While the number of positive COVID-19 tests continues to rise nationally and the calendar inches closer to winter, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox Business in an interview Thursday that there are no plans for President Trump to institute any sort of lockdown to try to slow the coronavirus pandemic. “There’s not any part of our strategy that’s going to include a lockdown,” he said.
The strong economic report that was released Thursday is something Meadows said the president wants to continue to build off, and to do that they feel it’s important they convey the message that “America is open for business,” despite the rising COVID-19 numbers.
“That’s what the president’s all about: finding ways to make sure we can grow our economy, lowering taxes. He’s got a plan that he’s working on to lower taxes for middle-income wage earners and also looking at incentives to bring onshoring, bring companies back from abroad here to the United States,” Meadows said.
“We’re going to make sure that America is open for business so you can say, ‘Made in America,’ and it not only produces the highest quality but at the lowest cost,” he added.
The stock market responded to the 33.1% improvement in the GDP in the third quarter. The Nasdaq rallied 2.4%, the S&P 500 rose 2% and the Dow Jones Industrials rose 1.4% in the stock market Thursday.