“I felt truly an obligation to come here today to state hi to the people of North Carolina,” President Donald Trump informed a cheering crowd of fans upon his arrival at the Asheville Regional Airport on Aug. 24.
Trump touched down in Marine One from Charlotte at about 2:53 p.m. From the airport, the president took a trip through motorcade to Flavor 1st Growers and Packers on Banner Farm Road in Mills River.
“You know, we worked out a program where all of the food that was being squandered goes to individuals and assisting individuals during the pandemic,” the president said of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program, funded through the Coronavirus Food Help Program. Taste 1st partners with Baptists on Mission to load some of the boxes for the program.
Trump then turned his attention to the coronavirus and other concerns, along with the Republican National Convention, which kicked off previously in the day.
Vaccines against COVID-19, Trump stated, “are going to be, I believe, announced very soon.” He likewise promoted the federal Fda’s Aug. 23 emergency usage authorization of convalescent plasma to deal with the disease. “Ideally you will not require it, however we have it and remdesivir and so lots of others,” Trump said.
New COVID-19 cases, Trump asserted, are decreasing; according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance, the seven-day rolling average of brand-new cases in the U.S. has actually decreased from a peak of almost 67,000 on July 24 to roughly 43,000 on Aug. 23, the most recent day for which information is readily available. “But it’s going to be fading and it is beginning to fade. Florida’s getting far better; California is getting far better,” he stated, urging crowd members to “take a look at the incredible success we have actually had compared to other places.”
The president promoted his administration’s record prior to and during the pandemic. “As you understand, prior to the afflict being available in from China, we struck numbers the similarity which have actually never been seen. Our work numbers. Every number. Stock exchange. Now you look at it today: The stock market is just about set to break the all-time record. … To me, that resembles a leading indicator. Everything’s following. The economy’s going to come back. Next year, we’re going to have one of the best years financially and in other ways that we have actually ever had before.”
Trump gave a shoutout to White Home Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, previously the agent for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional district, which now extends from the Asheville area west to the state line. “And he’s going to have a great young man take his location,” Trump said, referring to Republican prospect Madison Cawthorn.
“This has been a real love fest between North Carolina and Trump, right?” the president asked. The crowd reacted with loud cheers and calls of “We love you.”