Covid-19 can kill 100,000 people in United States, says Trump

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With the two-hour long Fox News "town hall", Trump sought to wrap himself in the mantle of America's arguably greatest president - and to persuade a nation battered by death and mass unemployment to look ahead.

"If we didn't do it, the minimum we would have lost was a million two, a million four, a million five, that's the minimum", he said.

He said that if another country develops a vaccine that works before the United States, he will 'take his hat off to them'.

"Some people" say the virus could come back, he said, but still, "it will pass". And you can't make them work.

As part of his "America First" policy, Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire to see U.S. companies move their foreign operations back to America from countries like Ireland.

While noting that states would go at their own pace in returning to normal, with ones harder hit by the coronavirus going slower, Trump said that "some states, frankly, I think aren't going fast enough".

"Now, the doctors will say, 'Well you shouldn't say that.' I'll say what I think ..."

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His emphasis, however, was not on the dead, but on resurrecting his image as a can-do leader who can end the skyrocketing unemployment caused by the lockdown.

President Trump can be seen underneath the large statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. At one point, Trump compared his treatment as President to that of Lincoln, who was assassinated after emancipating the slaves during the Civil War. And roughly 30.3 million people have filed for unemployment aid in the six weeks since the outbreak forced employers to shut down and slash their workforces.

To that end, Trump will begin travelling again, with a trip to a mask factory in Arizona planned for Tuesday.

President Trump said that he acted the way he did, because he was dealing with a "hostile" press.

Asked why United States antibiotics are produced in China, he said: "It's not only China". Some people are anxious about getting sick; others are reeling from lost jobs and livelihoods.

Trump pronounced that he had "done more than any president in the history of our country in the first three years". "There is more help coming".

FiveThirtyEight's latest tracking poll showing only 43.4 percent approving Trump's performance and 50.7 percent disapproving. In January, President Trump restricted travel from China and announced a White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Trump on Sunday night singled out Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, also a Democrat, for criticism even as he praised the federal co-ordination with most governors.