After CNN anchor Brianna Keilar noted that President Trump opted to appear on Fox News Tuesday afternoon rather than stage a briefing at that time (the White House is scheduled to brief at 5:30 p.m. ET), Stelter said, "Yes, for a two-hour virtual town hall that had quite a bit of misinformation and wishful thinking that's not based in reality".
The US president said he wanted to get the economy opened up and "raring to go" by Easter, less than three weeks away, despite the number of coronavirus cases still surging. Because we have to do that.
Stock markets soared on Tuesday as Donald Trump said he wanted to get Americans back to work and the US Congress came close to agreeing a stimulus bill worth nearly $2 trillion. It's such an important day for other reasons, but I'd love to make it an important day for this.More news: Wyoming Small Businesses Can Apply For Federal Disaster Loans
"A lot of what we've done is tackle this epidemic the way people said we should have tackled the flu in 1918", Birx responded, adding that the President has asked the task force to use these two weeks "to get all the data from around the country". We lose much more than that to automobile accidents. But public health experts, including those working on the White House coronavirus task force, have warned the comparison is not analogous and that the coronavirus is significantly more contagious.
"We'll have an unemployment rate the likes of which nobody's ever seen before", Trump said. "When I have made recommendations he has taken them. He's never countered or overridden me, the idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful", Fauci said. And it's not either-or.
As his advisers prepare options for returning the country to work, Trump suggested that Americans would still be able to exercise good health practices while still returning to normal.More news: Microsoft Announces a 'Free Educational Marketplace' for Minecraft
Trump has signaled his desire in recent days to have the country's economy up and running as soon as possible as America approaches the end of a 15-day period of strict social distancing. "Some of the messaging is pretty confusing and it's not just that it doesn't match with what we're doing here in Maryland, some of the messaging coming out of the [Trump] administration doesn't match", Hogan said.
Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Defense Department town hall meeting that restrictions could go into late May or June, possibly even July. "It's been very painful for our country and very destabilizing", he said.More news: Scott Morrison says EVERY Australian job is 'essential' as he orders closures