Trump: Democrats Are Moving Slowly for Political Purposes

By Melanie Arter | May 11, 2020 | 7:27pm EDT
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Donald Trump complained Monday that the Democrats are moving slowly to reopen the country for political reasons, and if it were up to them, they would wait until the November election.

“The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what that entails. The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3rd if it were up to them. Don’t play politics. Be safe, move quickly!” he tweeted.


When asked to respond to criticism that he’s also politically motivated to grow the economy ahead of the election, Trump said, “Well, I think that if you look at Pennsylvania as an example, if you look at various other states, I won't get into them, the people want to go back. The numbers are getting to a point where they can, and it just seems to be no effort on certain blue states to get back into gear. 

“The people aren't going to stand for it. They want to get back. They're not going to stand for it. They want our country open. I want our country open too. I want it open safely, but I want it open,” he said during a White House Rose Garden press conference on COVID-19 testing.

The president pointed out that people who are staying home are still dying.

“Don't forget. People are dying the other route. You can go with the enclosed route. Everything is closed up. You're in your house. You're not allowed to move. People are dying with that too. You look at drug addiction. You look at suicides. You look at some of the things that are taking place. People are dying that way too,” he said.

“You can make the case it's in even greater numbers. So it's a situation that some people and I've noticed that some states could be moving more quickly and also at the same time safety. Safety is paramount, but people are dying in the lockdown position too. Everybody understands that,” Trump said.

The president said the numbers of new infections have substantially decreased compared to two weeks ago.

When asked whether the administration is planning to do anything else to get new cases under control, Trump said, “The numbers are way down from what they were two weeks ago. The numbers are really coming down and very substantially. This weekend was one of the lowest we've had. The numbers are coming down very rapidly all throughout the country by the way. There may be one exception, but all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”

When asked if he agrees with models that predict 130,000 case through August, Trump said, “The models haven't been exactly accurate. These are models that are done by a lot of think tanks and universities. Some of the models have been way off. A few of the models have been accurate, but as far as the models are concerned, if you go by the model, we were going to lose 2.2 million people, and because we took, we mitigated, we did things that were very tough for our country to do, frankly. 

“We had to turn off our whole magnificent economy. We had to turn down the whole country. We're at the lowest of all of the models. If you look at I guess 100 - 120,000 people would be at the low side. There’s nothing low. One is too many people. I say it all the time. One person to lose for this is too many people. It's a disgrace what happened,” the president said.

“If you look at models, we're at the lowest of those projections. Models are not models done necessarily by the White House. They’re models done by many people all over the world. If you take the most respected of those people, many of those models are wrong. They've been wrong as far as the U.S. Is concerned, because those numbers are nowhere near what was projected potentially,” he said.

As far as what he predicts the death toll will be this summer Trump said he doesn’t even want to think about it.

“I know we're doing everything we can. We're doing a good job. We acted very early. We acted extremely early in keeping China out of our country and banning people from China coming in other than our citizens which we obviously had to take. They were quarantined or watched carefully. They were tested. They were watched carefully,” the president said.

“We had about 40,000 people coming in from China from Asia, and we had to obviously take the people. Can you imagine if I had said, ‘You’re a U.S. citizen. We’re not going to take you.’ That doesn’t work. I was with Ron Desantis. He said they literally put people that came in from China in quarantine for a substantial period of time. That was a big decision,” he said. 

“I think we saved hundreds of thousands of lives by acting early, and when I did this, I think the admiral can say it, everybody was against my doing it. Everybody was - the professionals, the doctors. I was pretty much by myself on that one. It was a lucky thing we did it because we saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” Trump said.

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