“We have to get our country back,” Trump said, claiming people are “dying the other way, too,” citing suicides, drug abuse and the effects of lost jobs. “We have to bring it back and that’s what we’re doing.”
“We can’t sit in the house for the next three years,” he said later in the interview, per ABC news.
Trump has been pushing for states to reopen their economies and several of them — including Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina — have done so in modified ways in recent days, even as public health experts warn that such moves could lead to an increase in coronavirus cases.
A Trump administration document obtained by The New York Times predicted a steady increase in coronavirus cases, in the coming weeks, with the daily death toll mounting from the current figure of about 1,750 to about 3,000 by June.
Trump has also said that the coronavirus will pass with or without a vaccine.
“I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal,” Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly made such claims about an end to the pandemic, including saying in February that the virus might“miraculously” be gone by April, and in March and last month asserting without evidence that it is “going to go away”.
The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths. As of Tuesday, the nation had about 1.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with more than 70,000 deaths.
A record of 30 million people have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks.
As right-wing protesters have taken to the streets in dozens of cities in recent weeks to demand states reopen businesses, in many cases flouting public health orders for social distancing and mask-wearing, Trump has described them as “great people”.