‘U.S. Not Built to Shut Down,’ Trump Says

President Donald Trump said Monday during a White House coronavirus task force meeting that American businesses should be back up and going in a shorter time span than originally indicated.

“Once the medical community gives a region the okay meaning the okay to get going, to get back, let’s go to work,” Trump said. “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this. It was not built to be shut down.”

“I’m not looking at months, I’ll tell you that,” Trump added later. “We can’t keep it closed for years, okay? [Coronavirus] is going away.”

Trump’s comments came as the Senate attempts to finalize an economic stimulus package that will aid Americans who have been laid off because of coronavirus.

“Congress must demonstrate the same bipartisanship again and join together and pass the Senate bill as written and avoid playing any more partisan games,” Trump said. “They have to get together and just stop with the partisan politics. It must go quickly. They don’t really have a choice. They must make a deal. This should not be a time for political agendas but rather a time for focusing solely and squarely on the needs of the American people.”

“There is no final bill yet,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office told Newsweek Monday. “Negotiations continue.”

Trump’s administration has been touting a 15-day program to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, telling reporters that the White House would look at easing some restrictions at the end of the 15-day timeframe.

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