President Donald Trump took a victory lap after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was in the rear-view mirror. (June 5)
DONALD TRUMP: Big day for our country. It's affirmation of all the work we've been doing really for 3 and 1/2 years. This isn't just over the last few months. This is for 3 and 1/2 years. And it's a great thing.
But this is outstanding what's happened today. Now, they thought the number would be a loss of 9 million jobs, and it was a gain of almost 3 million jobs. Nobody has ever seen anything-- I think it was incredible in a couple of ways. Number one, the numbers are great. And this leads us on to a long period of growth. We'll have the greatest-- we'll go back to having the greatest economy anywhere in the world, nothing close.
But we built a tremendous thing, a tremendous power platform. So when it got ill, when we had a problem, we were able to cut it off stop it just like this, stop it, keep everyone inside, keep them away, keep them together, away, uninfected. And we saved millions of lives. And now we're opening, and we're opening with a bang.
You've got to open it up. And you do social distancing. And you wear masks if you want. And you do things. You can do a lot of things. You're getting closer together. Even you, I notice you're starting to get much closer together. Looks much better, I must say. You're not all the way there yet, but you'll be there soon.
But it's a tremendous thing that happened. And the reason it happened is because we had a really strong patient. We had a patient that was so powerful, so strong that we could close it and open it.
So the best strategy to ensure the health of our people moving forward is to focus our resources on protecting high-risk populations like the elderly and those in nursing homes, while allowing younger and healthy Americans to get back to work immediately and open up our schools, open them up. We understand this disease now. We didn't understand it. Nobody's ever seen it before. It's very tough, very contagious, very mean to certain people. We've learned a lot. We didn't know. Nobody knew anything about it.