Oval Office

10:31 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, this is going to be brief, folks. 
The storm — extreme cold weather — you can see it on the map the estimated areas where they’re at the — you know, as low as 50 degrees; where it’s that dark red, it’s below zero.  You know, it’s dangerous and threatening.  This is really a very serious weather alert here.  And it goes from Oklahoma all the way to Wyoming, and Wyoming to Maine.  And it’s of real consequence.
So I encourage everyone — everyone, please heed the local warnings.  We’ve contacted — we’ve tried to contact 26 governors so far in affected regions. 
And — and go to Weather.gov — Weather.gov for more information.
And I know this is — you know, it’s like — this is not like a snow day, you know, when you were a kid; this is serious stuff. 
And my team is prepared to help communities weather this — no pun intended — this storm, this — this freeze, and — because we need to cope.  They need to be able to cope if it’s necessary. 
I’m going to, shortly, be briefed by — by both FEMA and the National Weather Service, and we’re going to start that briefing.
And — but in the meantime, please take this storm extremely seriously.  And I don’t know whether your bosses will let you, but if you all have travel plans, leave now.  Not — not a joke.  I’m tell- — sending my staff — my staff, if they have plans to leave on — tomorrow — late tonight or tomorrow, I’m telling them to leave now.  They can talk to me on the phone.  It’s not life and death.  But it will be if they don’t — if they don’t get out, they may not get out.
So, any rate, thank you all for coming in, and I’m going to do the briefing now.  Thank you.
Thank you.  If I don’t see you, Merry Christmas.
10:34 A.M. EST

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