Donald Trump is frustrated, which is about as unusual as the sun rising. But his normal ranting doesn’t impact our health, until now. The president is quickly losing patience with the medical and science community that is advocating policies which are tanking the economy. So, he’s strongly hinting he wants ‘stay at home’ to soon go away.
In other words, he wants most Americans to go back to work.
So this is about the economy, but also about Trump. The New York Times writes:
At the White House, in recent days, there has been a growing sentiment that medical experts were allowed to set policy that has hurt the economy, and there has been a push to find ways to let people start returning to work. Some Republican lawmakers have also pleaded with the White House to find ways to restart the economy, as financial markets continue to slide and job losses for April could be in the millions.
As the progressive site Alternet writes, “Is this how the Hunger Games began?”
Translation: Trump cares about the Dow Jones Industrial Average and his re-election chances more than he cares about the lives of the American people.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 23, 2020
At the end of the 15-day period, there will likely be a serious clash between the public health experts — who will almost certainly favor a longer period of nationwide social distancing and quarantining — versus the president and his economic and political aides, who are anxious to restart the economy.
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