President Donald Trump said a number of governors are moving too slowly to open their states’ economies amid the coronavirus pandemic — a shift from last week when he praised social distancing measures and state executives.
“I really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening up states that they are not opening,” Trump told reporters Monday at an event in North Carolina. “And we’ll see what happens with them.”
After the virus surged in the southern and western U.S. and Trump fell behind Democrat Joe Biden in polls nationally and in key states, the president last week adjusted his message during rebooted coronavirus briefings for reporters. He took a more conciliatory tone toward governors and praised the use of masks and other measures to avoid spreading the virus.
Trump’s comments on Monday about reopening are similar to those the president made earlier in the pandemic when he frequently lashed out at governors. Trump didn’t single out any states or governors for criticism Monday.
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