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Sonny Hostin, co-host of the ABC daily talk show The View, is placing the blame for Donald Trump’s desire to end the nation’s lockdowns and social distancing by Easter on Trump’s own business losses.
While the coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the United States, Trump has told the American people that he wants to end the extreme measures the nation’s mayors and governors have put in place in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease.
There have been more than 430,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 19,000.
In the United States, there have been 54,453 cases reported, and 737 deaths, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Trump this week has begun saying that he wants to plan to end the business closings and social distancing which have become part of life the last several weeks, saying that further damage to the US economy isn’t worth it.
Hostin, one of the women who hosts The View, alleged that the economic losses are much closer to Trump, and that Trump’s ideas to reopen the country so soon is irresponsible regarding the spread of the disease.
“We can save our grandparents if we just stay at home! That is not too much to ask for, and every single health expert is advising this president to continue to tell people to stay at home. For him to just sort of flout that advice tells me that there is something in it for him, and it tells me that there’s something economic in it for him,” she said. “When you look at Trump’s personal businesses, you know that he is losing almost $500,000 a day because six out of his seven hotels are losing money.
“They are shuttered every day, and that is why our Founding Fathers put the Emoluments Clause into the Constitution, because our president should be more concerned about the lives of Americans rather than lining his own pockets and I think that’s what this is really about!” Hostin added, referring to the part of the US Constitution which prohibits any federal officer–including the president–from receiving gifts or profit from foreign sources.
Separately, CNN medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta reported that if Trump’s plans to reopen the country around Easter were followed through on, that all of the precautions that Americans have taken these last weeks would amount to nothing.
“Well, you know, I think the concern is and what you’re hearing from public health officials, I’m hearing the same thing, Jake, is that would put us behind again,” Dr Gupta told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We’ve been doing the social distancing for about a month at that point, maybe not even quite. If you look at places around the world where they’ve gone through this curve now and had some success thankfully, China, South Korea, places like that, it was an eight to 12 weeks, sort of eight to 10 weeks at least proposition.
“It’s not like one of those things you can do sort of incrementally, as we’ve talked about. If you’re going to do this, you do it early, you do it consistently, you do it honestly, diligently, because if you give up too early, you kind of erase the gains that you’ve made,” Dr Gupta added. “Look, we’re seeing some of the impact of waiting as long as we have now in New York, for example, Washington, California and other places.”
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