The Coronavirus shutdown is hurting the economy and killing jobs.
Trump knows this, and while he is doing everything he can to help save lives, he has to think about the nation’s economic health too.
On Monday, Trump began talking about getting people back to work.
The Hill reports:
Trump signals openings: US not ‘built to be shut down’
President Trump said Monday that his administration would work to allow local economies to “cautiously resume” activities at the appropriate time amid the coronavirus outbreak, adding that the United States “wasn’t built to be shut down.”
“Our public health experts, who are terrific, are studying the variation and the disease across the country, and we will be using data to recommend new protocols to allow local economies to cautiously resume their activity at the appropriate time,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room Monday evening.
“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” Trump continued. “This is not a country that was built for this.”
The remarks came one week after Trump announced social distancing recommendations for the American public, and they represented a definitive signal the president would work to loosen those guidelines for certain areas of the United States in the near future.
Watch the video below:
“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” President Trump says, adding that he will make a decision on federal social distancing guidance once the 15-day period of initial guidance is over.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 23, 2020
We may have to open just certain areas and go slowly.
But America definitely needs to reopen.
We can’t go on like this.