President Donald Trump said Sunday that while it is normal for some states to ease restrictions more slowly than others, he believes some are moving too slowly to reopen their economies.
“Certain states are going to have to take a little more time in getting open, and theyre doing that,” Trump said at a virtual “town hall” televised by Fox News on Sunday.
“Some states, I think, frankly, arent going fast enough,” he added, before singling out Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for extending his stay-at-home order to mid-June.
“You have some states that, Virginia, they want to close down until the middle of June,” Trump said. “I really believe that you can go to parks, you can go to beaches … And I really think the public has been incredible. Thats one of the reasons we are successful.”
Seeking to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, Trump said that “you can satisfy both”—gradually lift lockdowns while also protecting people from the pandemic. As of Monday, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 and that emerged from China late last year, has killed tens of thousands of Americans.
At the town hall, Trump gave a revised estimate for the countrys overall COVID-19 death count.
“Were going to lose anywhere from 75, 80, to 100,000 people,” he said. “Thats a horrible thing. We shouldnt lose one person over this.”
Acknowledging valid fears on both sides of the issue, with some people worried about getting sick or dying while others devastated by lost jobs or bankrupt businesses, Trump said, “We have to get it back open safely but as quickly as possible.”
Republican National Committee Deputy Communications Director Cassie Smedile reacted to Trump singling out some states for failing to reopen sufficiently quickly.
“The president made a very good point last night when he said that this has to be a balancing act,” she said during an appearance onRead More From Source