Nationwide, businesses are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The only businesses that are open are those designated as essential businesses or essential services. These include grocery stores and restaurants (assuming the restaurant does take-out only).
That didn't stop EWTN reporter Owen Jensen from asking President Trump why he hasn't closed all grocery stores nationwide.
Jesnsen pressed in even further, asking why everything hasn't been shut down yet to stop the spread of the virus.
"We’ll answer that question later,” Trump responded. “All I can say is that right now, things are looking really good and opening up with a bang will be a great thing."
Indeed, even Dr. Fauci agreed that while this may be the worst week for the pandemic in New York, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
See the exchange as well as more details below:
Trump has repeatedly said that the cure can't be worse than the virus itself.
The economy is already suffering from having so many businesses shut down.
Shutting down grocery stores and restaurants would not only have a negative economic impact, it would also make it impossible for people to get the basic goods they need to survive.
Food and toilet paper, for example, come from grocery stores.
The social distancing guidelines will dramatically slow the spread of COVID-19, and essential businesses are needed to make sure people have food to eat.
The Daily Wire has more on the odd question:
A reporter in the White House press corps pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday on why he has not directed a shutdown of all businesses nationwide, including grocery stores.
“Obviously, we know anyone can spread the disease unwittingly,” EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen said. “So, why even have a few businesses open? Why not just shut everything down?”
“There are grocery stores that are open, fast food places,” Jensen continued. “Why even take a little chance? Just shut it all down.”
“We’ll answer that question later,” Trump responded. “All I can say is that right now, things are looking really good and opening up with a bang will be a great thing.”
The Trump administration has implemented social distancing guidelines that it is asking all Americans to follow through the end of the month and most states have closed down non-essential businesses to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.
Observers took to social media to ridicule the question.
There has already been incredible amounts of panic buying.
Announcing a shut down of grocery stores and restaurants would undoubtedly lead to unnecessary widespread panic.
See some of the responses on social media below:
While this is expected to be the worst week in terms of death for the state of New York, experts predict that the United States is close to turning the corner.
Italy is already in "phase 2" of the pandemic, as daily infections and deaths have begun slowing, an indication that they have successfully flattened the curve.
Because the United States implemented widespread social distancing recommendations a little over two weeks ago, we're getting close to the point where the curve will begin to flatten thanks to everyone's collective efforts.
WRVA reports that it wasn't just Jensen. There were multiple reporters asking odd questions:
EWTN's Owen Jensen started the nonsense by asking President Trump if even essential businesses should be closed to help with social distancing:
"Yeah, you know, obviously, we know anyone can spread the disease, alright? Unwittingly. So why not have a few businesses open? Why not just shut everything down. There are grocery stores that are open, fast food places. Why even take a little chance? Just shut it all down until we’re through."
Associated Press White House correspondent Kevin Freking then trumpeted the libs' favorite topic: trashing the president for showing any positivity.
Freking asked, Mr. President, the surgeon general this morning was talking about the coming week being among the hardest and saddest weeks of our lives. He was talking about this being our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment. You all are talking about glimmers of hope and stabilization. How are the American people supposed to bridge those different descriptions that they're getting from this administration?"
Then it was CNN’s Jeremy Diamond's turn to get his shot in as he didn't even ask a question. Instead, he decided to drop in a snarky comment to the president, saying, "Mr. President, the doctors who are treating coronavirus patients, they have the medical expertise to determine whether or not they should prescribe hydroxychloroquine."
Throughout the entire press briefing, President Trump remained calm.
But surely there were some supporters who wished that Trump would have called out the reporters in a more epic fashion.
Below is the iconic moment when Trump called CNN out as fake news.