President Trump Lifts Federal Lockdowns

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President Trump has said coronavirus related lockdowns will be allowed to expire on the federal level. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the president stated it will be up to governors to decide when and how to reopen their states.

According to Vice President Mike Pence, the federal government will work with governors to make sure the restrictions are lifted in a safe and responsible manner.

“I’ve had many calls from governors… We’re speaking to a lot of different people, and they’re explaining what they’re doing. I am very much in favor of what they’re doing. They’re getting it going and we’re opening our country again.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The vice president has said new federal guidelines will include a timeline to reopen states going into phases two and three.

President Donald Trump speaks about reopening the country, during a roundtable with industry executives, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump reiterated his target date to reopen the country is “as soon as possible.” While he did not give an official date, he noted that many states are preparing to open and slowly return to normal.

“(We) have to have safety, but at the same time, people want this country open,” said the president. “We’ve got to start moving along.”

He noted the government is working to make antiviral medication available to patients quickly.

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1 million active cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. As of Wednesday, more than 60,000 people have died, while more than 120,000 have recovered.

This comes as many states begin to slowly reopen businesses and testing ramps up. So far, more than 5.7 million tests have been administered.

A banner of President Trump on an American flag is held above a crowd demanding the state’s Stay at Home order be lifted during a “Liberate Minnesota” protest in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, April 17, 2020. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

President Trump also announced he will resume work-related travel once coronavirus related restrictions phase out. While speaking at Wednesday’s ‘Reopen America’ roundtable, the president said he’s looking forward to his trip to Arizona and Ohio next week.

“We are going to Arizona next week, we look forward to that, and I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” he explained. “We are going to start to move around and, hopefully in the not too distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other.”

He is set to meet with local officials, where he will discuss the latest policies to combat coronavirus and restore the American economy.

President Trump’s travel has been limited for the past few weeks following his latest campaign rally on March 2nd. According to the president, his resumed travel may lead a broader recovery in the airline industry.

The president also reiterated his support for America’s oil industry, saying the federal oil storage could absorb another several hundred millions of barrels.

Author: OAN Newsroom

Source: OANN: President Trump: Federal Lockdowns To Expire April 30th

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