Trump: I'd Love to Open the Country 'With a Big Bang'

By Susan Jones | April 8, 2020 | 5:34am EDT
President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the White House Rose Garden on March 29, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the White House Rose Garden on March 29, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump said he is starting to look for ways of re-opening the country, and he'd like to do it with "a big bang."

"Well, I'd love to open with a big bang, one beautiful country," Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. He said such a thing “is possible.”

You know, there are some areas that are not affected very much and there are other areas like New York and New Jersey that have a tremendous impact. Louisiana, great state and it's incredible. They came in late because, you know, they were doing great and then all of a sudden, it just sprung up.

You look at parts of Michigan and Detroit has been hit very hard. So there are some places that are hit very hard and other places have not been hit very hard, frankly -- I mean, by comparison, very little.

And so we're looking at two concepts, we are looking at the concept we open up sections, and we're also looking at the concept where you open up everything. And I think New York is getting ready, if not already, but getting ready to peak. And once it peaks, it'll start coming down and it's going to come down fast.

Trump noted that predictions based on some of the models have not come to pass: "And we're way under, and we hope to keep it that way, in terms of death.”

He said closing the country was "a big step," since "we had the greatest economy in the history of our country, and then all of a sudden, they come in, say, Sir, you're going to have to close it. We have this incredibly dangerous -- they point to 1917, 1918 where from 75 to 100 million people were killed. That was the worst ever,” he said.

“But if we didn't do anything with this, if we did what some people wanted to do, we could have very, very tremendous numbers.”

Trump told Hannity he has "some great people" looking at ways to get the economy going again.

We have to get our country open again. This wasn't designed to have this. You crack it – you crack it in half, it's no good. And we'll be open again much sooner rather than later.

And we are going to be coming up with some ideas in the very near future, probably putting them out to the public, putting them out, but, you know, we’re going through April -- as you know, April 30th, and we are going to make a decision from there.

Trump and his task force are watching areas where coronavirus cases may be "topping out." 

"So I think we are reaching a level of where it's going to start coming down, where it's going to start sloping down.

"The good thing is that the number of beds needed, I think we were right about that. I was right, my group was right. They're not needing nearly as many beds as they thought, they’re not needing as many ventilators as they thought."


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