President Trump is set to announce shortly his decision when to reopen the U.S. economy and has stated the decision will be made by him—not others.
The president tweeted on Monday his decision when to restart business after the worst of the pandemic has passed, “will be made shortly,” and although the decision will be after consultation with the nation’s governors, he will be deciding when it is to happen.
For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
The guidelines that the White House put into place during the CCP Virus pandemic, such as social distancing and the closure of nonessential businesses in March are due to expire on April 30, and the president is keen to get the country up and running again.
“I’m gonna have to make a decision, and I only hope to God it is the right decision,” President Trump said at his April 10, coronavirus task force news briefing at the White House.
“But I would say without question, it is the biggest decision I have ever had to make,” he added.
He will be formally launching “Opening our Country,” on Tuesday, a task force chaired by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and will include members of Trump’s Cabinet, such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, among others.
However, his decision on when to instigate the program will be heavily reliant on the advice of health experts.
” We’re not doing anything until we know that this country is going to be healthy. We don’t want to go back and start doing it over again,” he said.
With around 17 million Americans applying for unemployment relief, the president is all too aware of the need to help people get back to work.
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with the northeastern governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Delaware, announced at a news conference on Monday they intend to cooperate together on the issue of when to restart businesses.
Today, Governor @GavinNewsom, @OregonGovBrown & @GovInslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/Uzl6SPw2Rb
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 13, 2020
“We should start looking forward to ‘reopening,’ but reopening with a plan and a smart plan because if you do it wrong, it can backfire,” Cuomo said during the event, reports Fox News. “What the art form is going to be here is doing that smartly and doing that productively and doing that in a coordinated way—in coordination with other states in the area and doing it as a cooperative effort where we learn from each other where we share information, share resources, where we share intelligence.”
He added, “No one has done this before—it’s one step forward after research and consultation with experts—I’m not a public health expert but this has to be informed by experts.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the coronavirus crisis “the fight of our lives,” while noting that “reopening ourselves back up will be equally as challenging.”
Fox News reports that tension with the White House may be exacerbated after the conference; earlier Monday, President Trump tweeted, “For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the governor’s decision to open up the states, not that of the president of the United States & the federal government.”