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Kayleigh McEnany holds White House press briefing: ‘It’s my mission to bring you the mindset of the president’

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“It’s my mission to bring you the mindset of the president, deliver those facts, so this president gets fair and accurate reporting, and the American people get fair and accurate information,” said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a press briefing Friday afternoon.

“We’re going to give confidence to the American people that you have a federal government under President Donald Trump that’s going to step up and give the greatest mobilization of the private sector since WWII.”

In her press briefing, McEnany announced progress made by the Trump administration during the third phase of coronavirus relief. 

The administration will contribute $12 billion in provider relief fund payments to 395 hospitals across the country that have been hit the hardest during the nation’s health crisis. Hospitals receiving funding have cared for 70% of the 184,000 individuals that required in-patient COVID-19 care.

Relief fund payments include $10 billion given to facilities that received 100 or more admissions. The Department of Health and Human Services is providing $2 billion to 395 hospitals based on the amount of care provided to low income and uninsured patients.

The administration is soon scheduled to release the breakdown of states receiving funding. McEnany confirmed New York, New Jersey and Illinois will receive the most funding by state. 

McEnany also gave credit to the accomplishments of the Paycheck Protection Program, which “is supporting everyday Americans who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in this predicament.”

In the first round of the PPP, 1.6 billion loans were issued to small businesses – including one billion companies with 10 or less employees. 

In addition to formal announcements, McEnany used her first appearance on the podium to answer questions from the press regarding intelligence statements on the origins of the coronavirus and potential tariffs against China. McEnany reiterated she wouldn’t get ahead of the president with any announcements regarding China.

“While we continue to have very limited and dubious data from China, current assessments indicated that Trump’s statement is consistent with what some analysts believe is the epicenter of where the virus began,” McEnany said.

“Intelligence is just an estimate essentially, and it is up to policymakers to decide what to do with that intelligence. In this case, the policymaker is the President of the United States, and he’ll make that decision at the right time.”

McEnany assured the press that coronavirus task force briefings will continue as the administration’s main concern is to continue to inform the American people. McEnany urged reporters to continue covering what she called a ‘partisan pursuit’ of former Gen. Michael Flynn and a story that should be unsettling to every American citizen. 

“There was an unfair target on the back of General Michael Flynn – it should concern every American,” McEnany said.

Lights, Camera, Action

Kayleigh McEnany: ‘WHO appears to have a very clear China bias’

Watch below as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany gives her first press conference. 

Updates

ivanka Trump Donates Meals to Elmhurst Medical Center

Ivanka Trump donated 400 meals, catered by Anthony & Son Panini Shoppe in East Williamsburg, to the medics at Elmhurst Medical Center in New York.

It’s just one example of the many ways people are safely reaching out to their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Click here to learn more. 

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2 Comments

  1. Greg Ostman May 2, 2020

    Hard to believe the references to the number of small business loans being 1.6 billion and of those 1billion were to businesses with less than ten employees , would mean every person in the US has four or more businesses. Assume it should have been “millions?”I don’t think I missed something, did l? I realize in today’s fantasy world, especially when $’s are involved , billion doesn’t register on the Richter scale and trillion doesn’t seem to raise an eyebrow anymore. So I guess I can see how wouldn’t be hard to get a billion mixed up with million. Here’s to hoping that flushing sound doesn’t get too much louder!

  2. russell remmert May 2, 2020

    we are lucky we President Trump a democrat would have caved to who and China

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