The country has lost 70,000 lives to the deadly disease brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Asked about his plans to disband the advisory board within weeks, Trump said: “We can’t keep our country closed for the next five years.
“You could say there might be a recurrence and there might be.”
He was also pressed on the chances that a second wave of the outbreak could happen, as some medical experts have warned.
“It’ll be a flame and we’re going to put the flame out,” Trump said.
Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx, the most prominent medical experts in the task force, as well as other officials will continue to advice Trump.
Trump said: “They will be and so will other doctors and so will other experts in the field.
“I’m viewing our great citizens of this country to a certain extent and to a large extent as warriors. They’re warriors.
“We have to open our country closed. We have to open our country.
“We have a great country. We can’t keep it closed.”
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“You’ll have a big, beautiful hopefully a very good transition, a very successful transition back into the real world,
“And then you’re going to have a fourth quarter that I think is going to do very well.
“And then I think next year I think we’re going to have one of the best years we’ve ever had.”
When defending his position on reopening the economy, Trump seemed to acknowledge the country would have to suffer in order to restore the economy.
“I’m not saying anything is perfect. And yes, will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open, and we have to get it open soon,” Trump said.
In an interview with ABC News, he said: “It’s possible there will be some’ deaths as states loosen stay-home orders.
“It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is.
“But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.”
The US has been heavily impacted by the pandemic with more than 1.2 million reported cases of the virus, a death toll of over 70,000 and no suggestion yet that the pandemic is under control.