AGENCIES, Washington: Even as world leaders are encouraging their citizens the practice social distancing to avoid catching the infection at a time when Covid-19 pandemic is at its peak in some countries including the US, the thoughts presented by President Donald Trump may not surprise many.
Trump said on Wednesday that his government will not be extending its coronavirus social distancing guidelines once they expire on Thursday.
Adding to that vision, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, predicted that by July the country will be “really rocking again.”
Meanwhile, Trump said he plans to resume official travel with a trip to Arizona next week. And he said he’s hoping to hold mass campaign rallies in the coming months with thousands of supporters, even though medical experts have said there is little hope of having a vaccine by then.
The US coronavirus death toll has now surpassed those in the Vietnam War — Trump delivered his daily upbeat update and Kushner described the administration’s much-criticized response to the pandemic as “a great success story.”
Trump also talked up the good news the day provided: hopeful results for a possible Covid-19 treatment. But the government announced dismal new economic numbers as the pandemic took hold and shut down much of the country.
The White House has been trying to pivot to a new stage of the crisis, focused on efforts to reopen the nation’s economy state-by-state amid concerns that lifting restrictions too quickly and without sufficient testing and contact tracing will spur a resurgence.
The announcement came after Trump said he will not be extending the White House’s “30 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines when they expire Thursday.