Trump: We Have to Be on the Downside of the Slope to Reopen the Country

By Melanie Arter | April 8, 2020 | 11:48pm EDT
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - The United States has to be on the “downside” of the slope as far as coronavirus infections in order for businesses to be reopened, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

When asked what has to happen for him to feel safe enough to reopen the country, Trump said, “We have to be on the downside of that slope and heading to a very strong direction that this thing is gone. We can do it in phases. Some areas are much less affected than others, but it would be nice to be able to open with a big bang and open up our country, certainly most of our country, and I think we're going to do that soon.

“I would say we are ahead of schedule. You hate to say it too loudly, because all of a sudden things don't happen, but I think we will be sooner rather than later. We'll be sitting down with professionals, sitting down with many different people making a determination, and those meetings will start taking place fairly soon,” he said.

The president said he would rely “heavily” on health experts to determine if it’s safe to reopen businesses.

“We are putting in very heavy testing systems. We have the best testing systems, and don't forget. When we look at cases --  I'm looking at some -- I'm not going to insult anybody, I'm not going to insult any country -- but I'm looking at countries that are showing less cases than us. That’s testing. We’re testing more than anybody,” Trump said.

“And you saw exponentially, more than anybody, by far, and our testing has become -- I think it'll end up being a big strength. In fact, the other countries -- other countries that the media talked about are now calling us for what are we doing and how are we doing it so quickly and where are we getting these tests, because our tests are really good now. They've been proven to be very accurate,” he said.
The president said that 10 drugs are in clinical trials, and the administration “is taking unprecedented actions to make new therapies and treatments available without delay.”

“Our national stockpile is now equipped with nearly 30 million hydroxychloroquine pills.  So we're up to about 30 million. We’re distributing by the millions,” Trump said. 

He pointed to the testimony of Michigan State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, who praised the president for touting the potential benefits of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine used in conjunction with the antibiotic azithromycin to treat the coronavirus.

“You read about State Representative Karen Whitsett, who I very much appreciate her going public, but she was, I think, very, very much helped by this pill. She saw what I was saying on television. She thought she was in very bad shape. I don't want to go further than that, but you see her story. You know her story. She's a highly respected state rep from Michigan, and she did -- I think she did a great service, what she's done. She's in terrific shape. She looks fantastic, and she was very generous with her statements,” Trump said.
“In addition, the azithromycin and zinc -- they say zinc -- you should add zinc. Now, it’s all -- has to be recommended by doctors, physicians, but they say zinc. I want to throw that out there, because that's where they seem to be having the best result. So you add the zinc and the azithromycin,” he said.

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