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Well, I think first of all, this has been a mobilization period. The last guest you had are a good example. All sorts of people now coming in to make hand sanitizer where it was running out. So, we presently have more than enough hand sanitizer. The announcement by 3M of the way they are ramping up dramatically their production. You will see real effort to have enough material, enough resources to deal with this pandemic. I can tell you sitting in Rome where, as you know Callista is the ambassador of the Vatican. We are watching this right here. They have closed down radically because they have so many cases, more cases than any place except China. They are desperate to stop this before it kills a lot more people. I think the president did the right thing early on, in cutting off travel. He has done the right thing in listening to Dr. Fauci and others for this first phase. But as we get more material, we need to move towards a much more selective approach. I mean, if you live in a county, for example, that has nobody with a virus. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to close the whole economy down for that county. If you have a truck-based society and you want to make sure there is food in the grocery store, have you got to find a way to get truckers to travel safely so there will be a lot of steps, I think, the next phase will be how do we both meet key public health standards and begin to reopen and rebuild the economy and I think the president’s sense of timing is exactly right. In fact I tweeted this morning. How really grateful I was to see him start moving towards this next phase which will take some real planning and some real thought.
First of all, Callista helped Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse which flew in an entire hospital which is now operation in northern Italy. It’s now full. It opened up Saturday. Every bed is now full. This is a very real crisis for Italians. We have a field hospital sitting in Germany that’s fully capable of operating. I think they probably ought to fly it in. And I think we should also look at using some cruise lines. We have a lot of cruise liners that are going to be available for virtually no cost that could be rapidly converted one thing to deal with the non-virus patients to get them out of the hospitals to open up the beds in the hospitals for the virus patients but clearly, you are in a weird moment where the Cubans are in Italy, the Russians are in Italy. The Chinese are in Italy. They have been our allies now for some — almost 70 years. Clearly, we have to find ways to help them and as we ramp up our production, we will become sort of the medicine chest of the world just as we were in World War II. The arsenal of democracy. So, our production capacity is enormous as it starts to roll. I really appreciate the way the president has reached out to the private sector. Part of that has to go not just to Italy but to Spain, to a variety of countries around the world that otherwise are going to suffer huge losses because their medical systems get overwhelmed.
Well, this is classic. In 1990, the Democrats blackmailed President George H.W. Bush into breaking his word on taxes. Where they said they wouldn’t agree to a budget agreement. In 2007 and 2008 when Pelosi was first speaker, she passed terrible legislation which President George W. Bush felt he had to sign. Things which crippled the economy. They continued that during the first few years of Obama and by 2010 we won the house with John Boehner and the slogan where are the jobs? So, what you have now is a power struggle where Schumer and Pelosi believe they can blackmail the president into accepting really dumb ideas there. Again, there are some things you negotiate. There are some things you work out. But I personally do not want to see a Trump-McConnell McCarthy team that are blackmailed by Pelosi and Schumer and give in. I think the American people need to understand we can get something done immediately this week. The house has to come back to do it. But they ought to put a lot of pressure on Pelosi and Schumer to put America ahead of partisanship and to try to help solve an American crisis, not just pay off their allies and their interest groups. I think this is — I’m not at all surprised. I thought that McConnell did a great job. He had these five working groups, individual senators in the Democratic Party are very reasonable when you get them in those kind of working groups. But their leaders understand this is their moment to blackmail the president and if they can get away with it, they will.