Trump pushes country to fully open: “We’ll never close”

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President Trump said the US is “not closing, we’ll never close,” as he once again pushed the country to fully reopen on Tuesday. 

“We’re at 130,” Trump said at an event on reopening schools, 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 or 3 million people,” he said. 

“We’ve saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives,” the President said.

Trump was responding to an event attendee who was advocating for what sounded like a modified herd immunity. She talked about protecting “the vulnerable,” while pushing “interaction that helps to get that immunity” for others. 

“Now we’re open,” Trump said. “The vulnerable, we understand who has the biggest problem with it, and we watch that group and that age group, and also people who aren’t feeling so well.” 

He said the US has “really done it right” and now is the time to stay open, adding, “we will put out the fires as they come up but we have to open our schools.”

President Donald Trump speaks during an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools on July 7 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

He went on to admit that some places will “have difficulty and they’ll do what they have to do.” 
“That will be largely up to the governors,” he said, emphasizing the word largely, “but it’s also, they’re in very strong consultation with us.” 
Trump earlier in the event said he was going to put pressure on governors to reopen their schools. 

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