In televised town hall, Trump pushes for economic reopening

Tuesday, 05 May, 2020

Trump alternated during a two-hour virtual town hall broadcast by FOX News between forecasting a rapid recovery for the USA economy and casting blame for the pandemic's spread on China, where the disease is believed to have originated.

President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the United States intelligence community "did NOT bring up the CoronaVirus subject matter until late into January" and that "they only spoke of the Virus in a very non-threatening, or matter of fact, manner".

Needless to say, Lincoln was subject to intense criticism for his decisions during this period, culminating in his assassination by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and former Confederate spy.

Trump took a number of viewer questions summarizing their problems and asking for advice.

With exactly six months to go until the presidential election, Mr Trump lamented how the lockdown had prevented him from holding campaign rallies.

"The question I have is about your manner of presentation", continued Perkins.

"The U.S.A. needs you", she implored.

"You get a job where you make more money", he said.

Asked about the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, Trump said he had three calls in the last three or four days from people who credit it with saving their lives, and he believes the drug is effective in fighting against coronavirus.

But while Trump increased his projection for the total USA death total to 80,000 or 90,000 - up by more than 20,000 fatalities from what he had suggested just a few weeks ago - he struck a note of urgency to restart the nation's economy, declaring "we have to reopen our country". But when Raddatz pointed out the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the scientific consensus is that the virus was not man-made, Pompeo agreed with that, too. Last wk ODNI said they can not yet assess if the outbreak "was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan" or began "through contact with infected animals".

"I used to say 65,000". You there, you see those press conferences. I'll look at them. Their manner of presentation and their words.

"I feel like if I was kind to them, I'd be walked off the stage", he said, pointing to their "horrible, horrendous, biased, questions".

"I mean, I'm obviously part of the team that's involved in that".

Although he acknowledged some Americans anxious about getting sick, Trump repeated in the program that "a lot of people want to go back" and "we have to let 'em come back". "Why I don't know", launching into what he considered a list of his administration's accomplishments.