President Trump has extended America’s national shut down for another 30 days, complying with the public health experts, and scientific reality, and warning that the worst of coronavirus is yet to come.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, the president claimed that, if his administration manages to keep the death toll to 100,000, he will consider it “a very good job.” This is a drastic shift from his predictions of just a few days ago when he said he was hoping to restart the economy by Easter Sunday.
Health experts and average citizens alike have slammed Trump for spreading false information, verbally abusing reporters and making baseless incendiary allegations that health care workers were ‘stealing masks,’ without providing any evidence.
The new extended deadline for the shutdown was a humiliating retreat for the Trump who, recently complained that the cure is worse than the problem and floated Easter Sunday as a “beautiful timeline” for reopening large parts of the country.
“The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Trump told the press, as the death toll crosses over 2,400. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all.”
He also said: “We can expect by June 1st we will be well on our way to recovery.”
This shift came as the real devastation of the pandemic became apparent to the president, who has historically taken it very lightly. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections. Fauci has praised the extension, calling it a “wise and prudent” decision.
Trump quoted projections that said that a potential 2.2 million people or even more could die if the country had tried to “wing it” and not put social distancing measures in practice. “I kept asking, and we did models,” he said. “These are 2.2 million people would have died.
“And so, if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 – it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000 – we all together have done a very good job.“