Donald Trump thinks being the commander-in-chief means he is the inspector-in-chief and the decider-in-chief. He has been listening to corporate CEOs, and he is eager to open up the country’s economy in the misguided belief that doing so would give the stock market a boost. That would mean people must go back to work before it is safe. It would also mean that another possibly stronger ripple of coronavirus could attack America. Health experts have been advising him to move in a safer direction..
Arguably the leading virologist in the country and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci has been leading Trump’s coronavirus task force. He said according to The New York Times:
‘This is not the time to feel that since we have made such important advances in the sense of success of the mitigation that we need to be pulling back at all.’
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
Saturday, POTUS claimed he would rely “on a lot of facts and instincts” to decide when to take people out of their homes and move them back into the workplace. Earlier, Trump said that it was his decision when to reopen the economy, claiming it would be:
‘[T]he toughest decision I ever made and hopefully the most difficult I will ever have to make. I hope I’m going to make the right decision. I will be basing it on a lot of very smart people, a lot of professionals, doctors and business leaders. There are a lot of things that go into a decision like that. And it’s going to be based on a lot of facts and instincts. Whether you like it or not, there is a certain instinct to it.’
Trump said earlier this month that Americans’ health was more important than the economy. Friday, the president said he wanted to open the economy “as soon as possible” and would convene an “Opening Our Country Council.“
‘This country was meant to be open and vibrant and great.’
So that he did not assume all of the blame, Trump’s decision group would also include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, first daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump, plus CEO’s.
‘I think we’ll be substantially under that number (the 100,000 forecast). Hard to believe that if you have 60,000, you can never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally told.’
Yet, one of his health advisers Dr. Deborah Birx urged testing:
‘As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak. Is this the tip of the iceberg, or is this half the iceberg or three-quarters of the iceberg that we’ve seen to date?’
At this time, the United States has 549,131 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 21,656 deaths from the pandemic.
Many Trump supporters jumped onto Twitter world. This is what they and also the citizens of this great country had to say:
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