‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April

‘I’d love to have it open by Easter’: Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April

President Donald Trump on Tuesday revealed that he is aiming to resurrect the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday, beginning Americans’ return to daily life amid the coronavirus pandemic in less than three weeks.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter, OK? I would love to have it open by Easter. I will tell you that right now,” Trump said during a virtual town hall event on Fox News.

“I would love to have that — it’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this, too,” he added. “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

The president this week has signaled his eagerness to bring an end to the strict preventative measures his administration imposed last Monday, which called for a 15-day period of social distancing.

Those guidelines, as well as more severe directives from state and local authorities, have thrust he U.S. economy into a severe recession as Americans remain largely confined to their homes and both large corporations and small businesses falter and shed employees.

Although Trump said he hopes to begin relaxing the federal government’s social-distancing guidance by Easter, he did not say what directives, if any, the U.S. government would release to bridge the 13-day gap between then and the end of the current “15 days to slow the spread” period, which wraps up at the end of this weekend.

Published at Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:02:11 +0000

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