Trump Flirts With a Less-Aggressive Coronavirus Response, Echoing Fox News

From The Washington Post:

Fox News’s weekend programming isn’t its calling card, but it may be having a significant impact on the course of the U.S. government’s coronavirus response.

Since Sunday night, Trump has telegraphed newfound sympathy for the idea of a less-aggressive effort to combat the coronavirus once the current 15-day plan expires. Trump tweeted just before midnight on Sunday night: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

Another lower-profile figure who appears to have Trump’s ear on this is Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton. In recent days, Fitton also has argued against a more aggressive shutting down of the economy.

“The only stimulus that will work is opening America back up for business,” he tweeted Sunday night. “The consequences of this national shutdown, apart from any pandemic, are dire and will not be materially alleviated by any ‘stimulus’ and gov’t spending.”

When Fitton responded to the above Trump tweet by urging the government to “let people out of their homes before they let criminals out of the jails,” Trump retweeted it. Trump also promoted another Fitton tweet Monday morning, suggesting he was combing Fitton’s feed.

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