Trump Says He ‘Strongly’ Disagrees With Georgia’s Economy Reopening
By now, everyone is aware that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is making moves to reopen his state’s economy, despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is raging on.
Kemp said of the situation:
“By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress we all have made in this battle against COVID-19.”
By “measured,” Governor Kemp means his directive to allow hair salons and other businesses to reopen includes mandates on social distancing and the use of personal protective gear where “appropriate.”
President Donald Trump weighed in on Kemp’s decision. “I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he’s doing,” Trump said.
This comes after the White House has publicly taken the position that America should reopen on numerous occasions. Trump even once said that he wanted the churches to be “packed” on Easter Sunday, which would have been a literal breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus.
Pres. Trump says he told Georgia Gov. Kemp "I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities,” but he has to do “what he thinks is right.”
— ABC News (@ABC) April 22, 2020
Trump went on to say that Gov. Kemp is in defiance of the guidelines to contain the worsening of the pandemic that the federal government has set forth. Kemp is determined to reopen the government, though, and this comes amid protests about the shutdown, with people wanting to get back to their daily lives.
What Kemp and others fail to understand, however, is that if the virus gets worse due to a premature opening of the economy, we’ll see longer shutdowns, more strain on the healthcare system and the economy, and, worst of all, more death.
Georgia currently has more than 21,000 cases of coronavirus and 894 recorded deaths from the illness.