President Trump suggested on Twitter that he planned to pivot away from advocating for health measures implemented to slow coronavirus in favor of boosting a struggling economy amid a draconian shutdown.
Just before midnight on Sunday, Trump tweeted that “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
On Monday morning, he then retweeted a number of accounts advocating for an end to a period that has seen over 80 million Americans placed in virtual lockdown, resulting in a shuttering of much of the economy.
The fear of the virus cannot collapse our economy that President Trump has built up.
We The People are smart enough to keep away from others if we know that we are sick or they are sick!
After 15 days are over the world can begin to heal!
— Dawn Michael, PhD💗 (@SexCounseling) March 23, 2020
Flatten the curve NOT the Economy
— Renee Williams (@FedupMil) March 23, 2020
Correct. 15 days, then we keep the high risk groups protected as necessary and the rest of us go back to work.
— Steph (@steph93065) March 23, 2020
The White House is entering week two of its campaign to advocate for social distancing, working from home, and limiting gatherings of more than ten people.
Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday at a White House coronavirus briefing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would issue new guidelines on Monday to allow for some people who have been exposed to the coronavirus to resume working if they wear masks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s leading expert on infectious diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told Science Magazine in an interview released Sunday that the president, “to his credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens. He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”