Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter After Coronavirus Shutdown

The president shared his goals with Fox News hosts during a two-hour town hall

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” which is April 12, signaling his interest in ending the stay-at-home guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He made his comments during a town hall on Fox News, during which he discussed his own administration’s advice for Americans to stay in their homes for 15 days. Those 15 days will be over next week.

“I guess by Monday or Tuesday, it’s about two weeks. We will assess at that time and give it more time if we need a little more time. We have to open this country up,” he said.

When Trump suggested he wanted people back working by Easter, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer said it would be “a great American resurrection.”

NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander offered more context on Twitter: “Re: Easter timeline. A WH official tells me Trump does *not* see that as a date by which he begins opening things up, but when the economy is speeding again. That means the loosening of restrictions would, under this scenario, still start much sooner.”

During the town hall, Trump said “we don’t turn the country off” because of the flu or car accidents,” comparisons that have been cautioned against by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. He said comparing the coronavirus to auto accidents is a “false equivalency” and that coronavirus is more lethal than the flu.

Bored at Home? Here's Where You Can Watch Most of AFI's Top 25 Films (Photos)

  • Check out where you watch most of the films (yes, four are not available, unfortunately) on AFI’s list.

  • 25. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

    Since you can’t see Aaron Sorkin’s new adaptation on Broadway right now, you can check out the classic film with an impeccable and honorable performance by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. We should just say, watch everything on Amazon Prime.


  • 24. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

    Another Spielberg classic, it feels like every kids movie or nostalgia show or movie of the last 20 years owes a big debt to “E.T.” And if you watched that adorable holiday ad from last year, it’s worth checking out just how well the original holds up. Again, you can watch this on Amazon Prime in collaboration with Starz.


  • 23. “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)

    John Ford’s adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novel is unfortunately not available for streaming at present.

    20th Century Fox

  • 22. “Some Like It Hot” (1959)

    AFI in a separate list named Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” the funniest movie ever made. It’s a riot featuring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as two musicians who disguise themselves as women in order to evade the mob. It also features Marilyn Monroe at her absolute best. Also watch this on Amazon Prime Video or The Criterion Channel.

    United Artists

  • 21. “Chinatown” (1974)

    “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” That’s the capper to a near-perfect movie rich with a web of corruption, deceit and crime. It also has a masterful Jack Nicholson performance in which he’s in virtually every scene, not to mention wearing a bandage on his nose for most of the film. You can also see this on Amazon in collaboration with Starz.

    Paramount Pictures

  • 20. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

    It’s usually a Christmas tradition, but Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a rousing, feel-good story at any time of year and is an especially poignant message about valuing life and others in these hard times. Watch it on Amazon Prime.

    Liberty Films

  • 19. “On the Waterfront” (1954)

    Marlon Brando had already given titanic performances in films like “A Streetcar Named Desire,” but his sobering work in Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” helped the film sweep the Oscars, including Best Picture. It’s a drama and crime film about an ex-prize fighter who “coulda been a contender” and helps stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Watch it on the Criterion Collection/Crackle. 

    Columbia Pictures

  • 18. “The General” (1927)

    Arguably Buster Keaton’s finest silent film (he also has a quick cameo in “Sunset Boulevard”), “The General” is different from Chaplin’s “City Lights” in that it doesn’t have the same sentimental side and is instead jammed with laughs and incredible stunts the likes of which only Keaton could do. It’s on Amazon Prime.

    United Artists

  • 17. “The Graduate” (1967)

    Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” helped to herald the shift Old Hollywood to New Hollywood, introducing American audiences to a style of filmmaking popularized by European giants of the early ‘60s. But it also helped to shape a new kind of teen counterculture and made Dustin Hoffman a star. It’s available on The Criterion Channel/CBS All Access.

    Embassy PIctures

  • 16. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

    Billy Wilder’s film noir probes the fading glory of Old Hollywood with Gloria Swanson as an old star of silent pictures, Noram Desmond. It’s a perfect place to start exploring the noir genre, as the Top 100 also includes films like “Double Indemnity” and “The Maltese Falcon.” You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video and The Criterion Channel.


  • 15. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

    Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece was polarizing in its day (and still is), but it’s visually awe-inspiring, remarkably tense and a profound and spiritual story on the pursuit for higher meaning in life. Ideally it’s worth seeing on film in the biggest theater possible, but seeing as you’re not going anywhere during the coronavirus, streaming will do. It’s available on DirecTV.

    Warner Bros.

  • 14. “Psycho” (1960)

    Alfred Hitchock’s “Psycho” is as tightly wound of a thriller as you’ll ever see, using imposing black and white cinematography and Bernard Hermann’s riveting score to brilliantly set the mood. Just don’t take a shower afterwards. You can watch it on Amazon in collaboration with Starz.


    Paramount Pictures

  • 13. “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

    Ok, we’re guessing you’ve seen this one already or maybe heard of it. But if you are doing a marathon of the AFI Top 100 list, it’s worth it to see the wonder, creativity and old-fashioned charms of George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” film in the context of all the other classics on this list. It’s available on Disney+.


  • 12. “The Searchers” (1956)

    You can watch John Ford’s “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood, on DirecTV.

    Warner Bros.

  • 11. “City Lights” (1931) 

    Charlie Chaplin’s lovely “City Lights” is available for streaming on The Criterion Channel is a great place to start for anyone new to silent cinema. 

    United Artists

  • 10. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

    The famous movie about Dorothy and her journey to Oz, directed by Victor Fleming, is available for your viewing pleasure on Fubo. 


  • 9. “Vertigo” (1958)

    Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, in collaboration with Starz.

    Paramount Pictures

  • 8. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

    Steven Spielberg’s famous World War II drama is available on Amazon Prime Video, in collaboration with Starz. 

    Universal Pictures

  • 7. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)

    David Lean’s 3 hour 48 min drama is available on Crackle — however, you’ll have to watch it with ads. 

    Columbia Pictures

  • 6. “Gone With the Wind” (1939)

    It’s not on streaming. Tough luck. 


    Warner Bros.

  • 5. “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952)

    It’s not on streaming. Tough luck. 



  • 4. “Raging Bull” (1980)

    You can watch Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” on Amazon Prime. The film stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent and Cathy Moriarty.

    United Artists

  • 3. “Casablanca” (1943)

    It’s not on streaming. Tough luck. 

    Warner Bros.

  • 2. “The Godfather” (1972)

    It’s not on streaming. Tough luck. 



  • 1. “Citizen Kane” (1941)

    It’s not on streaming. Tough luck. 


Are you running out of things to watch during the coronavirus scare? Go down the AFI Top 25 list and check these off as well

Check out where you watch most of the films (yes, four are not available, unfortunately) on AFI’s list.

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