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Trump vows not to “close the country” if a second wave of coronavirus infections hits the US

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Even if a second wave of coronavirus infections hits the U.S., the country will not shut down, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

Even though Trump admitted that there was a "distinct possibility" the nation would see a second wave of infections, he argued that it would not be necessary to lock down the country again while visiting a Ford plant in Michigan. The president's comments came as new data shows that delays in imposing restrictions by government officials the initial outbreak led to tens of thousands of preventable deaths.

"People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard and we're going to put out the fires," Trump said when asked if he was concerned about a second wave. "We're not going to close the country. We're going to put out the fires. There could be — whether it's an ember or a flame, we're going to put it out. But we're not closing our country."

Trump, of course, never locked down the country to begin with, leaving individual governors to impose restrictions in piecemeal........

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