Editor’s Note: Everyone’s got an opinion, but who has the facts? At LibertyNation.com, we like to say, “Truth is Making a Comeback because Facts Matter.” Each week, we cut through the noise to bring you some of the lesser-reported highlights of the president’s week.
Monday, March 23
The president’s official schedule consisted only of lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and a press briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force. At the briefing, Trump made it known that he is aiming to get things back to normal sooner rather than later. “At some point, we’re going to open up our country, and it will be fairly soon,” he told reporters. He was then asked whether “soon” meant weeks or months. “I’m not looking at months,” he responded.
Tuesday, March 24
President Trump participated in what was billed as a “virtual town hall,” hosted by Fox News. In reality, it was an extended interview with the president and other administration officials, during which a few viewers were given the opportunity to phone in with questions. Later in the day, the president took part in the now almost daily Coronavirus Task Force press briefing.
Once again, the president raised the possibility of looking toward a return to normality, sooner rather than later. “The more lives we can save and the sooner we can eventually get people back to work, back to school, and back to normal,” he told reporters, “and there are large sections of the country, probably, can go much sooner than other sections.”
Thursday, March 26
President Trump hosted a video teleconference with state governors. He also sent a letter to governors indicating that his administration was developing a system to classify counties as high, medium, or low risk, for the purposes of “maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures [the local authorities] have put in place.”
Friday, March 27
The House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, a massive financial assistance bill designed to mitigate the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. The president signed the bill into law in an Oval Office ceremony.