President Trump told reporters during a tour of a Ford manufacturing plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan Thursday, the United States would not shut down in the case of a second coronavirus wave.
We’re not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires,” Trump said. Trump expressed confidence in the country’s ability to contain future outbreaks, referring to them as “embers.” “Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going to put it out. But we’re not closing our country,” the president continued.
All 50 states have announced plans to begin loosening restrictions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, opening their economies at varying speeds so that Americans can begin to return to normal life.
While the White House issued guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 it was governors who instituted stay-at-home measures and ordered businesses to close. Trump has made clear his desire for the country to reopen in order to address the economic damage caused by COVID-19.
“A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down,” the president said. “We did the right thing but now it’s time to open it up. A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people we must have a functioning economy.”
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