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president-elect, stay with c-span for live coverage of the election process and transition of power. c-span, your unfiltered view of politics. ♪ >> white house press secretary kaylee mcelhinney to questions on covid and the legal challenges to the presidential election by the trump administration. she denied that the administration has interfered transition of the biden administration.
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> -- that is extort neri. -- extraordinary. the trump administration agreed to provide pfizer with $1.95 billion to manufacture and distribute their covid vaccine, allowing this vaccine to be provided free for the american people. while democrats were pursuing a highly divisive and entirely baseless impeachment endeavo,r as far back as january 13, this president, the trump administration and the nonstudent -- national institute of health were partnering with moderna to work on this vaccine. this administration has remain engaged on the development and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine throughout the year. it began in january and continued thereafter. on may 15, operation warp speed
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was launched. out some temer 16th, we released -- september 16, we tw releasedo documents that were the strategic distribution overview and interim playbook for state, tribal, territorial and local health programs and partners. on september 23, we provided $200 million to jurisdictions to support plans for eventual distribution. on october 14, we provided $31 million for vaccine related consumable products. on october 16, we made agreements with cvs and walgreens to administer vaccines to residents of. long-term care facilities. actctober 21 under the prep , we achieve guidance, authorizing qualified pharmacy technicians to administer the vaccine. announced at, we mckesson corporation will produce, store, and distribute vaccine ancillary supply kits on
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behalf of the strategic national stockpile to help health care workers administer the vaccine. on november 12, we announced of the partnership with a large chain pharmacies and independent regional ones to deliver safe and effective vaccines. the and president in response to this pandemic has a ready saved -- the unprecedented response to the pandemic has already saved many american lives. now, with multiple safe and effective vaccines just around the corner, we urge all americans to wash her hands, socially distance, wear a mask when you cannot do so. i will take questions. >> i want to ask you a question that i am asked fairly often away from the white house. with respect to what rudy giuliani and the legal team on the campaign side had to say yesterday, let's suggested that there is evidence of fraud, regularities, even malicious intent with respect to vote totals. what would be the pathway or
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strategy to overturn what the campaign believes is a flawed election? are we talking about a judicial pathway? are we talking about a legislative pathway? how soon my americans be able to get their hands on a covid vaccine? >> yes, so to your first point, i would say there has been multiple pieces of litigation filed across the country by various individuals, the campaign and others. i will leave it to the campaign to make those determinations on how to proceed. the president has been very clear, he wants every legal vote to be counted on to make sure no illegal votes are counted. with regards to a vaccine, we believe there will be 40 million doses available by the end of the year. this is extraordinary. this is the fastest vaccine in history by 5-fold. it is really extraordinary progress. you have heard dr. fauci and others say that and it was only made possible by this president,
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who said at the same time i am producing a vaccine, i am going to do something novel, i am going to manufacture it. many lives will be saved thanks to president trump at operation warp speed. >> is there a concern inside the white house that a lack of working with a potential or presumptive president-elect biden team will somehow slow down the distribution of the covid vaccine? >> i am glad you asked that question. not in the slightest. former, i did hear the vice president say yesterday he was concerned about not being able to distribute a vaccine, he should not be. maybe he has not seen. we have publicly available that plan i mentioned in the opening. it is that covid-19 vaccination program, the interim playbook. this is publicly available if the former vice president would like to read through it. we have already, going back months, partnered with the 64
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jurisdictions in this country to make sure that they each had individualized distribution plans. those have been assessed. those have been made certain that they are good and operational. this work has been ongoing. there is a distribution plan in place, which is why you heard general perna say yesterday that within 24 hours of getting that emergency use authorization, we will be able to distribute this across the country. >> when are you going to admit you lost! --when does the president what does the president plan to discuss this afternoon with the two michigan lawmakers? ask to appoint electors? >> he will be meeting later on. this is not an advocacy meeting. there will be no one from the campaign there. he routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country. >> when will you admit you lost election? >> at what point does the
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president concede the race and allow for a proper transition. right now -- transition? >> right now, there is ongoing litigation. 74 million americans voted for this president, more votes than any president has gotten in history. it's really extraordinary. there are very real claims that the campaign is pursuing, 34 pages of affidavits publicly available in one county alone, wayne county. two individuals on the canvassing board have declined to certify. these are real claims. these individuals deserve to be heard. this is a system that had never been tried in american history, mass mail out voting, which is particularly prone to fraud. those claims deserve to be pursued. has anyone from the white house spoken with gsa, with a gsa,irector of about the time for ascertaining when the next president will be? >> absolutely not. gsa will make the determination
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of ascertainment at the right moment. right now, there is a constitutional process being played out, questions being asked in court, but they will determine when it is reached. >> senator lamar alexander has put out a statement encouraging the trump administration in the absence of ascertainment to begin allowing the biden team access, full access to everything they need for a transition, access to real-time data. >> there is a presidential transition act that determines exactly what an administration needs to do in advance of an election. we have done everything statutorily required. we will continue to do that. >> it's after election. >> i have a question for a follow-up. has the president or anyone in the administration instructed officials not to engage or have conversations with members of the biden transition team? >> i certainly have never been
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instructed that. i've never heard of on instruction to that end. >> my second question is about covid. yesterday, a lot of what we heard from the doctors basically saying at the end of march. back then, the projections were that 100,000 americans will die. as you know, we have surpassed that by 2.5 times. did the administration fail to communicate how serious this threat was to the american people? how else do you explain what went wrong? >> i would say the initial projection that our doctors gave us was 2 million people that would lose their lives. it's a tragedy anytime one life is lost, but we are far below the 2 million that this could have been. we took very aggressive measures at the beginning of this with the china travel ban, creating the greatest testing system in the entire world. we have six working therapeutics right now. the fact that we continue to identify more and more.
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the fact that i believe we have a chart on this, a fatality chart, deaths by hundred for age and month. --you can see him at death as you can see, deaths have come down for every age group. that redline is a testament to what this president has done. reducestics hospitalization in high-risk seniors with mild to moderate covid by 70%. that is american ingenuity rising to the occasion and president trump oversaw all of this. we are seeing cases arise. it's very important to wash her hands, socially distance. >> do you think the mixed messaging contributed to that? example,ek, for yesterday, vice president pence wanted to make clear that they supported state and local decision-making. you calledys ago, some of those state guidelines wellian.
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>> two things can happen at once, taking covid seriously, engaging in aggressive mitigation, but also recognizing that the american people have certain freedoms. it is by definition orwellian for a state like oregon to say if you have more than six people in your family congregate in your home, we can jail you for 30 days. that's not the american way. the american people know cdc recommendations, guidelines. the american people still have certain freedoms, still have autonomy and still can make important self responsibility decisions themselves. you.ce to see saidnight, tucker carlsen sydney powell had failed to provide evidence for her assertion about communist money and 2020 election. another journalist who has been very fair to this white house said it was a turning point.
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republicans were feeling that the legal maneuvers just are not working. did you all have a reaction to that when you saw that and heard about it? >> again, that would be a question for the campaign. we at the white house are aggressively working on covid, winding down the wars in afghanistan and iraq, among others. there will be a drug pricing announcement later in the afternoon as well. foray i ask a question jackson richmond, who cannot be here for social distancing? his question is about jonathan pollard. as the president willing to commute his parole conditions are pardon him as the doj extends his parole? have you been getting any calls from the jewish community to take action on this case? >> i have not heard about that. i have not looked into the particular case. >> back to the topic of concession.
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is there something the president needs to see before making that call? is it the end of the lawsuits whenever they wrap up? certify results in different counties or december 14 when the electoral college casts bouts? -- ballots? >> the president is pursuing ongoing litigation and we will wait for that litigation to player. >> it is the end of the litigation that we would need to see? >> there is an entire constitutional process to electors casting their ballots and i will leave that to the president. >> thank you. showing real-time data irregularities in the voting system that we have launched. i questioned the campaign and asked the white house, where is the fbi in this entire scheme? are they looking at any of the evidence that this white house or the campaign have presented in terms of real-time data evidence of voter irregularity? >> i would refer you to the fbi
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t. that, to the doj on tha in thediscernible] -- last three weeks? >> not that i am aware of. there is real questions. we have put those questions forward. there was a bipartisan commission that talked about and identified the real potential for fraud with mass mail-in voting. also, something that i would note is, we talked a lot about transfer of power and the election. it is worth remembering that this president was never given an orderly transition of power. his presidency was never accepted. in fact, before the election, his election, we know crossfire hurricane was launched to pursue a baseless allegation about the president's ties with russia. that's before he was president, trying to subvert the will of the american people. in august, he sent a text
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message about an insurance policy against a trump residency, once again trying to silence the voice of the american people. in october, there was a fisa warrant taken out to spy on the trump campaign. the american people spoke commanding the in electing president trump. what happened after he was elected? 70 lawmakers said we are not coming to his inauguration, democratic lawmakers. you had elizabeth warren saying we are going to attempt to obstruct the trump transition by urging the government accountability office to investigate the incoming trump transition. in january of that year, you had president obama have a by the book meeting where they talked about the logan act, using that act to go after michael flynn. just before the inauguration, you had this promotion and publishing of this bogus steele dossier that has been widely debunked. you had the molar investigation,
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muelleras -- investigation. many sought to undermine him, discredit him, delegitimize him and deny his victory. there were no calls for unity, no calls for healing. while every legal vote is counted, let us not forget the inexcusable transition or lack there of that president trump fouro enter in 2016 and years into his presidency. thank you for the very good and substantive questions. you are taking questions. you just took about five. that's not doing your job, your taxpayer-funded job. >> she ignored me. president trump announced new
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rules to reduce prescription drug prizes and that pfizer had -- prices and that pfizer had applied for emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine. -dosewo vaccine -- two vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the disease. >> two weeks ago thursday. shuttering] president trump: thank you very much. this is a very big announcement, the biggest ever concerning drugs and drug pricing. so today, i have to tell you it's a great honor for me to announce that my administration is issuing two groundbreaking rules to very dramatically lower the price of prescription drugs for the american people, especially for our cherished seniors.