Sen. McConnell talks to Eyewitness News about President’s plan to get country running by Easter

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WEHT) — President Trump has set a target date to loosen restrictions and reopen the economy.

Some health experts and lawmakers though are not on the same page after the World Health Organization said the U.S. could become the next epicenter of the pandemic.

During a news conference, President Trump said he hopes we can do this by Easter saying it would be a great thing for our country.

He suggested he may phase-out the 15 day self-isolating guidelines once they expire.

His heath care advisors are asking him to be flexible.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News anchor Brandon Bartlett spoke with Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He asked him about the President’s plan.

Senator McConnell said we can’t completely get back to normal until we break the back of the pandemic.

“Exactly how long it’ll be before you begin to break the curve is not clear yet,” said Sen. McConnell. “But obviously, that’s the reason we’re having this economic crisis because of the public health concern. Until we break the back of the public health concern I don’t see how we can possibly get back to normal. I hope the President’s prediction about Easter proves to be the case. I think we have to wait until Easter to find out.”

Other Republican leaders like McConnell have warned the President against moving too fast to get the economy going again.

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(This story was originally published on March 26, 2020)

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