President Donald Trump sent a clear message to Americans concerned about the continued economic toll of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the “embers” flaring up in many states seeing increased infection and hospitalization rates, the president doubled down on previous promises that the nation would not shut down again, according to MarketWatch.
The public assurance comes as states reopen at varying rates from stay-at-home measures meant to limit the spread of the virus and which resulted in millions of American job losses.
“Economy is roaring back”
Just months away from a re-election contest, Trump’s supporters hope a resurging economy will help his chances against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
According to The Hill, the president said during one recent event that Democrats have a political incentive in keeping the economy shut down for as long as possible.
Trump insisted on Thursday that a new wave of the contagious virus can be stoped without putting an end to a “roaring” economic recovery. Additionally, he pointed to a lower mortality rate as evidence that the nation is moving in the right direction with its response to the public health crisis even as states like Texas and Florida register record-breaking infection rates.
“Coronavirus deaths are way down,” the president tweeted. “Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World. Our Economy is roaring back and will NOT be shut down. ‘Embers’ or flare ups will be put out, as necessary!”
“If we act responsibly”
Others in the Trump administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, also say that the reopening process will continue over the objection of those who say it is still too soon for America to return to normal.
“About 110 counties right now are the ones that we are focused on,” Azar said on Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “We can get back to work, back to school, back to worship, and more importantly, back to health care if we act responsibly as individuals.”
Of course, the development of an effective vaccine would put fears across the political spectrum to rest — and Azar shared optimism that one could be developed within months.
“We are devoting tremendous resources to ensure that we reduce any unnecessary delay in developing a safe and effective vaccine, but also importantly, we’re manufacturing hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine at risk so that they will be ready if a vaccine is approved by the FDA,” he said. “So, tens of millions by this fall, hundreds of millions by early next year.”
Americans have been asked to forego certain freedoms and, in some cases, even the opportunity to earn a living, to battle this pandemic. The Trump administration continues to promise that those sacrifices are coming to an end.