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#Coronavirus briefing here underway.
"Everybody's tired of war," @POTUS begins on the topic of the #AfghanPeaceDeal.
@POTUS "Many lives over such a long period of time have been lost. I want to thank our wounded warriors," adds @POTUS. #AfghanPeaceDeal
@POTUS "Despite their wounds they always said 'I want to go back,;" adds @POTUS, noting the blood and treasure spent in #Afghanistan by the US.
@POTUS Thanks @UN and @NATO for the help they gave in #Afghanistan.
@POTUS @UN @NATO "I'll be meeting personally with Taliban leaders in the not-too-distant future," reveals @POTUS.
@POTUS @UN @NATO "We had tremendous success in Afghanistan in killing terrorists" but now is the time to bring our people back home, adds @POTUS.
@POTUS @UN @NATO "Now it's time for somebody else to do that work and that's the Taliban" and surrounding countries that can help, says @POTUS, adding US troops will be reduced to 8,600 for now. "This was a very spirited agreement."
@POTUS @UN @NATO "If bad things happen, we'll go back...with a force that nobody's ever seen," says @POTUS.
@POTUS @UN @NATO On #coronavirus, @POTUS says administration "working around the clock so hard...it's a tough one. But a lot of progress has been made."
@POTUS @UN @NATO "We have 22 patients in the United States currently that have coronavirus. Unfortunately one patient passed away overnight," a woman in her 50's with other medical issues, according to @POTUS. "Healthy individuals should be able to fully recover."
@POTUS @UN @NATO "If you're healthy you will probably go through a process and you'll be fine," adds @POTUS on #coronavirus.
On Monday he’ll meet with the largest pharmaceutical companies to discuss development of #coronavirus vaccine, says @POTUS.
@POTUS "Whatever the circumstances, we're prepared," says @POTUS.
@POTUS Asks media, politicians "not to incite panic."
@POTUS Action authorized today by @POTUS to add additional travel restrictions on #Iran, announces @VP. It applies to any foreign national who has visited Iran in the last 14 days.
@POTUS @VP Level 4 'Do Not Travel' advisory being issued by @StateDept for parts of #Italy and the #Republic of #Korea affected by the #coronavirus, announces @VP.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept "The average American does not need to go out and buy a mask," says @VP.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept "We will have more than 40 million masks available today" and government has contracted with @3M for production of an additional 30 million masks per month, says @VP.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M Risks to Americans remain low, says @VP.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M "Any single death for us is real tragedy," begins @SecAzar at the @WhiteHouse briefing.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse "The risk remains low" to the average American "but this can change rapidly," says @SecAzar. "We will see more cases."
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse Most affected can remain home and treat it the same way they would a severe cold, says @SecAzar of #coronavirus.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse "This is an evolving situation," notes Tony Fauci, head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse "We need to prepare for further challenges and we will have them," adds Fauci.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse The "hoax" he mentioned is Democrats denigrating the hard work professionals doing to combat #coronavirus, replies @POTUS to question.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse "I have never been muzzled, ever," says Fauci. "I am not being muzzled by this administration.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse "We are also looking at southern border" restrictions due to the #coronavirus, says @POTUS replying to @steveholland1.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 Asked if he got a flu shot, @POTUS replies: "I did."
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 Asked about #AfghanPeaceDeal, @POTUS replies "everybody wanted this to happen."
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 On @AmbJohnBolton criticism of #AfghanPeaceDeal: "He had his chance. He didn't do it," says @POTUS.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 @AmbJohnBolton "The process will go very quickly" to approve a #coronavirus vaccine, says @POTUS in response to my question and he adds that the Monday meeting with pharmaceutical executives was set up before the #coronavirus crisis to discuss drug prices.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 @AmbJohnBolton "We have to get this problem brought into focus," to calm stock markets, says @POTUS. "The markets will take care of themselves."
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 @AmbJohnBolton Looking for the @federalreserve "to do its job," adds @POTUS. "I don't think the Democrats are going to approve any tax cuts" but a major middle income tax cut coming soon.
@POTUS @VP @StateDept @3M @SecAzar @WhiteHouse @steveholland1 @AmbJohnBolton @federalreserve "I think it's always good to be prepared," @POTUS says in response to question about Americans stocking up on goods amid fear of a #coronavirus pandemic. "We're super prepared."
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