Democrats defend states issuing new COVID-19 restrictions

Coronavirus case spikes across the country put Democrats on the defensive about further COVID-19 restrictions now that President-elect Joe Biden finds himself in a similar situation as President Trump at the beginning of the pandemic.

“I’m not going to shut down the economy, period,” Biden said during a press conference Thursday. He added he did not think a national lockdown was necessary because “every region, every area, every community can be different.”

At a March 20 White House briefing, Trump was asked why he had not considered a national lockdown and responded, “I don’t think so. Essentially, you’ve done that in California, you’ve done that in New York.
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