Trump Assures That the Country Will Not Shut Down if a 2nd Wave of Coronavirus Comes
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On Thursday at the Ford plant in Detroit Michigan, President Donald Trump announced that the country will not shut down again if another coronavirus wave comes.
The comments were made while the President was talking with reporters while touring the facility.
“People say it’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country, we’re going to put out the fires,” President Trump said. “Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out, but we’re not closing our country.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Throughout the pandemic, the president has left the decision to shut down or not up to the governors of each state. Although he weighed in on some states’ policies, the administration refrained from giving any direct orders and instead chose to offer assistance as requested.
Now, as Trump urges states to reopen, the Department of Justice has begun to push states to adopt more aggressive reopening plans by threatening lawsuits for violating Americans’ civil liberties. The DOJ sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week saying that the state’s shutdown and reopening plans unfairly targeted houses of worship.
Back in late April, Attorney General Bill Barr told the Department of Justice to look into examples where states took their lockdown orders too far but opening back up too slow.
“These kinds of restrictions have been necessary in order to stop the spread of a deadly disease — but there is no denying that they have imposed tremendous burdens on the daily lives of all Americans,” Barr said. “Now, I am directing each of our United States Attorneys to also be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”
The Daily Wire continues:
Even without pressure from the DOJ, it remains unclear how feasible a second round of lockdowns would be. Unemployment data released by the Department of Labor on Thursday shows that roughly 39 million workers have lost their jobs or paychecks since mid-March. The lockdowns have sparked large protests from California to New York.
Businesses, churches, and local officials have begun pushing back against governors that are slow to lift lockdowns. In Texas, a salon owner was arrested and put in jail for opening her business against the lockdown order, sparking a national outcry against heavy-handed restrictions. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the salon owner released from jail and rolled back restrictions on salons and barbershops.
In Michigan, a barber in Owasso has resisted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown order for weeks. Seventy-seven-year-old Karly Manke has refused to close his shop despite receiving several fines and having his license to operate revoked by state health officials. Local officials in Owosso have refused to grant or enforce state orders against the barber.
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