U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday gives more pressure on states to reopen for business despite concerning about the coronavirus pandemic.
"I don't think people are going to stand for it" in states that do not resume normal activities quickly, the president told reporters as he toured a Michigan automotive plant repurposed to produce ventilators for COVID-19 patients.
Trump says, “If there is a second wave of the coronavirus, “we are not closing our country.” In a speech to the workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville Components Plant, the President said, “a permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country.”
The country is poised for an epic comeback, the president said. In the past nine weeks, 38.6 million Americans have applied for jobless benefits.
Earlier at the Ford plant in Ypsilanti, during what was billed as a “listening session” with African American leaders, the president said, “We got to get our churches open, we got to get our country open.”
The president also said Thursday that despite the coronavirus pandemic, plans are on the way for the United States to host a group of Seven leaders summit next month. It is unclear if the six other leaders have agreed to attend what would certainly be a scaled-down summit. Such events usually include hundreds of accompanying officials and journalists.
The United States has recorded the most COVID-19 cases among other countries. More than 1.5 million cases and about 94,000 deaths have been reported due to pandemic.