Trump says he may launch second coronavirus task force focused on economy

Eventually, even though Democrats don’t want to talk about it, the American economy is going to have to get back on its feet.

After Fox News’ Dana Perino suggested the launch of a second task force to develop a plan to help this happen, President Donald Trump confirmed that he may indeed be on board, the Washington Examiner reports.

Reopening the economy

Trump was recently asked a follow-up question about the prospect of a second task force, and he continued to express a positive attitude about the notion.

It now sounds as though this he wants to move forward with something on this front to ensure that once businesses can begin to re-open, the transition happens quickly and has as much success as possible.

“Thinking about it, getting a group of people and we have to open our country. You know, I had an expression, the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself. Right?” Trump said Saturday, according to a transcript provided by the White House. “I started by saying that and I continue to say it. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. We [have] got to get our country open.”

How close are we?

Every time someone mentions moving forward, it seems as though the medical experts making the call on such questions are extremely reluctant to even entertain the possibility. Their caution is understandable, but the fact is that Americans also need at least a rough timeline for a re-start, not to mention some hope for the future.

Countless small business owners are in crisis mode right now, wondering whether they will even be able to open their doors when the restrictions are finally lifted.

It is far easier to plan if there is a potential date in mind, but to be left entirely in the dark like is untenable, and Trump understands the need to alleviate uncertainty wherever possible.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the coronavirus task force, however, has advised caution on this front, recently stating, “Viruses transmit from people to people. When people are separated from each other the virus does not transmit — it doesn’t go anywhere and that’s the reason why something as simple as the physical separation…that’s our most important tool.

“But this is what we have to do,” he continued. “As sobering and as difficult as this is, what we are doing is making a difference so we really need to continue to do that.”

With stay-at-home guidelines in place through April 30, and state restrictions in some areas set to last even longer, most are hoping for some progress on this front by mid-May or early June. The economy could be getting dangerously close to the point of no return, and with more than 6 million people out of work, something has to give sooner rather than later.

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