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Pence on coronavirus lockdown protests: No one wants to open US more than Trump
Vice President Pence on the federal roadmap to restart the economy
Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House coronavirus task force, joins Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
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In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, Vice President Mike Pence said that "no one in America wants to reopen this country more than President Donald Trump."
The comment follows a series of tweets on Friday, where President Trump made a call to action to "liberate" Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia from coronavirus-induced shutdowns.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee immediately criticized the president's tweets, saying they "encourage illegal and dangerous acts."
"He is putting millions of people in danger of contracting COVID-19. His unhinged rantigns and calls for people to 'liberate' states could also lead to violence," Inslee tweeted. "The president is fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies – even while his own administration says the virus is real, it is deadly and we have a long way to go before restrictions can be lifted."
Inslee added that Trump's call is threatening his own goal of recovery.
"His words will likely cause a spike in infections where distancing is working," Inslee said. "That will further postpose the 14 days of decline his own guidance says is necessary to ease restrictions."
During a White House coronavirus task force briefing Saturday, Trump said some governors were being "unreasonable", taking the shutdown orders too far.
“There are a lot of protests out there, and I just think that some of the governors have gotten carried away,” Trump said.
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