Updated at 8:03 p.m. ET
President Trump stressed what he called the need to re-open America for business on Monday even as he said the government also would continue tackling the spiraling coronavirus pandemic.
The White House’s team will make an assessment after next week as to how effective social distancing and other mitigation measures have been in stifling the spread of the virus, said Vice President Mike Pence.
It’s possible at that time that Washington could lift some of the restrictions that have paralyzed the economy, Trump and Pence suggested, but they offered no guarantees and the details weren’t clear.
Trump said he didn’t know when life would get back to normal but it would be “a lot sooner than three or four months,” and he didn’t want the pandemic to disrupt the nation so badly that today’s economic foundering curdles into a depression.
“We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump said.
Trump has come under pressure to at least give a date by which life might start to get back to normal. The isolation, quarantines and closures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus have crippled many sectors of the economy.…