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President Donald Trump signaled he may pivot in a new direction after the White House’s 15-day period of coronavirus response ends.

Trump, in an all caps-lock tweet blasted out at 11:50 p.m. EST on Sunday night, said America “cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

“AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

Many took the tweet as an indication the president may urge businesses to re-open or Americans to get back to work, despite the dire warning from health experts that such a move would significantly increase the spread of coronavirus.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1241935285916782593

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The president’s tweet comes as the stock markets continue to plunge and some experts estimate close to 3 million Americans filed for unemployment in the week ending of March 14.

Last Monday, Trump and his coronavirus task force urged Americans to participate in a 15-day period of collective action that included working remotely, closing down certain businesses and practicing extreme social distancing. That 15-day period ends on Tuesday, March 31.

Reactions to Trump’s tweet were palpable on both sides of the aisle.

Conservative activist and writer John Bradford Williams wrote in a tweet the president was “absolutely right.”

Political scientist Brian Klaas tweeted, “Epidemiologists say that if the US were to only maintain small interventions for a short period of time, the US health care system would be overwhelmed [and] huge numbers of Americans would die (millions, according to a study by world-leading experts at Imperial College London).”

Here are other reactions to Trump’s tweet:

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The death toll from the virus hit 99 people in New York City alone on Sunday night and surpassed 10,000 total confirmed infections. Globally, there are over 349,000 confirmed cases, as of Monday morning, and more than 35,000 cases in the U.S.

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Isaac Saul is a senior politics reporter, editor and founding member at A Plus, the positive news oulet founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also writes the independent, non-partisan, ad-free politics newsletter Tangle. His reporting focuses on Congress, elections, immigration and climate change. His writing has appeared in CNN, The New York Daily News, The Forward, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, Quartz, and been cited by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News, among others. Before A Plus, he was an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post and the sports editor at The Pitt News.




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