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MSNBC 7 Apr 2020

Trump Says He Downplayed Coronavirus Because He's America's Cheerleader

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Trump tried to pass blame to the World Health Organization and says he never saw an aide's January memo warning about a potential coronavirus pandemic. Aired on 04/07/2020.


President Trump says he doesn't believe White House trade adviser Peter Navarro showed him his memos warning about the coronavirus crisis. #FoxBusiness
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President Trump says he will suspend all immigration to the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang has more on the president's announcement.

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>>> A BARREN TIMES SQUARE. WHAT USED TO BE AND WILL BE
WHAT USED TO BE AND WILL BE AGAIN SOMEDAY THE BEATING HEART
AGAIN SOMEDAY THE BEATING HEART OF NEW YORK CITY.
OF NEW YORK CITY. GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN.
GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN. DAY 1,174 OF THIS TRUMP
DAY 1,174 OF THIS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.
ADMINISTRATION. 210 DAYS TO GO UNTIL OUR
210 DAYS TO GO UNTIL OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. AND THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR
AND THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR TODAY VOTING BY MAIL IN HIS VIEW
TODAY VOTING BY MAIL IN HIS VIEW IS DANGEROUS, TERRIBLE, AND
IS DANGEROUS, TERRIBLE, AND CORRUPT.
CORRUPT. AND HE LAST VOTED BY MAIL IN
AND HE LAST VOTED BY MAIL IN 2018, BUT WE’RE GETTING AHEAD OF
2018, BUT WE’RE GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES.
OURSELVES. WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THAT LATER.
WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THAT LATER. >>> ABOUT TODAY’S WHITE HOUSE
>>> ABOUT TODAY’S WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, THE PRESIDENT SAID ALL
BRIEFING, THE PRESIDENT SAID ALL OF THAT STUFF HE WAS SAYING A
OF THAT STUFF HE WAS SAYING A FEW WEEKS BACK ABOUT
FEW WEEKS BACK ABOUT CORONAVIRUS, THE CASES WILL GO
CORONAVIRUS, THE CASES WILL GO TO ZERO, IT WILL DISAPPEAR,
TO ZERO, IT WILL DISAPPEAR, WE’RE TOTALLY PREPARED,
WE’RE TOTALLY PREPARED, DEMOCRATIC HOAX, COMPARING IT TO
DEMOCRATIC HOAX, COMPARING IT TO THE FLU, SAYING IN THE WARMTH OF
THE FLU, SAYING IN THE WARMTH OF APRIL IT WILL MIRACULOUSLY GO
APRIL IT WILL MIRACULOUSLY GO AWAY -- ALL OF THAT WAS BECAUSE
AWAY -- ALL OF THAT WAS BECAUSE HE REGARDS HIMSELF AS A
HE REGARDS HIMSELF AS A CHEERLEADER FOR OUR COUNTRY.
CHEERLEADER FOR OUR COUNTRY. TODAY ABOUT HIS TEAM, HE SAID,
TODAY ABOUT HIS TEAM, HE SAID, WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB, NOT A
WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB, NOT A GOOD JOB, BUT A GREAT JOB.
GOOD JOB, BUT A GREAT JOB. HE SAID TODAY MAYBE WE ARE
HE SAID TODAY MAYBE WE ARE GETTING TO THE TOP OF THE CURVE.
GETTING TO THE TOP OF THE CURVE. HE ALSO KINDA CLAIMED CREDIT FOR
HE ALSO KINDA CLAIMED CREDIT FOR CURING A WOMAN OF THE
CURING A WOMAN OF THE CORONAVIRUS.
CORONAVIRUS. HE SAID SHE’S A DEMOCRAT,
HE SAID SHE’S A DEMOCRAT, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, WITH A
AFRICAN-AMERICAN, WITH A BEAUTIFUL MANNER OF SPEAKING.
BEAUTIFUL MANNER OF SPEAKING. SHE APPEARED ON FOX NEWS LAST
SHE APPEARED ON FOX NEWS LAST NIGHT TO SAY SHE TOOK THE
NIGHT TO SAY SHE TOOK THE HYDROCHLOROQUINE ON THE
HYDROCHLOROQUINE ON THE PRESIDENT’S RECOMMENDATION, AND
PRESIDENT’S RECOMMENDATION, AND IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE.
IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE. HE DIDN’T STOP THERE ON THAT
HE DIDN’T STOP THERE ON THAT FRONT.
FRONT. HE IS SELLING HYDROCHLOROQUINE
HE IS SELLING HYDROCHLOROQUINE HARD.
HARD. HE SAID IT AGAIN TODAY.
HE SAID IT AGAIN TODAY. I SAY TRY IT.
I SAY TRY IT. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE FROM
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE FROM THIS PILL.
THIS PILL. THE SIDE EFFECTS, HE SAID, ARE
THE SIDE EFFECTS, HE SAID, ARE FROM THE ANTIBIOTIC, THE
FROM THE ANTIBIOTIC, THE ZITHROMAX SAEXZ-PAK.
ZITHROMAX SAEXZ-PAK. HE REPEATED, I REALLY THINK IT’S
HE REPEATED, I REALLY THINK IT’S A GREAT THING TO TRY.
A GREAT THING TO TRY. TODAY THE PRESIDENT WENT AFTER
TODAY THE PRESIDENT WENT AFTER THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION,
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, AND TO BE CLEAR THIS IS A FOX
AND TO BE CLEAR THIS IS A FOX NEWS HOBBY HORSE EVEN THOUGH ON
NEWS HOBBY HORSE EVEN THOUGH ON FEBRUARY 10th HE SAID THEY WERE
FEBRUARY 10th HE SAID THEY WERE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB.
DOING A FANTASTIC JOB. THE THOUGHT HERE IS TO BLAME THE
THE THOUGHT HERE IS TO BLAME THE W.H.O. FOR DOWNPLAYING THE RISK
W.H.O. FOR DOWNPLAYING THE RISK FROM CHINA.
FROM CHINA. IT ALSO LETS THE PRESIDENT
IT ALSO LETS THE PRESIDENT CONTINUE TO SAY LARGELY
CONTINUE TO SAY LARGELY UNCHALLENGED THAT HE CLOSED OUR
UNCHALLENGED THAT HE CLOSED OUR BORDERS TO CHINA EVEN THOUGH
BORDERS TO CHINA EVEN THOUGH ABOUT 400,000 PEOPLE CONTINUED
ABOUT 400,000 PEOPLE CONTINUED TO FLY HERE AND THAT HE CLOSED
TO FLY HERE AND THAT HE CLOSED OUR BORDERS TO EUROPE, WHICH WAS
OUR BORDERS TO EUROPE, WHICH WAS NEVER TRUE.
NEVER TRUE. BACK HERE IN THE REAL WORLD, NEW
BACK HERE IN THE REAL WORLD, NEW YORK CITY REACHED PEAK HELLSCAPE
YORK CITY REACHED PEAK HELLSCAPE TODAY, AVERAGING ONE DEATH EVERY
TODAY, AVERAGING ONE DEATH EVERY TWO MINUTES.
TWO MINUTES. OVER 800 NEW DEATHS, OVER 5,800
OVER 800 NEW DEATHS, OVER 5,800 NEW CASES JUST TODAY.
NEW CASES JUST TODAY. NATIONWIDE, THE DEATH TOLL IS
NATIONWIDE, THE DEATH TOLL IS PUSHING 13,000.
PUSHING 13,000. THERE ARE SOME ENCOURAGING
THERE ARE SOME ENCOURAGING SIGNS.
SIGNS. CHINA HAS ENDED ITS LOCKDOWN OF
CHINA HAS ENDED ITS LOCKDOWN OF WUHAN, THE CITY WHERE THE VIRUS
WUHAN, THE CITY WHERE THE VIRUS THAT HAS SHAKEN THE PLANET WAS
THAT HAS SHAKEN THE PLANET WAS FIRST DISCOVERED.
FIRST DISCOVERED. FOR THE PEOPLE THERE, IT MEANS
FOR THE PEOPLE THERE, IT MEANS DAYLIGHT AFTER 76 DAYS INSIDE
DAYLIGHT AFTER 76 DAYS INSIDE AND THE SLOW PUSH TO GET BACK TO
AND THE SLOW PUSH TO GET BACK TO NORMAL STARTING TOMORROW THEIR
NORMAL STARTING TOMORROW THEIR TIME.
TIME. THE REST OF THE WORLD IS STILL
THE REST OF THE WORLD IS STILL GRAPPLING WITH THE PANDEMIC.
GRAPPLING WITH THE PANDEMIC. MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE ARE
MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE ARE INFECTED ACROSS THE GLOBE.
INFECTED ACROSS THE GLOBE. TONIGHT BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
TONIGHT BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON REMAINS IN
BORIS JOHNSON REMAINS IN INTENSIVE CARE.
INTENSIVE CARE. HIS GOVERNMENT SAYS HE HAS NOT
HIS GOVERNMENT SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN PUT ON A VENTILATOR.
BEEN PUT ON A VENTILATOR. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE
AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO BE TRYING TO
PRESIDENT SEEMED TO BE TRYING TO PREPARE THE COUNTRY FOR
PREPARE THE COUNTRY FOR INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT DAYS TO
INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT DAYS TO COME.
COME. >> THIS WILL BE A VERY PAINFUL
>> THIS WILL BE A VERY PAINFUL WEEK, AND NEXT WEEK, AT LEAST
WEEK, AND NEXT WEEK, AT LEAST PART OF NEXT WEEK.
PART OF NEXT WEEK. THIS IS A MONSTER WE’RE
THIS IS A MONSTER WE’RE FIGHTING.
FIGHTING. BUT SIGNS ARE THAT OUR STRATEGY
BUT SIGNS ARE THAT OUR STRATEGY IS TOTALLY WORKING.
IS TOTALLY WORKING. WE’RE LOOKING TO HAVE FAR FEWER
WE’RE LOOKING TO HAVE FAR FEWER DEATHS THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT,
DEATHS THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT, AND I THINK WE’RE HEADING IN
AND I THINK WE’RE HEADING IN THAT DIRECTION.
THAT DIRECTION. >> THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID HE
>> THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER
WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO ARE NOW
OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO ARE NOW DYING FROM COVID-19, SAYING HE
DYING FROM COVID-19, SAYING HE DIDN’T LIKE IT.
DIDN’T LIKE IT. NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY BOTH
NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY BOTH REPORTED THEIR HIGHEST ONE-DAY
REPORTED THEIR HIGHEST ONE-DAY TOLL IN VIRUS-RELATED DEATHS
TOLL IN VIRUS-RELATED DEATHS TODAY.
TODAY. BUT NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR ALSO
BUT NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR ALSO FOUND REASON FOR OPTIMISM.
FOUND REASON FOR OPTIMISM. >> THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NEWLY
>> THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NEWLY HOSPITALIZED IS UP FROM
HOSPITALIZED IS UP FROM YESTERDAY, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT
YESTERDAY, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THREE-DAY AVERAGING OF THESE
THE THREE-DAY AVERAGING OF THESE NUMBERS, THE THREE-DAY AVERAGE
NUMBERS, THE THREE-DAY AVERAGE IS DOWN, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS.
IS DOWN, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS. WE ARE REACHING A PLATEAU IN THE
WE ARE REACHING A PLATEAU IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF
TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND YOU CAN
HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND YOU CAN SEE THE GROWTH, AND YOU SEE IT
SEE THE GROWTH, AND YOU SEE IT STARTING TO FLATTEN.
STARTING TO FLATTEN. AGAIN, THIS IS A PROJECTION.
AGAIN, THIS IS A PROJECTION. IT STILL DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO,
IT STILL DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO, AND WHAT WE DO WILL AFFECT THOSE
AND WHAT WE DO WILL AFFECT THOSE NUMBERS.
NUMBERS. >> ACROSS THE RIVER ON THE
>> ACROSS THE RIVER ON THE JERSEY SIDE, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR
JERSEY SIDE, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY EXTENDED THAT
PHIL MURPHY EXTENDED THAT STATE’S PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
STATE’S PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY BY 30 DAYS, CLOSING STATE PARKS,
BY 30 DAYS, CLOSING STATE PARKS, KEEPING SCHOOLS SHUTTERED IN AN
KEEPING SCHOOLS SHUTTERED IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER SOCIAL
EFFORT TO FURTHER SOCIAL DISTANCING, SOMETHING HE SAYS
DISTANCING, SOMETHING HE SAYS SEEMS TO BE WORKING.
SEEMS TO BE WORKING. OFFICIALS IN TWO OTHER HOT
OFFICIALS IN TWO OTHER HOT SPOTS, LOUISIANA AND DETROIT,
SPOTS, LOUISIANA AND DETROIT, SAY THEY’RE ALSO BEGINNING TO
SAY THEY’RE ALSO BEGINNING TO SEE THE IMPACT OF KEEPING PEOPLE
SEE THE IMPACT OF KEEPING PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS.
OFF THE STREETS. >> WE’RE SEEING EARLY SIGNS THAT
>> WE’RE SEEING EARLY SIGNS THAT THE MITIGATION EFFORTS ARE
THE MITIGATION EFFORTS ARE STARTING TO PAY OFF.
STARTING TO PAY OFF. WE ARE SEEING EARLY SIGNS THAT
WE ARE SEEING EARLY SIGNS THAT THE CURVE IS STARTING TO
THE CURVE IS STARTING TO FLATTEN.
FLATTEN. >> THIS IS THE FIRST GLIMMER OF
>> THIS IS THE FIRST GLIMMER OF LIGHT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE DATA
LIGHT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE DATA SINCE THIS PANDEMIC STARTED.
SINCE THIS PANDEMIC STARTED. THE STORM’S NOT OVER, BUT FOR
THE STORM’S NOT OVER, BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME WE CAN SEE WE CAN
THE FIRST TIME WE CAN SEE WE CAN BEAT THIS.
BEAT THIS. >> EVEN DISNEY IS LOOKING AHEAD,
>> EVEN DISNEY IS LOOKING AHEAD, SAYING THEME PARK VISITORS MAY
SAYING THEME PARK VISITORS MAY ENCOUNTER TEMPERATURE CHECKS ON
ENCOUNTER TEMPERATURE CHECKS ON THAT DAY WHEN THE PARKS REOPEN.
THAT DAY WHEN THE PARKS REOPEN. MEANWHILE, THERE ARE MORE
MEANWHILE, THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE
QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT KNEW IN THE EARLY DAYS
PRESIDENT KNEW IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THIS PANDEMIC.
OF THIS PANDEMIC. TODAY HE WAS ASKED ABOUT "THE
TODAY HE WAS ASKED ABOUT "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORT -- WE
NEW YORK TIMES" REPORT -- WE TALKED ABOUT IT ON OUR BROADCAST
TALKED ABOUT IT ON OUR BROADCAST LAST NIGHT -- ON MEMOS WRITTEN
LAST NIGHT -- ON MEMOS WRITTEN BY HIS THEN TRADE ADVISER PETER
BY HIS THEN TRADE ADVISER PETER NAVARRO BACK IN JANUARY, WARNING
NAVARRO BACK IN JANUARY, WARNING ABOUT, ALMOST PREDICTING THE
ABOUT, ALMOST PREDICTING THE POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING IMPACT
POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.
OF THE CORONAVIRUS. >> WHEN DID YOU SEE THEM, AND
>> WHEN DID YOU SEE THEM, AND HOW DOES THESE MEMOS SORT OF
HOW DOES THESE MEMOS SORT OF SQUARE WITH WHAT YOU’VE OFTEN
SQUARE WITH WHAT YOU’VE OFTEN SAID, THAT NOBODY COULD HAVE
SAID, THAT NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS?
PREDICTED THIS? IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS PREDICTING
IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS PREDICTING IT.
IT. >> I HAVEN’T SEEN HIM, BUT I
>> I HAVEN’T SEEN HIM, BUT I HEARD HE WROTE SOME MEMOS
HEARD HE WROTE SOME MEMOS TALKING ABOUT PANDEMIC.
TALKING ABOUT PANDEMIC. I DIDN’T SEE THEM.
I DIDN’T SEE THEM. I DIDN’T LOOK FOR THEM EITHER.
I DIDN’T LOOK FOR THEM EITHER. I ASKED ABOUT IT JUST A LITTLE
I ASKED ABOUT IT JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO BECAUSE I READ
WHILE AGO BECAUSE I READ SOMETHING ABOUT A MEMO.
SOMETHING ABOUT A MEMO. I SAID, DID YOU DO A MEMO?
I SAID, DID YOU DO A MEMO? I DIDN’T LOOK FOR IT.
I DIDN’T LOOK FOR IT. I DIDN’T SEE IT.
I DIDN’T SEE IT. HE SAID, YES, I TALKED ABOUT THE
HE SAID, YES, I TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A PANDEMIC.
POSSIBILITY OF A PANDEMIC. NOBODY SAID IT’S GOING TO
NOBODY SAID IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.
HAPPEN. BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A
BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY.
POSSIBILITY. THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN A
THERE ALWAYS HAS BEEN A POSSIBILITY.
POSSIBILITY. I OBVIOUSLY WAS CONCERNED ABOUT
I OBVIOUSLY WAS CONCERNED ABOUT IT BECAUSE I CLOSED DOWN OUR
IT BECAUSE I CLOSED DOWN OUR COUNTRY TO CHINA, WHICH WAS
COUNTRY TO CHINA, WHICH WAS HEAVILY INFECTED.
HEAVILY INFECTED. I THEN CLOSED IT DOWN TO EUROPE.
I THEN CLOSED IT DOWN TO EUROPE. BUT I’M NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND
BUT I’M NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND START SCREAMING THIS COULD
START SCREAMING THIS COULD HAPPEN, THIS COULD HAPPEN.

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