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Health experts have warned President Donald Trump that his plan to ease coronavirus restriction by Easter could backfire as “closing businesses and social distancing need more time to work,” according to The Guardian.
However, Donald Trump is lately claiming that it is the media who want to keep the economy shut to hurt his reelection campaign. The POTUS also claimed that said that the “real people” are actually itching to get back to work.
“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,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “The real people want to get back to work ASAP.”
The tweet sparked speculations among journalists that Trump’s decision to remove coronavirus-related restrictions by Easter might be motivated by his own political considerations. “Is this Easter timeline based on your political interests?” CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid asked at a briefing, Deadline reported.
“The media would like to see me do poorly in the election,” the POTUS replied.
Reid then asked what the plan to reopen businesses next month is based on. “Lawmakers and economists on both sides of the aisle have said that reopening the country by Easter is not a good idea,” the corresponded said. “What is that plan based on?”
“I think there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly,” Donald Trump explained. “I think there are certain people who would like it to do financially poorly because they feel that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls. I don’t think that is so, but I think it is so that there are a lot of people in your profession that would like that to happen.”
The President then accused journalists of writing fake news. “I think it is very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news — you do,” Trump told Reid.
Trump defended the plan to ease restriction by saying there will still be precautions even if people return to work. “They’re not going to walk around hugging and kissing each other in the office when they come back,” the POTUS said. “Even though they may feel like it.”