April 4th President Trump reacted positively to an idea by Dana Perino for a 2nd task force focused on reopening the economy.
Trump has now announced a council with that purpose is indeed in the works.
Good idea Dana! https://t.co/Vx7yfwfpIU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2020
TheHill reports President Trump on Friday confirmed he plans to convene a new council of business and medical leaders intended to guide his administration toward reopening the U.S. economy.
Trump teased the new group at a White House news briefing, saying he would dub it the “Opening Our Country Council.” The members would be announced next Tuesday, he said.
“We’re also setting up a council of very, very great doctors and businesspeople,” he said, saying the group’s focus would be “beyond economic.”
Trump suggested the group would be bipartisan and be diverse in terms of geography because of the way the coronavirus has impacted certain parts of the country differently.
The formation of the group was expected, with reported members including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump as well as private-sector figures.
The president and his top aides have in recent days been pushing to reopen parts of the economy as early as the start of May as unemployment skyrockets and businesses across the country remain shuttered due to the virus outbreak.
“I want to get it open as soon as possible,” Trump said Friday. “This country was meant to be open and vibrant and great.”