President Donald Trump on Monday cited Nebraska and Iowa as states that are more lightly affected by coronavirus and could perhaps get back to normal operations sooner than other areas.
Trump: "We can start thinking about — as an example, parts of our country are very lightly affected. Very small numbers. And, you know, you look at a state — great governor — Pete Ricketts, Nebraska. You look at the kind of numbers they have out there. They have one of the great — one of the great hospitals there, too, relative to what we’re talking about. But you look at Nebraska, you look at Idaho, you look at Iowa, you look at many — I could name many countries that are handling it very, very well and that are not affected to the same extent, or, frankly, not even nearly to the extent of New York, which is really …
Question from reporter: "And just — and maybe Dr. Birx can speak to this — do you share the president’s optimism that in a week we might have a situation where we can say, you know, there’s a few hot spots, but much of the country will be (inaudible)."
Trump: "Well, I didn’t say a week, but I said soon. It’s going to be soon. It’s not going to be three or four months, as some people were saying and a lot of people thought originally."