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MSNBC 18 Mar 2020

Trump Brushes Off Expedited Testing For Athletes: 'The Story Of Life'

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When asked by NBC's Peter Alexander why non-symptomatic professional athletes are getting tests for COVID-19 while others can't get them, President Trump responds "perhaps that's been the story of life." Aired on 3/18/2020.


The Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant - a public memorial, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
In the wake of the latest California case, U.S. health officials on Thursday expanded their criteria for who should get tested, and took steps to increase testing. (Feb. 27)
President Trump surprised the Amy Williams and her children at the State of the Union by announcing that her husband, Sargent First Class Townsend Williams, had returned home and was there to join them.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), discusses President Trump's financial preparation for handling the coronavirus outbreak.

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AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE SEEING A 7% PLUS POSITIVITY RATE.
PLUS POSITIVITY RATE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO EXPAND THAT
WE WILL BE ABLE TO EXPAND THAT PLATFORM AND REPRIORITIZE BASED
PLATFORM AND REPRIORITIZE BASED ON THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE
ON THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE OTHER KITS.
OTHER KITS. >> IF I CAN FOLLOW, HOW ARE
>> IF I CAN FOLLOW, HOW ARE NONSYMPTOMATIC PROFESSIONAL
NONSYMPTOMATIC PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES GETTING TESTS WHILE
ATHLETES GETTING TESTS WHILE OTHERS WAIT IN LINE AND CAN’T
OTHERS WAIT IN LINE AND CAN’T GET THEM?
GET THEM? DO THE WELL CONNECTED GO TO THE
DO THE WELL CONNECTED GO TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE?
FRONT OF THE LINE? >> YOU’D HAVE TO ASK THEM THAT
>> YOU’D HAVE TO ASK THEM THAT QUESTION.
QUESTION. I WOULDN’T SAY SO BUT PERHAPS
I DON’T KNOW IF IT EXISTS. >> JOINING US AS WELL IS PETER
>> JOINING US AS WELL IS PETER ALEXANDER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
ALEXANDER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. PETER, YOU ASKED THE PRESIDENT
PETER, YOU ASKED THE PRESIDENT THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER
THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER CELEBRITIES OR NBA STARS, OTHER
CELEBRITIES OR NBA STARS, OTHER KINDS OF CELEBRITIES ARE GETTING
KINDS OF CELEBRITIES ARE GETTING FIRST IN LINE TO GET THOSE TESTS
FIRST IN LINE TO GET THOSE TESTS THAT THE AVERAGE PEOPLE CANNOT
THAT THE AVERAGE PEOPLE CANNOT GET ACCESS TO.
GET ACCESS TO. >> JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR
>> JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK, IT’S
CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK, IT’S NOTABLE AS YOU TALK ABOUT BERNIE
NOTABLE AS YOU TALK ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS AND JOE BIDEN THAT THE
SANDERS AND JOE BIDEN THAT THE PRESIDENT HERE ONLY DAYS AFTER
PRESIDENT HERE ONLY DAYS AFTER THE OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS WHERE HE
THE OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS WHERE HE CALLED ON AMERICANS TO STOP THE
CALLED ON AMERICANS TO STOP THE PARTISANSHIP AGAIN CRITICIZED
PARTISANSHIP AGAIN CRITICIZED JOE BIDEN CALLING HIM SLEEPY JOE
JOE BIDEN CALLING HIM SLEEPY JOE BIDEN IN HIS COMMENTS HERE IN
BIDEN IN HIS COMMENTS HERE IN THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE
THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE SETTING WHEN WE WERE QUESTIONING
SETTING WHEN WE WERE QUESTIONING HIM.
HIM. TO MY SPECIFIC QUESTION ON THE
TO MY SPECIFIC QUESTION ON THE TOPIC OF TESTS AND WHERE THE
TOPIC OF TESTS AND WHERE THE TESTS ARE TO THIS POINT, THE
TESTS ARE TO THIS POINT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYING THAT
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYING THAT ONLY 59,000 TESTS THROUGH A
ONLY 59,000 TESTS THROUGH A MATTER OF WEEKS TOTAL HAVE BEEN
MATTER OF WEEKS TOTAL HAVE BEEN PROCESSED COMPARED TO 10,000
PROCESSED COMPARED TO 10,000 PLUS THAT WERE DONE A DAY IN
PLUS THAT WERE DONE A DAY IN SOUTH KOREA AS THEY WERE DEALING
SOUTH KOREA AS THEY WERE DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS AS WELL.
WITH THIS CRISIS AS WELL. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS COLLEAGUES
THE PRESIDENT AND HIS COLLEAGUES BASICALLY SAID THEY’RE WORKING
BASICALLY SAID THEY’RE WORKING ON TRYING TO GET THAT PROCESS
ON TRYING TO GET THAT PROCESS QUICKER AND A LOT OF TESTS ARE
QUICKER AND A LOT OF TESTS ARE OUT THERE, THAT WE’LL SEE THIS
OUT THERE, THAT WE’LL SEE THIS CURVE RAMP UP.
CURVE RAMP UP. SPECIFIC TO THAT QUESTION WHY
SPECIFIC TO THAT QUESTION WHY PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES THAT ARE
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES THAT ARE NOT SHOWING SYMPTOMS ARE ABLE TO
NOT SHOWING SYMPTOMS ARE ABLE TO GET TESTS WHEN OTHER AMERICANS
GET TESTS WHEN OTHER AMERICANS ARE FRUSTRATED WAITING IN LINE
ARE FRUSTRATED WAITING IN LINE WHO ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, THE
WHO ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, THE PRESIDENT SAID SPECIFIC TO THE
PRESIDENT SAID SPECIFIC TO THE NBA THAT I WOULD HAVE TO ASK
NBA THAT I WOULD HAVE TO ASK THEM.
THEM. WHEN I SAID SHOULD IT BE THAT
WHEN I SAID SHOULD IT BE THAT WAY, HE SAID HE DIDN’T THINK IT
WAY, HE SAID HE DIDN’T THINK IT SHOULD BE BUT HE SAID PERHAPS
SHOULD BE BUT HE SAID PERHAPS THAT HAS BEEN THE STORY OF LIFE.
THAT HAS BEEN THE STORY OF LIFE. NOT CERTAIN THAT’S GOING TO SIT
NOT CERTAIN THAT’S GOING TO SIT WELL WITH A LOT OF AMERICANS WHO
WELL WITH A LOT OF AMERICANS WHO WAIT IN LINE FOR THEIR
WAIT IN LINE FOR THEIR OPPORTUNITY.
OPPORTUNITY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS MOST
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS MOST STRIKING FROM OUR CONVERSATION
STRIKING FROM OUR CONVERSATION HERE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND
HERE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE WAS
MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE WAS HEARING FROM DR. BIRX SAYING
HEARING FROM DR. BIRX SAYING THAT THERE ARE REAL CONCERNS NOW
THAT THERE ARE REAL CONCERNS NOW BASED ON INFORMATION, DATA
BASED ON INFORMATION, DATA THEY’RE SEEING FROM OVERSEAS, I
THEY’RE SEEING FROM OVERSEAS, I BELIEVE IN FRANCE, WHERE SHE
BELIEVE IN FRANCE, WHERE SHE NOTED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE --
NOTED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE -- INCREASINGLY THEY ARE SEEING
INCREASINGLY THEY ARE SEEING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO IT HAD BEEN
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO IT HAD BEEN BELIEVED TO THIS POINT WHETHER
BELIEVED TO THIS POINT WHETHER OR NOT THEY GOT THE VIRUS WOULD
OR NOT THEY GOT THE VIRUS WOULD NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS, THEY’RE
NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS, THEY’RE SEEING SOME OF THOSE YOUNG
SEEING SOME OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING ILL AS WELL.
PEOPLE GETTING ILL AS WELL. THAT’S SOMETHING TO FOLLOW UP ON
THAT’S SOMETHING TO FOLLOW UP ON AND WE WILL DO THE SAME OVER THE
AND WE WILL DO THE SAME OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT SEVERAL
COURSE OF THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.
WEEKS. THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE TO THOSE
THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE TO THOSE PEOPLE, HE SAID IT’S THE SAME
PEOPLE, HE SAID IT’S THE SAME MESSAGE IT’S BEEN, STAY CALM,
MESSAGE IT’S BEEN, STAY CALM, HEED THE ADVICE.
HEED THE ADVICE. NONETHELESS, AS WE COULD HAVE
NONETHELESS, AS WE COULD HAVE PUT A SPLIT SCREEN UP AND SEEN
PUT A SPLIT SCREEN UP AND SEEN TONS OF AMERICANS, THOUSANDS OF
TONS OF AMERICANS, THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ON BEACHES ACROSS

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