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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:36 PM

Trump charges media wants businesses closed to defeat him [View all]

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday accused the media of pushing to keep restrictions in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus measures supported by most public health experts in an effort to hamper the economy and harm his reelection chances.

"The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success," Trump tweeted without citing specific outlets or evidence. "The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!"

The president has in recent days made clear he is not willing to wait more than a few weeks for Americans to return to work and for businesses to reopen. He said Tuesday that he envisions Easter as a goal for when churches will be "packed" and people will be going back to their jobs, at least in certain parts of the country.

The president's tweet also underscores the degree to which the November general election may factor into his decisionmaking. Trump has tied his campaign closely to the strength of the economy, which has cratered as companies lay off workers and the stock market plunges because of the virus.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/489534-trump-charges-media-wants-businesses-closed-to-defeat-him



Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday that Trump's Easter goal has to be "flexible." He cautioned that officials do not yet have enough data about areas of the country where reports of coronavirus cases remain low but where few have been tested.

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