US President Donald Trump has said that even if a second wave of the new coronavirus hits the country, he will not try to close it again, the DPA reported.
“We will put out the fires, we will not close the country,” Trump said.
“Whether it’s coal or fire, we’re going to put it out,” the president said during a visit to a car plant in Michigan.
Trump’s statement comes at a time when all 50 states are easing the restrictions to some extent, with Republican-led states pushing for faster opening and Democrat-led states following a more restrained approach.
Public health experts have warned that too rapid a relaxation of measures could lead to a second wave of the virus in the autumn and winter.
Despite Trump’s remarks, the measures that shut down much of the economy have been imposed by state and local governments, which will be responsible for re-implementing them.
Trump said he would order national flags to be lowered in half over the next three days in memory of Covid-19 victims, who numbered more than 95,000 in the United States.
“I will halve the flags of all federal buildings and national monuments over the next three days in memory of the Americans we lost to the coronavirus.”
The American president made this decision at the request of the leaders of the Democrats to mark in this way “the sad day of reflection when we reach 100 thousand deaths.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Trump that lowering the flags in half “will serve as a national expression of the grief so much needed by everyone in our country.”
More economic measures are expected
In addition, Trump said he could support a new law with fiscal incentives for the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.
However, the president did not elaborate on exactly what incentives he envisages.
During his visit to the plant, Trump, as usual, did not wear a mask, although on Tuesday Ford reminded of its policy that all visitors should wear masks.
“I had one a while ago. I wore a mask while I was in the back. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said, then joked, “Honestly, I think I look better with a mask.”
Trump is urging states to loosen restrictions on the coronavirus to allow the economy to recover, although public health experts warn that premature easing of measures could lead to a second wave of the epidemic.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, considered a potential Democratic nominee for vice president, has been criticized for ordering citizens to stay at home in the state, which has been hit hard by the recent recession.
For his part, Trump encouraged protests against Whitmer’s quarantine measures.
On Wednesday, Trump threatened to cut federal funding for Michigan over the state’s plans to expand mail voting, which he said could lead to election fraud, although he later withdrew his threat.
On Thursday, the American president promised federal support for the areas of Michigan affected by devastating floods and ruptures of dam walls.
Trump is planning outdoor campaigns
During his visit to the plant, Trump said the temples needed to be opened and said he expected the Centers for Disease Control to issue guidelines in that direction.
Speaking to reporters, the president said he could soon launch outdoor campaigns until the epidemic subsides enough to return to their traditional form indoors.
Trump won the vote in Michigan in 2016 and became the first Republican to win in the state since 1988.
However, in research, he lags behind his rival Joe Biden, including in Michigan.
A member of his campaign staff said a meeting was held last week to discuss how to resume the major campaign rallies that Trump desperately wants.
Among the ideas was one for organizing a rally similar to a car cinema.
According to the source, Trump’s headquarters intends to organize a pre-election meeting in mid-June, with preferred locations being Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
However, according to a Trump adviser, this is too optimistic and will probably have to wait until after Independence Day – July 4.
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