President Trump on Tuesday night said “some” coronavirus deaths are possible in the country as states begin lifting social distancing restrictions.
The president made the acknowledgment in a sit-down interview on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
“Do you believe that’s the reality we’re facing that — that lives will be lost to reopen the country?” anchor Davir Muir asked Trump.
“It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump responded.
“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.”
Trump has been eager for certain states to end lockdowns and revive their economies. But, he has said, the decision to take action lies with state governors.
“We can’t sit in the house for the next three years,” Trump told Muir.
The president insisted the coronavirus is “going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal.”
More than 72,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US. While the pandemic appears to loosen its grip on places like New York City, it is unclear how the illness will impact the rest of the nation.