US, Trump says, not built to be ‘shut down’

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US, Trump says, not built to be ‘shut down’
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US, Trump says, not built to be ‘shut down’
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The novel coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the globe and in the United States, resulting in more than 41,700 cases domestically and more than 500 deaths.

The federal government has been rolling out its response to the virus, its efforts to stem the tide as well as to stimulate the economy, which has taken a severe hit.

President Donald Trump opened the daily White House Monday briefing expanding on reports that he was considering loosening coronavirus guidelines amid growing economic fallout.

“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” he said emphatically.

“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem. At the end of the 15-day period, we’ll make a decision as to which way we want to go,” he said, referring to what he said was the coming “opening of our country.”

“This was a medical problem, we’re not going to let it turn it into a long-term financial problem,” Trump declared. “We’re just not going to let it happen.”

He didn’t offer an exact timeline but said it will be a “lot sooner than the three or four months that somebody was suggesting.”

You can read the rest of Libby Cathey’s article at ABCnews.com

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