Learn the total transcript of President Donald Trump‘s ABC Information city corridor, Tuesday on the Nationwide Structure Heart in Philadelphia.
Please word: This can be a rush transcript that is probably not in its ultimate 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. Positively. There’s little doubt about it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And everybody’s been examined.
It’s best to know that a few of these individuals voted for you final time round. Some voted for Hillary Clinton, some voted for third get together 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 carrying face masks.
I believed you had been doing a superb job with the pandemic response till about Might 1st. Then you definitely took your foot off the gasoline pedal. Why did you throw weak individuals like me beneath the bus?
TRUMP: Effectively, we actually didn’t, Paul. We’ve labored very laborious on the pandemic. We’ve labored very laborious. It got here off from China. They need to have by no means let it occur.
And should you checked out what we’ve achieved 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, may very well be three weeks, 4 weeks, however we predict we’ve it. Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, we’ve nice corporations and so they’re very, very shut.
It’s been very… it’s a horrible factor, however should you have a look at…for example, 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 1/2 years. That is the longest place I’ve ever lived.
TRUMP: Effectively, that’s superb. It’s a superb place. However really, should you have a look at what we’ve achieved for numerous issues — we constructed hospitals. New York, we took the conference middle, transformed it to 2,800 rooms. We introduced within the ships. I want they might have used it, as a result of, frankly, they might have saved lots of people had they used it.
However we actually — we’re beginning to get superb marks. If you happen to have a look at what we’ve achieved in comparison with different nations, with the surplus mortality, the surplus mortality price, we’ve achieved very, very nicely.
Once you see our testing, we’re going to be at 84 million checks, 84 million, consider that. And subsequent could be India with about 50 million much less testing applications, far higher.
I introduced this alongside as we speak as a result of I believe it’s one thing that’s actually, very particular. We have now a brand new take a look at. It got here out actually as we speak. That’s simply exhibiting you numbers of how nicely we’re doing relative to different nations.
However that is really a brand new take a look at, 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 it is a very correct take a look at. And folks will have the ability to have this, and so they’ll have the ability to take a look at or go — ideally go to a health care provider, however it’s quite simple and really correct.
And we provided governors, together with this state, with tools like no person’s ever gotten. We had been quick on ventilators as a result of the cabinets had 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 person who wanted a ventilator didn’t get a ventilator.
Everyone received a ventilator. They usually’re very – Paul — they’re very complicated, they’re very laborious to make. However we’re making out tens of 1000’s a month and sending them to different nations who’re in dire want of them.
So I really feel that we’ve achieved 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 have a look at our testing, once you have a look at our swabs, once you have a look at our ventilators, once you have a look at what we’ve achieved with hospitals — and we’ve made lots of governors look superb, and now some are in a shutdown and a few aren’t. We’d prefer to see it open up and open up as quickly as doable.
However we’re very happy with the job we’ve achieved, and we’ve saved lots of lives, an amazing variety of lives.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you talked about a lot of issues right here. Let’s speak in regards to the mortality first. You mentioned we’re doing higher in mortality than different nations.
However right here’s this chart proper right here. It says america is correct right here. That is variety of deaths per million residents. Right here’s Western Europe, right here, Canada approach down there. We’re not on the high of the listing.
TRUMP: The surplus mortality price is among the many finest 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 price is in comparison with Europe, in comparison with different locations, it’s about 25 % higher.
In a single case, it’s over 60 % higher. And we even have a really massive nation. You already know, this — we’re speaking about loads greater than most nations.
Once you have a look at testing, simply for example, when India does 40 million much less checks 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 we’ve four % of the world’s inhabitants, greater than 20 % of the instances, greater than 20 % of the deaths.
TRUMP: Effectively, we’ve 20 % of the instances due to the truth that we do far more testing. If we wouldn’t do testing you wouldn’t have instances. You’ll have only a few instances.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However these are precise instances.
TRUMP: Effectively, Dr. Fauci mentioned we’ve achieved a implausible job. He simply mentioned it yesterday really. He mentioned we’ve achieved 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 awesome nation. We need to preserve it that approach. 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 need to run a rustic, we’re in a rustic. We received hit by one thing very unfairly.
However I discover the place yesterday Dr. Fauci mentioned that we had been — we’ve achieved 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 received it unsuitable. 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 will have lots of totally different concepts. Some individuals say simply go away 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 unsuitable? You say lots of people received issues unsuitable.
I imply, you talked about China on the high proper there. All by way of January and February you had been downplaying, by your personal admission, the severity of the disaster, that you simply 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 an important ban as a result of…
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wished to ask you about…
TRUMP: …China was closely contaminated. And no person, by the way in which, I learn the place different individuals mentioned do it. No those who 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 in style.
Joe Biden mentioned I used to be xenophobic as a result of I put the ban on, and I believed 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 had been really praising President Xi. You had been saying he was clear, you had been saying he was sturdy. You had been saying he was doing a superb job.
Did you get that unsuitable? 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 a superb job, and now you’re blaming China.
TRUMP: No, no. I didn’t say by some means. I’m not saying by some means. At the start, earlier than anyone knew what it was, I spoke with President Xi and he mentioned, we’re doing it nicely, we’re having it beneath management. And I used to be very open with that. He advised me that it was beneath management, that all the things was, and it turned out to be not true, as a result of it wasn’t beneath management. It went everywhere in the world, 188 nations.
So I didn’t say something unhealthy about President Xi initially, as a result of no person knew a lot in regards to the illness. No person knew the seniors are prone. They thought individuals could 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 have now 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 carrying of masks has confirmed to reduce the unfold of COVID. Why don’t you assist a mandate for nationwide masks carrying? And why don’t you put on a masks extra typically?
TRUMP: Effectively, 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 will do a nationwide mandate. They by no means did it, as a result of they’ve checked out and so they didn’t do it.
And a superb 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: Effectively 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 should not good. And there are lots of people that for example you will have…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Who’re these individuals?
TRUMP: I’ll let you know who these individuals are — waiters. They arrive over and so they serve you, and so they have a masks. And I noticed it the opposite day the place they had been serving me, and so they’re enjoying with the masks…I’m not blaming them…I’m simply saying what occurs. They’re enjoying with the masks, so the masks is over, and so they’re touching it, after which they’re touching the plate. That may’t be good.
There are lots of people. If you happen to have a look at Dr. Fauci’s unique assertion…you have a look at lots of people, CDC, you have a look at lots of people’s unique 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 sweet, however it additionally does…you’re always touching it, you’re touching your face, you’re touching plates. There are those who don’t assume masks are good.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s get one ultimate query on COVID.
We’ve received Joni Powell proper right here. She’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And also you really haven’t voted earlier than.
TRUMP: How are you?
POWELL: Good day, hello. My query is, should 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. Effectively, I didn’t downplay it. I really — in some ways I up-played it when it comes to 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 reality. 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 lots of lives after we did that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: There have been holes within the ban, and the European ban didn’t come for an additional month…
TRUMP: Effectively, they had been Individuals. I imply, the holes in…had been, if in case you have any individual in China that’s an American citizen, we needed to allow them to in. I imply, there have been really some those who mentioned, nicely – as soon as it received going, they mentioned, wait a minute, that is mostly a closely contaminated place.
And we had a case the place we had lots of Individuals, they had been in all probability…they in all probability 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 had been Americans.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I need to transfer onto another topics. However we’re nonetheless – are coping with 195,000 deaths in america proper now. Once you see that…when you concentrate on that, does that provide you with any pause? Does it make you assume, is there something I might have achieved 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 awesome job. If we didn’t shut the nation…look, we created…I created, all of us created collectively…you helped all people. The very fact is, we created the best financial system within the historical past of the world, finest employment numbers for African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-America, girls, all the things.
The perfect employment, highschool, no highschool, school, we had the very best financial system we’ve ever had. 100 and sixteen million individuals – virtually simply in need of 160 million individuals – we had been by no means shut.
After which any individual is available in after which any individual else, medical doctors, and so they begin speaking in regards to the pandemic and about closing, they need to shut up our nation.
I mentioned, wait a minute. We’re the best nation, the best financial system, and it was coming collectively even when it comes to unity, as a result of it was so profitable that folks that weren’t getting alongside had been beginning to get alongside, George. That’s the way in which we solved that drawback.
However, we had the best financial system ever, and we’ve to shut it. If I didn’t shut it, I believe you’d have two million deaths as a substitute of getting the 185,000 – 190,000. It’s a horrible quantity – one is just too many.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Earlier on there would have been fewer deaths.
TRUMP: George, I used to be up to now forward of my closing – and I’ll provide you with 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 try to construct up tourism.
And all of those individuals now they are saying…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You had been saying it was going to vanish.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You had been saying it was going to vanish.
TRUMP: It will 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 will 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 laborious for Massive Ten, I need to see Massive 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 we’ve to be ready for – we’ve to hunker down. We have now to be ready for a doable second wave.
I perceive that you simply don’t need to panic individuals, you mentioned you need individuals to be calm. You’ve typically talked about Winston Churchill and FDR, and so they did reassure individuals, they had been sturdy. They did preserve individuals calm.
However in addition they had been straight. They mentioned this warfare goes to be powerful, it’s going to be an actual battle, we’ve to persevere.
TRUMP: When Churchill was on the highest of a constructing, and he mentioned all the things’s going to be good, all the things’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 high of a constructing. It was very well-known that he was standing on buildings, and so they had 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 awesome 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 may say that is not so trustworthy, however it’s nonetheless an awesome chief.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So do you assume it is OK to be dishonest?
TRUMP: I am not seeking 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 in all probability going to go away now loads quicker due to the vaccines.
It might go away with out the vaccine, George, however it will go away loads quicker with it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It might go away with out the vaccine?
TRUMP: Positive, over a time frame. Positive, with time it goes away.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And plenty of deaths.
TRUMP: And you may develop — you will develop herd — like a herd mentality. It should be — it will be herd-developed, and that is going to occur. That can all occur.
However with a vaccine, I believe it’s going to go away in a short time.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We have got 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: Effectively, I imply, however lots of people do agree with me. You have a look at Scott Atlas, you have a look at a few of the different medical doctors which are extremely — from Stanford. Take a look at a few of the different medical doctors. They assume possibly we might have achieved 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 an excellent V as a result of the numbers are implausible, the employment numbers. You have a look at…we employed 10.four million jobs in 4 months. That is a document by far.
We have now each document. Retail gross sales are by way of the roof. We have now each document. We did the appropriate factor. If we did not shut it up, I consider we would have two million, two and a half million, possibly three million deaths.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The following query comes from Laura Galvas. She’s from Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, a registered nurse who’s all the time voted Republican for president.
Laura, go forward.
GALVAS: Good day, Mr. President. Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as famously wrote, “Injustice wherever is a menace to justice in all places.”
In mild of ongoing protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the latest taking pictures of Jacob — Jacob Blake, do you’re feeling racial injustices are occurring on this nation? And if that’s the case, what may be achieved to handle them?
TRUMP: Effectively, I believe they had been tragic occasions, and I do really feel that we’ve to additionally consider that, should you have a look at our police, they do an outstanding job. You’ll have individuals choke, make errors, and so they occur… it occurs, the place they need to make a quick resolution and a few unhealthy issues occur.
And also you even have unhealthy apples. However you will have 99 % nice individuals. I do know the police forces very nicely. I believe virtually everybody of them, should you look, I’ve been endorsed by so lots of them. And these are nice individuals.
And I’ll say this, should you’re going to cease crime, we’ve to present the…the respect again to the police that they deserve. They’ve achieved a implausible job in so many areas, however then unhealthy issues occur.
Take a look at New York. New York was a really secure metropolis. Rudy Giuliani did a implausible job. The town was secure, after which rapidly we’ve a mayor who begins reducing the police power and crime is up 100 %, 150 %. I noticed one type of crime up 300 %.
So I believe it’s essential, whether or not you speak Seattle, the place they’ve superb police, however they’re not allowed to do their job. You need to permit the police to do their job.
I agree with you, these occasions are horrible. However we’ve to permit the police to do their job, in any other case crime goes to soar.
Now the issue is that in Democrat, often liberal Democrat-run cities, we’ve large issues. The highest 10 most unsafe cities are run by Democrats. You go into the highest 25 and high 35, virtually each one in all them is run by Democrats. No money bail, simply weak insurance policies on crime.
We have now to present the police the respect that they deserve, and we’ve to present them their mojo. We have now to allow them to shield 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 taking pictures bullets proper by way of 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 have a look at the statistics…
TRUMP: However that’s a scarcity of respect. When any individual can do this, that’s a scarcity of respect. There’s no retribution within the discipline. There’s no retribution.
This man walks as much as a police automobile, and he begins taking pictures level clean rang at two harmless individuals. You possibly can’t let that occur. You need to, it’s a must to be very powerful crime in relation to issues like that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Powerful on crime, but additionally obey the foundations and rules for policing.
And but, you discuss police choking, you discuss unhealthy apples. However lots of people have a look at the statistics, black Individuals greater than 3 times extra doubtless than white Individuals to be killed by police.
And that signifies that this simply isn’t unhealthy apples, this simply isn’t chocking. This can be a actual systemic drawback. Do you consider that? What is going to you do to handle it?
TRUMP: So I simply noticed a ballot the place African Individuals on this nation, black communities, are 81 % in favor of getting extra police. They need extra police, they need safety.
They undergo greater than anyone else by unhealthy police safety — all minorities; whether or not it’s Hispanic or black or — or Asian. They undergo greater than anyone else, George.
We have now to present — we’ve to present the police again the authority to cease crime. When you will have one thing like in Portland the place it’s simply evening after evening, I might cease that with the individuals we’ve in a half an hour, in the event that they’d let me do this however they…
STEPHANOPOULOS: What would you do?
TRUMP: Convey within the Nationwide Guard. We’d convey it in, and we might cease that with it… nicely, we did it in Minneapolis. Check out Minneapolis.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However how do you cease police killing blacks at 3 times the speed of killing whites?
TRUMP: I can solely say this, that he police on this nation have achieved usually an awesome job. There are crimes, there are issues, and there are chokers. They choke beneath strain. I imply, they’ve one quarter of a second to decide, and typically they make a unsuitable 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 excellent acts, no person 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 massive issues the place, should 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 speak to any individual within the unsuitable approach.
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 had been dumping water on their head. They’d completely no concern. They’d no completely…there was no retribution. I believed it was a low level, I believed it was a low level for New York Metropolis’s most interesting.
And albeit, these individuals ought to’ve flip — these cops ought to’ve circled and actually achieved one thing.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We have now 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 Individuals within the ghetto of America? Are you conscious of how tone deaf that comes off the African American neighborhood?
TRUMP: Effectively, I can say this, we’ve large African American assist. You’ve in all probability seen it within the polls. We’re doing extraordinarily nicely with African-American, Hispanic-American at ranges that you simply’ve not often seen a Republican have.
If you happen to discuss make America nice — should you have a look at simply previous to — and I’m speaking about for the black neighborhood — you look simply previous to this horrible scenario coming in from China, when the virus got here in, that was the — in all probability the best level, house possession for the black neighborhood, house possession, decrease crime, the very best jobs they’ve ever had, highest earnings, the very best employment numbers they’ve ever had.
If you happen to return and also you need to look over a few years, you may 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: Effectively, 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 were 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 situations of the medication, the weapons and all the things else that really created the signs for what we see that you simply professed to be simply Democratic cities in themselves, this stuff have traditionally been taking place for African-Individuals in these ghettos. And we’ve not been seeing a change, fairly frankly beneath your administration, beneath the Obama administration, beneath the Bush, beneath the Clinton, the exact same factor taking place, 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’t establish with such greatness.
And I imply you’ve mentioned all the things else about choking and all the things else, however you will have but to addressed and acknowledge that there’s been a race drawback in America.
TRUMP: So should you go, nicely, I hope there’s not a race drawback. I can let you know, 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 taking place, you possibly can’t even evaluate that with previous administrations.
Once you have a look at earnings ranges, and lots of issues, due to the job scenario, the place that they had the bottom earnings — the very best unemployment numbers they’ve ever had, the black neighborhood by far.
And that was fixing lots 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 had 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. Individuals that you’d by no means have thought this might have occurred with.
There was going to be unity. However sadly that was damage as a result of we received set again. However now, I believe subsequent yr goes to be one in all our greatest years economically.
DAY: However, however earnings inequality remains to be, however earnings inequality is larger. So I imply, jobs may be produced, however on the similar time in lots of these massive, main cities the place African-Individuals are underserved, under-resourced, that is — an $eight an hour job doesn’t imply that they will essentially afford to dwell the place they need to dwell or the place they have been residing at for the final 20 years.
TRUMP: Effectively, the earnings inequality, which, I agree with you, is an issue. I all the time agreed with that. However should you look beneath President Obama and Biden the earnings inequality was phenomenal. It was…it was document setting. It was.. it was…
STEPHANOPOULOS: It is getting worse now.
TRUMP: Effectively, we’re speaking a couple of plague coming in. Earlier than the plague, we had been doing very nicely.
Now, we’ll quickly be doing nicely 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 may — these are all information we’re speaking about. And you are going to have a — economically, you are going to have an excellent yr subsequent yr.
However I agree with lots of the belongings you say. However it’s a must to look again, as a result of we actually had it going nicely. Had we not been hit by this horrible illness that got here into our land — and everywhere in the world by the way in which, it got here everywhere in the world — we’d be ready the place, I believe, earnings inequality could be totally different. It was actually getting there. We had been actually driving it down. We had been driving it —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, we’ve — we’ve — we’ve to maneuver on. However even earlier than the pandemic the typical black household was incomes half of what the typical white household was incomes. Even should you maintain the schooling…
TRUMP: You are proper. I can solely evaluate it to the previous. The African-American, the Black neighborhood was doing higher than it had ever achieved by far each when it comes to unemployment, homeownership. So many various statistics, even when it comes to crime…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However there was nonetheless a spot between blacks and whites.
TRUMP: Effectively, I imply, there was a spot however we had been doing a superb job. It was getting higher, after which it was artificially shutdown by this illness that got here onto our land.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The following query comes from Leah Schweitzer of Pittsburgh.
SCHWEITZER: Good day.
SCHWEITZER: I fear a couple of 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 financial system.
What, because the president, is your plan to assist these employees who could not lose their jobs as we speak however within the months to return?
TRUMP: Effectively, as you realize, we did paycheck, however we’re doing lots of different issues. However what I need to do is see some further stimulus. And we’re attempting 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 right 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 are doing poorly, and, you realize, I do not assume that is the appropriate.
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 are doing badly, George.
If you happen to have a look at New York, should you have a look at Illinois, should you have a look at lots of totally different locations, they’re doing poorly. And cities, particularly, cities, I imply, these cities are being run so poorly…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However do not you will have a duty to these states and cities as nicely?
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 all people, 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 further stimulus for those who 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 must always do stimulus. We did lots 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 should you’ll — should you’ll come up, they mentioned — they mentioned they’re going to meet you midway on the cash.
TRUMP: Effectively, we will do one thing possibly. However I am simply listening to for the primary time, about an hour in the past, that possibly there’s a likelihood to get one thing. And I might love to do it. I might prefer 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 college, 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 a substitute to get a bachelor’s diploma, a grasp’s diploma, a Ph.D. and turn into a professor.
TRUMP: That’s nice.
BLOCK: It’s nice, besides I nonetheless have comparable healthcare issues. It prices me — with co-pays, I am nonetheless paying virtually $7,000 a yr along with the co-pay.
And may preexisting situations, 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 useless.
And I need to know what it’s that you will do guarantee that folks like me who work laborious, we do all the things we’re alleged to do can keep insured.
It isn’t my fault that I used to be born with this illness. It isn’t my fault that I am a black girl, and within the medical neighborhood I am minimized and never taken severely.
I need to know what you’ll do about that.
TRUMP: So to begin with, you might be taken severely. I hope you might be.
And we aren’t going to harm something having to do with preexisting situations. We’re not going to harm preexisting situations. And, in reality, simply the alternative.
If you happen to have a look at what they need to do, the place they’ve socialized medication, they may eliminate preexisting situations, in the event that they go into Medicare for All, which is socialized medication, and you’ll overlook about your medical doctors and your plans, similar to you may overlook beneath 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 instances at the very least. We have now 28 totally different instances. You possibly can have your physician. You possibly can have your plan. Effectively, it isn’t true.
However what we’re doing is, we’re going to be doing a healthcare plan – preexisting, defending individuals with preexisting situations — for example, 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 shield individuals with preexisting situations.
I’ll say this, they won’t do 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 need to cease you there, as a result of it’s simply on a few factors.
Primary, Joe Biden has ran in opposition to Medicare for All within the primaries.
However far more importantly, Obamacare assured individuals with preexisting situations might purchase insurance coverage, assured they may purchase it on the similar worth as everybody else, assured a bundle of important advantages, assured that insurance coverage corporations couldn’t put a lifetime restrict on these advantages.
You fought to repeal Obamacare, you might be arguing…
TRUMP: Effectively, I primarily did, as a result of…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re arguing the Supreme Courtroom proper now to strike it down, that will put off preexisting situations.
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 yr, you mentioned the healthcare plan would are available in two weeks. You can Chris Wallace that this summer season 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 attempting to strike down preexisting situations…
TRUMP: It doesn’t matter. I’ve all of it prepared, and it’s a significantly better plan for you, and it’s a significantly 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 hanging down the entire legislation.
TRUMP: …which wouldn’t be…pertain to you, however it’d pertain to lots of people. The place they had been going actually bust as a result of they didn’t need to have medical health insurance, and so they had been paying for it anyway, and it was no good.
Obamacare was a catastrophe. Obamacare is just too costly, the premiums are too excessive. It’s a complete catastrophe.
You’re going to have new healthcare, and the preexisting situation facet of it’s going to all the time be in my plan. And I’ve mentioned that loud and clear…
STEPHANOPOULOS: However you haven’t give you it.
TRUMP: And we removed the person mandate, which primarily ended Obamacare. And I had a call…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Solely since you’re arguing for it.
TRUMP: George, I had a call to make. Do I run? We received it out, the worst elements of Obamacare. Now I’ve to make this resolution. That is three years in the past. Will we run Obamacare nicely, and do a superb job and do the very best, although it’s by no means going to be superb. Or, will we let it run badly?
Most likely letting it run badly would have been a greater political resolution, however I couldn’t do this. We have now run it so significantly better than Obama ran it.
Now, it’s not the identical as a result of I removed probably the most unpopular factor — and a really unfair factor which is the person mandate —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re attempting to strike down the entire legislation.
TRUMP: George, we’ve run it rather well.
However we even have now different… should you go to Division of Labor, an awesome secretary, as you realize — and you realize him nicely…we’ve different options to Obamacare which are 50 % cheaper, and so they’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 – all people else does. Bernie does, he agreed to the manifesto, as I name it — the settlement with Bernie is that you simply’re going to go to socialized medication.
STEPHANOPOULOS: He ran in opposition to Medicare for All.
TRUMP: If you happen to go to socialized medication…nicely, he agreed.
And Harris,who he as we speak mentioned Harris-Biden, as a result of he thinks she’s president. Harris, and sometime you’ll have to elucidate that to me – however Harris is all for doing that. She needs 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 needs — he’s solely doing it as a result of he sees his ballot numbers taking place so considerably. However Joe can say all he needs 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. They usually don’t have their medical doctors, and so they don’t have their plans. We’re going to have an excellent healthcare. I believe possibly an awesome healthcare for much less cash.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The following 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 instances, 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 constructive change?
TRUMP: Good, Jim.
So, I am combating a battle. It is a massive battlefield, and I’ve lots of forces in opposition to me. I’ve the media, which I name the faux information, as a result of lots of it’s faux — and I imply a giant full — as you perceive. Quite a lot of it’s faux.
I am combating lots of forces. Typically you don’t have time to be completely, as you’d say, presidential. You need to get issues achieved. I believe I’ve achieved greater than different president within the first three and a half years.
Once you have a look at what we have achieved for tax cuts and regulation cuts and the vets, all the issues that we have achieved for the vets…we’ve a 91 % approval issue now for the vets. We rebuilt our army, we created House Power.
I imply, we did so many issues, Proper to Attempt, which is so unbelievable and so profitable. You already know what Proper to Attempt is?
We did extra, I actually consider it, greater than some 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 — possibly over 300 new federal judges together with Courtroom Of Appeals, two Supreme Courtroom justices.
And actually, we transfer very quick and I’ve to eliminate individuals quick, as a result of they don’t seem to be doing their job. I might let you know those who weren’t doing their job. And once I do this to get any individual else that’s good, and in the event that they don’t do it, we eliminate that individual.
We do lots of issues, and we’ve to get them achieved. I may very well be so — I all the time used to form of child on the marketing campaign path that I may very well be — path — that I may very well be extra presidential — it could be very straightforward — extra presidential than different candidate apart from probably Abraham Lincoln when he is carrying the hat, proper? The excessive hat.
However the reality is, being presidential is simpler than what I’ve to do, however I get issues achieved. I get issues achieved like no person has ever gotten. Once you have a look at — together with environmental issues. Once you have a look at what is going on on within the nation and all that we have achieved, we sadly received hit by this plague, however it will be again very quickly.
We opened it up, and we’ve — you speak, Jim, in regards to the V? We have now an excellent V; it appears like it will be an excellent V. We will have an awesome financial system subsequent yr, and I believe we’ll have an awesome financial 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 discuss an excellent V, Mr. President. Lots of people have a look at this and say it’s extra like a Ok-shaped restoration. The individuals on the high who’ve lots of shares are doing fairly nicely.
TRUMP: They’re doing nicely.
STEPHANOPOULOS: However not solely…we’ve solely gotten half the roles again.
TRUMP: George, shares are owned by all people. You already know, they speak in regards to 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 had been doing earlier than the pandemic got here.
They — if individuals held onto their shares — and keep in mind this, as a result of I discover you say rich, certain rich — however you will have those who aren’t rich however have achieved nicely due to the inventory market.
I’ve — I’ve set information on the inventory market even in the course of the pandemic. And that doesn’t occur accidentally.
I’ll let you know this, if Joe Biden ever received this place — and that’s a headwind on the inventory market — our inventory market could be a lot larger if it weren’t for that. If Joe Biden ever received in, I believe you’d have a melancholy the likes of which we’ve by no means seen on this nation.
If you happen to have a look at his insurance policies, the place he needs to lift all people’s taxes, you have a look at what he needs to do when it comes to regulation, the place he needs to place all the rules again on that I took off after which some — and in lots of instances, double it up. You should have a melancholy the likes of which we haven’t seen on this nation.
And that doesn’t have an effect on massive individuals, it impacts all people. It impacts an individual that owns $10,000 price of inventory in IBM or no matter firm it might be.
Look, we’re having an amazing factor within the inventory market, and that’s good for everyone. However those who aren’t wealthy personal inventory, and so they have 401(ok)s. You check out the 401(ok)s, they’re in lots of instances higher than they had 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 prefer to ask, relating to your latest feedback about our United States troopers, referring to them as suckers.
TRUMP: May you say that once more?
STAMEN: Our United States troopers, referring to them as suckers, and significantly the late John McCain, our prisoners of warfare, 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 count on to win again the assist of our army, their households, their pals and army supporters?
TRUMP: It’s straightforward, as a result of I by no means made these statements. They had 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 had been suckers. I by no means made that. Are you aware we had 26 individuals as of as we speak come out to say it by no means occurred, and many individuals had been there.
Then they mentioned about…the rain didn’t occur, that that wasn’t the rationale. The Secret Service mentioned…we’ve an announcement from them…they mentioned that we couldn’t journey as a result of the helicopter couldn’t be used.
We might not have the ability to journey, as a result of once you do this by way of 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 had 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 nicely, he didn’t do the job. I used to be by no means a fan of his. However — and I believe that’s superb and all people 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 warfare hero.
TRUMP: I’ve achieved 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 in all probability ever. It was depleted. The planes had been previous and damaged, the ships, all the things.
You see what I’ve achieved. 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 enormously, I’ve by no means revered him enormously. However once they took this made up quote, that was now knocked out by over 25 individuals, and so they made an advert out of it, I believed it was a shame.
Are you aware 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 good friend of President Obama and Clinton. And it was phony deal from a really — not very profitable journal —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you will have — you will have used language like that previously. You probably did say that John McCain wasn’t a warfare hero. And notably silent within the wake of this text had 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…nicely, 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 attempting 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 high army positions who served most intently with you will have mentioned you are unfit for workplace. How do you reply to that?
TRUMP: These are those who I let go. These are disgruntled former staff, to place it in a pleasant approach — a time period individuals would perceive. Mattis was a extremely overrated common, did not do a superb job, did not do good on ISIS. I took over 100 % of the ISIS caliphate. I had the those who 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 a superb job. I wasn’t pleased with him.
If you happen to have a look at John Bolton, John Bolton — all he wished to do was blow individuals up. He wished to go to warfare with all people and, frankly, I used him very properly. I might convey him on a negotiation. When individuals noticed them they mentioned, oh, wow, he will go to warfare.
I introduced — I am bringing our troops again from Afghanistan. I am bringing our troops again from Iraq. We’re virtually out of virtually each place. You already know, all people mentioned — due to my persona, they mentioned he’ll be in a warfare instantly.
Take a look at North Korea, how that is labored out. We have not — the sanctions are on. All the things’s the identical. We have not spent something. We’re getting together with him. I get together with Kim Jong-un. That was alleged to be a warfare.
If President Obama had been president, if Hillary Clinton ever received in, that will be a warfare, in all probability a nuclear warfare with North Korea. Within the meantime, I am getting calls on a regular basis from pals of mine in South Korea. Thanks. We love you. Thanks. It is actually been reasonably superb.
So as a substitute of wars, all people mentioned — have a look at what we had as we speak what we had as we speak with the United Arab Emirates and — UAE. And simply check out what occurred with Israel as we speak — with that. Check out what is going on on. If you happen to — should you — that was going to be an issue. We’re really creating peace within the Center East with out blood staining our sand…
However have a look at — have a look at what occurred with Bahrain —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You criticized Jim Mattis.
TRUMP: However George, have a look at…have a look at what occurred with Bahrain. Effectively, 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 unbelievable, glowing articles final week about this unbelievable factor that I have been capable of do within the Center East. A man like Jim Mattis might have by no means achieved it as a result of they had been all doing it the old school approach. They had been going within the unsuitable retailers and the unsuitable doorways.
And what occurred as we speak 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 nations in that area which are going to be signing very quickly additionally.
You may have peace within the Center East, and that is with out warfare 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, and so they’re useless. And there isn’t any sadder factor than to sit down with a widow or a mom, and watch these massive large cargo planes, and that again opens up and these unbelievable Marines are strolling off a casket and so they had been killed within the Center East. And in some ways no person 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 hundreds of thousands of lives as a result of I view each side. OK. However that’s OK.
Tens of millions 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 that they had weapons of mass destruction. They made a mistake. So we’re now $eight trillion, we’ve been in there 20 years — virtually 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 person anticipated that from me. And individuals are so completely satisfied 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 let you know what, I’ve not often met a soldier that’s over there — they’re higher than anyone as a result of they will let you know higher than anyone what’s taking place.
Hardly ever do I meet a soldier that claims we must be there. It was the worst mistake, the costliest mistake within the historical past of our nation going into the Center East.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The following query comes from Alexander J. Floyd of Dallas, Pennsylvania. He voted for President Trump final time round.
FLOYD: Good day, 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 asking to defund the police and actively cheering once they’re gunned down on the street and one other half is uninterested in seeing the lawlessness?
TRUMP: So we’ve an awesome senator named Tim Scott from South Carolina and he had a plan that was very a lot of a compromised plan however it was a plan that everyone just about agreed to. Quite a lot of Democrats agreed to it however they wouldn’t vote for it.
And it was actually good. It was a compromise of lots of various factors and it didn’t get achieved and it ought to have gotten achieved. And it might nonetheless be on the market, it might nonetheless be resurrected very simply however they only didn’t need to do it.
As a result of I believe the Democrats are viewing this as a political difficulty and I in all probability agree with them. I believe it’s very unhealthy for them as a result of we’re about legislation and order. We have now to be about legislation 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 absolutely — it goes far sufficient however it doesn’t take the dignity away from our police. We have now unbelievable 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 have now to allow them to have the ability to do what they do higher than anyone else. So I believe we’ve to have a look at it that approach. We have now to — we’ve to be very, very cautious.
Police are so afraid as we speak that in the event that they do one thing barely unsuitable, barely unsuitable and their pensions gone, their jobs gone, who is aware of what occurs. Their dwell is ruined; their spouse or their husband will go away. The entire thing, it’s a really scary factor to do.
And then you definitely have a look at security. I imply you have a look at that horrible human being that shot these two police chilly, clean, proper subsequent — only a disgusting after which ran off. You have a look at that, it is a very powerful job and it’s a really unsafe job, it’s a really harmful job. We have now to present them again their dignity and we’ve to present them again respect.
These are nice individuals for probably the most half. There’s all the time going to be a nasty apple in what you are promoting, in my enterprise — it doesn’t matter what, I imply there’s going to be unhealthy apples. And we’ve to weed out the unhealthy apples.
However we’ve to present — we’ve to present the police again that power that that they had a short time in the past and that they’ve in Republican cities, frankly, and states. However you have a look, it is a Democrat drawback, George.
I do know you’re a Democrat however that is largely a Democrat — should you simply check out the listing. Each Democrat metropolis, virtually, not all however lots of them, actually within the high 25 even should you go to the highest 50 — virtually each metropolis is run by the Democrats. Individuals don’t respect our police and so they need to respect —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, you promised 4 years in the past on the Republican Conference, I’m going to revive legislation and order.
TRUMP: And I’ve, besides in Democrat run cities. Look, we’ve legal guidelines. We have now to go by the legal guidelines. We are able to’t transfer within the Nationwide Guard. I can name revolt however there’s no purpose to ever do this, even in a Portland case.
We are able to’t name within the Nationwide Guard except we’re requested by a governor. If a governor or a mayor is a Democrat and so they — like in Portland, we name them always. I simply spoke to the governor yesterday as a result of we’re giving them aid 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 he or she’s simply torn by it. I don’t perceive the considering however they’re torn by it. I’ve lots of respect for the governor frankly. The — and what occurred in Minneapolis was fairly superb.
Sadly, this went on for per week or per week and a half earlier than he allowed us to herald the Nationwide Guard. After we introduced within the Nationwide Guard, all the things stopped, the crime was gone that 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 % of town. We mentioned we’re coming in. As quickly as we mentioned that, the police division went in and these different individuals had been exhausted.
However had we not mentioned we’re stepping into — we had been able to go in. We had been going within the following morning. The place ever you will have a Democrat metropolis — not in all instances, however should you have 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 revolt…I don’t want an Rebel Act to handle 250 anarchists. We are able to do 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 regarded prefer it was Berlin in the course of the warfare.
It was the craziest factor I’ve ever seen. And he is attempting to say — I do not know why the information media tries to make so mild of it. These should not protests. These are far higher than protests.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The following one comes Flora Cruceta. She’s from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has not voted earlier than as a result of she simply turned 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 can not 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 superb. George has loads of time, I hope, proper?
TRUMP: Thanks. Did you say your mother received COVID? Your mother?
CRUCETA: We come from Dominican Republic in 2006 to dwell our American dream. However she forgot easy methods to handle herself and she or he died final month..I am sorry.
TRUMP: Horrible. And that is OK. It is OK.
CRUCETA: She had breast most cancers however it made metastases on her mind, bone, and lungs and she or he handed on the 19th. One among her greatest desires was to turn into a citizen to vote, and she or he did. She did, 10 days earlier than she died. And I did it too. She pushed me so laborious to do it and I did it this previous 28th.
I am right here due to her. She was alleged 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 discovered easy methods 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 alter to make extra individuals, like me and like her, to turn 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 return into our nation, individuals such as you and like your mom. And that simply exhibits how vicious the COVID is, particularly when you will have one other drawback, you will have a coronary heart drawback or one other sort of an issue.
And it’s a really unhappy story however we would like individuals to return into our nation. We wish them to return in — lots of people however we would like them to return in by way of a authorized system. By way of a system that — they love our nation. They work to return into our nation.
A advantage system and we’re engaged on one thing very laborious proper now. And in a really quick time we’re going to be asserting it. And I believe it’s going to have fairly an affect. I believe it’s going to be one thing that really will probably be in style for all.
I imply so far as your scenario together with your mom, that’s simply devastating as a result of I can think about how you’re feeling and it feels like an awesome girl and I’ll let you know she.. and I can…I’m fairly good with individuals.
She gave us an awesome daughter, an awesome baby, what she’s achieved with you, the way in which you might be. The love that you’ve got in your mom, I can see that, it’s laborious. And so many individuals and so they 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 evening. It’s a horrible, horrible factor. And hopefully the vaccines are going to be very quickly, hopefully. Did you will 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 have now many issues now and issues are going to be introduced right here, which frankly should you check out a few of the issues we’re doing when it comes to — the phrase wouldn’t be remedy however the phrase be therapeutically or therapeutics, we’ve some unbelievable issues taking place, which is so vital.
And I view that really in a sure approach as extra vital than the vaccine the place you possibly can right into a hospital and get your mom and provides her a transfusion on a shot and so they can get higher — get higher a lot quicker.
So we’ve a few of these issues and so they’ve been very, very profitable. However we’ve 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 may name them a drugs.
However we needed to get them authorized in a short time and so they did it. Dr. Hahn, the pinnacle of the FDA, Alex Azar, they’ve actually achieved a implausible job. I consider, George, that none of this might have occurred in one other administration.
We — and I believe you realize that. The FDA is approving issues at a stage that they’ve by no means achieved and a velocity with which they’ve by no means acted earlier than.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We have now time for one ultimate 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 probably the most troublesome a part of your presidency? And what have you ever discovered from it?
TRUMP: So I believe with out query, I’d say, as a result of issues had been going so nicely, I believe I might need to 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 scenario. Sure, we’re getting there, we’ll get there, it will occur. However it’s a really troublesome — no person’s seen something like in all probability since 1917…
STEPHANOPOULOS: What did you be taught from it?
TRUMP: I discovered that life could be very fragile. I knew those who had been highly effective individuals, sturdy individuals, good individuals, and so they received 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 discovered that life could be very fragile, as a result of these had been sturdy individuals, and rapidly they had been useless; they had been gone. And it wasn’t their fault. It was the fault of a rustic that might have stopped it. And I made an awesome cope with China…I really feel so in another way about that deal. It’s an awesome deal. It was good for the farmers, good for the producers, however I don’t view it the identical approach. It was good for us, however I don’t view it the identical approach due to the horror of this illness, that might have been stopped on the border.
STEPHANOPOULOS: May you will have achieved 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, possibly two and a half, possibly 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 lots of governors really feel good, we have made some reputationally…we have enhanced their repute. They didn’t have something, we received them the provides, we received 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: Due to all of the questioners right here and because of all of you at house for watching, have a superb evening.