Donald Trump 3/25/20 wrote:The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!
Donald Trump 3/25/20 wrote:[In response to a reporter question about what Trump's basis for opening the country by Easter is]Just so you understand, are you ready? I think there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly because they think that would be very good and far as defeating me at the polls. I think there are people in your profession that would like that to happen. I think it's very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news. You do. She does.
Here's one of the "LameStream Media," Michael Strain, director of the conservative American Enterprise Institute:
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/artic ... f=1pnqJ0TR
A warning to the president: Trying and failing to reopen the economy before economic activity is organically ready to resume could have dire economic consequences. Many people would ignore Trump’s directive to restart economic life, but not all would. And if the premature resumption of economic activity resulted in significant public health consequences — more cases, more deaths, hospitals more overwhelmed — by allowing the coronavirus to spread further and faster, the president will have lost control.
An even more dire public health crisis would bring a much more severe and lengthy economic downturn. And a more dire public health crisis brought on in part by the president’s decision to reopen the economy too early would have even worse economic consequences because the government would have lost the credibility to inform Americans about the virus. Many people would be afraid for longer to resume normal economic life regardless of what the government tells them. People would avoid dining out, shopping, taking public transportation, traveling and working from their offices for longer than would be necessary, because there would be no federal authority that could credibly give them the all-clear.
More and better information on the virus is desperately needed. People will feel comfortable resuming economic activity when the facts — importantly, from more and better testing — suggest that it is reasonable to do so. Trump can’t substitute his pronouncements for those facts, because many people, not to mention state and local officials, simply wouldn’t respond to his message. But the president should be careful. The more people who would take his word for it, the worse the economic downturn could become.
So, on the one hand, the medical community and leading economists on the left and the right, and on the other hand, Trump, Flock, and some geniuses at Fox News.