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The growing health crisis faced by the United States continues to worsen as cases of the highly contagious virus grow by the day.

Countless churches, schools, restaurants, and other businesses across the country have shut their doors to slow its spread.

As a result, millions of people have found themselves unemployed and the markets have plummeted. With the economy a crucial talking point in favor of his reelection, President Donald Trump and his administration have indicated an eagerness to scale back social distancing measures designed to protect the public and save millions of lives.

In lieu of his daily briefings regarding the virus, Trump held a virtual town hall on Fox News Tuesday afternoon, where he took questions from viewers.

In one of his answers, the President said he'd like to have the United States back up and running by Easter—a little over two weeks away—on April 12.

Watch below.


Trump said:

"I'd love to have it open by Easter. I would love to have it open by Easter...It's such an important day for other reasons, but I'll make it an important day for this too. I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

After a stunned reaction from Fox News host Harris Faulkner, her colleague Bill Hemmer said:

"That would be a great American resurrection."

For those unfamiliar, Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion.

Despite Hemmer singing the praises of Trump's goal, medical experts have stressed that the 15 day period of isolation touted by the Trump administration isn't enough to slow the spread of the virus, and that the consequences of a premature rollback could be detrimental to both society and the economy.

People didn't agree that the move would lead to a resurrection.




It's important to note that the Trump administration has taken little federal action to promote social distancing. The measures have largely been implemented by governors and mayors across the country. It's unclear whether or not most of them would acquiesce to Trump's calls to scale back cautionary measures or if they'd listen to medical experts.

People continued to point out that medical experts are warning against the decision.




The curve isn't expected to reach its peak for another two or so weeks—likely around Easter. The worst is yet to come.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg masterfully shut down an attack on his criticism of Vice President Mike Pence at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday night.

Anderson Cooper asked Buttigieg to respond to remarks made by Richard Grenell, the openly gay US Ambassador to Germany, who accused Buttigieg of "pushing this hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett for a very long time now, several weeks."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) held a town hall in his home district last night and came under fire for resisting calls to investigate President Donald Trump's international business empire and its myriad conflicts of interest. As the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz is perhaps the government official with the most power to check Trump's vast potential to use the executive office to enrich himself and his relatives. (Earlier this week, Chaffetz admitted that Trump would not let him discuss his ability to investigate the administration for breaching ethics. “Before my bum even hit the chair, the president said, ‘No oversight. You can’t talk about anything that has to do with oversight,’” Chaffetz said.)

More than 1,000 people showed up at the town hall in Cottonwood Heights, a Salt Lake City suburb, to question Chaffetz on his failure to investigate Trump. Chaffetz has not issued subpoenas, has not called for hearings, and scheduled no meetings to discuss the president's abuse of office. In fact, the 43 items on a proposed two-year agenda for the House Oversight Committee includes, according to Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger, "a look at District of Columbia spending, cyber security policy at federal agencies and reform at the Office of Government Ethics, which had previously been critical of Trump’s failure to divest himself of potential conflicts."

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