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After touring a Honeywell factory in Arizona, which was converted to produce N95 masks, President Trump sat down for an interview with ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir. And during the interview, Muir slapped Trump with a gotcha question about whether or not there would be deaths from the coronavirus while the country reopened. Of course, you can never get the number to zero, but Trump’s acknowledgment gave them something to pounce on and smear him with.
The first question Muir shared from their interview was fair enough. “How do you save livelihoods, without risking more lives?” Trump responded by saying the biggest decision he’s ever had to make was closing the country and he was putting just as much thought into reopening.
Citing a comment by Dr. Anthony Fauci of the Coronavirus Task Force, Muir wanted to know, how much death and suffering was Trump willing to accept to reopen the economy:
MUIR: I want to ask you about what Dr. Fauci said last night about the reopening of the country. He said, “it's the balance of something that's a very difficult choice. How many deaths and how much suffering are you willing to accept to get back where you want to be?” Do you see it that way? Do you believe that's the reality we're facing that -- that lives will be lost to reopen the country?
“It's possible there will be some because you won't be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said, acknowledging the reality of things. “But at the same time, we're going to practice social distancing, we're going to be washing hands, we're going to be doing a lot of the things that we've learned to do over the last period of time.”