Trump: Plan to re-open economy almost complete

Trump says his administration is close to completing a plan to re-open economy which has been largely shut down due to coronavirus.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 03:23

Trump leads daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House
Trump leads daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration was close to completing a plan to re-open the US economy, which has been largely shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In his daily news briefing, Trump noted that the number of deaths from the virus in the United States had begun to plateau, indicating that “social distancing” efforts had succeeded, reported Reuters.

Indeed, New York government Andrew Cuomo said earlier on Monday that "the worst is over" in terms of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, though he warned New Yorkers not to become complacent about the disease.

The virus has killed more than 22,000 people in the United States, the most of any country, and shut down all but essential travel and businesses.

State governors, meanwhile, appeared on Monday to be discussing plans to resume economic activity without seeking input from the Trump administration.

Nine states on the US East and West coasts said they had begun planning for the slow reopening of their economies and lifting of strict stay-at-home orders.

Pressed during the briefing on the question of whether governors or the federal government would make the decision to re-open schools and closed businesses, Trump said that he had ultimate authority.

“The president of the United States calls the shots,” Trump said. “That being said, we’re going to work with the states.”

Earlier on Monday, Trump tweeted that “some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect.”

“It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!” he added.