President Donald Trump touts jobs reports as COVID-19 cases spike at record levels

President Donald Trump to hold a briefing on COVID-19 response
Posted at 6:19 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 13:20:50-04

President Donald Trump briefly appeared before reporters Thursday to tout June's job report as coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country.

Trump said the report — which was released about an hour before the briefing — showed an increase in consumer confidence. He also touted big gains in the stock market, which just closed one of its best quarters in decades.

"It's coming back bigger and faster," Trump said.

The briefing came a day after Johns Hopkins reported that the U.S. reported its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases.

"We have some areas where we're putting out the flames or the fires, and that's working out well," Trump said. "I think you'll see that shortly."

Trump left the briefing room without taking questions from reporters. Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin took questions following Trump's departure.

Mnuchin said that he feels states are "acting appropriately" in pausing some aspects of their reopening processes, and said that the Trump administration encourages all Americans to wear a mask. However, he added that he does not feel Trump needs to wear a mask because those who work with him daily are regularly tested for the virus.

Mnuchin added that he believed that "most" schools would be able to open normally in the fall and that the administration was investigating ways to get federal funds to schools to facilitate reopening.

"We want to make sure kids are safe," Mnuchin said.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
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Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27

Rosamond Library
3611 Rosamond Blvd, Rosamond CA 93560

Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin

Wasco Library
1102 7th Street

County-Provided Sites
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Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
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Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
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Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
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Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
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Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

Lamont - Kern County Library
8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA 93241
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Taft - West Side Health Care District
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