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Lindsey Graham says to trust experts on easing coronavirus restrictions

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Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of President Trump’s most reliably loyal champions — but when it comes to easing coronavirus restrictions by Easter he says we should trust the experts.

“To the president, you are right to want to jump-start the economy, but don’t try to create an economic bump that leads to a spike in the virus,” Graham said on Fox News Tuesday night.

“So any decision to open up the economy based on age or reason needs to be scientifically blessed by the experts.”

Trump said during an earlier Fox town hall that he wants the country to be open for business by Easter Sunday and hoped the churches would be packed, a situation experts warned could spread the virus.

“I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter. You’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it will be a beautiful time,” he added.

The South Carolina Republican, a frequent golf partner of the president at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida before it was shut down because of the spreading pandemic, said that throughout American history, presidents often regretted acting against the advice of experts.

“If the data supports it, I’m for it,” Graham said of the Easter date, April 12.

But he also urged Trump to follow the advice of his Coronavirus Task Force Drs. Tony Fauci and Deborah Birx.

Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday that Team Trump needed to be “flexible” about the date and rely on the actual data on the virus spread before acting.

“You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible and on a literally day-by-day and week-by-week basis. You need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” Fauci told reporters at the White House.

And the president acknowledged that the date was not set in stone.

“I think that would be a great thing for our country and we’re all working very hard to make that a reality. We’ll be meeting with a lot of people to see if it can be done,” Trump said.

Graham wasn’t the only Republican to question Trump’s preferred timeline.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney agreed that it was important to get the economy back in gear, but added that moving too quickly with the virus still spreading could be calamitous.

“There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus,” she tweeted.



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