President Donald Trump at the daily coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday expressed his desire that politicians would say publicly what they say privately to the administration in the recovery effort.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It’s Democrats because they view this as a campaign issue. They want to make Trump look as bad as they can because they want to try and win an election that they shouldn’t be allowed to win based on the fact that we have done a great job. We built the greatest economy in the world. I’ll do it a second time.
We got artificially stopped by a virus that nobody ever thought possible and we handle it and we’ve built a team and we built an apparatus that’s been unbelievable. Take a look at the swine flu, right? That’s N1N1. Take a look at that and it’s not the other way around, by the way. It’s H1N1. Take a–you know what I mean by that. Take a look at the swine flu. It was a disaster. 17,000 people died.
The other administration, they didn’t even note–it was like they didn’t even know it was here, and that was peanuts compared to what we have in terms of the power, the magnitude of what we’re going through. This is attacking 182 countries simultaneously. So Schumer is just all about politics. I’ve known him almost all of my adult life and he’s–he’s a disgrace. In many ways, he is a disgrace. And he knows it’s not, he just wants to do that. But he knows the job we’re doing.
Everybody’s amazed at the job we’re doing and to the public is starting to find out the starting–you know, one of the reasons I do these news conferences because if I didn’t, they would believe fake news. We can’t leave let them believe fake news. They see us up here, they see us with admirals, they see us with this talent, they see the job that Mike Pence has done, which has been an unbelievable job, an unbelievable job.
I put in there. I thought he’d do well. He did great as the governor of Indiana and I thought Mike would do well. He’s done much better than well and he gets along with people. I think much better than I do because I like people being 100–Mike can put up with things that sometimes I say it’s amazing that he can put with put up with it. But he’s done an incredible job and so has the entire team.
This is a military operation. And again, we built 2900 beds in Javits Center. We–we build medical centers in New York. In Chicago, we built 1000 beds, much more now in McCormick Place. That’s their big convention hall. The equivalent of Javits convention hall. Big McCormick Place. Fantastic place.
By the way, the mayor of Chicago at least on the phone is extremely happy with what we’re doing. He’s thanking is. Has a great relationship with Mike. Thanking us. And I just wish that politicians would say to you what they say to us really. And it’s a good question. Do you have one? Yeah, please. And we’ll get to you.