WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
How exactly can a cure be worse than dying in agony?
Courtesy of CNN:
Another week of self-isolating — or, for many Americans, mandatory lockdowns — are raising more questions for President Donald Trump on how long the coronavirus mitigation measures will last and whether they are worth the economic pain.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
Aides say Trump is itching for the guidelines to be eased at the end of the 15-day period, but realistically there are few health experts who think that’s enough time to know whether the measures he announced last week will suffice.
Trump and some of his top officials are growing more anxious with social distancing guidelines put in place to combat the coronavirus, sources close to the White House effort said. One senior official said the President is losing patience with the period of national self-isolation that has frozen the US economy.
The dynamic has led to a robust internal debate over how best to balance the actual health of the country — with potentially hundreds of thousands of lives at stake — with its economic health.
Some of Trump’s allies have continued to publicly suggest the measures announced by the White House last week were too stringent and have caused unnecessary economic pain. Many of his conservative allies circulated a Wall Street Journal editorial from last week, which questioned whether the shutdown was worth the trade off of a shuttered economy.
That has helped fuel growing opposition among some of Trump’s advisers to an extended lockdown.
After I typed this out earlier today Trump engaged the press during his Coronavirus side show at the White House.
And this is what he said courtesy The Daily Beast:
President Donald Trump insisted Monday night that he is going to “open up our country” in weeks and not months as the United States continues to face the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m not looking at months, I can tell you right now,” Trump said at a briefing with the White House coronavirus task force. “We’re going to be opening up our country, and we’re going to be watching certain areas.”
I swear that Trump will be personally responsible for the deaths an additional hundred thousand citizens if he does this.
I swear these people examine every single problem with dollar signs in their eyes.
Money is completely unimportant to corpses by the way.
Yes we need to find ways to help businesses survive this, which is why we need to start thinking of ways to deliver goods and services in ways that also keep the workers and customers safe.
I have every confidence that this can be done but people do not think creatively when they are scared out of their gourd.
So yes we need to keep social distancing while continuing to brainstorm on long term solutions.
Because I am telling you, folks, this could very well be the new norm for up to a year or more.