President Donald Trump says he refuses to have another lockdown in the country despite the increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus, but hinted that there could be one if he loses the legal challenges he has filed after his electoral defeat before the projected president-elect Joe Biden.
Trump, who spoke in public for the first time since his defeat on Friday, repeated his argument that government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus cause more problems than they solve. But he made it clear that the decision might not be up to him.
“This administration is not going to be confined,” said the president, who has refused to acknowledge his defeat. “Whatever happens in the future, who knows, what administration it will be, I suppose time will tell, but I can tell you that this administration will not go to a lockdown,” he said.
Biden hasn’t said if he will order one.
In the week since he defeated Trump, Biden has devoted most of his public comments to urging Americans to wear a mask and to view the coronavirus as a threat that does not distinguish political ideologies.