President Trump pledged Tuesday to scrap nationwide coronavirus restrictions and â??openâ?? the country back up by Easter, warning without evidence that â??thousandsâ?? of Americans will otherwise kill themselves.
Trump offered the ominous deadline during a virtual town hall event in the White House Rose Garden, claiming the consequences would be catastrophic if the U.S. isnâ??t back to normal by the April 12th holiday.
â??Youâ??re going to lose more people by putting the country into a massive recession or a depression,â?? the president said. â??Youâ??re going to have suicides by the thousands.â??
Trumpâ??s unsettling comments run counter to advice from most health experts, who say Americans must practice social distancing and stay at home from work for weeks or even months in order to slow the spread of the virus, which has already infected more than 50,000 people in the U.S. and killed at least 650.