President Trump says he's determined to keep American economy from collapsing

ABC News’ Terry Moran joins us to discuss whether the president is prioritizing the economy and stock market over scientific and medical concerns.
2:36 | 03/24/20

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Transcript for President Trump says he's determined to keep American economy from collapsing
The White House for the president's had moments ago the daily corona virus task force briefing that he's determined to make sure the economy. Is not crippled by covic nineteen ABC's Terry Moran joins us now and Terry heard the president say that the cure. Can't be worse than the problem but is there any concern that the White House is putting reviving the economy in the stock market over following scientific and medical guidance. Well there is an that is the fundamental question before president trump and really the leaders of nations around the world. The prospect of shutting down the American economy. Four months running down society for months is one the president has to take not just in terms of the public health issues and priorities I've given this. Pandemic but also the economic and geo strategic problems the consequences for American power every leader has to do that. And the transition to win it might be opening up is. Is really a question for every leader president from want to go now he said weeks not months he's in the consequences of an economic. So depression which it what are what it might be I would be more death in the corona virus itself epidemiologist might disagree. The real problem. Is preparing for the opening up you need testing on a massive scale to see who's got a who's safe to go out. Where it's safe to go where the outbreaks are and where it's not at the end of the day they'll Lindsay. It will be governors and mayors who still have the final say in their neighborhoods and president trump acknowledged that. And Americans still have some questions on testing I want the government will do as a spread likely gets worse in the coming weeks and what's your sense of how the White House is communicating its policies to the American people. Well the. That has been a problem from the get go look you can go back and see president trump statements he did shut down the border to China that bought. The United States some time but he said it would all go away stay calm it will go away he said that that is not what. Any scientist would have told him and up there now you don't see a doctor Anthony found geoghan who in an interview. A couple of days ago said added that he was essentially trying to manage. The president's misstatements. On this is he is a instinctive. Communicate or he is not that careful he's prepped every day before. Before the briefing and what comes out. During the briefing is often needed to be cleaned out. By the scientists and the public health expert says so another problem in transitioning out of a lockdown is clarity and truth on this. From that podium that has been a problem for this White House explain okay Terry Moran thank you so much for that update appreciate it.

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