President Donald Trump cites the impending decision to reopen the country for trade, travel and ordinary life as one of the greatest he has ever dealt with.
“I’m going to have to make a decision, and I’m just hoping God is the right decision,” Trump said at the White House on Friday when U.S. coronavirus deaths exceeded 18,000.
“Without a doubt, this is the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” said Trump.
Trump no doubt praised his approach to the outbreak and repeatedly announced the decision to shut down travel from China while it was spreading – although later reports indicate that hundreds of thousands of people flew here from China before the ban, and new tests point to the world – the topping outbreak in New York may be related to an infection from Europe.
“Without a doubt, this is the biggest decision I have ever had to make,” President Trump said of the decision to reopen the country.
The president, known to shun long briefing books and speak of confidence in his instincts, said he will rely on scientists and a team of as-yet-unannounced advisors as he reflects on the decision that will affect mortality, unemployment rates – and his own re-election.
Issuing guidelines for Americans to stay at home and avoid large groups – first for 15 days, then for another 30 – was also a daunting decision. But Trump has said repeatedly that he would like to “reopen” the country and is setting up a new task force to consider the factors.
Public health officials warn that if the Americans return to school and work prematurely, the nation could face a second wave of infections and additional economic setbacks. Currently, more than 16 million Americans have claimed unemployment.
Trump pondered the topic at his press conference just before Easter – when he previously suggested that the nation might be ready to reopen.
“I don’t know if I had a bigger decision than that, if you think, right? I mean, think of that decision, someone said, “It’s all up to the president,” and it is. I don’t know if I made a bigger decision, “Trump said.
Trump had hopefully reopened the country at Easter. It has been found that deaths and infections are increasing in the US. The current guidelines run until the end of April
A man in a wheelchair crosses an almost empty 7th Avenue on Times Square in Manhattan during the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, USA, April 7, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020, a pedestrian without traffic walks down Water Street in New York’s financial district. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness or death
La Jolla Shores beach is shown empty during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in San Diego, California, USA, April 6, 2020
Pacific beaches empty after Los Angeles issues a home order and closed beaches and state parks, while the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in Manhattan Beach, California, USA, April 2, 2020
In fact, it’s governors and mayors who have imposed a home stay on many U.S. citizens, and Trump has remarkably refused to demand that all states impose them. But states and places will certainly be led by the White House, and the president has a lot of power.
“But I’m going to surround myself with the greatest minds. Not only the greatest minds in many different companies, including politics and reason, and we’re going to make a decision and hopefully this will be the right decision. I will say this, we want to get it open as soon as possible, ”Trump said of his task force.
Public health officials who reopen before therapeutic treatments or strategies are in place could lead to another outbreak. Decreases in deaths and infections at hotspots like New York are likely due to social distance, government experts say.
As for naming the body, which will be unveiled on Tuesday, Trump said, “I call it our country’s opening task force. Or opening our country council ‘, because there is already a task force on the corona virus.
Trump made the statement on Friday, after tweeting a video of an Oval Office prayer, saying he plans to watch an Easter sermon by Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress on his laptop Sunday.
Trump also stated that the nation would not have a single universal test for the coronavirus, having previously said that any American who wanted a test would get one.
On Friday, he said it was only necessary to test for ‘hotspots’ and areas with flare-ups – although research has shown that many people with the coronavirus do not show symptoms.
“You will see that no one gets sick anymore,” said Trump. “It will be gone and it won’t be long.”
“People don’t go to the hospital, people don’t get sick,” Trump said.
A Libertarian American Enterprise Institute paper states that the country should only be reopened when ‘widespread tests’ are available for’have public health officials detect and control any future outbreaks before everything has to be shut down. ‘