POTUS entered the Diplomatic Room at 8.54 am and signed the Congressional funding bill for coronavirus response.
Pool was brought through the south portico into the Diplomatic Room. Documents and a pen are resting on a desk which has the presidential seal. There is a chair behind the desk, beneath a portrait of George Washington.
POTUS entered the Diplomatic Room at 8.54am and signed the Congressional funding bill for coronavirus response. He said: “We’ve signed the 8.3 billion. I asked for two and a half and I got 8.3 and I’ll take it.”
He also said his CDC trip had been cancelled because of a suspected coronavirus case at the CDC itself but this turned out to be negative, so he may visit after all. “So I may be going. We’re going to see if they can turn it around.”
He then talked about jobs and Afghanistan.
POTUS took questions for 12 minutes in the Diplomatic Room, reiterating his message that the public should not panic over the coronavirus and that it would have been worse but for his early actions.
He said people are “shocked” by how good the latest job numbers are.
He also claimed that Joe Biden is “more leftwing” than Bernie Sanders as he will raise taxes and put Beto O’Rourke in charge of gun control. He said Elizabeth Warren lost because of lack of talent and because she is “mean”.
Pool is now back outside the south portico. POTUS walked by without stopping as rain fell and boarded Marine One, which is now taking off.
Marine One wheels down at Join Base Andrews 09:23.
We are bound for a Mar-a-Lago weekend via Nashville. As you will have seen, CDC is not on the schedule. Will let you know asap if anything changes following POTUS comments at bill signing this morning.
Air Force One plane reg is 28000.