Trump pushes country to fully open: “We will never close”

President Donald Trump talks at an event with students, teachers and administrators about how to reopen schools safely on July 7 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President Trump said the United States “does not close, we will never close,” as it once again pushed the country to reopen on Tuesday.

“We’re 130,” Trump said at a school opening ceremony, referring to more than 130,000 Americans who have now died of the virus. “I think we could be two and a half or three million people,” he said.

“We have literally saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” he said.

Trump responded to a participant in an event that supports what sounds like a modified herd immunity. He spoke of protecting “the vulnerable” while pushing for “interaction that helps achieve this immunity” for others.

“We are open now,” Trump said. “The vulnerable, we understand who has the biggest problem with that, and we’re watching this team and this age group, as well as people who don’t feel so good.”

He said the United States had “done the right thing” and now was the time to keep it open, adding, “We will put out the fires as they emerge, but we have to open our schools.”

“We are not closing,” Trump said. “We will never close.”

He went on to admit that some parties will “have a hard time doing what they have to do”.

“This will depend to a large extent on the governors,” he said, stressing the word to a large extent, “but it is also in very strong consultation with us.”

Earlier in the day, Trump said he would put pressure on governors to reopen their schools.

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