President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the country will be reopened by Easter Sunday, April 12.
Trump: "I would love to have it(the country) open by Easter," April 12— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) March 24, 2020
Fox host Bill Hemmer: responds that "would be a great American resurrection."
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said during a Fox News virtual town hall.
"I gave it two weeks," Trump said about the shelter-in-place guidelines much of the country is living with now. "I guess by Monday or Tuesday, it's about two weeks. We will assess at that time and give it more time if we need a little more time. We have to open this country up."
"Somehow, the word got out that this is the thing we are supposed to be doing," he said, adding the country had "never done a thing like this before."
"But we had to do it. It's been very painful for our country and very destabilizing," Trump said. "We have to go back to work much sooner than people thought."
"We want to start up as soon as we can because we'll have a very quick comeback... If we delay this thing out, you're gonna lose more people than you're losing with the situation as we know it."
"We’ll assess at that time and we’ll give it some more time if we need a little more time, but we need to open this country up... We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought."
"We lose thousands and thousands of people to the flu. We don't turn the country off," he noted. "We lose much more than that to automobile accidents."
“Our people want to return to work,” the president tweeted earlier Tuesday. “They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM!”
BILL HEMMER, FOX NEWS: You said something 20 minutes ago that I'm sure a lot of people were pretty keen on. You said that we would--I am paraphrasing now, you would like to be back to normal by Easter Sunday.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yes.
HEMMER: That is 19 days from now. Is that true? Is that possible or is that false hope?
TRUMP: I think it's possible. Why isn't it? I mean we have never close the country before and we have had some pretty bad flu and we have had some pretty bad viruses and I think that is absolutely possible. Now people are going to have to practice all of these social distancing and don't shake hands and wash your hands and all of the things that we are doing now but we have to get our country back to work. Our country wants to be back at work. That was not a--a controversial thing I said the other day. Our country wants to go back to work and again the cure it's--it's like this cure is worse than the problem. Again, people--many people in my opinion more people are going to die if we allow this to continue. We have to go back to work. Our people want to go back to work.
HEMMER: What--what you have said consistently is the first order of business is to kill the virus. So--so when you look at the data from around the world and across our country how do you determine that 19 days from now it--it might be safe because there are millions of people watching this now who have their family fortune on the line?
TRUMP: Traumatic well, they have their family fortune on the blind the other way too. They are going to lose their jobs, maybe never to get them back. They are going to lose their businesses never to get them back. We want to start up as soon as we can because we are going to have a very quick come back if I do that. If we delay this thing out you were going to lose more people than you are losing with the--with the situation as we know it so I think it is very important for our country to go back and I have had many, many people you know when you said it was a little bit controversial and not to most people, most people think I'm right about it. Now whether we are locked in a room or whether we are in our office and practicing all of the things that we are supposed to be practicing staying away from each other, you know, etc., not shaking hands, washing your hands all of the time but our country has to get back to work. Otherwise--otherwise it's going to be very hard to started up again. We can't lose the advantage that we have.