LIVE: Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Briefing | NTD

published on July 2, 2020


hello everyone law and order are the

building blocks to the American dream

but if anarchy prevails this dream comes

comes crumbling down an RP and our

streets is unacceptable and anger is not

enough you have a president committed to

action the DOJ has arrested over 100 an

Argus for rioting and destruction of

federal property the DOJ has also

charged four men in federal court for

attempting to tear down the statue of

Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square

the FBI has over 200 open domestic

terrorism investigations ongoing AG Barr

has created a task force on violent

anti-government extremists led by the US

Attorney's Office in New Jersey and the

US Attorney's Office in northern Texas

with 200 trump appointed judges

confirmed the rule of law will be upheld

Democrats at all level at all levels

federal state and local have done

nothing Senate Democrats blocked

bipartisan police reform

Minnesota's Democrat governor failed to

urgently deploy the National Guard it

took President Trump for that to

eventually happen his suggestion and the

ultimate Descendants into chaos there in

Minneapolis three Democrat Minneapolis

Council members voted to abolish the

police while they themselves were

getting a private security detail that's

quite rich Democrat mayor of Seattle

called the chop zone the autonomous zone

the Summer of Love it is anything but

that with one dead multiple shootings

and desperate pleas for help unanswered

by business owners and others eleven

people were shot in 12 hours this

weekend in the Democrat run New York

City and 61 people were shot and

Democrat Ron Chicago and 15 fatally

killed a Democrat state a Democrat city

president Trump stands against defunding

our brave police officers caving to mob

rule and canceled culture which seeks to

erase our history let's be clear the

rampant destruction of statues is not a

part of any ideology but this

anarchy is aided by failed Democrat

leadership and as president Trump has

tweeted these statues quote are great

works of art but all represent our

history and heritage both the good and

the bad it is important for us to

understand and remember even in

turbulent and difficult times and to

learn from them so let's stand for law

and order for peace in our streets and

against anarchy this is president

Trump's vision for the future and with

that I'll take questions

crystal Thank You Kaylee I know you said

that President Crump was never briefed

on these reports about the Russian

bounties and whatnot but can you say

that he was briefed today I think I'll

say this that the us receives

thousands of reports a day on

intelligence and they are subject to

strict scrutiny while the White House

does not routinely comment on alleged

intelligence or internal deliberations

the CIA director NSA National Security

Advisor and the chief of staff can all

confirm that neither the president nor

the vice president were briefed on the

alleged Russian Russian bounty

intelligence has he been since brief

since all of these replies came out so

let me back up and say this that there

is no consensus within the intelligence

community on these allegations and in in

effect there are dissenting opinions

from some in the intelligence community

with regards to the veracity of what's

being reported and the veracity of the

underlying allegations continue to be

evaluated and one more question if I


is he upset that this intelligence was

reportedly shared with the British

government but not him I have no further

comment on that other than to just point

you back to the two assertions that I

made previously Kristen thank you

don't know Russia bounty story was not

absolute by his own intelligence

community no as I noted there was not a

consensus among the intelligence

community and in fact there were

dissenting opinions within the

intelligence community and it would not

be elevated to the president until it

was verified the Trump tweeted overnight

Intel just spoke to me what specifically

does that mean who spoke to him did that

person in fact give the president for

briefing in that conversation so I have

no further details on the president's

private correspondent tell us who's

coming to the White House today who

should have briefed those lawmakers so

what I can tell you about that is that

last night the chief of staff mark

meadows called

both Senator McConnell and congressman

Hoyer and Bruton said that he would be

briefing eight members from the

Committees of jurisdiction so there was

a bipartisan invitation extended but no

further details other than that

everything gonna happen today Haley yes

it was ongoing at the time when I came

out here at least it had started I think

30 minutes prior to me coming out here

they're gonna come to the White House

really be clear about what's happened if

Congress had come are coming to the

White House yes

Caitlin okay I have two questions one

infinite concerning that there is even a

hint of credibility to this report that

the Russians were offering to pay

Taliban link militants to kill American

troops and the president was not told

about it husband security adviser or

anyone explained why they didn't think

it rose to the level that the commander

in chief should find out about it so

intelligence is verified before it

reaches the president of the United

States and in this case it was not

verified I would note this though when

the president there's no stronger

advocate for our servicemen and women

then President Trump he never hesitates

to act when there is a threat to our

servicemen and women for example in

Syria and 2018 when dozens dozens of

Russian mercenaries were killed and

retaliates ever series have directly

targeted us or coalition partners the

president has not hesitated to act but

this was not briefed up to the president

because it was not in fact verified

has to be verified but not everything in

his daily briefing you're in the

presidential Daily Brief that's the

written document is airtight

they let the president know about what

they are hearing that's why it's

intelligence so why would that not have

been something that birds that love the

National Security Council in the

intelligence community constantly

evaluate intelligence reports and they

brief the president has necessary okay

so my other question is if this does be

borne out where the President believes

that it is true what is he going to do

to hold Russia accountable and is he

still going to invite water Putin to the

g7 g8 whatever you thinking about I

won't speculate on whether this

intelligence is verified or not verified

and I won't get ahead of the President

on further actions but I would just

point out that no one's I'm not

disputing the no I'm not true no there

there are dissenting opinions within the

intelligence community and I can confirm

it with you right now that there is no

consensus within the intelligence

community on these allegations and

further I would just point out it won't

get a head of the President on actions

but with regard to Russia this president

has been extremely strong on Russia

imposing sanctions on hundreds of

Russian individuals expelling dozens of

diplomats closing two russian consulates

withdrawing from an INF treaty and

several other actions in the

intelligence I have no further no

further notifications for you other than

to tell you there's no consensus and

there are dissenting opinions from some

within I think this is pretty and you

don't think this report is true I'm

telling you this that there is no

consensus in the intelligence community

and that the dissenting opinions from

some and the intelligence community

exists darling

I wanted to go back to the tweet the

president tweeted yesterday and then

removed this morning you said that

didn't heard the phrase white power and

the portion of video and that when it

was signal to him that that was there he

took it down so does the president

retweet other people's tweets and videos

without knowing the full contents of

these proceedings so we did not hear

that particular phrase when he tweeted

out the video and you did and he did not

hear that particular phrase also given

your open room do you have any comment

on my mistake well I always say that

that's a decision for Mississippi to

make and it's commendable that they took

this action in a law firm lawful manner

and took the appropriate steps rather

than trying to tear down statues and

monuments thank you

one follow-up on the Russia and then on

another issue does the president have a

specific message for Moscow given these

reports a specific message for Moscow no

because he has not been briefed on the

matter as I noted there's no consensus

among the intelligence community and

there are in fact dissenting opinions on

a separate issue Jacksonville Florida


apparently is issuing a mask order that

of course is where the least part of the

RNC will be held they did this summer

has the president's thinking about

wearing a mask changed at all given that

order and given the increased rotavirus

cases in Texas Florida Arizona and

elsewhere so I talked to the president

before coming out here he it's his

choice to wear a mask it's the personal

choice of any individual as to whether

to wear a mask or not he encourages

people to make whatever decision is best

for their safety but he did say to me he

has no problem with masks and to do

whatever your local jurisdiction

requests of you yes thank you Mike

um there have been reports that some

American service members actually were

killed as a result of this question tell

me what information do you have on that

look again I pointing you back to the

fact that there's no consensus within

the intelligence community and I would

also note that for those of you that are

always taking the New York Times at

their word they erroneously reported

that the president was briefed on this

he was not briefed on this and neither

was the vice president so before I'm

buying into full-fledged a narrative

from the New York Times that falsely

stated something about the president

that you would wait for the facts to

come out and note once again there's no

consensus in the Intel community and in

fact their dissenting opinions from some

within it you say that he wasn't briefed

does that mean it wasn't in the PDB

either he was not personally briefed on

the matter that is all I can share with

you today is that both the CIA director

the national security advisor and the

chief of staff can all confirm neither

the President or the Vice President was


okay question sir please

a secretary a czar said that the window

is closing

this is cases are on the rise this is a

very serious time obviously the vice

president held held a briefing on Friday

um what is the president's message to

the American people and why aren't we

seeing him publicly talk to the public

encourage them to do things to stay safe

I would note that there is a whole

coronavirus task force briefing on

Friday where all of these questions that

the American public had were addressed

we're encouraged to see that fatalities

are coming down that this Sunday I

believe we had our lowest fatality rate

since I believe was March 22nd so late

March what that signals to us is we're

catching people and the communities the

people who are being infected tend to be

those as vice president Pence has noted

half of those testing positive are under

the age of 35 this means we're catching

people and their communities we're aware

that their embers that need to be put

out but these signs of decreasing

fatality increased in enhanced

therapeutics that we've identified four

of them dexamethasone convalescent

plasma and REM des Vere and one other

that they are working room des aver in

particular reduces hospital time by a

third on so these things make us

uniquely equipped to handle the increase

in cases that we've seen there's a

national conversation going on right now

about the proper place of symbols of the

Confederacy statues

Royals names and the president has

repeatedly inserted himself into this

debate and I think a lot of people are

trying to understand what his view of

memorializing the Confederacy is in a

proper place of the Confederate flag so

a couple questions one does he believe

this president Trump believed that it

was a good thing that the South lost the

Civil War and the – is he interested in

following the first question is

absolutely absurd he's proud of the

United States of America second with

regard to our statues Americans oppose

tearing down our statues there's a

Harvard Harris poll released just last

week that shows 60% of respondents said

the statue should remain and 71% said

local governments should block groups

from physically destroying the statues

so he stands on the side of preserving

our history actually about the

Confederate flag at his rallies banning

that would be a question for his

campaign but look this president's

focused on taking action on fixing

problems it's why he had his executive

order just a few weeks ago to keep our

streets safe and secure that's where his

focus lies and I think that those who

are tearing down statues they do appear

to have no ideology when there's tearing

down statues in defacing statues of

Matthias Baldwin and abolitionist Hans

Christian Hague who died fighting for

the Union Army during the Civil War

Memorial for african-americans soldiers

who fought in the Civil War was damaged

in Boston and a monument to fallen

police officers was vandalized in

Sacramento this is unacceptable it's why

the president took strong action is why

as an executive order saying those

tearing down statues will be punished to

the fullest extent of the law it's why

four people will charge he will not

stand for lawlessness and chaos he

stands with the 71% of Americans who say

there is no place for tearing down

statues as these anarchists are doing

across the nation okay surviving his

events Christian

thanks Kelly I got a couple first off

the president's been talking about this

big infrastructure pushed with curious

if ever going to get a look at the

proposal that VOT is been working on and

then secondly I curiously give us a

little info on how the phase four

negotiations are going you get a sense

that Congress is open to the back to

work bonus I don't have any updates for

you on face for more infrastructure but

the president has mentioned for the last

three years he's very keen on Democrats

coming to the table and working with us

on infrastructure he's keen on in a

phase foreseeing a payroll tax holiday

which helps low wage workers and those

who need it most

these are real effective measures that

could help the American people but the

onus is really on Democrats to come to

the negotiating table yeah I won't get

ahead of the President or those

negotiations Stephen thank you I had two

questions first about the statues I

covered pretty closely the Trump

inauguration rioting trials and boos all

and essentially a jury nullification and

no one was convicted and I was wondering

if President Trump is concerned about

the possibility that the same will

happen that the people who were charged

before or trying to top of the accident

statute particularly given his personal

role helping African students look

that'll be a decision for the courts to

make and for juries to make but the

president is very keen on seeing these

actions brought to justice because

tearing down American monuments and

defacing federal property and defacing

the Lincoln Memorial are not things the

American public want to see as noted

with that 71% poll my second question is

over the weekend President Trump

retweeted and contrasted his presidency

and President Obama's and there was a

chart of the different things that

President Obama didn't

was interrupted and one of the

differences was President Obama

approving the extradition extrajudicial

killings of Americans overseas there was

a little bit of confusion earlier in

president Trump's presidency about his

position on that are you able to clarify

whether he opposes that look I would

just say this the president will always

point to the difference between his

record and that of President Obama which

is what he was getting at with his tweet

you had on one hand in the obama-biden

presidency the weakest economic recovery

since World War two with President Trump

we got to the hottest economy in modern

history with President Trump you have

saw Isis defeated with Vice President

Joe Biden and President Obama the

so-called JV team of Isis became the

varsity team in over ran two separate

countries so the president will always

draw contrast with President Obama and

those are just two of the many and he

was drawing contrast in that tweet


thanks to questions October 19 first off

run disappear we found out today the

pricing of it going forward for roughly

a five-day trial $2,300 for government

back programs $3,100 in the commercial

marketplace does the White House this

president Trump approve of that pricing

of that price point considering there

has been some criticism as to whether or

not that's too high so Blake that's a

really good important and substantive

question that I think deserves a good

answer to and first the wholesale

acquisition costs or the federal supply

schedule is about 3,200 for coarse of

random to severe but ROM disappear is an

inpatient drug done by infusion and

because it is an inpatient drug the

patient would be very unlikely to see

the cost of the drug and to pay the cost

of the drug because the way that

hospitals get reimbursed for inpatient

drugs is that they are paid flat fees

for admission and as Secretary azar

explained to me this means in layman

terms that hospitals have to eat the

cost of treatment use but if they buy

room desapear for let's say $3,200 which

is the wholesale acquisition cost and

that REM disappear drug saves that

patient time in the hospital they only

spend a third of the time in the

hospital as a patient without Renda

severe that would mean that the

hospitals are actually profiting because

they're getting the patient out early so

that um it basically all comes down to

saying that the patient will not see

that cost the rest and that second and

then secondly just picking up where what

Jeff had asked about masks he said the

president had no problem with masks and

that individual should do whatever their

local jurisdiction requests however that

HHS secretary Alex azar set this week

end quote we've got a practice social

distancing we've got to use face

coverings when we can't practice social

distancing so if individuals are going

into an area and social distancing

cannot be practiced should they listen

to the local jurisdiction in which face

masks might not necessarily be mandated

or should they listen to the HHS

secretary who says wear a face mask so

the CDC guidelines are they're

recommended but not required

and we the president would encourage

everyone to follow the orders of their

local jurisdiction and CDC guidelines

thank you so one follow-up in a separate

appreciate I just want to be clear there

congressional leaders who are being

briefed on the Russia situation but the

president has still not been pretty

concentration look this has been asked

and answered the president is briefed on

verified intelligence and how does he

know if he hasn't been briefed how is he

certain that Russia didn't

now the president is briefed on verified

intelligence and again I would just

point you back to the absolutely

irresponsible decision of the New York

Times to falsely report that he was

briefed on something that he in fact was

not briefed on and I really think that

it's time for the New York Times to step

back and ask themselves why they've been

wrong so wrong so often the New York

Times falsely claimed Paul Manafort

asked for polling data to be passed

along to Oleg Oleg Deripaska before

having to issue a correction in June of

2017 the New York Times falsely wrote

all 17 Intel agencies had agreed on

Russian interference border before

having to issue a correction that it was

only four agencies in 2017 February of

that year New York Times published a

story claiming Trump campaign aides had

repeated contacts with Russian

intelligence which even James Comey has

said was almost entirely wrong New York

Times New York Times published a column

in March of 2019 by a former Times

executive editor that asserted the Trump

campaign in Russia had an overarching

deal that the quit of help in the

campaign against Hillary for the quo of

a new pro-russian foreign policy that's

what we call the Russia hoax which was

investigated for three years with

taxpayer dollars before ultimately

getting an exoneration and the Moller

reported is inexcusable

the failed Russia reporting of the New

York Times and I think it's time that

the New York Times and also the

Washington Post hand back their



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