When questioned about how he plans to handle a possible resurgence of the virus, the president was clear he doesn’t aim to take executive action that would shut down businesses.
“We’re not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires.”
The president offered his confidence in the nation’s ability to contain future outbreaks, calling them “embers.” Trump appears to have made a plan for the government to add to the efforts of individuals and healthcare workers, without affecting businesses.
“Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going to put it out. But we’re not closing our country.”
Trump says he won’t shut down country again if there’s a second wave. pic.twitter.com/OeCGspqvEP
— Barrett Wilson (@BarrettWilson6) May 21, 2020
Trump’s statement came on the heels of weeks of shutdown by all businesses not deemed “essential,” as healthcare workers and scientists scrambled to come up with a way to keep Americans safe from COVID-19.
States across the nation have begun to slowly reopen and all 50 states have submitted proposals on how to lift restrictions. However, these methods are all different and have the states’ economies restarting at varying speeds, according to The Hill.
While some states are still trying to sort out what their “new normal” will look like, health experts — including Dr. Anthony Fauci — have continued their work on the White House coronavirus task force, warning about a possible second wave of the virus this winter.
Fauci testified before a Senate panel last week, saying that he believed a resurgence could be worse than the first occurrence. The doctor attempted to impress on lawmakers his belief that the government’s only hope for the future was to continue to expand testing and contact tracing, as well as the production of medical equipment.
“I hope that if we do have the threat of a second wave we will be able to deal with it very effectively to prevent it from becoming an outbreak not only worse than now but much, much less.”
While continuing his support of the coronavirus task force, the president has emphasized the need for the economy to reopen, citing the 30 million jobs lost as its own threat to the nation’s future.
“A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down. We did the right thing but now it’s time to open it up.”
This statement about the economy isn’t the only controversial thing Trump has done recently. As The Inquisitr previously reported, on Thursday he visited a Ford manufacturing plant in Michigan, where he went against the state’s orders to wear a face covering, despite threats by the state’s attorney general to take legal action if he didn’t wear a mask.