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Donald Trump drops bombshell plan to reopen US economy by May 1
April 15, 2020
Trump claimed his plan would see some parts of the country likely to be ready to reopen the economy before May 1. Speaking at the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he would “authorise” governors to implement plans in their states at the appropriate time.
However, many experts doubt the president has such powers.
Speaking at a daily briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also said that President Donald Trump had inaccurately asserted the president had total authority over when states reopen schools and businesses.
“The president is clearly spoiling for a fight on this issue,” said Cuomo.
“The president will have no fight with me. I will not engage in it.”
“We could lose all the progress we made in one week,” he said.
Trump said he would speak to all 50 governors about the plan, probably on Thursday by video conference.
His coronavirus task force has recommended people across the country follow strict social distancing guidelines through the end of April.
The US president initially said he hoped to reopen the economy by Easter in mid-April.
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However, the mounting toll of infections and projected deaths forced him to extend federal guidelines for 30 days to the end of April.
Some medical experts question whether the country will be ready by then, or if the date will need extending yet again.
Opening some states before that would go against the guidelines in their current form.
The decision comes in the lead-up to Trump, facing re-election on Nov. 3.
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The president is currently under pressure to get the economy going again after millions have been made jobless by the shutdown.
He said some states should be able to reopen soon, based on a low rate of infections.
“We think that some of the governors will be in really good shape to open up even sooner” than the end of April, Trump said.
“Others are going to have to take a longer period of time.”
Meanwhile, the New York governor has announced the number of people hospitalized in the city has finally fallen on Tuesday.
This is the first drop since the outbreak began.
Cuomo said that a total of 18,697 people were hospitalized across New York, down from 18,825 the day before.
Patients newly admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 came to about 1,600 on Monday.
This is down by more than 300 people compared to the day before.
“We think we are at the apex on the plateau,” Cuomo said.
However, he cautioned that the decline was statistically insignificant at this stage.
The New York governor also warned the public about the dangers of relaxing stay-at-home orders too quickly.