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President Donald Trump tweeted his support Saturday for a second coronavirus team, this one charged with laying out a plan for the country to ease out of the coronavirus-related shutdown and return to full economic power.

Fox News’ Dana Perino suggested the second task force on Twitter on Friday.

‘I think we need a 2nd task force assembled at direction of POTUS to look ahead to reopening of the economy,” the host said. “Made up of a nonpartisan/bipartisan mix of experts across industry sectors, so that we have their recommendations & plan – let 1st taskforce focus on crisis at the moment.”

Trump added, approvingly, “Good idea Dana!”

At a press conference Saturday, Trump expanded on his possible support for the project.

“Thinking about it, getting a group of people and we have to open our country,” he told reporters, per CNN. “You know, I had an expression, the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself. Right? I started by saying that and I continue to say it. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. We got to get our country open.”

The president, aware of how deeply the state-mandated shutdowns and “social distancing” guidelines have impacted the American economy, has said repeatedly that he believes Americans should return to work sooner than later, and that some difficult decisions may have to be made, weighing the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections against long-term economic damage.

Already, a record 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment and that number is expected to grow as the coronavirus shutdowns wear on. Millions more Americans are facing slowdowns, pay cuts, and business closures. The jobless rate has climbed an incredible 3,000% since the start of April. Restaurants and entertainment establishments are at a particular risk, with nearly 25% expected to shut their doors permanently because of “shelter in place” orders.

The White House hasn’t laid out any specifics of how they plan to help Americans return to work, but CNN reports that officials are considering a “phased system based on age or geographic location,” as well as a system “that targets specific types of workers to return to work, including people who drive themselves and don’t work in large groups.”

President Trump has, of course, ruled out any official policy on reopening the country, preferring to allow the current stay-at-home order, which runs through April 30th, near its end before making any further decisions.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been adamant that the White House remain flexible on even the current end date, telling a press conference Saturday that social distancing is so beneficial to slowing the spread of coronavirus that it needs to continue.

“Viruses transmit from people to people. When people are separated from each other the virus does not transmit — it doesn’t go anywhere and that’s the reason why something as simple as the physical separation … that’s our most important tool,” Fauci said. “But this is what we have to do. As sobering and as difficult as this is, what we are doing is making a difference so we really need to continue to do that.”

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13 Comments
  • Hobbygirl says:

    I read an article about a tiger in the zoo having it. So is it transmitted to our pets? Anyone else read that,?

  • brenda says:

    AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

  • Evangeline says:

    Good luck finding a bipartisan group for the 2nd task force. The Dems will pull their same obstruction tactics and end up getting large amounts of the money meant for us for their ungodly and anti-american agenda. It’s not right that any of our stimulus money should go to the unrelated things they are getting it for.

    • Trump 2020 says:

      Like the PB oil spill money was to go to fishermen, businessmen, pleasure craft and people affected by it went to State, County, Municipal and city agencies that got patrol boats, new cars and facilities. Then the NAACP got a chunk for HUD to build more section 8 housing to shut them up. Then the remainder went to take over the City of Gulfport Harbor and make it a State of Mississippi Port.
      Everything is fine here.pfft

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Still need main CVTF to reduce CV19 virus alone nationwide IE medical side must be active.
    Then 2nd TF for Econ Revival.

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    ‘I think we need a 2nd task force assembled at direction of POTUS to look ahead to reopening of the economy,” the host said. “Made up of a nonpartisan/bipartisan mix of experts across industry sectors, so that we have their recommendations & plan – let 1st taskforce focus on crisis at the moment.”

    GOT TO LAUGH WATCHING FREE MARKET ECONOMISTS AND MARXIST ECONOMISTS WORK TOGETHER. GET REAL. WE ALL KNOW WHAT WORKS JUST WATCHING THE LAST 3 YEARS. DOES ANYBODY REALLY WANT TO RETURN TO THE 8 YEAR LACK OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FROM MARXIST DEMOCRATS? I SURE DON’T. LETS DO AN EMPIRICAL STUDY. HAVE THE DEMOCRATS RUN A LEMONADE STAND AND LET THE FREE MARKET CONSERVATIVES RUN THE REST OF THE ECONOMY. LET THE BEST RETURN WIN.

  • Kevin says:

    Prayer to God and Jesus is the answer to our problems. God answers prayers if we are only faithful to seek the Lord diligently, repent of our sins and call upon him to save us.
    Admit your a sinned in need of a savior
    Place your faith in the gospel, 1Cor15:1-4
    Call upon the Lord and be saved, Romans10:9-13

    God bless everyone who has this virus….

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