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Tom Lattin’s American Flag-themed hot air balloon leaves the ground for a tethered ride at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. on June 14, 2013. File photo
Tom Lattin’s American Flag-themed hot air balloon leaves the ground for a tethered ride at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. on June 14, 2013. File photo amoody@newsobserver.com

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

President Trump is weighing calls from some Republican lawmakers and White House advisers to scale back steps to contain the coronavirus despite the advice of federal health officials as a growing number of conservatives argue that the impact on the economy has become too severe, according to several people with knowledge of the internal deliberations.

Loosening restrictions on social distancing would override the internal warnings of senior U.S. health officials, including Anthony S. Fauci, who have said that the United States has not yet felt the worst of the pandemic.

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” Trump said in a tweet late Sunday. “AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

Trump has begun canvassing his advisers, GOP senators and other allies about what his course of action should be, according to a senior administration official. He is worried about the impact of soaring unemployment numbers and severe economic contraction on his 2020 reelection bid, and fielded phone calls for much of the weekend from alarmed business leaders. He remains fixated on the plummeting stock market, is chafing at the idea of the country remaining closed until the summer and growing tired of talking only about the coronavirus, one person said.

Three people who have recently spoken with the White House economic team, including Moore, confirmed the growing push for restoring normalcy to the U.S. economy and returning workers to their jobs.

Asked about Trump’s late Sunday tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) characterized it Monday as part of a scattershot response to the crisis.

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Members of the Krewe of Chewbacchus, a Mardi Gras Krewe, hold a parade with members dressed as Princess Leia, in honor of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in the Star Wars movie series, in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60. Gerald Herbert AP

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, and other leading public administration officials and Republican lawmakers that prematurely scaling back social distancing measures would hamper efforts to mitigate the virus and would devastate hospitals, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private deliberations. More than 30,000 people in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus, a number expected to significantly increase in the coming days and potentially overwhelm the nation’s health-care infrastructure.​​​

But the push to reopen parts of the economy has gained traction among Republican lawmakers in both the Senate and the House, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

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