Reid Wilson, The Hill: Could Trump declare national coronavirus shutdown? Momentum is rising
Momentum appears to be building for a national shutdown to confront the coronavirus crisis, raising the prospect that President Trump could issue an order requiring people to stay at home.
Such an order would be unprecedented in American history, but some of Trump’s top advisers have said publicly they would be open to it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday he had raised the prospect of such a dramatic step with the administration.
“I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting,” Fauci said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I think Americans should be prepared that they’re going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.”
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WNU Editor: This would be tantamount to declaring martial law, and I pray that such a declaration is not made. In the end it will all come down to what the medical experts will say need to be done, and if the consensus is to shut everything down, I am sure President Trump will sign onto it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has already said that this prospect is being discussed. My prediction. If there is no “levelling of the curve” by next week or sooner, the U.S. will follow other European states to declare a shutdown. For my readers in Canada, I have a good source in Ottawa who is telling me the same thing. That while Canada may be a week or two behind the U.S. and Europe in the spread of this pandemic, if there is no progress a shutdown will happen at the end of this month or the beginning of April.