Responding to the prospect that the United States might face another wave of coronavirus later this year, President Trump indicated that the country's response would be localized, rather than a second nationwide shutdown.
Speaking at a Ford automotive plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Thursday, Trump suggested a policy of containment for any future second wave.
"Whether it's an ember or a flame, we're going to put it out. But we're not closing our country," he said.
Health officials advising the U.S. government, including the head of the White House coronavirus task force Dr. Anthony Fauci, have warned that a late fall or early winter return of coronavirus is likely. This timeframe coincides with the start of the annual flu season.
The president appeared confident that the U.S. would be much better prepared for any second outbreak of the virus and could prevent any potential overwhelming of the nation's healthcare facilities through strategic containment.