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Trump Claims ‘Certain People’ Want to Keep Shutdown Going So He’ll ‘Do Poorly’ in 2020 Vote

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a reporter Wednesday when pressed on whether his hope to have the country “opened up” by Easter amid the coronavirus pandemic has more to do with politics than public health. 

“The media would like to see me do poorly in the election,” Trump said after being asked at a White House briefing to explain the basis for his plan to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions by Easter.

Trump kept the criticism up when pressed further over the fact that experts have said following that timeline isn’t prudent. 

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