Amidst continuing rise in numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the U.S., Trump is seriously considering easing out the social distancing measures. On Monday (March 30, 2020), he plans to announce certain changes that will allow people to go back to work in order to preserve the country’s economic health.
Actually, in Monday’s daily coronavirus briefings, in which coronavirus task force head Dr. Fauci was noticeably absent, Trump’s briefing gave voice to his weekend tweets
”The cure can’t be worse than the problem”…”At the end of the 15-day period (of the social distancing order), we will decide as to which way we want to go.”
News Media Cancel Broadcast of Trump’s Monday Coronavirus Briefing
When it became clear that Donald Trump was intent on contradicting the advise of Dr. Fauci and other leading health experts, major TV networks cancelled the airing of Trump’s Monday briefing. The general consensus is that letting Trump continue giving false hopes to the American people is dangerous, especially when Dr. Fauci was not around to fact-check and put the real danger of the Covid-19 crisis in the right perspective.
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC pointed that Trump’s coronavirus briefings are actually cruel and harmful. She argues that people will be making life and death decisions over a fairy tale, stuff that most Americans would like to hear but untrue. Her call was for journalists and the media to stop airing Trump’s false statements and false promises, saying
“If Trump cannot stop lying, then the media should stop broadcasting his lies.”
Public health experts and doctors at the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis in America fear that if Trump continues to encourage people to return to their usual routine, efforts to slow down the pandemic will not work; but instead promote wider spread of the infectious disease.
Apparently, Trump is giving more weight to the advice of White House aides who constantly fuel Trump’s fears of a severe economic crisis, or at worst, an economic collapse. After all, his career as president of the United States will be marred by yet another negative record.
Aside from being the third U.S. president to be impeached, he will be the first president to push the country to an economic downfall.