On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned President Donald Trump against making a rush in reopening the country. In her interview with Politico, Pelosi told that House of Representatives might not get back to Washington, D.C., at the end of April due to the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
When she was asked if she was concerned with President Trump showing eagerness to reopen the country soon, Pelosi said, “I would hope that the scientific community would weigh in and say, ‘You can’t do this. It will only going to make matters worse if you go out too soon.'”
Pelosi said that several factors, like widespread testing and safety standards in workplaces, need to be considered before opening the country.
“We have to know. It’s data. And that’s something that I haven’t seen as the basis for any decision making. In fact, I’ve seen the opposite.” Pelosi added.
Earlier this week, top officials in the administration suggested that parts of the country and businesses could reopen by May. On Wednesday, while talking to the Fox News, Attorney General William Barr referred coronavirus mitigation measures as “draconian” and suggested reevaluation at the end of the month.
Talking to the press Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, “parts of the economy could reopen by May as soon as the president feels comfortable with the medical issues.”
On the other hand, when Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked on Thursday’s press briefing on coronavirus about what criteria could be used to reopen the government and country, he said, “it really varies differently. So I don’t think there’s one medical criteria.”