By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political journalist for Dailymail.com
President Trump tweeted on Saturday that it was a “good idea!” »Form a second working group on coronaviruses to prepare a plan to reopen the American economy.
The president responded to a Friday tweet from Dana Perino, the White House press secretary under President George W. Bush and current Fox News Channel host.
“I think we need a second working group convened under the leadership of POTUS to consider reopening the economy,” wrote Perino. “Made up of a mix of non-partisan / bipartisan experts across all sectors of the industry, so we have their recommendations and plan – let the 1st task force focus on the crisis right now.”
President Trump has expressed support for a second coronavirus task force to prepare a plan on how the U.S. could start reopening businesses after the public health crisis caused by the virus has passed
Trump called it a “good idea” to bring together a bipartisan / non-partisan of industry experts to prepare a plan to open the United States.
The suggestion was made by Fox News Channel host Dana Perino, who was press secretary to the White House under President George W. Bush
Perino’s suggestion – to prepare a plan but wait until the health crisis subsides to implement it – seems to divide the difference between what Trump’s medical experts say to the president and what his favorite Fox News experts say to the television.
Trump announced on Sunday that he would extend the “15 days to slow the spread” until the end of April and presented new “30 days to slow the spread” signage on Tuesday.
Before announcing this decision, Trump appeared to be trying to rush the economy, even giving an initial opening date for Easter Sunday.
“WE CANNOT LEAVE THE CURE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” he said in a March 22 tweet.
But medical experts, including members of the coronavirus task force, Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx told the president that removing the social isolation guidelines prematurely could kill more than two million Americans under his supervision.
“Think of the number: 2.2 – potentially 2.2 million people if we did nothing. If we don’t go the distance, if we don’t do everything we do, “Trump said Sunday at the Rose Garden.
But the Fox News Channel’s list of experts has always openly questioned whether home support orders – which have closed non-essential businesses in 42 states – are smart policy when viewed from an economic perspective.
Tucker Carlson, for example, asked Thursday evening what might have happened if the United States had adopted what he called a “more conventional response” to the coronavirus epidemic.
“What if we asked the elderly and immunocompromised and anyone else with statistically higher risk rates to stay inside, cloistered?” And then at the same time, allow the rest of the population to use common sense and continue working? Thought Carlson.
He continued, “What if we did it a month ago? Is the death rate today much higher than it is today? Maybe, maybe not. We do not know. ‘
“But this is clearly a conversation we should have had before locking out the whole country and putting 10 million people out of work,” said Carlson. “But we didn’t have this conversation. Instead, we outsourced the decision to public health officials. “
And doubts about the benefits of closing the economy have also crept into the more recent Fox News Channel programs.
On co-host of “Fox & Friends”, Brian Kilmeade hinted that he thought there might be a better way to deal with the virus in the context of the economy.
“This is a self-inflicted injury,” he complained. “It was an idle car wreck that we caused.”