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Why Trump is still pushing for the US to ‘reopen by Easter’

Published: (Updated: ) in Australian News by .

It’s been a constant refrain from the President as the coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse, and more than three million Americans lose their job in a single week.

It's been a constant refrain from the President as the coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse, and more than three million Americans lose their job in a single week.

"The cure cannot be worse than the problem," he tweeted on Sunday.

Even then, Trump's statement that he wants the country "reopen" and "raring to go" by Easter Sunday (in less than three weeks), took many by surprise.

Many doctors have said the deadline is dangerous, while White House experts including the respected Dr Anthony Fauci, have stressed it is a fluid situation.

Donald Trump wants the country 'raring to go' by Easter.

In reality, the United States has virtually no chance of being fully reopened in three weeks with "churches packed", as the President described. Cases in the worst-hit area of New York are still increasing dramatically and the predicted peak is still weeks away.

Trump knows this, but it's all about his messaging to voters.

He chose the friendly Fox News to make the announcement at a time that he knows millions will be watching.

With many viewers, workers and business owners believing the current restrictions are over-the-top, others will be losing their businesses.

Nothing angers a voter like a bad economy, and Trump is trying to reinforce to those about to lose their jobs that he is on their side.

While he's copping some flak for putting dollars over deaths, he knows his statements will bring hope to those worrying about their livelihoods.

When the country is inevitably not reopened by Easter Sunday, Trump will defer to the medical experts and say he had no choice. He hopes voters will then direct any anger towards them (and China), and not his re-election hopes.

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In reality, Trump doesn't have much power over lockdowns anyway as it is the individual states who are currently policing the restrictions.

The economic fallout from them is going to be massive, and Trump is successfully making sure he will not be blamed.

The evidence is in his approval figures. Despite accusations of being slow to act on the virus, poor co-ordination of medical supplies and confusing messaging to the public, his numbers are going up.

Polls show a majority approve of his handling of the crisis, and his overall approval rating has jumped from 44 per cent to 49 per cent.

Trump is notoriously dismissive of polls, but he's retweeting out these ones.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-why-donald-trump-still-pushing-us-reopen-by-easter-world-news/e1a4c068-01cf-4883-8806-410c7927d5e6

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