While Democrats are busy playing the blame game, President Trump is focused on ending the pandemic and safely returning to life as usual.
Whispers of a second task force started happening Saturday morning after Trump retweeted Dana Perino, who called for a bipartisan mix of experts across economic centers to make recommendations at the direction of POTUS.
Later on Saturday evening, CNN reported that Trump is "considering [a] second task force on reopening economy."
This would allow the first task force to focus on its job to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19.
And it would also give the United States a strategic plan of action to be able to restart our economic engine without endangering lives.
More details below:
The current task force has many responsibilities, including coordinating nationwide testing, spearheading vaccine research initiatives, and communications efforts.
The physical health of Americans is certainly important, but the novel coronavirus has also hurt the U.S. economy.
A second task force comprised of experts from various sectors of the economy would give the Trump administration the insight necessary to revive economic growth.
According to CNN, Trump reiterated that the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself:
President Donald Trump on Saturday said he is considering a second coronavirus task force focused on reopening the country's economy as pandemic cases rise across the United States.
Trump was asked about a tweet he'd sent earlier in the day responding to a tweet by Fox News anchor Dana Perino suggesting a second task force focused on the economy.
"Thinking about it, getting a group of people and we have to open our country," he said. "You know, I had an expression, the cure can't be worse than the problem itself. Right? I started by saying that and I continue to say it. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself. We got to get our country open," Trump said.
White House officials in recent weeks have been considering opening up the economy while avoiding a health catastrophe as Trump has began agitating for a loosening of his guidelines to get the country back to work.
The discussions include a phased system based on age or geographic location, according to officials. Other options include a system that targets specific types of workers to return to work, including people who drive themselves and don't work in large groups. Trump, though in last Sunday's briefing, shot down the idea of a tiered reopening, indicating that he won't rollback the slow-the-spread guidelines within the April 30 date extension.
There are worries that China and other Asian countries may experience a "second wave" as they attempt to reopen their economies.
It is clear that President Trump is taking advice from various experts to minimize the threat of transmission, while also ensuring that Americans are able to make a living.
Meanwhile, the first task force is working to keep Americans safe and medical researchers are continuing to run clinical trials in hopes for a vaccine.
Poor economic performance is linked with depression and higher suicide rates.
Stress from credit card debt, unpaid bills, and unemployment take a tremendous toll on mental and physical health.
We are truly facing two different challenges: the health crisis and then the economic crisis.
The talk of a second task force demonstrates that the Trump administration understands this reality and is taking action before things get worse.
ABC has more details on Trump's comments from Saturday's task force briefing:
The president discussed a Saturday morning call he had with commissioners of most of the major sports to discuss the effects of coronavirus to the industry, emphasizing that he wants fans "back in the arena" as soon as they can be.
"You know, they want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports. They want to go out onto the golf courses and breathe nice clean, beautiful fresh air," Trump said. "No, I can't tell you a date, but I think it's going to be sooner rather than later."
He said that sports aren't "designed" for closures, which he said is also true of the country, emphasizing that he wants citizens to get back to work.
"It has to get open. This country was not designed to be closed," Trump said. "Think of it. We're paying people not to go to work, how about that? How does that play?"
Trump had responded to a tweet by George W. Bush's former White House press secretary Dana Perino earlier in the day saying he agreed with the idea of another task force examining how the country's economy can reopen and get back on track.
He also discussed the possibility of opening churches for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services.
"I brought it up before, I said maybe we could allow special for churches, maybe we could talk about it, maybe we could allow them with great separation outside on Easter Sunday. I don't know, it's something we should talk about," Trump said, while allowing he'll be watching church services on a laptop the next two weeks.
The president added on the shutdown, "We cannot let this continue," and said at some point a decision will have to be made.
"Because you know, at a certain point, you'll lose more people this way through all of the problems caused, than you will with what we're doing right now," Trump said of the lockdowns in place across most of the country. "What we're doing right now, I think is going to be very successful, but you know what? I don't know. We have a big decision to make at a certain point. OK? We have a big decision to make. We went this extra period of time, but I said it from the beginning, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself."
With proper guidance from the CDC as well as increased testing, there is reason to believe that certain demographics or sectors of the economy can return to work at relatively low risk.
Even if only a few sectors were allowed to return to work initially, this would leave the economy primed to come back roaring once the outbreak is contained.
Furthermore, some states haven't been as impacted as others.
New York City, for instance, is the current epicenter of the U.S. because of the density of its population and mass transit system.
Many sectors in rural towns would be able to return to work at relatively low risk, especially if safety measures were observed.