President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States will not shut down if there is another COVID-19 wave.
“People say thats a very distinct possibility. Its standard. And were going to put out the fires,” Trump told reporters when he was touring a Ford manufacturing plant in Michigan. He was asked about whether hes concerned about a second wave of the virus.
But Trump added a caveat, saying that “were not going to close the country,” and “were going to put out the fires.”
Trump expressed confidence in the United States being able to contain future CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreaks.
“Whether its an ember or a flame, were going to put it out. But were not closing our country,” the president said.
Currently, data shows that more than 90,000 people in the United States have died from the virus so far. Starting in March, a number of governors have imposed strict lockdowns, leading to layoffs and business closures.
Trump made the remarks while touring the Ford plant, which is currently making ventilators in response to the pandemic.
But over the past month or so, all 50 states have started some level of reopening, including New York, the state with the most COVID-19 deaths.
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