Following his push to reopen the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump admitted that he couldn’t sleep at night thinking about the coronavirus fatalities. In an interview this week, the U.S. president opened up about his decision to reopen the economy and sent his message of love to the families of those who have lost their lives due to the pandemic.

“To the people that have lost someone, there’s nobody—I don’t sleep at night thinking about it—there’s nobody that’s taken it harder than me,” he said. “To the families who have lost someone, “I want to say I love you. I want to say that we’re doing everything we can. I also want to say that we’re trying to protect people over 60 years old. We love you, we’re with you, we’re working for you,” he added.

Donald Trump admitted it’s not easy to get the economy going again without risking more lives. Asked whether he was aware that lives would be at stake if he would reopen the country, he straightforwardly said yes. “It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” he said.

However, Trump emphasized that social distancing and other mitigation measures would still be in place despite the reopening. He also said Americans would continue doing things that they’ve “learned to do over the last period of time,” such as washing of hands, as the U.S. economy tries to get back on track.

Asked about the shortage of medical equipment safety supplies, Trump took a swipe at the previous administration, saying “they left us nothing.” He also said the impeachment trial against him that concluded earlier this year hampered the ability of his administration to restock supplies when it was most needed.

“Well, I’ll be honest. I have a lot of things going on. We have a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful. They wasted a lot of time on Russia, Russia, Russia; that turned out to be a total hoax,” he said.

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