Gov. Jay Inslee’s comments and the media
Trump then said that Inslee did make the comment, but “meant it very positively — but they took it differently.” Trump proceeded to repeat that the reporting was “only fake news.”
Inslee declined to discuss the specifics of the call at a Thursday press conference, but added, “I think it would be very, very helpful if the federal government could be more assertive and aggressive and more organized in helping all of us to obtain these systems.”
How unforeseen the coronavirus crisis was
Trump repeated his previous claim that “this was something that nobody has ever thought could happen to this country.” He added, “Nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could have happened.”
Facts First: This is false. The US intelligence community and public health experts had warned for years that the country was at risk from a pandemic. Experts had also warned that the country would face shortages of critical medical equipment, such as ventilators, if a pandemic occurred.
Americans’ views on coronavirus-related closures
Trump said, “We have to open up. We can’t say, ‘Let’s close.’ People don’t want to close.” He also said, “People want to go back to work. I’m hearing it loud and clear from everybody.” He added, “This is the United States of America. They don’t want to sit around and wait.”
Facts First: While there is no polling data on how long Americans want the country’s institutions to remain closed, it is clear that not “everybody” wants workplaces to reopen quickly amid an ongoing pandemic. A poll released on Thursday found that large majorities of Americans say the closure of businesses, schools and entertainment activities was necessary to address the pandemic.
The trade deficit with China
Trump repeated his regular claim that the trade deficit with China used to be $500 billion, saying, “$500 billion a year they were taking out. We had trade deficits that were so large nobody has ever seen anything like it.”
The history of tariffs on China
Trump repeated another regular claim about trade and China: “They’re paying us a lot of money in tariffs and other things. They never paid us 10 cents.”
Mexican troops on the border
Trump repeated his claim that “we have 27,000 Mexican soldiers on our southern border.”