President Trump Says Nationwide Stay-At-Home Order Is “Pretty Unlikely”

President Donald Trump and members of his administration have discussed whether to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but added that option is “pretty unlikely” for now.

Trump made the comments at a White House press briefing on Monday. when asked if he is considering a national quarantine order, he said, “well, we’ve talked about it. Obviously there are some parts of the country that are in far deeper trouble than others. There are other parts that are frankly not in trouble at all. So hopefully we’ll be able to keep it that way by doing what we’re doing.”

“We talked about quarantine,” Trump continued. “A group came to me and said, ‘We want to do the quarantine.’ I said, ‘Let’s think about it.’ And by the end of the evening, it was tough to enforce, and something we didn’t want to do.”

Trump’s remarks came a day after the White House extended its “social distancing” guidelines through April 30 – weeks after he had previously suggested businesses might be able to reopen.

Trump says nationwide stay-at-home order is “pretty unlikely” at this point


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