In a letter to USA governors, the president said that his administration would be easing nationwide guidelines meant to stem the spread of the disease and working on new guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread. "This will incorporate robust surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country".
Trump has grown impatient with the negative economic impact of restrictions put in place to quell the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and in recent days has been pushing for the stringent measures to be scaled back.
Trump had previously set Easter, April 12, as a goal for reopening the USA economy, though he also has said he will be guided by his public health experts, and suggested that different timelines would be appropriate in different locations.
Additionally, Trump said that his administration is developing new guidelines for state and local governments "to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place". "We have to open up our country, I'm sorry".
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has a contentious history with Trump, said on the call that all 50 states remain "desperate for supplies". "We don't need a backup".
"The point I want to make is I don't want you to be the back-up quarterback, we need you to be Tom Brady here", Inslee said as he pleaded with the president by telling him he has "both the moral and legal authority" to fix problems with the lack of personal protective equipment and ventilators now available to medical workers.
The announcement came ahead of the White House's regular news conference on its response to the pandemic. Most of the respondents, 64 percent, said they were familiar with the expression, "flatten the curve", referring to the effort to keep patients from quickly overwhelming the local health authorities' ability to treat them.
Trump replied to Inslee by laying blame at the feet of prior administrations, who he said left him a "broken system" that was "outdated" and assured the group the government will have the capacity to test "millions" of Americans after the work done on the coronavirus. Justice said there is a nursing home in the state that has seen a spike in coronavirus cases.
Public health experts have also warned that attempting to rush the USA back to normal could exacerbate the impact of the pandemic across the country.
Scientists, including Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, have cautioned against artificial timetables.
In addition, the poll showed Americans believe by a 5:4 margin that President Trump is more concerned about getting re-elected and helping the stock market than keeping Americans safe.
Without a robust system of testing, the U.S. does not have a full picture of the scale of the coronavirus outbreak within its borders. When we are open, that doesn't mean you will be stop the guidelines. There was also no mention in Trump's letter to governors of restricting travel between high-risk and low-risk counties.