White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday said that the country could be “back to normal” by June as several states prepare to begin lifting restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“I think what you’ll see in May as the states are reopening now is May will be a transition month, you’ll see a lot of states starting to phase in the different reopening based on the safety guidelines that President Trump outlined on April 19,” Kushner said on “Fox & Friends.”
“I think you’ll see by June that a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again,” the president’s son-in-law continued.
Jared Kushner, the morning after we hit 1 million cases and more deaths than in the Vietnam War:
“We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.”pic.twitter.com/sRGDR4rNsl
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) April 29, 2020
The push to reopen states comes as cases in the U.S. are still climbing and health experts have cautioned that parts of the country will have to alternate between imposing strict social distancing measures and easing them back until there’s a vaccine in order to avoid new outbreaks.
There are more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Kushner, who has led what has been referred to as a “shadow task force” on the coronavirus, said the federal response has featured bipartisan cooperation and been a “great success story” even as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 61,000 on Wednesday.
“The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story,” he said. “And I think that’s really what needs to be told.”