Trump weighs restarting economy despite warnings from U.S. public health officials - 2020-03-23
Trump said at a news conference Monday night that at some point soon the damage being done to the economy could be worse than the threat of the virus spreading further. He said the decision could be based geographically with areas of the country with a low number of positive cases moving back to a normal routine while areas such as New York remain under restrictions.
"America will again — and soon — be open for business," he said. "Very soon, a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself."
When asked if he would make the decision to loosen social-distancing recommendations even if it went against the advice of federal public health officials, Trump said: "If it was up to the doctors they might say shut down the entire world."