Trump: 'Second Wave' of Coronavirus Will Not Shut Down the US
President vows economy will stay open in face of virus
President Donald Trump vowed that America would not "shut down" if a second wave of the coronavirus were to hit the United States later this year.
“We're not going to close the country,” Trump said when asked about a second outbreak during a visit to Michigan.
Trump called the second wave, “a very distinct possibility."
“It's standard," Trump added.
"And, we're going to put out the fires.”
Trump's remarks come following his tour of Ford Motor Co. plant outside Detroit, which shifted from making cars to making ventilators for hospitals.
The president praised Ford workers for their efforts to produce thousands of medical devices during his speech at the plant.
"The global pandemic proves once and for all that for America to be a strong nation, America needs to be a manufacturing nation,” Trump said.
“I’m fighting to bring back our jobs from China and many other countries."
Earlier this week, Trump warned governors that he "will step in" if he disagrees with their plans for reopening their states.
During a Monday conference call, the President spoke with governors regarding their plans to reopen each state as lockdown measures are eased.
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The president mostly expressed satisfaction with how the individual states are moving to lift coronavirus restrictions, according to a report.
Trump has vocally pushed for the rapid reopening of the economy.
"The governors are making their decisions, and want to make their decisions, and that's the way I want it to, and we will step in if we see something going wrong, or if we disagree, and some people say that's nice, and some people say I shouldn't be doing that, but we're going to do it if we see something wrong," Trump said to the governors Monday.
Trump also announced a $19 billion food assistance program to support farmers and ranchers to “maintain the health of the food supply chain” in America amid the coronavirus pandemic.