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USA: Trump praises his efforts in handling coronavirus, adds crisis could last until August

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W/S US President Donald Trump arriving at press briefing at the White House in Washington DC
SOT, Journalist: "A lot of people are concerned about how long all of this might last. Do you have any kind of estimate that if Americans really were to band together to do what the White House is suggesting, how quickly you could turn this corner?"
Donald Trump, US President: "My favorite question, I ask it all the time. How many times, Anthony? I think I ask him that question every day. And I speak to Deborah, I speak to a lot of them, I get the opinion. So, it seems to me that if we do a really good job, we'll not only hold the death down to a level that is much lower than the other way had we not done a good job, but people are talking about July, August, something like that. So it could be right in that period of time where I say wash, it washes through. Other people don't like that term, but where it washes through."
Journalist: "So is this the new normal until the height of the summer?"
Donald Trump, US President: "Uh, we'll see what happens. But they think August, could be July, could be longer than that. But I've asked that question many, many times."
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SOT, Journalist: "[The stock] market took another hit today. Is the U.S. economy heading into a recession?
Donald Trump, US President: "Well, it may [be.]"
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SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "I think there's a tremendous pent up demand, both in terms of the stock market and in terms of the economy. And once this goes away, once it goes through and we're done with it, I think you're going to see a tremendous, a tremendous surge."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "Well, I don't I don't, number one, determine recession. I just say this. We have an invisible enemy. We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about, nobody and, you know, I read about it. I read about many years ago, 1917, 1918, I've seen all of the different, the different problems similar to this that we've had. This is a bad one. This is a very bad one. This is bad in the sense that it's so contagious, it's just so contagious, sort of record setting type contagion. And the good part is the young people are, they do very well and healthy people do very well. Very, very bad for older people, especially older people with problems. My focus is really on getting rid of this problem, this virus problem. Once we do that, everything else is going to fall into place."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "The best thing I can do over the stock market is we have to get through this crisis. That's what I can do. That's the best thing we can do. That's what I think about. Once, once this virus is gone, I think you're going to have a stock market like nobody's ever seen before."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "As far as the airlines are concerned, the airlines, we're going to back the airlines 100 percent. It's not their fault. It's nobody's fault. Unless you go to the original source, but it's nobody's fault. And we're going to be in a position to help the airlines very much. We've told the airlines we're going to help them."
SOT, Journalist: "Does the buck stop with you? And on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your response to this crisis?"
SOT, Donald Trump, US President: "I'd rate it a ten. I think we've done a great job. And it started with the fact that we kept a very highly infected country, despite all of the, even the professionals saying no, it's too early to do that. We were very, very early with respect to China. And we would have a whole different situation in this country if we didn't do that. I would rate it a very, very I would rate ourselves and the professionals, I think the professionals have done a fantastic job."
M/S Donald Trump leaving press briefing
SCRIPT
US President Donald Trump pledged support for airlines struggling amid the coronavirus outbreak, while praising his efforts in handling the crisis which, as he said, could last into August, in Washington DC, on Monday.
"As far as the airlines are concerned, the airlines, we're going to back the airlines 100 percent. It's not their fault. It's nobody's fault. Unless you go to the original source, but it's nobody's fault. And we're going to be in a position to help the airlines very much. We've told the airlines we're going to help them," said Trump.
Speaking about how long the health crisis could last, Trump said the country would cope with the virus "until July or August."
Answering the question about how he would rate his response to the coronavirus crisis on a scale from one to ten, Trump said: "I'd rate it a ten. I think we've done a great job."
According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States currently has 3,487 cases of the coronavirus with 68 deaths.