Top White House economic adviser
Kudlow acknowledged during a Fox Business Network interview on Thursday that there will be “spikes and hot spots,” that could force shutdowns “in individual places or certain stores.” But he said the American people will “have to live with this, from time to time.”
“So we’re going to see these things. But the economy is not going to be closed down again,” Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, later told reporters at the White House.
The U.S. reported nearly 36,880 new infections on Wednesday, the largest one-day figure since the pandemic began. The surge was concentrated in Sun Belt states such as Florida, Arizona and Texas that re-opened their economies weeks ago.
There are signs the resurgence is
Kudlow downplayed the rise in new cases, telling Fox Business that the rate of increase had only risen nationally “just a little bit.”
“The health experts are not telling us there’s a second wave and we have the tools to deal with this much more expeditiously than we had two or three months ago,” he said.
And the top economic aide expressed optimism about the economic data, saying he expects a 20% rebound in gross domestic product in the third and fourth quarters of 2020.
He also said he believes the U.S. unemployment rate could fall below 10% by year’s end. It was 13.3% in May.
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