President Trump said the United States “does not close, we will never close,” when he once again pushed the country to reopen completely on Tuesday.
“We are 130 years old,” Trump said at a school reopening event, referring to the more than 130,000 Americans who have now died from the virus. “I think we could have been 2 and a half million or 3 million people,” he said.
“We have literally saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” said the president.
Trump was responding to an event participant who argued for what looked like a modified herd immunity. She spoke of protecting “the vulnerable” while encouraging “the interaction that helps gain this immunity” for others.
“Now we’re open,” said Trump. “Vulnerable people, we understand who has the biggest problem with this, and we look at this group and this age group, as well as people who don’t feel so good. “
He said the United States had “done it really well” and it was time to stay open, adding, “We will put out the fires as they arise, but we have to open our schools. “
“We are not closing,” said Trump. “We will never close. ”
He went on to admit that some places “will have difficulty and do what they have to do”.
“It will largely depend on the governors,” he said, emphasizing the word largely, “but it is also, they are in very close consultation with us. “
Earlier in the event, Trump said he would pressure the governors to reopen their schools.