Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday that he would not close down the country again if there was a second wave of coronavirus. "We are not closing the country," Trump said as he spoke at a Michigan Ford factory.
“People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said. “We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we are not closing our country.”
Trump's remarks come at a time when all 50 states are reopening, the stock market is rallying, and the country has renewed optimism about moving past the coronavirus crisis.
As the lockdown has continued, many Americans have grown impatient with the overreach of local lawmakers in states like Michigan and California.
As of Thursday, there are 1.5 million cases of coronavirus and 93,439 deaths. CNBC reports that over "38 million U.S. workers have filed unemployment claims in the past nine weeks as businesses shuttered amid the pandemic."