During an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo President Trump claimed that Democrats want to keep the country closed so they can gain an advantage in the upcoming Presidential elections.
You can watch the interview below but here is a partial transcript:
TRUMP: So Anthony is a good person, very good person. I disagreed with him. When I closed the border to China, he disagreed with that and ultimately he agreed.
He said I saved hundreds of thousands of lives which is what happened. Everybody disagreed when I did that. I think that we have to open our schools, young people are very little affected by this.
We have to get the schools opened and we have to get our country open, we have to open our country.
Now we want to do it safely and quickly as possible. We can’t keep on going on this like.
You will have bedlam on the streets and I totally disagree. I call him embers, he called it spike. You remember he used word spike. We might have that and we will put it out.
We didn’t know anything about this. This is a horrible disease, a horrible plague, I called it a plague. A terrible thing.
We’ve learned a lot and we know how to put it out but we have to open our country. We have no choice. People are dying this way too when you report this better than I could ever report it.
They are dying with this closure, with the shutdown of a country where their in the house, apartment, some people are too tough on it.
They are not allowed to go out. They are losing their Jobs. We will not let it happen.
BARTIROMO: Do you think your critics want you to keep it closed going into the election?
TRUMP: I do, I do. I think it’s a political thing in addition.
BARTIROMO: They are saying you are putting money business ahead of lives?
TRUMP: No, no. I think the people that want to see the right thing happen, they agree with me. We have to get our country open.
If it was up to some people let’s keep it close for a long time, okay, a long time and watch the United States down, it’s never going to happen in my watch.
BARTIROMO: Do you see long-term damage done the longer that you stay closed? Jay Powell said that as well. There’s a long-term impact the longer it stays close.
TRUMP: What I do see is this, I see we are losing tremendous number of lives, so is the world. The world, 184 countries. Now more than that. Think of it. The tremendous lives lost.
When you talk about damage, that can never be replaced. We will lose over a hundred thousand perhaps in this country. Now in all fairness that’s at the bottom level of the scale.
We would have lost 2 million, lost more if we did it a different way. You’re talking about 100,000 more, little bit less more. Who knows? It’s a terrible thing.
No, that can’t be replaced.
We are spending trillions of dollars on all of the damage economically, financially that it has caused. So it is a terrible thing. It’s just an incredible thing. We were sailing two months ago, we were sailing, we had the best of everything.
From all appearances it sure does seem like the President is right.
The American people agreed to go into lockdown to “bend the curve” not to eradicate the disease completely before being set free.
If Democrats keep it up the American people will soon start rebelling and it won’t be pretty.
He’s right you know.
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