WASHINGTON – With his hoped-for Easter coming and going, President Donald Trump now appears more determined than ever to open the economy with a “big bang” early next month, several people familiar with the decision. Manufacturing process.
With the United States leading the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, aides warn the president not to overhaul the national social distancing guidelines that are due to expire on April 30. An internal debate about how best to reopen certain parts of the country will continue at the end of the month, these people said.
“I think we are all expecting or planning May 1
Despite the president’s determination, it’s not just in his control. The decision will likely be made by state and local officials, and the public will decide when they feel safe to return to work.
“The reopening is both an economic and a public health issue,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday, “and I’m not ready to divorce both of you. You can’t do people in this state or in this country ask to choose between life. ” lost and dollars won. “
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At the weekend, the president said he would consider several factors to make his government’s “toughest” decision to date. Trump signaled that he had consulted with his top health professionals, business leaders, and others whom he called “smart people” in recent days. The ultimate call “will be based on many facts and instincts,” he said. In a Fox News phone interview on Saturday, Trump said he would come to a conclusion “pretty soon”.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the government was introducing what he called “rolling reentry.”
“There will be no light switch” for the entire nation once the restrictions are relaxed. “No one size fits all,” he stressed on CNN on Sunday.
Stephen Hahn, Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, would not approve a specific date for the end of the nationwide guidelines and said in “Meet the Press” from NBC News: “I think we will consider all of these goals. If it may be May 1st would be great for the American people. “
Some industries may be asked to reopen while others remain closed, officials said, with one comparing the economic approach to a “dimmer” rather than an on-off switch.
Officials are investigating various ways to find out which parts of the country may be open first and how to determine the risk of an emerging cluster, especially if no extensive tests are carried out on the virus itself or antibodies against it.
But Trump seemed to be telegraphing his willingness to restart much of the US in one Tweet Sunday evening, the governors urge them to perfect their testing skills and “be ready, big things happen. No excuses!”
Trump said he would like to reopen the country with a “big bang”.
The motivation to get the economy going sooner rather than later – possibly even piece by piece – could be based on a political calculation by the president, which he must prove that things are “on the upswing”.
A former official near the president suggested that swing voters should make decisions largely based on one question: “How do you think things are going?” If voters think things are going in the right direction, they stay with the president. If you and your family don’t feel it, you won’t. “
The former official said Trump’s briefings almost every day, surrounded by senior officials, and said, “It’s just a perception that the government is in control and has a plan, and that things are on the upswing.”
Although the general election is still eight months away, the former official said Trump wanted to start a recovery as soon as possible, partly because he trusted the Swing voters to agree early on who to support. “You need that gut feeling [for those voters] Mid to late August, “said the official.” People decide in late August, early September. “
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One of the challenges in reopening certain regions is to give Americans confidence that it is safe to go back to work and go to restaurants again. Regional restrictions, however, could be the approach for the future if a significant second wave of coronavirus occurs in the fall and winter months, an official near the task force said.
There is also a consistent debate about how to align the President’s guidelines with the heads of state’s instructions to stay at home. Some states, such as California and Virginia, have already extended their social distancing rules beyond May 1st. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Saturday that the country’s largest public school system would remain closed for the rest of the school year.
At the end of last month, Trump wanted to pack the pews and “open the economy and just get started” on Easter Sunday before admitting that this was a purely “ambitious” goal. Afterwards, his top helpers warned him not to make such specific appointments at short notice, while the disease has continued to hit trouble spots nationwide, particularly in New York. Two days later, the President extended the guidelines for a whole month.
This week Trump will unveil his “Opening of Our State Council,” which will be a separate entity from the Coronavirus Task Force, and will include the organization he calls economists, medical professionals, elected leaders, and members of the business community. According to a senior government official, the smaller group will meet less frequently than the larger one, led by Vice President Mike Pence.
White House lawyers worked throughout the weekend to identify potential problems that could arise from working with the private sector in responding to the corona virus. “We need to take a very close look to make sure these companies have no conflict of interests. It’s very complex,” said one official.
Juggling economic and health concerns continues to be a challenging balancing act for the president and the administration. “People who lose their jobs are also not good for their health,” warned another official.
Trump made a similar point during his briefing on Friday. “Staying home also leads to death,” he said.