President Trump on Tuesday said some Americans would be “affected badly” by the decision to begin reopening the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Arizona, Trump said that the “people of our country our warriors” and argued that the country had to reopen soon even if everything was not perfect.
“And yes, will some people be affected? Yes,” Trump added. “Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”
Trump on why businesses should reopen: "I'm viewing our great citizens of this country to a certain extent and to a large extent as warriors. They're warriors. We can't keep our country closed. We have to open our country … Will some people be badly affected? Yes." pic.twitter.com/hNXws4bwtd
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Trump echoed those remarks during an interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight,” warning the country that it is “possible” there will be some coronavirus deaths as states start to relax quarantine measures.
“It’s possible there will be some, because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said. “At the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.”
BREAKING: Pres. Trump tells @DavidMuir "it's possible there will be some" deaths as states ease coronavirus restrictions, acknowledging it was the choice the U.S. faces to reopen the economy.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 5, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday that reopening represented a balance of “how many deaths and how much suffering are you willing to accept to get back to what you want to be some form of normality sooner rather than later.”