Trump thinks the American future looks bright
The president and his task force believe that there is much to be hopeful about as we continue to battle the coronavirus.
Though the death rates continue to increase this week, as Drs. Fauci and Birx predicted (with New York hitting another record number of fatalities), Dr. Fauci reported that there has also been a decrease in hospitalizations, and models are now showing the overall fatality rate to be at around 60,000 vs. 250,000. He says that this proves the mitigation efforts are working.
With this in mind, and with 6.6 million more Americans filed for unemployment, the president is eager to re-open the economy. He says that there is not a set amount of coronavirus tests that need to be completed in order to do this. Though journalists questioned this at the briefing, many in opposition to the president and pushing for more testing, Dr. Fauci reminded them that re-opening the economy isn’t a “one-size-fits-all approach.” Some areas can be re-opened before others, and of course, testing will continue. Vice President Pence assured journalists that Trump wants to re-open the economy “responsibly.”
President Trump reiterated his confidence that once the economy is re-opened, it will bounce back and be as healthy and vibrant as before the pandemic. United States Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia, furthered this notion by reminding Americans that the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program were designed to keep Americans employed and businesses meeting their bottom lines so that when the economy is ready to re-open, companies have workers and Americans have jobs. However, with millions of Americans already out of work, the president wants to re-open the economy as soon as possible.
Trump also announced that money is on the way to farmers and that there will be discussions over the weekend with airlines about relief options. The task force also wanted to remind Americans that the first wave of direct payments is still on track to arrive next week.