During in a candid interview with David Muir on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” President Trump admitted he doesn’t sleep at night thinking about those who have died from coronavirus.
“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 said.
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.
“”We love you, we’re with you, we’re working for you,” the president told those who had lost loved ones and those “who had suffered so badly and just made it.”
“No matter how well we do next year those people can never replace somebody they love,” Trump said while pivoting to talk of reopening the economy.
While the president said “it’s possible there will be some” lives lost in reopening the economy, people are dying in other ways during the lockdown, citing suicides and drug overdoses. He emphasized that social distancing and other mitigation measures would still be in place.
“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,” Trump added.
On new models projecting a steep rise in deaths as states reopen, Trump said models have been “wrong” from day one. A new projection from the University of Washington, which the White House has used before, projects 135,000 coronavirus deaths by August.
When asked if he was still convinced the country would have a vaccine by year’s end, Trump said he “can’t be convinced of anything, but there’s a really good shot.” He pointed to Oxford University scientists who are working to test a potential coronavirus test in humans.