Update (1345ET): On the heels of Larry Kudlow's comments, President Trump told Fox News that he hopes to re-open the U.S. economy by Easter, which is April 12, after shutting down activity due to the coronavirus.
“I would love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News.
“I would love to have it opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
Trump has said he would re-evaluate whether to call for people to return to work after his 15-day strategy for limiting social contact elapses next week, but repeatedly stressed the harm a long-term economic shutdown would have on the nation.
"A lot of people agree with me. Our country is not built to built to shut down. Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don't want to be locked into a house or an apartment, it's not for our country"
"A lot of people agree with me. Our country is not built to built to shut down. Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don't want to be locked into a house or an apartment, it's not for our country" -- Trump indicates he's still planning to reopen economy next week pic.twitter.com/Q9oDLkf6Jm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2020
Shortly before the Fox News town hall, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo implored Trump not to risk endangering human lives by rushing to reopen the economy.
Additionally, Trump defended the slow pace of coronavirus testing in the U.S., saying his government “did not screw up” and is now a “model.”
“We did not screw up and I don’t think CDC screwed up either,” Trump said, again blaming difficulties in fielding a U.S. coronavirus test on a “system” established by his predecessors.
“Nobody ever expected a thing like this, nobody would say that millions of millions of people would have been tested,” he said.
“So what we did is broke that egg, we broke that system and we created a new system that now we’re doing unbelievably big numbers.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed its own test for coronavirus after Chinese scientists published the virus’s genome in early January, but the agency experienced problems both confirming its accuracy and manufacturing it at scale.
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As Bob Luddy writes in The Spectator, "America has no choice [but to reopen for business soon] if it is to avoid total disaster..."
China and Russia are open for business and working at close to capacity, as America shutters most all business and industry in states such as Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In many cases only select manufacturing companies are allowed to operate, which means most manufacturers will be short of parts and services necessary to produce goods.
Our leaders are creating an economic crisis and a major national security risk with limited data. The cure is far worse than any perceived impact by COVID-19. Our economy is both fragile and interdependent, an economic reality not understood by our leaders as they order mass closings of many states’ business and industry.
Thomas Sowell wrote, “There are no solutions. There are only tradeoffs.” Sowell was informing us that wise and sound judgments are imperative during any crisis.
An opinion piece by John P. A. Ioannidis, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at Stanford University, is headlined, “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.”
This season the flu has killed 22,000 Americans versus 388 dead from COVID-19. This the hard data available. There has been no national discussion about the flu but complete panic on the coronavirus.
The restaurant industry, which is the largest employer in America, is closed in most states. Now we will begin to witness the industries that support restaurants and hotels begin to shutter.
Marriott Corporate in Bethesda, Maryland, has furloughed 66 percent of its employees and cut the pay of the remaining employees by 20 percent. Such actions by major employers will have a devastating impact on the U.S. economy.
The Big Three automakers and their suppliers are closed, which means hundreds of thousands of workers are laid off and at home. This will quickly lead to more layoffs and many small business failures. There is no amount of government money that can make up for an economy closed and workers staying home.
We all know that food and supplies are critical to families. Most individuals assume these products and services will be available. But as we have witnessed, when demand exceeds supply and businesses are shuttered, supply runs out.
Supply of goods and services is quickly becoming a more important national issue than the COVID-19 panic. The virus will not adversely impact most Americans, but they will sustain substantial financial losses and at some point supplies will run out.
Schools can shut down, and sick people should stay home, along with older or at-risk individuals, until the panic subsides, but the healthy must be allowed to work.
Every family, state, city, and business can make the best decisions during this crisis, but we cannot have simplistic top-down mandates.
We are quickly moving toward a supply problem. Just-in-time inventory means we make products as needed. If the producers are closed, we run out of goods quickly.
Wiring $3,000 to most Americans may seem like a solution, but unless we have a supply of the goods families need, the money will not help. The best way for families to have income is for America to be open for business and not risk shortages and civil unrest. It is noteworthy that liquor, ammo, and guns sales are robust.
The federal government has no money and is $23 trillion in debt. Now Congress contemplates a $2 trillion economic bailout, which is pushing the limits of how much Congress can borrow and will eventually create a major financial meltdown. The solution is a robust economy producing goods, services, and financial stability.
All healthy Americans who want to work must be allowed to return to work no later than March 30. This common-sense approach will allow new production and for the healthy to support those in need.
I urge our President Trump to speak to Americans from a Midwest manufacturing plant, away from the Swamp, and appeal to all governors and Americans to overcome their fears and take reasonable precautions, but allow America to open for business by March 30.
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And it seems Luddy's cries (among many others) have been heard as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow tells Fox Business that the Trump adminstration will take a look around the end of this week at areas of the economy that may be safe enough to reopen.
Kudlow said that, in consultation with health experts, the administration would look at where it’s possible to open places that aren’t “hot zones” in order to expand business reach, adding that "a declining economy is unhealthy."
"There’s no question we have to think seriously. I would say, after the 15-day period is over, which I guess ends after this weekend, we will take another look at targeting areas that are safe enough," Kudlow told FOX Business' Stuart Varney.
"A lot of people in business and finance, small business people too, that's very important, have called us and talked to us to see if we could liberalize and perhaps target more and stop as many shutdowns as we have," Kudlow said.
"That doesn’t mean we’re going to leave social distancing, that doesn’t mean we’re going to walk away from the mitigating advice that we've received from our health specialists. It just means we’re going to take a slightly different look at this."
“We’ve just got to make sure our businesses stay alive as much as possible”
Kudlow said Trump is interested in doing "something in the next couple of weeks."