President Donald Trump paid tribute Thursday to former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who died after battling the coronavirus at 74. Trump also said the nation grieves for all COVID victims but another shutdown is not "the answer." (July 30)
DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. Let me begin by expressing our sadness at the passing of a wonderful man and a dear friend of mine, Herman Cain. He was a very special person. I got to know him very well. And unfortunately he passed away from a thing called the China virus. We send our prayers to Herman's great wife, Gloria, wonderful family.
And I have to say America grieves for all of the 150,000 Americans who had their lives taken by this horrible invisible enemy. We mourn their loss as a nation. We mourn their loss as people, as people that loved one another. And we're working very hard to not only contain this horrible event, this horrible plague-- that's what it is is a plague-- but also to come up with therapeutics and vaccines, and we're making a lot of strides all over the world. They're having tremendous problems. A resurgence has taken place in many countries that people thought were doing well. No one is immune. No one is immune.
These facts illustrate the imposing determinant-- and it is a determinant-- that a blanket shutdown to achieve a temporary reduction in cases is certainly not a viable long-term strategy for any country. It can come roaring back when you least suspect it.
We did the right thing initially. We saved millions of lives, what we did. We did the right thing. But a permanent shutdown would no longer be the answer at all-- a small shutdown of certain areas, but we don't want to do that. Small shutdowns can be very helpful but not for long periods of time. We understand what we're dealing with now, but it's a very complex situation.