Trump Today: Trump discusses coronavirus response with G-7 leaders, governors as he readies reopening guidelines

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President Donald Trump on Thursday discussed his administration’s coronavirus pandemic response with world leaders, U.S. governors and lawmakers as he prepares to announce guidelines for states to follow on reopening their economies.

Trump is expected to unveil the guidelines at an evening news conference. The Wall Street Journal reported they will put the onus on governors, and will not suggest specific dates. White House officials told the Journal that the new guidelines will include medical data on a county-by-county level.

Trump’s news conference will come after a morning video teleconference with the Group of Seven leaders to coordinate responses to the outbreak. This year Trump is head of the group, which consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Shortly before the video conference, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for his country. European countries including Germany, meanwhile, have begun to relax restrictions.

See:As Germany begins to open up, here’s a look at which European countries have relaxed their coronavirus restrictions.

“G-7 leaders agreed to remain committed to taking every necessary measure to ensure a strong and coordinated global response to this health crisis and the associated humanitarian and economic calamity and to launch a strong and sustainable recovery,” said a readout of the meeting provided by the White House.

Trump held a video conference with U.S. state governors and had discussions with lawmakers about the pandemic. “You’re going to call your own shots,” Trump told the governors, the Journal quoted a person who was briefed on the call as saying.

Trump said late Wednesday he will announce the reopening guidelines, after telling reporters that data “suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases.”

The president has been eager to reopen the country but has clashed with governors, who have begun to study how and when to open shuttered schools, businesses and other institutions. Legal experts have underscored that rules like stay-at-home orders are up to individual states, not the federal government.

Trump is also asking a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers to join a task force on reopening the economy. Democrats including Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Republicans such as Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said they have been invited to participate.

U.S. stocks DJIA, +0.14% COMP, +1.65% SPX, +0.58% closed higher Thursday, pushing past early losses caused by grim economic data and some weaker-than-expected earnings reports. The government reported that another 5.25 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the second week of April. That brought new jobless claims in the past month to 22 million.

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