Watch live: Trump announces billions in funding for Puerto Rico


President Trump announced billions in funding for Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory whose leadership the president has derided in the past.

Mr. Trump made the announcement in a White House news conference. The announcement comes ahead of the election, as the president is head-to-head with former Vice President Joe Biden in Florida. 

“We’ve done more for Puerto Rico than anybody,” Mr. Trump said. 

Asked why he’s pushing for the aid package now so close to the election instead of a year ago, Mr. Trump said, “because what we’re doing is we’ve been working on it for a long time.” 

Mr. Trump also insisted a coronavirus vaccine is just around the corner. The president claimed 100 million doses will be manufactured by the end of the year, and enough doses for every American will be available by the end of April. 

On Friday, the president tried to insist that former Vice President Joe Biden did a horrible job handling the H1N1 pandemic, while his administration has done a much better job with a much tougher virus. 

“Biden FAILED BADLY with the Swine Flu. It was the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”. He didn’t have a clue. We have done an incredible job with the much tougher China Virus!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12,469 Americans died from H1N1 from April 2009 to April 2010, while 196,277 Americans have died so far from COVID-19 over six months.

How to watch President Trump’s news conference

  • What: President Trump holds a news conference
  • Date: August 5, 2020 
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: The White House
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN – in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device 

Mr. Trump visited Wisconsin Thursday night for a campaign rally, and he’ll be in Minnesota on Friday night for another rally. The president is trying to win both of those midwestern states in November. 

On Thursday night, Mr. Trump suggested coronavirus statistic would be much better without Democrat-run states. 

“We’re doing a great job. But if you really see a great job,” Mr. Trump said Thursday night. “Take New York and some of these other Democrat run states out of it. You’ll see numbers that are unbelievable. Because New York had a very, very hard time. A lot of bad things happened. But if you take a few states out and you’ll really see numbers.”

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