Trump: If Shutdown Continues, There will be Thousands of Suicides

President Donald Trump has stated that he wants our country opened back up and people back to work by Easter, which is on April 12,

On Monday, the president said that deaths due to a poor economy would "definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we're talking about with regard to the virus."

On Tuesday, he told Fox News, "We have to put the country to work," or the economy will suffer and result in "suicides by the thousands."

I have to say that I agree with him there. We need to be able to go back to work and provide for our families. Many people, I'd say men especially, would fall into depression and sadly kill themselves if they could no longer take care of their family.

"We have to put the country to work," Trump said. "You are going to lose a number of people to the flu, but you are going to lose more people by putting the country in a massive recession or depression."

"You are going to lose people. You are going to have suicides by the thousands," he continued. "You can't just come in and say, 'Let's close up the United States of America.'"

Business Insider reports:

The US is about halfway through the White House's "15 Days to Slow the Spread" plan, and the president appears to be growing impatient.

Trump said on Fox that he "would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter," less than three weeks away.

The coronavirus has spread to nearly 400,000 people worldwide and claimed more than 17,000 lives. In the US, nearly 50,000 people have been infected, and almost 600 people have died. In hard-hit New York, the number of cases has surpassed 25,000.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo painted a terribly bleak picture of the situation in his state during a Tuesday morning press briefing. "We're not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own," he said, adding that the rate of new infections in the state is doubling around every three days.

"Our country wasn't built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this. It was not built to be shut down," Trump said. "People get tremendous anxiety and depression, and you have suicides over things like this, when you have terrible economies," he said, adding that deaths caused by the economy "definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we're talking about with regard to the virus."

"America will again, and soon, be open for business," he concluded.

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