“I ask all Americans to pray that God will heal our nation; to bring comfort to those who are grieving; to give strength to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers; to restore health to the sick; and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering. Our nation will come through like never before.” – President Donald J. Trump
Reopening the economy—when and how—is what President Donald Trump has referred to as the “biggest decision” he has had to face in his term as president. To give him both information and advice, he has assembled an “Opening Our Country” task force at the White House.
This second task force will be formally introduced on Tuesday and will be chaired by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. A number of Cabinet members and senior White House advisers are also scheduled to be on that task force.
The president first announced the new advisory group on Friday during a coronavirus task force briefing, saying that he understands the gravity of the situation as he prepares to make a decision on whether to ease social distancing guidelines to open the economy, which has been largely shuttered in many states to curb transmission.
“I would say without question it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” President Trump said. “It’s been my honor to be the president for the American people… I have a big decision coming up and I only hope to God it’s the right decision,” the president said. He also asked “all Americans to pray that God will heal our nation, to bring comfort to those who are grieving, to give strength to the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, to restore the sick and to renew the hope in every person who is suffering.”
He also thanked Americans who have prayed for him and the first family.