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MSNBC 24 Mar 2020

Trump Wants 'Packed Churches' On Easter Despite Grim Coronavirus Warnings

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The president is talking about opening up at least parts of the country by April 12 despite dire warnings on the coronavirus pandemic from states and health officials. Aired on 3/24/20.


Ten weeks have passed since President Trump held his last campaign rally -- and while he has indicated that he "hopes" the show will go on, packed arenas remain on pause during the coronavirus outbreak. But even as the president's campaign migrates online indefinitely, one aspect of the Trump campaign brand is booming: merchandise sales. CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss her reporting.
1,200 Religious leaders in California are reopening their churches on May 31 despite lockdown restrictions. One America's Sani Unutoa reports.
President Trump is expected to hold another rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, despite Arizona reporting an increase of COVID-19 infections. This comes after several Trump campaign staffers contracted the coronavirus ahead of a rally this past weekend in Oklahoma. CBS News' Skyler Henry joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano with more.
President Trump signs executive order on Safe Policing.

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IT’S BEEN 12 DAYS SINCE THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARED THE CORONAVIRUS A
DECLARED THE CORONAVIRUS A PANDEMIC.
PANDEMIC. AGAIN TONIGHT, IF YOU SAW THE
AGAIN TONIGHT, IF YOU SAW THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING EARLIER
WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING EARLIER THIS EVENING, THEN YOU KNOW THE
THIS EVENING, THEN YOU KNOW THE NEWS IS BASICALLY GOOD.
NEWS IS BASICALLY GOOD. THE PRESIDENT SEES A LIGHT AT
THE PRESIDENT SEES A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
THE END OF THE TUNNEL. HE’S THINKING WE CAN START
HE’S THINKING WE CAN START MAKING OUR WAY BACK TO WORK,
MAKING OUR WAY BACK TO WORK, START CIRCULATING AGAIN ROUND
START CIRCULATING AGAIN ROUND ABOUT EASTER SUNDAY.
ABOUT EASTER SUNDAY. HE SAYS HE’D LIKE TO SEE
HE SAYS HE’D LIKE TO SEE CHURCHES PACKED ON EAST EVERY
CHURCHES PACKED ON EAST EVERY SUNDAY.
SUNDAY. IN FACT, HE’S BEEN THINKING EVEN
IN FACT, HE’S BEEN THINKING EVEN SOONER THAN EASTER.
SOONER THAN EASTER. AT MINIMUM, HE’D LIKE TO BE ABLE
AT MINIMUM, HE’D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO CLEAR LARGE SECTIONS OF OUR
TO CLEAR LARGE SECTIONS OF OUR COUNTRY THAT IT’S SAFE TO GET
COUNTRY THAT IT’S SAFE TO GET BACK OUT HERE.
BACK OUT HERE. MIKE PENCE REPORTED TODAY
MIKE PENCE REPORTED TODAY McDONALD’S IS DOING CURBSIDE
McDONALD’S IS DOING CURBSIDE PICKUP AT SELECT LOCATIONS.
PICKUP AT SELECT LOCATIONS. AND IT TURNS OUT APPLE HAD 9
AND IT TURNS OUT APPLE HAD 9 MILLION MASKS, MORE THAN THE
MILLION MASKS, MORE THAN THE U.S. STRATEGIC RESERVE.
U.S. STRATEGIC RESERVE. APPLE HAS NOW DECIDED TO DONATE
APPLE HAS NOW DECIDED TO DONATE THOSE MASKS FOR USE BY OUR
THOSE MASKS FOR USE BY OUR MEDICAL WORKERS.
MEDICAL WORKERS. AND THIS CAVEAT.
AND THIS CAVEAT. AGAIN TONIGHT BACK IN THE REAL
AGAIN TONIGHT BACK IN THE REAL WORLD, THE CORONAVIRUS NEWS IS
WORLD, THE CORONAVIRUS NEWS IS GRIM.
GRIM. WE ARE NOW NORTH OF 53,000 CASES
WE ARE NOW NORTH OF 53,000 CASES IN THIS COUNTRY.
IN THIS COUNTRY. THE U.S. HAS FOUND A WAY TO LEAD
THE U.S. HAS FOUND A WAY TO LEAD THE WORLD YET AGAIN.
THE WORLD YET AGAIN. SADLY, THAT’S US AT THE TOP IN
SADLY, THAT’S US AT THE TOP IN RED.
RED. THE HIGHEST TREND LINE OF NEW
THE HIGHEST TREND LINE OF NEW CASES
CASES CASES.
CASES. AS THE FINANCIAL TIMES PUT IT
AS THE FINANCIAL TIMES PUT IT TODAY, WE CONTINUE TO SET THE
TODAY, WE CONTINUE TO SET THE PACE.
PACE. IT’S STILL TRUE THAT WE HAVE NO
IT’S STILL TRUE THAT WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE
IDEA HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE THIS VIRUS BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH
THIS VIRUS BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH AMERICANS CAN GET TESTED.
AMERICANS CAN GET TESTED. IT’S ALSO TRUE THAT TESTING
IT’S ALSO TRUE THAT TESTING DEPENDS MOST ON WHERE YOU LIVE
DEPENDS MOST ON WHERE YOU LIVE AND HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE.
AND HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE. NEW YORK IS NOW AT THE CENTER OF
NEW YORK IS NOW AT THE CENTER OF THIS OUTBREAK IN THIS COUNTRY
THIS OUTBREAK IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 25,000 CASES.
WITH MORE THAN 25,000 CASES. TODAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO
TODAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO REVEALED THE CASE COUNT IS NOW
REVEALED THE CASE COUNT IS NOW DOUBLING EVERY THREE DAYS.
DOUBLING EVERY THREE DAYS. HE LAID OUT IN STARK TERMS
HE LAID OUT IN STARK TERMS EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS.
EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS. >> WE HAVEN’T FLATTENED THE
>> WE HAVEN’T FLATTENED THE CURVE, AND THE CURVE IS ACTUALLY
CURVE, AND THE CURVE IS ACTUALLY INCREASING.
INCREASING. THE APEX IS HIGHER THAN WE
THE APEX IS HIGHER THAN WE THOUGHT, AND THE APEX IS SOONER
THOUGHT, AND THE APEX IS SOONER THAN WE THOUGHT.
THAN WE THOUGHT. THAT IS A BAD COMBINATION OF
THAT IS A BAD COMBINATION OF FACTS.
FACTS. NEW YORK IS THE CANARY IN THE
NEW YORK IS THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE.
COAL MINE. NEW YORK IS GOING FIRST.
NEW YORK IS GOING FIRST. WE HAVE THE HIGHEST AND THE
WE HAVE THE HIGHEST AND THE FASTEST RATE OF INFECTION.
FASTEST RATE OF INFECTION. WHAT HAPPENS TO NEW YORK IS
WHAT HAPPENS TO NEW YORK IS GOING TO WIND UP HAPPENING TO
GOING TO WIND UP HAPPENING TO CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE
CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE AND ILLINOIS.
AND ILLINOIS. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.
IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME. WE ARE JUST A TEST CASE, AND
WE ARE JUST A TEST CASE, AND THAT’S HOW THE NATION SHOULD
THAT’S HOW THE NATION SHOULD LOOK AT IT.
LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT US TODAY.
LOOK AT US TODAY. WHERE WE ARE TODAY, YOU WILL BE
WHERE WE ARE TODAY, YOU WILL BE IN THREE WEEKS OR FOUR WEEKS OR
IN THREE WEEKS OR FOUR WEEKS OR FIVE WEEKS OR SIX WEEKS.
FIVE WEEKS OR SIX WEEKS. WE ARE YOUR FUTURE.
WE ARE YOUR FUTURE. >> THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.
>> THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK. AND THIS AFTERNOON THE PRESIDENT
AND THIS AFTERNOON THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OFFERED
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OFFERED UP THEIR OWN WARNINGS ABOUT
UP THEIR OWN WARNINGS ABOUT AMERICA’S LARGEST CITY.
AMERICA’S LARGEST CITY. >> IT CERTAINLY IS BY FAR THE --
>> IT CERTAINLY IS BY FAR THE -- IF YOU CALL IT HOT, IF YOU CALL
IF YOU CALL IT HOT, IF YOU CALL IT ANY WORD YOU WANT TO USE.
IT ANY WORD YOU WANT TO USE. IT’S A LEVEL THAT NO PLACE ELSE
IT’S A LEVEL THAT NO PLACE ELSE IS CLOSE.
IS CLOSE. >> THE REALITY IS THE NEW YORK
>> THE REALITY IS THE NEW YORK METRO AREA WAS 60% OF THE NEW
METRO AREA WAS 60% OF THE NEW CASES.
CASES. IF YOU’RE IN THE NEW YORK CITY,
IF YOU’RE IN THE NEW YORK CITY, METROPOLITAN AREA OR ELSEWHERE,
METROPOLITAN AREA OR ELSEWHERE, TAKE THE GUIDELINES THAT WE
TAKE THE GUIDELINES THAT WE ISSUED AND AVOID NONESSENTIAL
ISSUED AND AVOID NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL.
TRAVEL. >> NOW, THE ADVICE FROM THE TWO
>> NOW, THE ADVICE FROM THE TWO LEADING HEALTH OFFICIALS ON THE
LEADING HEALTH OFFICIALS ON THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE WAS EVEN
WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE WAS EVEN MORE BLUNT, INCLUDING THIS
MORE BLUNT, INCLUDING THIS REQUEST TO ANYONE WHO RECENTLY
REQUEST TO ANYONE WHO RECENTLY LEFT NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE OF
LEFT NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.
THE CORONAVIRUS. >> EVERYBODY WHO WAS IN NEW YORK
>> EVERYBODY WHO WAS IN NEW YORK SHOULD BE SELF-QUARANTINING FOR
SHOULD BE SELF-QUARANTINING FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS TO ENSURE THAT
THE NEXT 14 DAYS TO ENSURE THAT THE VIRUS DOESN’T SPREAD TO
THE VIRUS DOESN’T SPREAD TO OTHERS NO MATTER WHERE THEY HAVE
OTHERS NO MATTER WHERE THEY HAVE GONE WHETHER IT’S FLORIDA, NORTH
GONE WHETHER IT’S FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, OR OUT TO FAR REACHES
CAROLINA, OR OUT TO FAR REACHES OF LONG ISLAND.
OF LONG ISLAND. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE NEW CASES
WE ARE STARTING TO SEE NEW CASES ACROSS LONG ISLAND THAT SUGGESTS
ACROSS LONG ISLAND THAT SUGGESTS PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THE CITY.
PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THE CITY. >> WHAT WE’RE SEEING NOW IS THAT
>> WHAT WE’RE SEEING NOW IS THAT UNDERSTANDABLY, PEOPLE WANT TO
UNDERSTANDABLY, PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUT OF NEW YORK.
GET OUT OF NEW YORK. IF YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS,
IF YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS, IT’S DISTURBING.
IT’S DISTURBING. ABOUT ONE PER THOUSAND OF THESE
ABOUT ONE PER THOUSAND OF THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE INFECTED.
INDIVIDUALS ARE INFECTED. THAT’S ABOUT EIGHT TO TEN TIMES
THAT’S ABOUT EIGHT TO TEN TIMES MORE THAN IN OTHER AREAS, WHICH
MORE THAN IN OTHER AREAS, WHICH MEANS WHEN THEY GO TO ANOTHER
MEANS WHEN THEY GO TO ANOTHER PLACE, FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY,
PLACE, FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, THEY’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL,
THEY’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL, MONITOR THEMSELVES.
MONITOR THEMSELVES. >> MEANWHILE, AS YOU WELL KNOW,
>> MEANWHILE, AS YOU WELL KNOW, AS WE’VE BEEN COVERING MEDICAL
AS WE’VE BEEN COVERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE GETTING SCARCE ALL
SUPPLIES ARE GETTING SCARCE ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY.
ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. NEW YORK’S MAYOR PREDICTS THE
NEW YORK’S MAYOR PREDICTS THE CITY OF NEW YORK COULD RUN OUT
CITY OF NEW YORK COULD RUN OUT OF VENTILATORS IN JUST WEEKS.
OF VENTILATORS IN JUST WEEKS. THE SHORTAGES PROMPTED A FRESH
THE SHORTAGES PROMPTED A FRESH ROUND OF CLAIMS AND
ROUND OF CLAIMS AND COUNTERCLAIMS TODAY BETWEEN THE
COUNTERCLAIMS TODAY BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNOR OF
PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, ANDREW CUOMO.
NEW YORK, ANDREW CUOMO. >> FEMA IS SENDING US 400
>> FEMA IS SENDING US 400 VENTILATORS.
VENTILATORS. THAT WAS ON THE NEWS THIS
THAT WAS ON THE NEWS THIS MORNING.
MORNING. WE ARE SENDING 400 VENTILATORS
WE ARE SENDING 400 VENTILATORS TO NEW YORK.
TO NEW YORK. 400 VENTILATORS?
400 VENTILATORS? I NEED 30,000 VENTILATORS.
I NEED 30,000 VENTILATORS. YOU WANTED A PAT ON THE BACK FOR
YOU WANTED A PAT ON THE BACK FOR SENDING 400 VENTILATORS?
SENDING 400 VENTILATORS? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH 400
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH 400 VENTILATORS WHEN WE NEED 30,000
VENTILATORS WHEN WE NEED 30,000 VENTILATORS?
VENTILATORS? YOU’RE MISSING THE MAGNITUDE OF
YOU’RE MISSING THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM, AND THE PROBLEM IS
THE PROBLEM, AND THE PROBLEM IS DEFINED BY THE MAGNITUDE.
DEFINED BY THE MAGNITUDE. >> WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM.
>> WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM. THEY HAVE TO GET THAT GEAR
THEY HAVE TO GET THAT GEAR THEMSELVES.
THEMSELVES. WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM.
WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM. IF THEY DON’T HAVE LIKE WITH
IF THEY DON’T HAVE LIKE WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO, HE HAD A CHANCE
GOVERNOR CUOMO, HE HAD A CHANCE TO ORDER 16,000 VENTILATORS TWO
TO ORDER 16,000 VENTILATORS TWO YEARS AGO, AND HE TURNED IT
YEARS AGO, AND HE TURNED IT DOWN.
DOWN. HE TURNED DOWN THE CHANCE.
HE TURNED DOWN THE CHANCE. NOW, HE CAN’T BE BLAMING US.
NOW, HE CAN’T BE BLAMING US. BUT WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM.
BUT WE’RE THERE TO HELP THEM. >> QUIT FACT CHECK HERE FROM OUR
>> QUIT FACT CHECK HERE FROM OUR OWN KEN DILANIAN.
OWN KEN DILANIAN. THE PURCHASE OF 15,000
THE PURCHASE OF 15,000 VENTILATORS MENTIONED THERE WAS
VENTILATORS MENTIONED THERE WAS NOT A RECOMMENDATION.
NOT A RECOMMENDATION. IN FACT, THE SO-CALLED SHORTFALL
IN FACT, THE SO-CALLED SHORTFALL THE PRESIDENT’S TALKING ABOUT
THE PRESIDENT’S TALKING ABOUT WAS BASED ON A STATE TASK FORCE
WAS BASED ON A STATE TASK FORCE REPORT BASED ON A MODEL THAT
REPORT BASED ON A MODEL THAT USED THE 1918 SO-CALLED SPANISH
USED THE 1918 SO-CALLED SPANISH FLU AS ITS BASIS.
FLU AS ITS BASIS. THIS AFTERNOON THE WHITE HOUSE
THIS AFTERNOON THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED 4,000 VENTILATORS ARE
ANNOUNCED 4,000 VENTILATORS ARE NOW ON THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK AND
NOW ON THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK AND OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPLIES ARE
OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPLIES ARE BEING SHIPPED AS THEY CONTINUE
BEING SHIPPED AS THEY CONTINUE TO SAY EVERY DAY AROUND THE
TO SAY EVERY DAY AROUND THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS ARE
FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS ARE ALSO MONITORING SPIKES IN CASES
ALSO MONITORING SPIKES IN CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NEW ORLEANS IS SEEING A RAPID
NEW ORLEANS IS SEEING A RAPID RISE OF INFECTIONS.
RISE OF INFECTIONS. INDEED, ACCORDING TO THE
INDEED, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR, THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
GOVERNOR, THE STATE OF LOUISIANA IS THE LEADING HOT SPOT RIGHT
IS THE LEADING HOT SPOT RIGHT NOW IN THE WORLD.
NOW IN THE WORLD. WITH ALL THAT HAPPENING, THE
WITH ALL THAT HAPPENING, THE PRESIDENT IS RAMPING UP HIS
PRESIDENT IS RAMPING UP HIS EFFORT TO, QUOTE, REOPEN THE
EFFORT TO, QUOTE, REOPEN THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. HE IS EAGER TO REMOVE
HE IS EAGER TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS SHUTTING DOWN MUCH
RESTRICTIONS SHUTTING DOWN MUCH OF THE U.S. IN AN EFFORT TO
OF THE U.S. IN AN EFFORT TO CONTAIN THIS VIRUS SO THE
CONTAIN THIS VIRUS SO THE COUNTRY CAN GET BACK TO WORK, AS
COUNTRY CAN GET BACK TO WORK, AS HE PUTS IT.
HE PUTS IT. HE HAS EVEN SET A DATE, WHICH HE
HE HAS EVEN SET A DATE, WHICH HE ANNOUNCED TODAY ON FOX NEWS.
ANNOUNCED TODAY ON FOX NEWS. >> I’D LOVE TO HAVE IT OPEN BY
>> I’D LOVE TO HAVE IT OPEN BY EASTER, OKAY?
EASTER, OKAY? I WOULD LOVE --
I WOULD LOVE -- >> OH, WOW.
>> OH, WOW. OKAY.
OKAY. >> I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT OPEN
>> I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT OPEN FROM EAST TER.
FROM EAST TER. >> THAT’S 19 DAYS FROM NOW.
>> THAT’S 19 DAYS FROM NOW. >> THAT’S OKAY.
>> THAT’S OKAY. >> IS THAT TRUE.
>> IS THAT TRUE. >> WE HAVE TO GET OUR COUNTRY
>> WE HAVE TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK TO WORK.
BACK TO WORK. OUR COUNTRY WANTS TO BE BACK AT
OUR COUNTRY WANTS TO BE BACK AT WORK.
WORK. THIS CURE IS WORSE THAN THE
THIS CURE IS WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM.
PROBLEM. AGAIN, PEOPLE -- MANY PEOPLE, IN
AGAIN, PEOPLE -- MANY PEOPLE, IN MY OPINION, MORE PEOPLE ARE
MY OPINION, MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE IF WE ALLOW THIS TO
GOING TO DIE IF WE ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE.
CONTINUE. EASTER IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY FOR
EASTER IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY FOR ME, AND I SEE IT SORT OF IN THAT
ME, AND I SEE IT SORT OF IN THAT TIME LINE THAT I’M THINKING
TIME LINE THAT I’M THINKING ABOUT.
ABOUT. AND I SAY WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT
AND I SAY WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE ALL OF THE CHURCHES
TO HAVE ALL OF THE CHURCHES FULL?
FULL? I’M NOT SURE THAT’S GOING TO BE
I’M NOT SURE THAT’S GOING TO BE THE DAY, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO AIM
THE DAY, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO AIM IT RIGHT AT EASTER SUNDAY SO
IT RIGHT AT EASTER SUNDAY SO WE’RE OPEN FOR CHURCH SERVICE

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