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Trump Says "Things Will Be Bad" But Is Itching To Scale Back Social Distancing

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Trump admitted there were opposing views, but he insisted he would take into account the views of officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist.

"If it were up to the doctors, they may say let's keep it shut down -- let's shut down the entire world," Trump said.

Halfway through the self-prescribed period of self-isolation, the economic effects are clearly weighing on the President, who had banked on a strong US economy in his reelection plans.

As the country entered another week of virtual shutdown, tough questions have been raised on how long the coronavirus mitigation measures he recommended will last and whether they are worth the economic pain. 

US coronavirus death toll grew by more than 100 on Monday as governors instituted even more rules

Trump has suggested he believes they may not be.

 

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This is typical of Trump where he thinks more about his reelection than he does about the health of the citizens of the U.S.  This is an international crisis and could be with us for a long time.  If a vaccine is not found by this time next year, things could be very very devastating.  Trump needs to get in touch with reality. 

 

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Chris    1,310

He is completely thinking about the election, and perhaps more his own legacy. He wants to be able to say he pulled up through in short time, faster than anyone ever before him, perfect, never been done ( add whatever redundancies he'd use here ). He's a "smart guy", knows a lot. Pfft, he doesn't need all these doctors and experts advising him. 

Truth is, there's probably a good reason Biden and Sanders have stayed quiet, Trump is doing more for their chances with each briefing than they could ever do for themselves. 

13 minutes ago, Mike Straight said:

If a vaccine is not found by this time next year, things could be very very devastating.

This thing doesn't even need that long to take off like a wildfire. What happens next depends heavily on the actions taken in the next week, maybe two. 

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KReed    592
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But nonetheless he is itching to ease federal guidelines that have shuttered businesses and kept workers at home, insisting the economy must be reopened even if some of the health professionals on his team appear to disagree.

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While the guidelines on self-isolating may still be extended, Trump said Monday he was eager to lift them so businesses could begin operating again and employees can return to work. The mitigation measures would not last into the summer, he said.

I'm not sure how the federal guidelines have any direct effect, since they aren't binding in any way. Governors of each state are the ones deciding whether to order (or not order) restrictions and business closures.

Some states were doing it before the federal 'guidelines' were announced.Other states still haven't issued any executive orders.

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