Trump Claims Victory Over Coronavirus As Deaths Surge Throughout Country
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to rise, and in New York, the crisis is growing more dire, but that did not keep President Donald Trump from declaring victory on Tuesday, according to The Independent.
Trump said during the White House press briefing that his goal is to “ease the guidelines and open things up to very large sections of our country as we near the end of our historic battle with the invisible enemy.”
“It’s been going a while, but we win. We win,” Trump reportedly said.
The president said he would like to see the country “open for business” by Easter, which is April 12, public health officials on Trump’s coronavirus task force have asked him to remain “flexible” with his time table.
Trump maintained during the briefing that his decision on whether to reopen the economy will be based on “hard facts”, and he indicated in later comments that “maybe we’ll do sections of the country” with a note that the team is still talking over the plans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed back on Trump’s insistence that the country reopen by Easter, saying stopping the virus’ spread remains paramount.
“Our economy will thrive when our people are well and able to go back to work in groups and collaborate on the enthusiasms that they have in their entrepreneurial spirits or in the workplace that they thrive, and our children can go back to school,” she told CNN. ”But central to all of that is stopping the spread of ... the coronavirus.”
“We have the best minds in the country, 24/7, all hands on deck trying to find a path here. And that is what will be the light at the end of the tunnel,” the Speaker added. “What the president is suggesting is that that light at the end of the tunnel could be a train coming at us if people are out and about in a way that spreads the disease further.”