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Trump: Coronavirus "Should Have Never Happened, It Could Have Been Stopped But People Chose Not To"

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President Trump said Wednesday he mourns the deaths of those lost to the "invisible enemy" that is the coronavirus. At a press event with industry executives, the president said the virus should have never happened and could have been stopped and that he sees better days ahead.

"A lot of progress is being made as you see and we are reopening our country, and it is very exciting, and it should have never happened," Trump said in his opening statement. "This plague should have never happened it could have been stopped, but people chose not to stop it, and it's a very sad thing for the world, 184 countries at least."

"We mourn, and I have to say this so strongly we mourn every life tragically lost to the invisible enemy, and we are heartened that the worst of the pain and suffering is going to be behind us," he said. "We think we really have crossed a big boundary, and much better days are ahead, and I often say I see the light at the end of the tunnel very strongly."

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, thank you very much, everybody. A lot of progress is being made as you see and we are reopening our country, and it is very exciting, and it should have never happened. This plague should have never happened it could have been stopped, but people chose not to stop it, and it's a very sad thing for the world, 184 countries at least but it's a great honor to have you with us friends of mine who have been truly great business leaders and are great business leaders, and you're opening up your company again too if you think about it, right? You're sort of doing a reopening, but they are great companies, and they will do very well hopefully better than ever before, and that is what we are seeing.

We are seeing tremendous pent-up demand, and it's a beautiful thing to see, so it's wonderful to have America industry leaders, and that is what you are, true leaders to the White House. You have been here before all of you, and we have talked about it in different times. We built the greatest economy in the history of the world, and nobody even disputes that and one day they walk in they say, sir, we're going to have to close it up until we get rid of this hidden enemy, this--this terrible scourge and that is what we did, and we did the right thing.

We did an incredible job we work with the governments. We worked with states all over the country. We had no ventilators or very few from previous administrations, and we became the king of ventilators. We have thousands and thousands of ventilators. We are now helping other countries with ventilators. We had old-fashioned tests that didn't work; they were really obsolete; they didn't work; they were broken, and we end up the testing has been incredible now and to a level that nobody has seen.

I got a call from President Moon of South Korea he said congratulations your testing is just nobody has ever seen anything like we are doing. We have tested more than all countries put together and millions of tests and the highest quality tests but it's great to be with you. We are joined by Matt Maddox of Wynn Resorts; Chris Reynolds of Toyota; Chris Nassetta of Hilton; Josh Bolten of the Business Roundtable; Walt Ehmer of Waffle House and thanks to Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary Eugene Scalia. That Scalia has very good genes. Where is Scalia? He has very good genes that guy I will tell you. Scalia, he's got the Scalia genes, right? We all know what that means.

We mourn, and I have to say this so strongly we mourn every life tragically lost to the invisible enemy, and we are heartened that the worst of the pain and suffering is going to be behind us. We think we really have crossed a big boundary, and much better days are ahead, and I often say I see the light at the end of the tunnel very strongly.



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