The President of the United States, Donald Trump, promoted this Thursday buying American products and hiring American workers to revive the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic, during a press conference at a Ford car manufacturing plant, and assured that the country will not close again if a second spike occurs.
"My administration is governed by two simple rules: buy American products and hire American workers (Buy American and Hire American) ”, said the president, taking up a 2017 initiative that marks both his restrictive stance on international trade and his tightening of immigration controls and treatment of illegal immigrants.
On this last point, the president assured that he is not against people from other countries migrating to the United StatesYes, but they must do so “on merit” and “legally”.
"We have another rule that perhaps you have already heard on another occasion, United States First (America First)," he added later, underlining what was his campaign slogan and that summarizes the position of his administration.
Reopening in the states
Trump has been insisting in recent weeks that different states lift restrictions on movement and quarantines imposed by coronavirus, in an attempt to mitigate the harsh economic effects of these measures. According to the latest data from the Treasury department, unemployment in the country registered the biggest jump in its history in April, with the destruction of 20.5 million jobs.
Regarding the possibility of a possible second wave of infections, Trump assured that "we are not going to close the country" as was partially done at the beginning of the outbreak.
"There are people who say it is a real possibility. You can pass. And we are going to put out the fires. We are not going to close the country ”, he pointed.
“The global pandemic proves once and for all that the United States is a strong nation, the United States needs to be a manufacturing nation. I'm fighting to bring back jobs from China and other countries, "he explained.
Thursday's visit to the Ypsilanti auto plant in Michigan was aimed at show a factory in operation at a time when it is debated whether the massive return to work in the United States is prudent, with almost 95,000 registered deaths and one and a half million infections.
In addition, Trump emphasized the fact that the Ford plant in Ypsilanti has been converted to make respirators, an essential input in the treatment of serious patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The use of masks
Much expectation had been generated about the possible use of a mask by Trump. The president has refused to wear face masks, recommended to prevent asymptomatic coronavirus infections from spreading the disease, in public, despite the fact that their use is recommended throughout the country and is mandatory in practically all public spaces, among these the Ford plant in Ypsilanti.
But Trump was finally the only one present at the press conference. who was shown without his face covered.
When asked about the decision, the president assured that he had used the mask during his tour of the plant, but that he took it off before appearing on camera "so as not to please the press", who often criticizes his posture before the use of this input.
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