Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

12:36 P.M. EDT

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  Just a quick clarification on the total quarantine you’re talking about for New York City.  Would you —

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re looking at it.  We’re looking at it, and we’ll be making a decision.  A lot of the states that aren’t infected, that don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’d look at it.  So we’re going to look at it.  And it will be for a short period of time, if we do it at all.

Q    Would it be —

THE PRESIDENT:  It’ll be New York.

Q    Would you call up the National Guard?

THE PRESIDENT:  It’ll be New York, parts of Connecticut, and parts of New Jersey.

Q    And then, do you close down the subway?  Do you close down the bridges, the tunnels?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, we won’t do that.  We’re talking about leaving New York.  Leaving New York.  They go to Florida, and a lot of people don’t want that.  So we’ll see what happens.  We’re going to make a decision.

Q    Would you use the military for that, sir?  Would you call up the Guard?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re not going to need much.  The people of New York, they understand it better than anybody, and they’ll be great.  I’ll speak to the governor about it later.

Q    Thank you.

Q    Can you speak a little bit about the congressional oversight?  Can you assure the American people that the money will be appropriately —

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, we have a great oversight — a great oversight committee.  We have a lot of people watching.  It’s a wonderful thing we’ve done for the workers and for the citizens.  It’s really, potentially, $6.2 trillion.  And a lot of people are going to work, and it’ll bring back the economy, I think, very fast.  Okay?

Q    But what do you think about Democrats criticizing you that you’re overriding this congressional oversight?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they couldn’t be criticizing me because we got a unanimous vote.  How can they possibly criticize me?  They just gave me — she’s saying they’re criticizing me, the Democrats.  Why did they vote for it?  We got a unanimous vote.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.


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