Reports that President Trump is mulling over a decision of a national shutdown surfaced on Friday evening.
Such a plan would involve mobilizing the National Guard to help enforce a two-week quarantine and encourage citizens to “stay at home”. A total shut down would also close all businesses, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies, a source told the Washington Examiner. This would be unprecedented in US history.
However, some top advisers in the Trump administration have already stated interest in it, including Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, “I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting,” on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Fauci added.
According to the Washington Examiner, such an order would not be announced until early this coming week.