If Donald Trump had his way, he reiterated this week, states would not revert to widespread shutdowns if there is a future outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The president's comments, which came while speaking with reporters during a tour of a Ford factory in Michigan on Thursday, returned him to a major topic of coronavirus strategy: how and how quickly to reopen after states instituted widespread social distancing in mid March.

While the federal government supported those moves, Trump has since openly wrestled with how long shutdowns should continue — largely because of how the economy has been harmed. (He sees a robust economy as key to his re-election campaign.)
Trump, 73, has also sparred with governors, who ultimately have authority over stay-at-home orders, as he's repeatedly said the decision is his and not theirs.
"You don't become king because there's a national emergency," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded during one such spat in April.
On Thursday, Trump answered questions about whether he was concerned about a potential second wave of coronavirus cases, which some federal health officials have warned could be more problematic if it overlapped with flu season.
“People say that’s a very distinct possibility,” he said of a second large outbreak. “It’s standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country; we’re going to put out the fires.”

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