Trump: US Won’t Shutdown Over Second COVID Wave

Trump: US Won’t Shutdown Over Second COVID Wave


Trump always has the best responses to questions from the biased media.

While touring a Ford factory, Trump was asked about the possibility of a “second wave” of COVID sweeping the country.

You know exactly what the media wants him to say, but Trump knows better.

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His response?

“We’re not going to close the country.”

Here’s the latest on Trump’s response from Fox News:

President Trump acknowledged Thursday that there could be a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic later this year, but flatly stated he wouldn’t let any further outbreaks shutter the economy again.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility,” Trump said when asked a possible second wave while in Michigan. “It’s standard. And, we’re going put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country.”

Trump’s comments came as he was touring a Ford Motor Co. plant outside of Detroit that has converted its automobile manufacturing facility into one making ventilators. During a speech at the plant, the president praised Ford workers for their efforts to produce thousands of ventilators during the pandemic.

“The global pandemic proves once and for all that for America to be a strong nation, America needs to be a manufacturing nation,” Trump said. “I’m fighting to bring back our jobs from China and many other countries.”

Conservative radio host Buck Sexton said Trump had told this to him during a White House interview Wednesday, saying, “We will not do a lockdown for the second wave that is likely to come in the winter.”

During his speech, the president also lashed out at China for its role in the coronavirus pandemic.

“It came in from China and it should have been stopped in China,” he said.

The first reports of the contagion surfaced late last year in Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, and the disease quickly spread across the globe. As of Thursday, over 5 million people have been infected worldwide with over 329,000 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering [CSSE] at Johns Hopkins University.

Trump’s trip to Michigan – a battleground state that he won in the 2016 election – was only his third trip away from the Washington-area since the pandemic took hold in the U.S. and comes amid feuds with the state’s Democratic governor and other officials in Michigan. A recent Fox News poll had the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, Joe Biden, leading Trump by eight points in Michigan.

Watch his direct response to the question here:

Why would we go through this ridiculousness again and shutdown the country?

Small businesses have been ruined, people’s livelihoods have been destroyed.

We’ve proven that we can manage COVID and pharmaceutical companies are working in overdrive to get a vaccine out as soon as possible.

At this point, we need to work on restoring the economy.

According to the Hill, over 100,000 small businesses are completely gone because of the shutdown:

A new study projects more than 100,000 small businesses in the United States have permanently shut their doors since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic in March, according to The Washington Post. 

The study conducted by economists at the University of Illinois, Harvard Business School, Harvard University and the University of Chicago estimates that about 2 percent of small American businesses have closed down for good due to lockdowns prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Researchers have been taking surveys of more than 50,000 small business owners that subscribe to the Alignable business network, a network of 4.6 million small businesses. 

The restaurant industry has been particularly hit hard, with 3 percent of restaurant operators going out of business, according to the National Restaurant Association. 

“Overall, our results suggest that the pandemic has already caused massive dislocation among small businesses,” the study says. 

The economists tracking the small-business closures found 34 percent of small business owners said they are either paying reduced rent or are delaying payment, according to a poll taken by researchers April 25 to 27.

Congress late last month approved more than $700 billion in relief funds to try to help prop up small businesses, with approximately 4.2 million of the 30 million small businesses in the nation receiving loans from the Small Business Administration, according to the Post. Many small businesses told the outlet, however, the funds aren’t designed well enough to help very small businesses that have large overhead costs.

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Can we afford to lose another 100,000 small businesses, perhaps even more?

Absolutely not and President Trump knows it.


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