Since the end of March, Donald Trump has not hidden his impatience: the country must, as soon as possible, return to its normal rhythm of life. This is actually the wish of all Americans, and probably of the planet, given the role of the world’s leading economic power.
But how ? The road map made public by the White House on Thursday, April 16, leaves many governors skeptical of the front line for managing public health and public order in the United States. Donald Trump calls on his supporters to mobilize to demand the “liberation” of the country.
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Rallies to “liberate America”
Since mid-April, several states have been the scene of rallies to demand from their elected officials the end of confinement and the reopening of businesses. After a demonstration that brought together 3,000 people in Lansing, the capital of Michigan on April 15, the phenomenon happened again in the following days in many regions, from New Hampshire to California, via Texas, Maryland or Ohio.
In most cases, these mobilizations bring together, for the moment, few people, even if they can be spectacular, especially when certain people are armed, as in the case of Michigan. During these regroupings were waved the American flag, but also the colors of Donald Trump and those of the Tea Party, movement which had been born under Barack Obama, accused of increasing the weight of the state at the expense of “freedom “
These rallies received support on Friday from the tenant of the White House. Donald Trump called for “Release” containment of three states run by Democratic governors, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, which are also key states ahead of the November presidential election. In 2016, the Republican candidate had, to everyone’s surprise, won in Michigan and came close to victory in Minnesota, two Democratic lands.
Donald Trump’s roadmap
The White House offers governors a return to normalcy in three stages. The first stage would be triggered when a state records a decrease in Covid-19 cases over a 14-day period and its hospitals are no longer submerged. Restaurants and sports clubs could then reopen, provided that social distancing is allowed.
In this phase, the most vulnerable people should remain confined, teleworking would always be the rule, and schools would remain closed, as would the bars. As for wearing the mask in public, it would be “Strongly” advised, without being compulsory.
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At the same time, the authorities should set up large-scale screening. If none “Rebound” of the epidemic is not noted, phase two could start, with in particular a reopening of schools and authorization to regroup up to 50 people. The lifting of restrictions and confinement, in a third phase, would take place when the absence of a resurgence of the epidemic was confirmed.
Tests, bone of contention
This strategy is based on the authorities’ ability to screen new cases of coronavirus on a large scale, in order to avoid a second wave of contamination. The issue of testing is at the root of many tensions between the Trump administration and the states, which rely on the support of the federal government.
New arms passes took place Sunday, April 19, by the media. “There is sufficient testing capacity in the country today for any state to enter phase 1”said Vice President Mike Pence on Fox News. “Even if we now do 150,000 tests a day, if the States activated all the laboratories present at home, we could more than double that number overnight”, he added, angering many elected officials.
Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam called it “Delusional” and “Irresponsible” government statements. “We have been asked, as governors, to wage this war without the equipment we need”, he said on CNN. The Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer also pointed to the shortage of reagents.
Even in the Republican camp, dissonant voices were heard. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said that “To say that governors have enough tests, and that they should just get to work is completely wrong”.