Trump: 'I'm Not Going to Put Any Pressure on Any Governor to Open'

Susan Jones | April 15, 2020 | 6:58am EDT
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President Donald Trump says he won't pressure any governor to reopen his or her state. (Photo: Screen capture)"
President Donald Trump says he won't pressure any governor to reopen his or her state. (Photo: Screen capture)"

( - President Trump on Tuesday announced that "plans to reopen the country are close to being finalized," and he said he will soon be sharing the details and guidelines with "everybody."

"I will be speaking to all 50 governors very shortly, and I will then be authorizing each individual governor of each individual state to implement a reopening, and a very powerful reopening a time and in a manner as most appropriate."

Trump said different states will open in different ways and at different times, "maybe even before the date of May 1st."

Trump also said, "I'm not going to put any pressure on any governor to open."

He spoke on the same day that California Gov. Gavin Newsom began looking ahead to the "new normal," and a day after the governors of New York and five other northeastern states announced plans to study how they can reopen their economies.

"I'm not going to say to Governor Cuomo, you've got to open within seven days," Trump said. "I want him to take his time, do it right and then open New York. I'm not putting any pressure on the governors. Some of them don't need pressure or not pressure; I mean they are ready to--they're ready to go, and that is a good thing. So we will open it up in beautiful little pieces as it comes along."

The president said more than 20 states are "in extremely good shape, and we think we will be able to get them open fairly quickly, and then others will follow."

The governors are going to be running their individual states. Some of them will say no, I can't open now; and some of them may last longer than we even would think. Others will say I can...I don't want to mention states, but there are numerous states that are in great shape right now. They're viewing the rest of the country, like, we don't even believe this is happening.

We have a lot of those states. They are set to open practically now. I mean, they would be open now. We're going to let them open sooner than the date. We are going to pick a date, we are going to get a date that is good, but it's going to be very, very soon. Sooner than the end of the month.

But there are many states out there that are looking at this, and they are reviewing it and they are saying we shouldn't be even included in this. You know, there are some that want to open up almost now.

Now, if we disagree with it, we're not going to let them open; we're not going to let them. If some governor said, you know, has a lot of problems, a lot of cases, a lot of death, and they want to open early, we're not going to let it happen. So we are there to watch. We are there to help, but we are also there to be critics.

And on testing, very important, we have always wanted the states to do the testing. We're now providing great testing, but the state has to provide the great testing. The state has to provide the ventilators, but they didn't do that, so we ended up going into the ventilator business, essentially, and we made tens of thousands of ventilators, and we solved the big problem for the states, but we want them to do the testing, and we are there to help.

Trump said he is "studying other countries as they open" to see what works and what doesn't work.

A reporter asked Trump what he would say to workers who are "fearful about going back to work" and getting sick:

"Well, that's going to be up to the governors. The governors are going to want to make sure everything's safe," Trump said:

Now, I think that companies can do testing on a maybe weekly basis. You don't have to do it every day with the same worker. But they can do testing. They could do temperature gauges. They could do a lot of different things.

And, you know, we're only talking about for a period of time. You know, eventually we want to get back to where we were. We want people actually sitting next to each other in ballgames eventually. You know, we're not going to rip out every--every other seat in baseball stadiums and football stadiums.

We want to go back to where we were. I want people to understand that. We're not going to be like the way you are. We have 300 reporters in the back that want to sit. Look at the--look at this, the way this looks. I don't even like the way it looks, although I have a lot fewer reporters. That's okay with me. But look at the way this looks. I've never seen anything--John, I've never seen anything quite like it.

But there are a lot of people. We don't want this. I don't want this. I don't want this. Eventually, we're going back where restaurants that had 150 seats are going to have 150 seats, not 50 seats because they can't make it at 50 seats. But more importantly, the atmosphere is even better. We have to get used to it. We have to get used to it.

I don't know that people are going to be shaking hands as readily. Some will...

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