President Donald Trump on Thursday answered a question about the potential for a second wave of coronavirus cases by saying the US was “not closing.”
“We can put out the fires,” Trump said. “Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we’re not closing our country.”
Trump’s remarks contrast with those of Robert Redfield, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, who in an interview published Thursday would not rule out new lockdown measures, which are determined by states.
The US has been among the countries most severely affected by the pandemic, with 1.5 million Americans infected by the virus and more than 90,000 killed.