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Trump: 'I'm Not Looking at Months, I Can Tell You Right Now'

He claims continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2020 7:49 PM CDT
Updated Mar 24, 2020 12:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and he claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic. "We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem," Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems." Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs, “there's no question about that," but claimed that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be "probably more death from that than anything that we're talking about with respect to the virus." The comments were further evidence that Trump has grown impatient with the pandemic, reports the AP, even before it has reached its expected peak.

"I'm not looking at months, I can tell you right now," Trump said Monday, adding that America will soon be back open for business. He said, though, that states could continue to enforce stricter measures. In recent days, tensions have been rising between those who argue the country needs to get back up and running to prevent a deep economic depression, and medical experts who warn that, unless more extreme action is taken, the human cost will be catastrophic. "We can't shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great," Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, said in an interview Monday on Fox News Channel. "The president is right. The cure can't be worse than the disease, and we're going to have to make some difficult trade-offs." (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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