President Trump said the thousands of Americans dying from the coronavirus keep him up at night.
“To the people that have lost someone, there’s nobody – I don’t sleep at night thinking about it – there’s nobody that’s taken it harder than me,” the president told ABC News‘ “World News Tonight” in an interview Tuesday evening.
“To the families who have lost someone, ‘I want to say: I love you,’ Trump added. “I want to say that we’re doing everything we can. I also want to say that we’re [trying] to protect people over 60 years old.”
Trump called the coronavirus that has killed more than 71,000 Americans “vicious, vicious.”
“But I want to just say to the people that have lost family and have lost loved ones, and the people that have just suffered so badly, and just made it – and just made it – that we love you,” the president said.
Trump, who gave the interview after touring a mask manufacturing company in Arizona, said his administration is “supplying vast amounts of money, like never before” and he wants that money to get to Americans in need and “we want them to get better.”
During the interview, Trump warned that “some people will be affected badly” as governors begin to reopen their states’ economies – even as people continue to follow mitigation guidelines like social distancing.
“But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,” Trump said.
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As businesses reopen, Trump said: “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.”