President Trump gave a promising nod to the stability of the American economy going forward on Thursday when he revealed that he will not let any further outbreaks lead to widespread closures.
During his trip to the Ford plant in Michigan, Trump was asked about the possibility of a second wave of the virus and responded by saying “People say that’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And, we’re going 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,” the president continued. “We did the right thing, but now it is time to open it up, a never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people, we must have a functioning economy.”
Trump’s comments came as he was touring a Ford Motor Co. plant outside of Detroit that has shifted its resources in order to produce ventilators for the country.
The president heaped praise on the Ford workers for their crucial roles during the pandemic and then spoke to the importance of a strong manufacturing presence in America.
“The global pandemic proves once and for all that for America to be a strong nation, America needs to be a manufacturing nation,” Trump said. “I’m fighting to bring back our jobs from China and many other countries.”
During his speech, the president also lashed out at China for its role in the coronavirus pandemic.
“It came in from China and it should have been stopped in China,” he said.
The first reports of the contagion surfaced late last year in Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, and the disease quickly spread across the globe.
As of Thursday, over 5 million people have been infected worldwide with over 329,000 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering [CSSE] at Johns Hopkins University.
Trump’s trip to Michigan – a battleground state that he won in the 2016 election – marked only the third time that the President has been able to make away from the Washington-area since the pandemic took hold in the U.S. and it comes amid feuds with the state’s Tyrannical Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The president’s advisers are said to have become convinced that of the three Rust Belt states that Trump took from Democrats in 2016, Michigan would be much more difficult to win again than Pennsylvania and, especially, Wisconsin.
Earlier in the day, Trump criticized some slow-moving Democrat governors who were not reopening their states fast enough.
“You have a lot of, unfortunately in this case, Democrat governors, I think they think it’s great politics to keep it closed, but what are they doing, they’re hurting themselves, I don’t think it is good politics … they’re hurting themselves, they’re hurting their state, and it’s not good,” Trump said, and added, “You’ll break the country if you don’t.”