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  • GETS UNDER WAY ON THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

  • NIGHT. WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN

  • WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN FROM OUR NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS

  • FROM OUR NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS HERE IN NEW YORK.

  • HERE IN NEW YORK. DAY 1,133 OF THIS TRUMP

  • DAY 1,133 OF THIS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

  • ADMINISTRATION. THAT LEAVES 251 DAYS UNTIL OUR

  • THAT LEAVES 251 DAYS UNTIL OUR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

  • 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. AND TONIGHT THE UNITED STATES IS

  • AND TONIGHT THE UNITED STATES IS PREPARING FOR THE POSSIBILITY,

  • PREPARING FOR THE POSSIBILITY, INDEED THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE

  • INDEED THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE INEVITABILITY, OF AN OUTBREAK OF

  • INEVITABILITY, OF AN OUTBREAK OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

  • THE CORONAVIRUS. JUST YESTERDAY IN FACT AN

  • JUST YESTERDAY IN FACT AN OFFICIAL WITH OUR CENTERS FOR

  • OFFICIAL WITH OUR CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAID, "IT’S NOT

  • DISEASE CONTROL SAID, "IT’S NOT SO MUCH A QUESTION OF IF THIS

  • SO MUCH A QUESTION OF IF THIS WILL HAPPEN ANYMORE BUT RATHER

  • WILL HAPPEN ANYMORE BUT RATHER MORE OF A QUESTION OF EXACTLY

  • MORE OF A QUESTION OF EXACTLY WHEN."

  • WHEN." NOT ACCORDING TO OUR PRESIDENT

  • NOT ACCORDING TO OUR PRESIDENT TODAY.

  • TODAY. THAT QUOTE WAS FROM YESTERDAY

  • THAT QUOTE WAS FROM YESTERDAY WHEN TRUMP WAS OUT OF THE

  • WHEN TRUMP WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

  • COUNTRY. TODAY BACK FROM INDIA, HE GAVE A

  • TODAY BACK FROM INDIA, HE GAVE A MARKEDLY DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE

  • MARKEDLY DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE

  • EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS.

  • CORONAVIRUS. AMONG OTHER THINGS HE SAID IT’S

  • AMONG OTHER THINGS HE SAID IT’S A FLU.

  • A FLU. HE SAID THERE ARE JUST 15 CASES

  • HE SAID THERE ARE JUST 15 CASES IN THE U.S. AND OF THOSE

  • IN THE U.S. AND OF THOSE FICTIONAL 15 HE SAID THEY ARE

  • FICTIONAL 15 HE SAID THEY ARE EITHER BETTER NOW OR CLOSE TO

  • EITHER BETTER NOW OR CLOSE TO BEING BETTER.

  • BEING BETTER. HE DOESN’T THINK THE SPREAD IS

  • HE DOESN’T THINK THE SPREAD IS INEVITABLE.

  • INEVITABLE. HE SAYS CHINA’S PRESIDENT IS

  • HE SAYS CHINA’S PRESIDENT IS WORKING SO HARD TO CONTAIN IT

  • WORKING SO HARD TO CONTAIN IT AND HE BELIEVES HIM WHEN HE SAYS

  • AND HE BELIEVES HIM WHEN HE SAYS HE’S REVERSING THE TREND.

  • HE’S REVERSING THE TREND. THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED

  • THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED MIKE PENCE HAS BEEN PUT IN

  • MIKE PENCE HAS BEEN PUT IN CHARGE OF THE EFFORT TO COMBAT

  • CHARGE OF THE EFFORT TO COMBAT AND CONTAIN THE VIRUS.

  • AND CONTAIN THE VIRUS. NOW SOME REAL NUMBERS.

  • NOW SOME REAL NUMBERS. AND THIS FIRST ONE HAS THE

  • AND THIS FIRST ONE HAS THE PRESIDENT UNSETTLED.

  • PRESIDENT UNSETTLED. THE DOW HAS DROPPED OVER 2,000

  • THE DOW HAS DROPPED OVER 2,000 POINTS SO FAR THIS WEEK.

  • POINTS SO FAR THIS WEEK. LARGELY BECAUSE OF UNCERTAINTY

  • LARGELY BECAUSE OF UNCERTAINTY OVER CORONAVIRUS AND THE SUPPLY

  • OVER CORONAVIRUS AND THE SUPPLY CHAINS FOR GLOBAL PRODUCTS THAT

  • CHAINS FOR GLOBAL PRODUCTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISRUPTED.

  • HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISRUPTED. SO FAR MORE THAN 81,000 PEOPLE

  • SO FAR MORE THAN 81,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SICKENED WORLDWIDE.

  • HAVE BEEN SICKENED WORLDWIDE. OVER 78,000 OF THOSE CASES ARE

  • OVER 78,000 OF THOSE CASES ARE IN CHINA.

  • IN CHINA. THAT WE KNOW OF.

  • THAT WE KNOW OF. THE VIRUS ALSO SPREADING

  • THE VIRUS ALSO SPREADING THROUGHOUT EUROPE NOW.

  • THROUGHOUT EUROPE NOW. ITALY REPORTING OVER 400 CASES.

  • ITALY REPORTING OVER 400 CASES. AND TONIGHT THAT SAME CDC IS

  • AND TONIGHT THAT SAME CDC IS CONFIRMING A NEW AND CONCERNING

  • CONFIRMING A NEW AND CONCERNING CASE IN CALIFORNIA.

  • CASE IN CALIFORNIA. CONCERNING BECAUSE IT’S A VICTIM

  • CONCERNING BECAUSE IT’S A VICTIM WITH NO KNOWN RECENT TRAVEL

  • WITH NO KNOWN RECENT TRAVEL HISTORY, NO KNOWN RECENT

  • HISTORY, NO KNOWN RECENT EXPOSURE TO ANYONE CARRYING THE

  • EXPOSURE TO ANYONE CARRYING THE VIRUS.

  • VIRUS. AND WITH THAT THEY SAY THE

  • AND WITH THAT THEY SAY THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WITH

  • NUMBER OF AMERICANS WITH CORONAVIRUS IS 60, NOT THE 15

  • CORONAVIRUS IS 60, NOT THE 15 THE PRESIDENT KEPT REFERRING TO

  • THE PRESIDENT KEPT REFERRING TO AS HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO SAY

  • AS HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO SAY HE DOESN’T THINK IT’S INEVITABLE

  • HE DOESN’T THINK IT’S INEVITABLE IT WILL SPREAD TO THE U.S.

  • IT WILL SPREAD TO THE U.S. >> I DON’T THINK IT’S

  • >> I DON’T THINK IT’S INEVITABLE.

  • INEVITABLE. IT PROBABLY WILL.

  • IT PROBABLY WILL. IT POSSIBLY WILL.

  • IT POSSIBLY WILL. IT COULD BE AT A VERY SMALL

  • IT COULD BE AT A VERY SMALL LEVEL.

  • LEVEL. IT COULD BE AT A LARGER LEVEL.

  • IT COULD BE AT A LARGER LEVEL. WHATEVER HAPPENS -- WE HAVE A

  • WHATEVER HAPPENS -- WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 15 PEOPLE.

  • TOTAL OF 15 PEOPLE. AND THEYRE IN THE PROCESS OF

  • AND THEYRE IN THE PROCESS OF RECOVERING, WITH SOME ALREADY

  • RECOVERING, WITH SOME ALREADY HAVING FULLY RECOVERED.

  • HAVING FULLY RECOVERED. WERE AT THAT VERY LOW LEVEL,

  • WERE AT THAT VERY LOW LEVEL, AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

  • AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. SO WERE AT THE LOW LEVEL.

  • SO WERE AT THE LOW LEVEL. AS THEY GET BETTER WE TAKE THEM

  • AS THEY GET BETTER WE TAKE THEM OFF THE LIST SO THAT WERE GOING

  • OFF THE LIST SO THAT WERE GOING TO BE PRETTY SOON AT ONLY FIVE

  • TO BE PRETTY SOON AT ONLY FIVE PEOPLE.

  • PEOPLE. AND WE COULD BE AT JUST ONE OR

  • AND WE COULD BE AT JUST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT SHORT

  • TWO PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

  • PERIOD OF TIME. AND AGAIN, WHEN YOU HAVE 15

  • AND AGAIN, WHEN YOU HAVE 15 PEOPLE AND THE 15 WITHIN A

  • PEOPLE AND THE 15 WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS IS GOING TO BE

  • COUPLE OF DAYS IS GOING TO BE DOWN TO CLOSE TO ZERO, THAT’S A

  • DOWN TO CLOSE TO ZERO, THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD JOB WEVE DONE.

  • PRETTY GOOD JOB WEVE DONE. >> AGAIN, TO BE CLEAR, THE TOTAL

  • >> AGAIN, TO BE CLEAR, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES

  • NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES PRESENTLY IN THE U.S. INCLUDING

  • PRESENTLY IN THE U.S. INCLUDING EVACUEES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IS

  • EVACUEES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IS 60.

  • 60. THE PRESIDENT ALSO MADE THIS

  • THE PRESIDENT ALSO MADE THIS PREDICTION ABOUT A VACCINE.

  • PREDICTION ABOUT A VACCINE. >> IT’S A LITTLE LIKE THE

  • >> IT’S A LITTLE LIKE THE REGULAR FLU THAT WE HAVE FLU

  • REGULAR FLU THAT WE HAVE FLU SHOTS FOR AND WELL ESSENTIALLY

  • SHOTS FOR AND WELL ESSENTIALLY HAVE A FLU SHOT FOR THIS IN A

  • HAVE A FLU SHOT FOR THIS IN A FAIRLY QUICK MANNER.

  • FAIRLY QUICK MANNER. >> BUT MOMENTS EARLIER A CDC

  • >> BUT MOMENTS EARLIER A CDC OFFICIAL FROM THAT VERY SAME

  • OFFICIAL FROM THAT VERY SAME LECTERN SAID A FINAL VACCINE IS

  • LECTERN SAID A FINAL VACCINE IS AT LEAST A YEAR TO 18 MONTHS

  • AT LEAST A YEAR TO 18 MONTHS AWAY.

  • AWAY. "WASHINGTON POST" IS REPORTING

  • "WASHINGTON POST" IS REPORTING TRUMP IS AGAIN VERY WORRIED

  • TRUMP IS AGAIN VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ALL

  • ABOUT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ALL THIS.

  • THIS. "TRUMP HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT

  • "TRUMP HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE MARKET AND HAS ENCOURAGED

  • THE MARKET AND HAS ENCOURAGED AIDES NOT TO GIVE PREDICTIONS

  • AIDES NOT TO GIVE PREDICTIONS THAT MIGHT CAUSE FURTHER

  • THAT MIGHT CAUSE FURTHER TREMORS.

  • TREMORS. PRIVATELY TRUMP HAS BECOME

  • PRIVATELY TRUMP HAS BECOME FURIOUS ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET

  • FURIOUS ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET SLIDE."

  • SLIDE." AND EARLIER TODAY THE PRESIDENT

  • AND EARLIER TODAY THE PRESIDENT ACCUSED THE MEDIA OF "DOING

  • ACCUSED THE MEDIA OF "DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE

  • EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE MISSPELLED CORONAVIRUS LOOKS AS

  • MISSPELLED CORONAVIRUS LOOKS AS BAD AS POSSIBLE INCLUDING

  • BAD AS POSSIBLE INCLUDING PANICKING MARKETS IF POSSIBLE."

  • PANICKING MARKETS IF POSSIBLE." JUST YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT’S

  • JUST YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT’S ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY

  • ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY, CHAD WOLF, WAS

  • SECRETARY, CHAD WOLF, WAS GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL.

  • GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL. REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN, NO

  • REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN, NO RELATION, KENNEDY OF LOUISIANA

  • RELATION, KENNEDY OF LOUISIANA WAS NOT IMPRESSED WITH WHAT HE

  • WAS NOT IMPRESSED WITH WHAT HE HEARD.

  • HEARD. >> HOW MANY ARE YOU

  • >> HOW MANY ARE YOU ANTICIPATING?

  • ANTICIPATING? >> AGAIN, WERE WORKING WITH HHS

  • >> AGAIN, WERE WORKING WITH HHS TO DETERMINE THAT.

  • TO DETERMINE THAT. >> HOW MANY ARE YOU

  • >> HOW MANY ARE YOU ANTICIPATING?

  • ANTICIPATING? >> WE DO ANTICIPATE THE NUMBER

  • >> WE DO ANTICIPATE THE NUMBER WILL GROW.

  • WILL GROW. I DON’T HAVE AN EXACT FIGURE FOR

  • I DON’T HAVE AN EXACT FIGURE FOR YOU, THOUGH.

  • YOU, THOUGH. >> DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE?

  • >> DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE? IS SOMEONE MODELING THAT?

  • IS SOMEONE MODELING THAT? DO YOU HAVE ANY WAY OF GUESSING?

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY WAY OF GUESSING? >> AGAIN, HHS, THEYRE MEDICAL

  • >> AGAIN, HHS, THEYRE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS --

  • PROFESSIONALS -- >> BUT YOURE HEAD OF HOMELAND

  • >> BUT YOURE HEAD OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

  • SECURITY. >> YES, SIR.

  • >> YES, SIR. >> AND YOUR JOB IS TO KEEP US

  • >> AND YOUR JOB IS TO KEEP US SAFE.

  • SAFE. YOU CAN’T TELL US HOW MANY YOUR

  • YOU CAN’T TELL US HOW MANY YOUR MODELS ARE ANTICIPATING?

  • MODELS ARE ANTICIPATING? >> NO, SENATOR.