Donald Trump said on Monday that he may ease up on federal guidelines for social distancing and urge businesses to re-open, despite the warning of public health officials concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump said Monday during his daily White House briefing, "America will again and soon be open for business – very soon. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself."
According to several people in the know, Trump is concerned about falling stock prices and is being nudged by business leaders, Republican lawmakers and economists to ease up the strict guidelines for social distancing set to end on March 30th.
Trump added, "If it were up to the doctors, they'd say let's keep it shut down, let's shut down the entire world. . . and let's keep it shut for a couple of years. We can't do that." (The Washington Post)