Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) dismissed President Donald Trump’s plan to lift strict social distancing guidelines that have kept people at home and shuttered large swaths of the economy by Easter.
“I think the virus is going to dictate the timeframe, we’re going to follow the advice of scientists and doctors,” Hogan said. “I don’t see any way we’re going to be opening back up in a couple of weeks.
“I think in two weeks, around Easter, we’re going to be looking a lot more like New York,” he said. “In spite of the fact that we’ve taken some of the most aggressive steps in the country on social distancing, and we were out front of nearly every state on some of these things, we’ve been taking unprecedented actions every day for the past three weeks, it’s continuing to grow at really kind of frightening paces. We think it’s going to be worse in two weeks, not better.”
New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. As of Sunday morning there have been more than 53,500 confirmed cases and more than 700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Maryland has seen more than 1,000 cases.
Hogan also blasted the messaging coming out of the White House, saying “isn’t helpful” as cities and states across the country continue to try to persuade residents to only leave their homes for essential trips.
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) joined FOX News Sunday to talk about the aggressive steps his administration is taking to contain the coronavirus. Sometimes Governor Hogan’s messaging is at odds with President Trump. #FNS pic.twitter.com/vl6pstKVmH
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