President Trump says some states will allow certain businesses to open Monday

President Trump says Montana will begin lifting restrictions on Friday. Ohio, North Dakota and Idaho have advised nonessential businesses to prepare for a phased opening starting May 1.

News 12 Staff

Apr 18, 2020, 1:13 PM

Updated 1,461 days ago

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  • President Trump says the United States has produced "dramatically better health outcomes than any other country, with the possible exception of Germany."
  • He says on a per-capita basis, "our mortality rate is far lower than other nations of western Europe."
  • President Trump: Texas and Vermont will allow certain businesses to open on Monday, while still requiring appropriate social distancing precautions.
  • President Trump says Montana will begin lifting restrictions on Friday. Ohio, North Dakota and Idaho have advised nonessential businesses to prepare for a phased opening starting May 1.
  • President Trump says "Democrat governors" are the ones complaining about lack of large-scale testing.
  • "Through the Paycheck Protection Program, we have already processed nearly $350 billion to 1.6 million small businesses across the nation to keep American workers on the payroll."
  • "My administration has taken steps to protect high-risk communities by providing funding for 13,000 community health center sites and mobile medical stations."
  • Trump: 4 million tests have been conducted in the U.S.
  • President Trump equates the outcry for large-scale testing to the outcry for ventilators and hospital beds. He says they didn't need all the ventilators and hospital beds.
  • President Trump says the first COVID-19 test he took was "unpleasant." He says the Abbott Lab test he took was much better.
  • President Trump begins speaking about Russian interference in 2016 election investigation. He says New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman should give back her Pulitzer Prize.
  • President Trump says if China was "knowingly responsible" for the COVID-19 outbreak, then there should be consequences.
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