Reportedly, Donald Trump has met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the two have discussed a plan to discontinue the guidelines issued by the White House for social distancing in an attempt to kickstart the tanking economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last Monday the White House issued official recommendations that urged all Americans to stay away from work if they were not employed in a “critical infrastructure industry” and avoid bars, restaurants, and stop all unnecessary shopping trips for the next 15 days. Three days later, Trump was backstepping on the guidelines.
The report of Trump pulling away from social distancing began after he made a cryptic tweet about “the cure.”
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s tweet came on the heels of Steven Hilton of Fox News claiming on air, that “working Americans” would be “crushed” by social distancing guidelines.
“You know that famous phrase ‘the cure is worse than the disease?’ That is exactly the territory we are hurtling towards,” Hilton declared. “You think it’s just the coronavirus that kills people? This total economic shutdown will kill people.”
On Monday, Trump retweeted several accounts that were calling for the lift on worker’s restrictions after the initial 15-day period is over.
Later on, Monday, Larry Kudlow the White House Director of the National Economic Council Larry appeared to confirm Trump’s stance on the issue.
“The President is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease and we’re going to have to make difficult trade-offs,” Kudlow told Fox News.