Trump says coronavirus relief bill will boost economy to pre-pandemic level

President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his push to relax the coronavirus lockdown in the United States, warning that the measures could "destroy" the country. "I think if it passes, we can be pretty quickly up to where we were and it actually gives us a step and a stepping stone".

While Fox News is known as the home to such pro-Trump hosts as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, Tuesday's town hall was held by Bill Hemmer and Harris Faulkner, two anchors the network bills as members of a supposedly fearless and hard-hitting news division. He argued that tens of thousands of Americans die from the seasonal flu or in automobile accidents and "we don't turn the country off". "I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin' to go by Easter". I think we're going to ultimately top where we were. "We can do two things together", he tweeted.

While President Donald Trump has sought to reassure Americans the US economy will rebound, two sources familiar with the situation said on Monday that he is privately expressing concern at the damage the coronavirus shutdown is doing to the economy and is debating whether it can be safely reopened in the near future. "That would be a lovely thing".

"We have to go back to work much sooner than people thought", he said.


Trump's Easter target was not immediately embraced by Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House task force, who indicated any move would have to be guided by data still being collected.

As his advisers prepare options for returning the country to work, Trump suggested that Americans would still be able to exercise good health practices while still returning to normal. He said there are a variety of models from other countries, so the exact length of the virus and necessary restrictions are not yet clear. "If we lose those companies we're talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs, millions of jobs".

Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said comparing coronavirus to auto accidents was a "false equivalency" and said it was important to "face the fact" that coronavirus is more lethal than the flu. "Some of the messaging is pretty confusing and it's not just that it doesn't match with what we're doing here in Maryland, some of the messaging coming out of the [Trump] administration doesn't match", Hogan said.

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