President Trump has set a target date for re-opening American and the economy. The President revealed that he would like to get the country opened back up by Easter.
Easter this year falls on April 12th.
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 24, 2020
“I would to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” pic.twitter.com/MOHuwlsInR
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According to Fox News:
President Trump said Tuesday during a Fox News virtual townhall that he wants the country’s economy re-opened by Easter amid questions over how long people should stay home and businesses should remain closed to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking from the Rose Garden alongside others on his coronavirus taskforce, Trump said he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” The holiday this year lands on April 12.
Trump argued he doesn’t want “to turn the country off” and see a continued economic downfall from the pandemic. He also said he worries the U.S. will see “suicides by the thousands” if coronavirus devastates the economy.
“We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off,” Trump said during the interview.
Vice President Mike Pence also made it clear that the administration is not considering a nationwide lockdown despite media reports to the contrary.