President Trump planning 'Major News Conference' Thursday to announce coronavirus recovery

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 15:41:41-04

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump is preparing to unveil national guidelines on when and how the country starts to recover from the sharp economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Major News Conference tonight, the White House at 6:00 P.M. (Eastern), to explain Guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN!," the president tweeted early Thursday afternoon.

As he does so, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers is urging him to heed the advice of public health experts. The new guidelines are aimed at clearing the way for an easing of restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while keeping them in place in harder-hit places.

Ultimately, decisions on when to ease up will rest with governors. The recommendations also will make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned. He says he'll explain the guidelines on Thursday evening.

FOX 13 News will carry the president's remarks live in our 4 p.m. newscast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report