President Trump at the Friday White House coronavirus task force briefing:
JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: So for people at home who are wondering how long are we going to have to live like this, what advice would you give them?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it depends. We do want to flatten the curve. We want to see that curve start heading down in the other direction, at a minimum. And we really have to talk about areas of the country that have not been affected or certainly have had a very small effect. And we’ll see.
I certainly want to get it open as soon as possible. I don’t want it to be long, but we also want it to open safe. Otherwise, what did we do?
REPORTER: So, could it be months?
THE PRESIDENT: I hope not. I hope it’s going to be sooner. I hope it disappears faster than that. I really think that the people of our country have done a great job.
I looked — last night, I was watching, and I’m looking down Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue. John, there were no people in the street. I mean, normally, you wouldn’t be able to see the sidewalk. There would be cars all over it. It would be like rush-hour stuff. I’m looking at it and I’m saying “I can’t believe it. There are no cars. There are no people.” There wasn’t one person on Fifth Avenue walking down the street. I’ve never seen that before. You know, I guess, maybe at one o’clock in the morning, four o’clock in the morning, maybe. But I’ve never seen that before.
The people have been incredible. They’ve really been — when you talk about distancing — social distancing — I mean, you know, it’s — we don’t have a law. We’re not going to put them in jail. And yet, they’re really — I think there’s two things. Number one, they are afraid. And number two, they really are wanting to win this thing.