Trump says U.S. “was not built to be shut down,” signaling eagerness to reboot economy

President Trump said Monday that he wants the economy to return to full speed as soon as possible in the context of the current coronavirus crisis. In a briefing for the Coronavirus Control Task Force, he said his policy will reassess the 15-day handbook published by the White House last week when that time has passed and will soon issue new guidelines on how to return to a more normal workforce and economy.

Our country was not built to be closed off. This is not the land that was built for her. It is not meant to be closed, Trump said in his presentation, which stressed the need to reopen and stimulate the economy. … We won’t let the drug be worse than the problem.

The President’s tone on Monday marked a major change after a week of terrible warnings from the White House and a call for people to take social distance seriously. Just a few days ago, the president stood on the same podium and warned the Americans that the epidemic could last until July or August.

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Trump said Monday that the United States would soon be open to business, although health officials warned that Americans should be prepared to continue social exclusion and closure for some time. Mr Trump stressed that the country has learned to change its habits and that it can do two things at the same time: take social distance and go back to work. He also stated that, in his view, the health authorities have no objection to the idea of relaxing restrictions in the future.

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President Trump will speak at a daily briefing on the coronavirus response by Attorney General William Barr and Ambassador Debbie Birks, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, and other members of the Coronavirus Policy Task Force, at the White House in Washington, D.C., September 23-24. March 2020.

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Monday evening’s press conference was attended by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading expert on infectious diseases. When asked whether Fauci agreed with the desire to normalise the economy quickly, Trump said no.

He’s not here because we don’t discuss what he does best, Trump said. Fauci is a leading expert on infectious diseases and a key member of the Coronavirus Working Group, which has informed the public through various media interviews.

According to White House correspondent Paula Reid of CBS News, the president wants to get the economy back on track as soon as possible, as company closures are cutting jobs and pushing the stock market into a downward spiral.

The U.S. Surgeon General about the federal government’s efforts to distribute medical supplies…

The president announced that the administration is working to distribute millions of masks to the most affected areas.

FEMA currently distributes 8 million N95 respirators and 13.3 million surgical masks throughout the country. We focused on the areas most needed and sent 73 pallets of personal protective equipment to New York City and 36 pallets to Washington State, DC, as the president said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the working group, said self-tests will be available soon. Birks said she reacted negatively to the coronavirus after a weekend of low-grade fever.

This weekend, Vice President Mike Pence announced that his staff had tested positive for the virus. Pence said he and his wife tested negative and Trump said first lady Melanie Trump tested negative on Monday. Sir, sir. Trump was tested last week and the White House said the test was negative.

The Senate has not yet voted on procedural issues to promote the coronavirus stimulus package, while House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said she intends to present her own proposal.

More and more governors are demanding that residents stay in their homes and are ordering the closure of businesses that are considered insignificant, increasing pressure on legislators to provide rapid assistance to those affected by the coronavirus. Trump told reporters Monday that he’d keep an eye on every stimulus package.

Another reason for the tension on Capitol Hill was the revelation that Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, had tested positive for the coronavirus. After the announcement, two other GOP senators, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney from Utah, said they would stay in self-quarantine for 14 days because they had made contact with Paul.

Republican senators Rick Scott from Florida and Cory Gardner from Colorado have already instituted self-quarantine for possible exposure to the coronavirus.

A total of five Republicans are in self-quarantine and cannot vote in the Senate by lowering their rank.