In a speech to supporters in Florida on Thursday, President Trump made clear that despite the return of lockdown orders in Europe, the United States was "open for business" and would not be shutting down again.
The president pointed out that for months the United States has been compared to Europe unfavorably because of its high numbers of infections. Now, Trump said, those countries that were applauded for having the virus under control are seeing massive spikes in transmission.
"We were compared to Europe," Trump began. "Germany is doing so well. France is doing so well. Everyone's doing so well. No, they're not doing well."
Trump clarified to the crowd that he was not wishing ill on Europe, saying, "we want what's best for them."
"We're on their team," the president said. "We want to work with them and everything else, but they're not doing well. They're spiking up big. They're shutting down, they're locking down. I disagree with that because we're never going to lock down again. We locked down, we understood the disease and now we're open for business and that's what it is."
The United States has also seen a recent uptick in both coronavirus cases and deaths. On Wednesday, health officials reported slightly more than 1,000 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to just fewer than 230,000.