Trump hoping to see US economy reopened by Easter amid virus

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus at the White House on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Source: CNN/Pool)
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WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump says he is hoping the United States will be reopened by Easter as he weighs how to relax nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr. Trump's comments contradict the warnings of public health officials on the direction of the crisis, with many calling for stricter, not looser, restrictions on public interactions.

Mr. Trump says he is already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to a widespread economic slowdown.

Governors across the nation are rejecting Mr. Trump's new accelerated timeline for reopening the U.S. economy, as they continued to impose more restrictions on travel and public life in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The dismissal of Mr. Trump's new timeframe came from both Republicans and Democrats, from leaders struggling to manage hot spots of the outbreak and those still trying to mitigate a further spread.