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The Trump Presidency: Taped in front of a Live Studio Audience

Photo: Hyosub Shin: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Here are some highlights from Trump's CDC press conference:

First of all, dude showed up in a red campaign hat.

TRUMP: I think, I think, importantly...anybody right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. We...they're there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test. If there's a doctor that wants to test...if there's somebody coming off a ship...like the big monster ship that's out there right now...which, you know, again that's a big decision...Do I want to bring all those people on...people would like me to do that. I don't like the idea of doing that. But anybody that needs a test can have a test. They're all set. They have them out there. In addition to that, they're making millions more as we speak. But as of right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test can get a test. That's the important thing. And the tests are all perfect. Like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect, right? This was...not as perfect as that, but pretty good.

REPORTER: What should be done about that cruise ship that's out there.

TRUMP: Well, that's a big question. So, I was just on the phone with Vice President... and they're trying to make a decision. I mean, frankly, uh...if it were up to me, I'd be inclined to say leave everybody on the ship for a period of time then use your ship as your base. But a lot of people would rather do it a different was and would rather quarantine people on the land. Now when they do that, our numbers are gonna go up. Ok? Our numbers are gonna go up. The 240 is gonna go up. And I assume, perhaps, it's a very big ship with thousands of people on it...including the sailors and the crew, you're talking about a massive number of people. That is a big ship. Uh, if it were up to me, I would do it that way a lot of people think we should do it the other way...They're Americans or mostly Americans and we have to take care of Americans.