Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter

Andrew Cummings
March 25, 2020

Congressional leaders said Tuesday that they were getting closer all the time to delivering a major boost by passing a almost US$2 trillion (S$2.9 trillion) rescue package for businesses, ordinary Americans and hospitals reeling from the shutdown. The permanent damage that could inflict on the U.S. economy "would be hard to ever recover from". He said. "No American is going to say 'accelerate the economy at the cost of human life'".

Medical experts, many of whom are coordinating the response at Boston's top hospitals, agreed. "But we'll see", he said. People can carry the virus without showing symptoms. "We will come back strong!" He argued that tens of thousands of Americans die from the seasonal flu or in automobile accidents and "we don't turn the country off".

But the president appears increasingly impatient with those restrictions and their ripple effects in the economy. Trump's Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said, "We're not abandoning the health professionals' advice but there is a clamour to try to reopen the economy, perhaps make it less of a shut-in".

During a live town hall broadcast on Fox News Channel and later at a briefing with reporters at the White House, he said he would like to have businesses opening their doors again by Easter, which will be celebrated on April 12.

Furthermore, at an early evening White House press briefing, Trump said his administration is devising a "sophisticated" plan for "reopening" the economy.

"Trump is excited about the prospect of packed churches for Easter Sunday, "said political commentator Joshua Potash". However, no new cases or deaths were reported in Washington, the state which was first hit by the pathogen in the US.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNBC on Tuesday morning that there was "real optimism" that a piece of legislation that is "much more worker-oriented" than McConnell's original proposal will be agreed upon.

"And they're going to pay interest and they're probably going to give stock in their company to the people of our country, to the taxpayers of our country, to the citizens of our country", Trump said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state now has the most confirmed cases and deaths in the country, warned at a news briefing Tuesday against normalizing economic life for the time being.

Dr Fauci said while the focus right now was on hotspots areas like NY, there was a need to know about the level of coronavirus penetration in other parts of the country as well. Medical experts, however, say reopening so soon would be risky. "I mean, that's just good public health practice and common sense".

His own press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, quarantined since coming into contact with Brazilian officials nearly two weeks ago, has tested negative, the White House said Tuesday.

Lorena Garcia, an epidemiology professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine who studies health disparities, said social distancing can help slow the virus as quickly as possible so those people can return to work safely.

"To the president, you are right to want to jump-start the economy, but don't try to create an economic bump that leads to a spike in the virus", Graham continued. Many consumers would continue to avoid crowded restaurants, stores, and theaters.

Donald Trump is aiming to reopen "large sections of the country" by Easter, he told reporters on Tuesday, as officials advised anyone who has recently left NY to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Stevenson said the White House narrative is misleading by making people think that somehow they have to choose between a high standard of living or their health.

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