, the Black group was doing higher than it had ever executed by far each by way of unemployment, homeownership. So many alternative statistics, even by way of crime…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However there was nonetheless a niche between blacks and whites.
TRUMP: Properly, I imply, there was a niche however we have been doing job. It was getting higher, after which it was artificially shutdown by this illness that got here onto our land.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The subsequent query comes from Leah Schweitzer of Pittsburgh.
SCHWEITZER: I fear a few second or third wave of unemployment. Employers that weathered the primary six months of COVID-19 are actually seeing their companies dramatically impacted because of the impact of this virus on our economic system.
What, because the president, is your plan to help these employees who could not lose their jobs right now however within the months to come back?
TRUMP: Properly, as you realize, we did paycheck, however we’re doing loads of different issues. However what I need to do is see some extra stimulus. And we’re making an attempt to get it, and we could. I imply, we simply…simply earlier than I got here right here, we had some fairly good talks with the Democrats. We’ll see. However they have been very troublesome.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not name the speaker all the way down to your workplace? Hammer it out within the Oval Workplace?
TRUMP: As a result of they know precisely the place I stand. On the proper time, I will do proper, however they know precisely the place I stand.
What they need is a bailout of Democrat-run states which might be doing poorly, and, you realize, I do not assume that is the correct.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why do you retain speaking about Democrat states, Democrat states?
STEPHANOPOULOS: They’re American states, American states.
TRUMP: No. The Democrat-run states are those which might be doing badly, George.
When you take a look at New York, in case you take a look at Illinois, in case you take a look at loads of totally different locations, they’re doing poorly. And cities, specifically, cities, I imply, these cities are being run so poorly…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However do not you could have a duty to these states and cities as properly?
TRUMP: …largely due to the debt, however largely due to the crime. They do not need to do something about crime. Sanctuary cities — they’ve sanctuary cities the place they’re defending criminals.
They’ve issues that the Republicans haven’t got. So they’re — I imply, I do not need to say — look, I am the president of everyone, however — I do not need to say it, however they’re Democrat-run cities. It’s what it’s.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So will you be calling the speaker, and might you hammer out a deal?
TRUMP: On the proper time, sure.
I want to see extra stimulus for those that actually it wasn’t their fault. It wasn’t your fault. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was China’s fault. I do not care the way you need to outline it. This was China’s fault.
And our individuals should not be damage, and we should always do stimulus. We did loads of it initially, and now they stopped, as a result of they assume it will be higher for the election. I do not know.
STEPHANOPOULOS: They are saying in case you’ll — in case you’ll come up, they mentioned — they mentioned they’re going to meet you midway on the cash.
TRUMP: Properly, we will do one thing perhaps. However I am simply listening to for the primary time, about an hour in the past, that perhaps there’s a likelihood to get one thing. And I might love to do it. I might wish to… I want to see it occur, George.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Subsequent query’s on healthcare. It comes from Alycee Block. She’s from Philadelphia, an assistant professor who voted for Hillary Clinton final time.
BLOCK: Mr. President, I used to be born with a illness referred to as sarcoidosis, and from the day I used to be born, I used to be appreciable uninsurable. That illness began in my pores and skin, moved to my eyes, into my optic nerves, and once I went to graduate faculty, into my mind.
When it hit my mind, I used to be routinely eligible for incapacity for the remainder of my life. I selected as an alternative to get a bachelor’s diploma, a grasp’s diploma, a Ph.D. and develop into a professor.
TRUMP: That’s nice.
BLOCK: It’s nice, besides I nonetheless have related healthcare issues. It prices me — with co-pays, I am nonetheless paying nearly $7,000 a 12 months along with the co-pay.
And may preexisting circumstances, which ObamaCare introduced into…delivered to fruition be eliminated?
BLOCK: Please cease and let me end my query, sir. Ought to that be eliminated? Inside a 36 to 72-hour interval, with out my treatment, I will probably be lifeless.
And I need to know what it’s that you will do guarantee that folks like me who work exhausting, we do every part we’re presupposed to do can keep insured.
It is not my fault that I used to be born with this illness. It is not my fault that I am a black lady, and within the medical group I am minimized and never taken critically.
I need to know what you will do about that.
TRUMP: So to begin with, you’re taken critically. I hope you’re.
And we’re not going to harm something having to do with preexisting circumstances. We’re not going to harm preexisting circumstances. And, in reality, simply the alternative.
When you take a look at what they need to do, the place they’ve socialized medication, they’ll eliminate preexisting circumstances, in the event that they go into Medicare for All, which is socialized medication, and you’ll neglect about your docs and your plans, similar to you possibly can neglect below President Obama. He mentioned, you possibly can have your physician. You possibly can have your plan.
And that turned out to be a lie, and he mentioned it 28 totally different occasions no less than. We now have 28 totally different occasions. You possibly can have your physician. You possibly can have your plan. Properly, it isn’t true.
However what we’re doing is, we’re going to be doing a healthcare plan – preexisting, defending individuals with preexisting circumstances — for instance, your self, it feels like that’s precisely good. That’s precisely what we’re speaking about. We’re going to be doing a healthcare plan very strongly and defend individuals with preexisting circumstances.
I’ll say this, they won’t try this, as a result of they’ve socialized…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, I’ve to cease you there…
TRUMP: George, they’ve socialized…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I simply must cease you there, as a result of it’s simply on a few factors.
Primary, Joe Biden has ran towards Medicare for All within the primaries.
However far more importantly, Obamacare assured individuals with preexisting circumstances might purchase insurance coverage, assured they may purchase it on the identical worth as everybody else, assured a package deal of important advantages, assured that insurance coverage corporations couldn’t put a lifetime restrict on these advantages.
You fought to repeal Obamacare, you’re arguing…
TRUMP: Properly, I primarily did, as a result of…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re arguing the Supreme Courtroom proper now to strike it down, that will dispose of preexisting circumstances.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve promised…
TRUMP: In order that we will do new healthcare.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However you’ve been promising a brand new healthcare plan.
We interviewed – I interviewed you in June of final 12 months, you mentioned the healthcare plan would are available in two weeks. You can Chris Wallace that this summer time it’d are available in three weeks. You promised an govt order on preexisting…
TRUMP: I’ve all of it prepared. I’ve all of it prepared.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However it’s…you’ve been making an attempt to strike down preexisting circumstances…
TRUMP: It doesn’t matter. I’ve all of it prepared, and it’s a a lot better plan for you, and it’s a a lot better plan.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What’s it?
TRUMP: And once you say Obamacare, I removed the person mandate, which is the worst a part of Obamacare…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re putting down the entire regulation.
TRUMP: …which wouldn’t be…pertain to you, but it surely’d pertain to lots of people. The place they have been going actually bust as a result of they didn’t need to have medical health insurance, they usually have been paying for it anyway, and it was no good.
Obamacare was a catastrophe. Obamacare is simply too costly, the premiums are too excessive. It’s a complete catastrophe.
You’re going to have new healthcare, and the preexisting situation side of it’ll at all times be in my plan. And I’ve mentioned that loud and clear…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However you haven’t provide you with it.
TRUMP: And we removed the person mandate, which primarily ended Obamacare. And I had a choice…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Solely since you’re arguing for it.
TRUMP: George, I had a choice to make. Do I run? We acquired it out, the worst elements of Obamacare. Now I’ve to make this resolution. That is three years in the past. Can we run Obamacare properly, and do job and do the very best, regardless that it’s by no means going to be superb. Or, will we let it run badly?
In all probability letting it run badly would have been a greater political resolution, however I couldn’t try this. We now have run it so a lot better than Obama ran it.
Now, it’s not the identical as a result of I removed essentially the most unpopular factor — and a really unfair factor which is the person mandate —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re making an attempt to strike down the entire regulation.
TRUMP: George, now we have run it very well.
However we even have now different… in case you go to Division of Labor, an incredible secretary, as you realize — and you realize him properly…now we have different alternate options to Obamacare which might be 50 p.c inexpensive, they usually’re really higher.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s been three and a half years.
TRUMP: George, it’s been forty years because you had good healthcare – you’ve by no means actually had good healthcare on this nation. This nation has by no means had it.
However once you say that Biden doesn’t need to do it – everyone else does. Bernie does, he agreed to the manifesto, as I name it — the settlement with Bernie is that you just’re going to go to socialized medication.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He ran towards Medicare for All.
TRUMP: When you go to socialized medication…properly, he agreed.
And Harris,who he right now mentioned Harris-Biden, as a result of he thinks she’s president. Harris, and sometime you’ll have to clarify that to me – however Harris is all for doing that. She desires to go to socialized medication. So, you now not have your physician actually, and also you now not have your plan.
And Joe can say all he desires — he’s solely doing it as a result of he sees his ballot numbers taking place so considerably. However Joe can say all he desires about healthcare.
You already know, Obamacare has been a failure from day one. It’s too costly, whether or not it’s the premium or whether or not it’s the associated fee usually. And so they don’t have their docs, they usually don’t have their plans. We’re going to have an excellent healthcare. I believe perhaps an incredible healthcare for much less cash.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The subsequent query comes from Jim Rowdeski, he is from Irwin, Pennsylvania; that is round Pittsburgh.
And also you voted for President Trump final time round.
TRUMP: Hello Jim.
At occasions, some have referred to as your habits not presidential. What, if something, would you do in another way if reelected, to create a extra unified message the place all sides can take tasks for his or her actions and are available collectively to make optimistic change?
TRUMP: Good, Jim.
So, I am preventing a battle. It is a large battlefield, and I’ve loads of forces towards me. I’ve the media, which I name the faux information, as a result of loads of it’s faux — and I imply a giant full — as you perceive. Plenty of it’s faux.
I am preventing loads of forces. Typically you don’t have time to be completely, as you’ll say, presidential. You must get issues executed. I believe I’ve executed greater than different president within the first three and a half years.
If you take a look at what we have executed for tax cuts and regulation cuts and the vets, all the issues that we have executed for the vets…now we have a 91 p.c approval issue now for the vets. We rebuilt our army, we created Area Pressure.
I imply, we did so many issues, Proper to Attempt, which is so unimaginable and so profitable. You already know what Proper to Attempt is?
We did extra, I actually consider it, greater than every other president within the first three and a half years.
By the way in which, on the finish of my first time period, we’ll have near 300 — perhaps over 300 new federal judges together with Courtroom Of Appeals, two Supreme Courtroom justices.
And truthfully, we transfer very quick and I’ve to eliminate individuals quick, as a result of they are not doing their job. I might inform you those that weren’t doing their job. And once I try this to get any person else that’s good, and in the event that they don’t do it, we eliminate that particular person.
We do loads of issues, and now we have to get them executed. I might be so — I at all times used to form of child on the marketing campaign path that I might be — path — that I might be extra presidential — it could be very straightforward — extra presidential than different candidate apart from probably Abraham Lincoln when he is sporting the hat, proper? The excessive hat.
However the truth is, being presidential is less complicated than what I’ve to do, however I get issues executed. I get issues executed like no one has ever gotten. If you take a look at — together with environmental issues. If you take a look at what is going on on within the nation and all that we have executed, we sadly acquired hit by this plague, however it will be again very quickly.
We opened it up, and now we have — you discuss, Jim, concerning the V? We now have a brilliant V; it seems like it will be a brilliant V. We will have an incredible economic system subsequent 12 months, and I believe we’ll have an incredible economic system within the third quarter.
And thanks for voting me for — voting for me in 2016, I hope you are going to do it once more.
ROWDESKI: Thanks, sir.
TRUMP: Thanks. Thanks very a lot.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You speak about a brilliant V, Mr. President. Lots of people take a look at this and say it’s extra like a Ok-shaped restoration. The individuals on the prime who’ve loads of shares are doing fairly properly.
TRUMP: They’re doing properly.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However not solely…we’ve solely gotten half the roles again.
TRUMP: George, shares are owned by everyone. You already know, they discuss concerning the inventory market is so good, that’s 401(ok)s — I am assembly individuals with — so long as they didn’t promote when the market went down, after we first realized the extent of this horrible factor from China, I imply these individuals are doing — a few of them are doing higher than they have been doing earlier than the pandemic got here.
They — if individuals held onto their shares — and bear in mind this, as a result of I discover you say rich, certain rich — however you could have those that aren’t rich however have executed properly due to the inventory market.
I’ve — I’ve set data on the inventory market even throughout the pandemic. And that doesn’t occur by chance.
I’ll inform you this, if Joe Biden ever acquired this place — and that’s a headwind on the inventory market — our inventory market can be a lot larger if it weren’t for that. If Joe Biden ever acquired in, I believe you’d have a despair the likes of which now we have by no means seen on this nation.
When you take a look at his insurance policies, the place he desires to boost everyone’s taxes, you take a look at what he desires to do by way of regulation, the place he desires to place all the rules again on that I took off after which some — and in lots of circumstances, double it up. You should have a despair the likes of which we haven’t seen on this nation.
And that doesn’t have an effect on large individuals, it impacts everyone. It impacts an individual that owns $10,000 price of inventory in IBM or no matter firm it could be.
Look, we’re having an amazing factor within the inventory market, and that’s good for everyone. However those that aren’t wealthy personal inventory, they usually have 401(ok)s. You check out the 401(ok)s, they’re in lots of circumstances higher than they have been earlier than the pandemic got here.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Subsequent query comes Alexandra Stamen from Pittsburg, who sat out the final presidential election, I consider.
STAMEN: Sadly so, I did. Good night, Mr. President.
So I’d wish to ask, relating to your current feedback about our United States troopers, referring to them as suckers.
TRUMP: Might you say that once more?
STAMEN: Our United States troopers, referring to them as suckers, and notably the late John McCain, our prisoners of conflict, as losers.
TRUMP: I see. OK. OK. The faux…it was a faux assertion. Go forward.
STAMEN: And just lately requesting amputee veterans from the army parade. How do you anticipate to win again the assist of our army, their households, their associates and army supporters?
TRUMP: It’s straightforward, as a result of I by no means made these statements. They have been by no means made by me.
They mentioned I stood over the grave of troopers killed a few years in the past and I mentioned they have been suckers. I by no means made that. Have you learnt we had 26 individuals as of right now come out to say it by no means occurred, and many individuals have been there.
Then they mentioned about…the rain didn’t occur, that that wasn’t the explanation. The Secret Service mentioned…now we have an announcement from them…they mentioned that we couldn’t journey as a result of the helicopter couldn’t be used.
We might not be capable to journey, as a result of once you try this by a significant metropolis, it takes them days to get it ready.
I wished to go anyway. I mentioned let me simply go individually in a automobile in disguise, I don’t care. I wished to be there so badly. However the statements by no means occurred, they have been lies.
So far as John McCain, I used to be by no means a fan of John McCain. I by no means thought he handled our vets properly, he didn’t do the job. I used to be by no means a fan of his. However — and I believe that’s fantastic and everyone is aware of that, and I mentioned it to his face. I used to be very a lot up in that.
However so far as…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You mentioned he’s not a conflict hero.
TRUMP: I’ve executed a lot for our vets and for our army. I rebuilt our army.
Our army, once I got here into this nice workplace, our army was depleted. It was within the worst form it was in most likely ever. It was depleted. The planes have been outdated and damaged, the ships, every part.
You see what I’ve executed. I’ve rebuilt…$2.5 trillion and also you assume that was straightforward getting that cash from Democrats? As a result of they don’t just like the army.
This journal got here up. They made up this quote. It was a made up quote, and you realize, the gloves are off with Biden…who I’ve by no means revered vastly, I’ve by no means revered him vastly. However once they took this made up quote, that was now knocked out by over 25 individuals, they usually made an advert out of it, I assumed it was a shame.
Have you learnt what disinformation is? That’s what it was. They made up a phony quote, after which they went with it. It was a phony deal. And the one who began it was a giant pal of President Obama and Clinton. And it was phony deal from a really — not very profitable journal —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you could have — you could have used language like that previously. You probably did say that John McCain wasn’t a conflict hero. And notably silent within the wake of this text have been Basic John Kelly, who was your chief of workers on the time. Basic James Mattis, who served as protection secretary for you has mentioned you are…
TRUMP: They did not hear me say that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: …has mentioned you are…properly, I am attending to a broader level.
TRUMP: As a result of I by no means mentioned it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: With the generals. Basic Mattis mentioned you are a divider; you are not making an attempt to unite the nation.
Basic Kelly mentioned he agreed with that.
John Bolton, who was your nationwide safety advisor, mentioned you’re a hazard to the nation.
The individuals in these prime army positions who served most carefully with you could have mentioned you are unfit for workplace. How do you reply to that?
TRUMP: These are those that I let go. These are disgruntled former workers, to place it in a pleasant manner — a time period individuals would perceive. Mattis was a extremely overrated basic, did not do job, did not do good on ISIS. I took over 100 p.c of the ISIS caliphate. I had the those that I wished in. Mattis was fired, as you realize, by President Obama and I fired him additionally. OK?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, he resigned.
TRUMP: He did not resign. I mentioned give me a letter. No extra, give me a letter. I used to be being good. One of many issues once you’re good, oftentimes it comes again to hit you. I mentioned, Jim, give me a letter. It is time so that you can transfer on.
He gave me a letter. However I fired him. That is referred to as, I fired him. Now, Basic Mattis did not do job. I wasn’t proud of him.
When you take a look at John Bolton, John Bolton — all he wished to do was blow individuals up. He wished to go to conflict with everyone and, frankly, I used him very properly. I might carry him on a negotiation. When individuals noticed them they mentioned, oh, wow, he will go to conflict.
I introduced — I am bringing our troops again from Afghanistan. I am bringing our troops again from Iraq. We’re nearly out of just about each place. You already know, everyone mentioned — due to my character, they mentioned he’ll be in a conflict instantly.
Take a look at North Korea, how that is labored out. We’ve not — the sanctions are on. Every thing’s the identical. We’ve not spent something. We’re getting together with him. I get together with Kim Jong-un. That was presupposed to be a conflict.
If President Obama have been president, if Hillary Clinton ever acquired in, that will be a conflict, most likely a nuclear conflict with North Korea. Within the meantime, I am getting calls on a regular basis from associates of mine in South Korea. Thanks. We love you. Thanks. It is actually been somewhat superb.
So as an alternative of wars, everyone mentioned — take a look at what we had right now what we had right now with the United Arab Emirates and — UAE. And simply check out what occurred with Israel right now — with that. Check out what is going on on. When you — in case you — that was going to be an issue. We’re really creating peace within the Center East with out blood staining our sand…
However take a look at — take a look at what occurred with Bahrain —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You criticized Jim Mattis.
TRUMP: However George, take a look at…take a look at what occurred with Bahrain. Properly, I man like Jim Mattis would have disagreed with the way in which I went about it and I turned out to be appropriate.
Tom Friedman of “The New York Occasions” wrote unimaginable, glowing articles final week about this unimaginable factor that I have been capable of do within the Center East. A man like Jim Mattis might have by no means executed it as a result of they have been all doing it the old school manner. They have been going within the mistaken shops and the mistaken doorways.
And what occurred right now with UAE and with Bahrain and with Israel, individuals do not even consider it. And George, as certain as you are sitting there, I’ve quite a few different international locations in that area which might be going to be signing very quickly additionally.
You may have peace within the Center East, and that is with out conflict and with out dropping — and I am speaking about on each side — however with out dropping our nice, younger troopers.
You already know, I’m going to Dover and I greet, oftentimes, troopers coming in, they usually’re lifeless. And there isn’t any sadder factor than to take a seat with a widow or a mom, and watch these large huge cargo planes, and that again opens up and these unimaginable Marines are strolling off a casket they usually have been killed within the Center East. And in some ways no one even is aware of why.
Going there was the worst resolution within the historical past of our nation. We’ve spent $eight trillion and we’ve misplaced 1000’s of lives however actually thousands and thousands of lives as a result of I view each side. OK. However that’s OK.
Thousands and thousands of lives. This was the worst resolution. And by the way in which, Iraq didn’t like — you realize, Saddam Hussein didn’t knock down the World Commerce Heart, in case you don’t know and I’m certain you do know that.
They mentioned they’d weapons of mass destruction. They made a mistake. So we’re now $eight trillion, we’ve been in there 20 years — nearly 20 years and Afghanistan I assume it’s getting very near that, it’s over 19.
And we’re bringing our troopers again house. No one anticipated that from me. And individuals are so joyful about it. And you realize who’s the happiest? The troopers, I see them on a regular basis. What do you assume, ought to we be right here? No, sir, you shouldn’t be right here. Why? They don’t like us, sir.
And I’ll inform you what, I’ve hardly ever met a soldier that’s over there — they’re higher than anyone as a result of they’ll inform you higher than anyone what’s occurring.
Not often do I meet a soldier that claims we ought to be there. It was the worst mistake, the most expensive mistake within the historical past of our nation going into the Center East.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The subsequent query comes from Alexander J. Floyd of Dallas, Pennsylvania. He voted for President Trump final time round.
FLOYD: Howdy, Mr. Trump. My query is definitely about police reform and the way can we steadiness widespread sense police reform with out sacrificing public security in a — in a time when a part of the nation is looking to defund the police and actively cheering once they’re gunned down on the street and one other half is bored with seeing the lawlessness?
TRUMP: So now we have an incredible senator named Tim Scott from South Carolina and he had a plan that was very a lot of a compromised plan but it surely was a plan that everyone just about agreed to. Plenty of Democrats agreed to it however they wouldn’t vote for it.
And it was actually good. It was a compromise of loads of various factors and it didn’t get executed and it ought to have gotten executed. And it might nonetheless be on the market, it might nonetheless be resurrected very simply however they simply didn’t need to do it.
As a result of I believe the Democrats are viewing this as a political concern and I most likely agree with them. I believe it’s very dangerous for them as a result of we’re about regulation and order. We now have to be about regulation and order, in any other case you’re going to see your cities burn and that’s the way in which it’s.
If we will do a plan like Tim Scott’s plan, which is de facto — it goes far sufficient but it surely doesn’t take the dignity away from our police. We now have unimaginable individuals. They’ve been defending us for a very long time. I imply we’re right here and I really feel very save being on this room. These are nice individuals.
We are able to’t take their dignity away. We now have to allow them to be capable to do what they do higher than anyone else. So I believe now we have to have a look at it that manner. We now have to — now we have to be very, very cautious.
Police are so afraid right now that in the event that they do one thing barely mistaken, barely mistaken and their pensions gone, their jobs gone, who is aware of what occurs. Their stay is ruined; their spouse or their husband will depart. The entire thing, it’s a really scary factor to do.
And you then take a look at security. I imply you take a look at that horrible human being that shot these two police chilly, clean, proper subsequent — only a disgusting after which ran off. You take a look at that, this can be a very robust job and it’s a really unsafe job, it’s a really harmful job. We now have to provide them again their dignity and now we have to provide them again respect.
These are nice individuals for essentially the most half. There’s at all times going to be a nasty apple in your corporation, in my enterprise — it doesn’t matter what, I imply there’s going to be dangerous apples. And now we have to weed out the dangerous apples.
However now we have to provide — now we have to provide the police again that power that they’d a short time in the past and that they’ve in Republican cities, frankly, and states. However you have a look, this can be a Democrat downside, George.
I do know you’re a Democrat however that is largely a Democrat — in case you simply check out the listing. Each Democrat metropolis, nearly, not all however loads of them, actually within the prime 25 even in case you go to the highest 50 — nearly each metropolis is run by the Democrats. Folks don’t respect our police they usually must respect —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you promised 4 years in the past on the Republican Conference, I’m going to revive regulation and order.
TRUMP: And I’ve, besides in Democrat run cities. Look, now we have legal guidelines. We now have to go by the legal guidelines. We are able to’t transfer within the Nationwide Guard. I can name rebel however there’s no purpose to ever try this, even in a Portland case.
We are able to’t name within the Nationwide Guard until we’re requested by a governor. If a governor or a mayor is a Democrat they usually — like in Portland, we name them continually. I simply spoke to the governor yesterday as a result of we’re giving them reduction on the fires. We’re giving them a — an emergency declaration.
I say, governor, allow us to go in and we’ll clear up Portland so quick. In a half an hour it’ll be all proper. And she or he’s simply torn by it. I don’t perceive the considering however they’re torn by it. I’ve loads of respect for the governor frankly. The — and what occurred in Minneapolis was fairly superb.
Sadly, this went on for every week or every week and a half earlier than he allowed us to usher in the Nationwide Guard. Once we introduced within the Nationwide Guard, every part stopped, the crime was gone which means the entire thing. However by that point a giant portion of town was burned down.
You’re speaking about Minneapolis. In Seattle, we allow them to know we’re coming in. They took over a giant chunk of town, 20 p.c of town. We mentioned we’re coming in. As quickly as we mentioned that, the police division went in and these different individuals have been exhausted.
However had we not mentioned we’re getting into — we have been able to go in. We have been going within the following morning. The place ever you could have a Democrat metropolis — not in all circumstances, however in case you take a look at the actually troubled cities in our nation, they’re Democrat-run and that’s Biden. They’re weak, they’re in efficient.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you’re president for these cities for these cities proper now.
TRUMP: I’m president, however I can solely do what I’m allowed to do, George. I don’t want rebel…I don’t want an Revolt Act to maintain 250 anarchists. We are able to try this very simply with the Nationwide Guard. We proved that Minneapolis. They got here in after town was burning.
And the factor I do not actually get is that the information media is saying, no, these are peaceable. These are peaceable.
And proper over the reporter…it was a CNN reporter, and proper over his shoulder…and also you noticed that proper over his shoulder, town is burning. It appeared prefer it was Berlin throughout the conflict.
It was the craziest factor I’ve ever seen. And he is making an attempt to say — I do not know why the information media tries to make so mild of it. These usually are not protests. These are far higher than protests.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The subsequent one comes Flora Cruceta. She’s from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has not voted earlier than as a result of she simply grew to become a citizen.
TRUMP: Oh, superb.
CRUCETA: Thanks a lot. Hello, Mr. President and…
CRUCETA: Mr. George. My title is Flora Cruceta . I am sorry if I am unable to maintain my…maintain my tears…
TRUMP: I like…I like what you simply did.
CRUCETA: I got here in 2006 with my mother from Dominican Republic…sorry.
TRUMP: That is all proper. And simply take your time, that is fantastic. George has loads of time, I hope, proper?
TRUMP: Thanks. Did you say your mother acquired COVID? Your mother?
CRUCETA: We come from Dominican Republic in 2006 to stay our American dream. However she forgot tips on how to maintain herself and he or she died final month..I am sorry.
TRUMP: Horrible. And that is OK. It is OK.
CRUCETA: She had breast most cancers but it surely made metastases on her mind, bone, and lungs and he or she handed on the 19th. Certainly one of her largest desires was to develop into a citizen to vote, and he or she did. She did, 10 days earlier than she died. And I did it too. She pushed me so exhausting to do it and I did it this previous 28th.
I am right here due to her. She was presupposed to be right here and ask you and thanks for this — if they need to take — throughout this epidemic, you made individuals nearer. We misplaced our jobs however we realized tips on how to love our household. So I am saying that from her.
TRUMP: Very good.
CRUCETA: Her query for you was — as a result of she write this query — what is going to you do for our immigration system? What is going to you modify to make extra individuals, like me and like her, to develop into residents and vote?
TRUMP: So we’re doing one thing with immigration that I believe goes to be very sturdy as a result of we would like individuals to come back into our nation, individuals such as you and like your mom. And that simply reveals how vicious the COVID is, particularly when you could have one other downside, you could have a coronary heart downside or one other kind of an issue.
And it’s a really unhappy story however we would like individuals to come back into our nation. We wish them to come back in — lots of people however we would like them to come back in by a authorized system. By way of a system that — they love our nation. They work to come back into our nation.
A benefit system and we’re engaged on one thing very exhausting proper now. And in a really quick time we’re going to be saying it. And I believe it’s going to have fairly an influence. I believe it’s going to be one thing that truly will probably be widespread for all.
I imply so far as your state of affairs along with your mom, that’s simply devastating as a result of I can think about how you’re feeling and it feels like an incredible lady and I’ll inform you she.. and I can…I’m fairly good with individuals.
She gave us an incredible daughter, an incredible little one, what she’s executed with you, the way in which you’re. The love that you’ve got in your mom, I can see that, it’s exhausting. And so many individuals they usually die alone. They die alone as a result of that is such a vicious factor. You possibly can’t go there and maintain their hand.
You possibly can’t give them a kiss good night time. It’s a horrible, horrible factor. And hopefully the vaccines are going to be very quickly, hopefully. Did you could have COVID? You didn’t have it proper?
TRUMP: You didn’t have it, your mom. We’ll have it taken care of. It’s going to get taken care of. The vaccines are going to make a giant distinction. What has made a giant distinction is Remdesivir.
We now have many issues now and issues are going to be introduced right here, which frankly in case you check out a few of the issues we’re doing by way of — the phrase wouldn’t be remedy however the phrase be therapeutically or therapeutics, now we have some unimaginable issues occurring, which is so necessary.
And I view that truly in a sure manner as extra necessary than the vaccine the place you possibly can right into a hospital and get your mom and provides her a transfusion on a shot they usually can get higher — get higher a lot quicker.
So now we have a few of these issues they usually’ve been very, very profitable. However now we have others popping out. And in an effort to get them, we needed to get the FDA to approve this product, these very refined medicines and I assume you possibly can name them a medication.
However we needed to get them authorized in a short time they usually did it. Dr. Hahn, the pinnacle of the FDA, Alex Azar, they’ve actually executed a implausible job. I consider, George, that none of this is able to have occurred in one other administration.
We — and I believe you realize that. The FDA is approving issues at a degree that they’ve by no means executed and a velocity with which they’ve by no means acted earlier than.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We now have time for one closing query. It comes from Ashley West of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
WEST: Hello, Mr. Trump.
TRUMP: Hello, Ashley.
WEST: Sorry. My query is, what has been essentially the most troublesome a part of your presidency? And what have you ever realized from it?
TRUMP: So I believe with out query, I’d say, as a result of issues have been going so properly, I believe I might must say the entire COVID, the China virus, as I name it, as a result of it comes from China, I believe it is a way more correct time period.
However it’s been very troublesome, it has been so unhappy. For instance, speaking to you about your mom, it’s only a unhappy state of affairs. Sure, we’re getting there, we are going to get there, it will occur. However it’s a really troublesome — no one’s seen something like most likely since 1917…
STEPHANOPOULOS: What did you be taught from it?
TRUMP: I realized that life may be very fragile. I knew those that have been highly effective individuals, sturdy individuals, good individuals, they usually acquired knocked out by this, and died — six individuals. It was 5 till about two weeks in the past, now it is six.
However I’ve realized that life may be very fragile, as a result of these have been sturdy individuals, and rapidly they have been lifeless; they have been gone. And it wasn’t their fault. It was the fault of a rustic that would have stopped it. And I made an incredible cope with China…I really feel so in another way about that deal. It’s an incredible deal. It was good for the farmers, good for the producers, however I don’t view it the identical manner. It was good for us, however I don’t view it the identical manner due to the horror of this illness, that would have been stopped on the border.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Might you could have executed extra to cease it?
TRUMP: I don’t assume so. I believe what I did by closing up the nation, I believe I saved two, perhaps two and a half, perhaps greater than that lives. I actually don’t assume so. I believe we did an excellent job.
I don’t know if that is been acknowledged; we have made loads of governors really feel good, we have made some reputationally…we have enhanced their repute. They didn’t have something, we acquired them the provides, we acquired them the ventilators. We’ve made lots of people look good that shouldn’t look good, to be trustworthy with you.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re out of time, Mr. President. Thanks in your time.
TRUMP: Thanks very a lot.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Because of all of the questioners right here and due to all of you at house for watching, have night time.