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Trump: No Reason For California To Stay Locked Down Except For November 3

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President Trump accused California and other Democratic-controlled states of attempting to use the coronavirus lockdown to hurt his reelection campaign during an interview with "FOX News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.


WALLACE: You're running in large part on the economy. You've built it once. Now we had the coronavirus. You're going to build it again. And in fact you had great jobs numbers in May, you had solid jobs numbers in June. But I want you to look at some projections. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the unemployment rate at the end of the year will be 10.5 percent. JPMorgan says in the fourth quarter GDP will contract by 6.2 percent. With states now rolling back some of the reopening and...

TRUMP: On purpose.

WALLACE: Well, there are a lot of Republican...

TRUMP: On purpose.

WALLACE: Well, there are a lot of Republican states, like Texas...

TRUMP: There is no reason...

WALLACE: And here's...

TRUMP: They'll be open very soon.

WALLACE: Let me just ask my question.

TRUMP: There's no reason for California to be doing what they're doing.

WALLACE: Alright.

TRUMP: Except for November 3rd.

WALLACE: With the states shutting back their reopening, in a lot of cases new lockdowns, won't the economy still be a problem for you on Election Day?

TRUMP: I don't think so. I think the economy is expanding and growing beautifully. Now, the Democrats want to keep it closed as long as possible because they think that's good for elections. But I think the economy is doing very well. Now we're coming back and we're coming back at a level that nobody would have thought possible. And we are -- and by the way, take a look at another, I mean, a gauge, whether you like it or not, the stock market. The stock market, NASDAQ hit its all-time high two weeks ago and has beaten it 14 different times, ok? The stock market, Dow, et cetera, is a thousand points away from its all-time high, meaning very close. We're gonna have a stock market perhaps on November 3rd that’s the highest in history.
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