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At yesterday’s Coronavirus Task Force press conference, the execrable CNN hack Jim Acosta accused President Donald Trump and the Task Force experts of engaging in “happy talk” for the American People. Acosta cites unnamed “governors” and “hospital professionals” who complain of shortages of PPE, ventilators and other equipment while on the air at CNN. He of course refuses to name a single name, because he is making most, if not all of it up at this point.
Below is a 6 minute clip of the exchange, followed by a transcript of most of the President’s remarks. As is his habit, Acosta constantly interrupts the President in the midst of his answers, and there is a lot of cross talk during the exchange. I’m not going to waste my time transcribing anything Acosta has to say, because he is not worthy of my time. So, the Transcript will consist only of the President’s remarks, which every American should hear and digest.
First, the clip:
President @realDonaldTrump gets into tense 5-minute exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta:
"This is not happy talk, maybe it's happy talk for you. It isn't happy talk for me." pic.twitter.com/ERu6hnsBQW
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) April 10, 2020
Well, a lot of it’s fake news. A lot of it’s fake news. Why would you say ‘no’? I think the answer is yes. Who said no to that [the government’s efforts to provide ventilators and PPE]? No, no – you’re saying no, but who said it [Acosta provides no answer]?
You said do we have enough masks? Yes. You said do we have enough tests? Yes. Plus, we’re developing news tests. Do we have enough ventilators? Yes. Do we have enough hospital beds? Yes. We built 20,000 hospital beds.
They say that on your [CNN’s] air because if they don’t say that you’re not going to put them on.
Let me just tell you, the governors, last night, they had a group of governors, 14 governors, they were together someplace, and they said it’s been unbelievable what’s happened. We’ve been totally responsive.
Ventilators – everyone has the ventilators they need, to a point where we’re getting calls from foreign countries, they’re saying ‘you have all the ventilators, can we get some?’ And we’re going to try and help some of these countries.
These people [pointing out the Task Force members] have done an incredible job.
This is not ‘happy talk.’ Maybe it’s happy talk for you, it’s not happy talk for me. We’re talking about death. We’re talking about the greatest economy in the world – one day I have to close it off. And we did the right thing, because maybe it would have been 2 million people died instead of what that final number will be. It could be 60, it could be 70, it could be 75, it could be 55, whatever. Thousands of people have died. There’s nothing ‘happy’ about it, Jim.
This is sad talk. These are the saddest news conferences that I’ve ever had. I don’t like doing them. You know why? Because I’m talking about death. I’m talking about taking the greatest economy ever created, we had the greatest numbers we’ve ever had in almost every aspect of economics. From employment to companies… look at the airlines, they were having the best year. Now, all of a sudden we have to save them.
There’s no ‘happy talk,’ Jim. This is the real deal.
And I’ve got to make the biggest decision of my life. And I’ve only started thinking about that. I’ve made a lot of big decisions in my life – you understand that. This is by far the biggest decision of my life, because I have to say, ok, let’s go.
[Acosta interrupts with more vague statements by unidentified “hospital administrators]
Sure, but you have many doctors that say ‘unbelievable job.’ I watched this morning, I watched a certain network, and it wasn’t Fox, and you had doctors saying we had done an incredible job. You just read off these ‘no, no, no’; well, we have ventilators, we have equipment, we have beds…
How about beds? Gov. Cuomo just told me a little while ago that he’s got plenty of beds. In fact, he’s having a hard time filling Javits Center. We built them 2,900 beds. So, that’s not a fair question.
[Acosta interrupts with more vague, unidentified accusatsions]
Jim, Jim, Jim, no, excuse me. We have masks, we have everything. And we were trying to get ready for this surge, and a lot of people said it will never happen. Deborah said it: You will never need that many beds. They said we needed 40,000 ventilators. 40 thousand! It’s like building a car – 40,000 ventilators. People said – I felt it, too – you’ll ever need that many.
Guess what? We’re the envy of the world in terms of ventilators. Germany would like some, France would like some – we’re going to help these countries out. Spain needs them desperately; Italy needs them desperately; Mexico needs them desperately. He [Mexican President AMLO] asked me last night would it be possible to get 10,000 ventilators? Within a short period of time I’ll be able to help out Mexico.
No, Jim, just the opposite of your question: It’s not ‘no, no, no,’ it’s ‘yes, yes, yes.’ We’re in great shape.
And you know what? What’s happening now is those numbers, they’re horrible – take a look at the numbers of beds. We have beds available all over New York, New York really being the epicenter. New York has experienced something that has been absolutely horrific.
I saw Hart’s Island yesterday [where Wuhan Virus victims are being buried in mass graves]. I saw those people being buried yesterday. Fortunately, we have the beds, and you can speak to Mayor de Blasio, you can speak to Gov. Cuomo, people can’t even believe the job we’ve done.
And I give tremendous credit to the military. This has been a military operation, with private people. I give tremendous credit to our military, to the Army Corps of Engineers to FEMA, to these people [the Task Force members]. The job they’ve done is incredible. And you shouldn’t be asking…[Acost interrupts yet again] that kind of a quest….
Jim, honestly, you shouldn’t be asking that kind of a question. You should say it’s been really incredible watching what’s happening. [Acosta interrupts] Jim, let me ask you, what governor…we have more tests than anyone in the world, we have virtually every country in the world calling us, asking us ‘how do we get these tests that you have? Your testing is the best in the world, how do we get it?’
They’ve done a fantastic job, and when you ask a question like that, it’s very insulting to a lot of great people.
Regardless of what you think about the response to the pandemic that has been mounted, and whether or not it was overkill, the reality is that what has been accomplished over the last two months by all the people the President names and credits in this answer has been truly astonishing. Sadly, those who get their “news” from corrupt media outlets like CNN will never understand or appreciate that reality.
On this Easter weekend, that’s worth applauding, even if sleazy, corrupt reporters like Jim Acosta want to classify it all as ‘happy talk.’
That is all.
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