In a recent interview covering multiple topics related to the coronavirus, President Trump revealed he agrees with those who say the debate over reopening the country has become political.
When asked by Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo whether he believes that his political rivals are wanting to keep economic activity stifled in the lead-up to the November election, Trump said he thinks they are.
"Yeah, I do. I do. I think it's a political thing," Trump said.
Multiple states with Democratic governors have sought to extend lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in recent weeks, including California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and others.
"The people that want to see the right thing happen, they agree with me. We have to get our country open," Trump said. "You know, if it was up to some people let's keep it closed for a long time ... and watch the United States go down the tubes. Not gonna happen. Never gonna happen on my watch."
Trump also acknowledged that opening the country means opening the schools, despite the hesitancy of Dr. Anthony Fauci on that front.
"So Anthony is a good person, a very good person – I've disagreed with him," Trump said. "We have to get the schools open, we have to get our country open, we have to open our country. Now we want to do it safely, but we also want to do it as quickly as possible, we can't keep going on like this … You're having bedlam already in the streets, you can't do this. We have to get it open. I totally disagree with him on schools."
The interview comes on the heels of new data showing that most states are seeing fewer new coronavirus cases during their phased reopenings.