In a Town Hall event on Fox News, Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump speculated that he would push for the re-opening of American business by Easter on April 12, 2020.
Bill Hemmer, who conducted the interview, asked Trump why he felt Easter was an appropriate date to re-open the country for business.
Trump said he had watched Church services online, and that it was “good”, but he spoke of his desire for people to be able to go to their churches.
“It is for the citizens of our Country. Easter is a very special day for me. Wouldn’t it be great to have the churches full? I think Easter Sunday, with packed churches all across the country, would be a beautiful day. I am not sure that is the day, but it would be great,” Trump said.
Trump on why he picked Easter as the day he wants to end strict social distancing and reopen American businesses: "Easter is a very special day for me … Easter Sunday, and you'll have packed churches all over our country." pic.twitter.com/6cXEtW8LmR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2020
The statement hit the media quickly.
“Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar told Breitbart News exclusively that President Donald Trump in the coming days will work with his medical and scientific advisers to make a determination on how and when to reopen the country after wide-scale closure in the effort to stop the spread of the Chinese coronavirus,” Breitbart News reported.
Exclusive–The Endgame: HHS Secretary Alex Azar Lays Out How Trump Will Defeat Coronavirus ‘Invisible Enemy,’ Reopen America https://t.co/FvWX2GrB62
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 24, 2020
“I’d love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” President Trump said. If the country isn’t opened up soon, “it’s going to be very hard to get it restarted,” Trump said. “We have to get our country back to work.