Trump's Town Hall: Quick Reopening, Confident of Vaccine

Marco Green
May 5, 2020

"This is not a White House document nor has it been presented to the Coronavirus Task Force or gone through interagency vetting", said White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he believes his treatment by the national media is worse than that endured by Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War-era president assassinated in 1865.

"I don't care, I just want to get a vaccine that works".

The Fox moderators acknowledged the controversial nature of holding the event inside the memorial early on during the town hall and asked him about his decision. "I had not heard".

"The doctors would say, well, you shouldn't say that but I'll say what I think", he said.

Trump was responding to a question submitted by Carolyn Perkins, a retired nurse and elementary school guidance counselor who urged him to abandon his use of "descriptive words that can be classified as bullying", and instead hold on to the "wonderful attributes that make you our great leader". "We have to get our schools back".

The vaccine prediction moves up the timeline that has been discussed as the United States and other countries race to be the first to bring out a way to prevent COVID-19.

"I've lost three friends, one of them a very good friend, a very successful man, NY guy, employed a lot of people and they're all crying over his death".

More than 67,000 people have already died with Covid-19 in the US.

"I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen", he said.

"He said I'm going to the hospital, I'll call you tomorrow". Returning to campus for commencement will require graduates to self-isolate for 14 days, but Trump insisted the event poses no risk to the cadets.

Trump on Sunday night singled out Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, also a Democrat, for criticism even as he praised the federal co-ordination with most governors.

"Our projections have always been between 100,000 and 240,000 American lives lost, and that's with full mitigation and us learning from each other of how to social distance", Birx said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday".

The town hall, which included an appearance by Vice-President Mike Pence, included a rare mea culpa: The vice-president said he should have worn a face mask during a visit last week to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic.

The Senate plans to reopen on Monday, while the House remains shuttered. "A lot of people want to go back".

Congressional Republicans have said their next top legislative priority related to the coronavirus will be steps to protect businesses from being sued when the economy begins to reopen.

While about half of USA states moved towards reopening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday pushed back against what he called "premature demands", saying he knew people were struggling without jobs but that more understanding of the new coronavirus was needed.

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