Officials within the Trump regime who spoke to the Washington Post say there is no longer any debate that Trump will call for reopening the economy on May 1st so, to that end, Trump's staff and advisers are focusing on other priorities.
Mainly, they're focused on ensuring that Trump doesn't get blamed if reopening the economy too soon leads to another outbreak.
Officials say they're trying to secure as many co-signers as they can so there's plenty of blame to go around.
Rather, the debate this week has been over how to implement the return, what data could be used to justify the decision, and how to build public support for it to provide the president maximum political cover, according to one senior administration official involved in the discussions and a second person who has been briefed on them.
Trump’s advisers are trying to shield the president from political accountability should his move to reopen the economy prove premature and result in lost lives, and so they are trying to mobilize business executives, economists and other prominent figures to buy into the eventual White House plan, so that if it does not work, the blame can be shared broadly, according to two former administration officials familiar with the efforts.
The Washington Post's sources say the regime's current thinking is to have the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lead the way because the organization is the "spokesman for American business."
I'm sure many businesses would find that debatable, but I personally find it amusing because the Trump regime has routinely ignored the Chamber of Commerce over the past two years. The Chamber has long opposed Trump's global trade war, but Trump's war is still ongoing today while he leans on the Chamber to accept responsibility for whatever happens next.
If the Chamber sticks their neck out for Trump they will deserve whatever is coming to them, but the latter can't escape blame.
Trump originally called for reopening the economy last week and he's been calling for reopening it next month ever since then. It's no secret where the idea came from and it did not come from the medical experts that Trump is increasingly ignoring if not threatening to fire them.
The fact that Trump and his inner circle are concerned enough to arrange a series of political ass-covering measures before they proceed, and the fact that covering Trump's ass is their highest priority at this point, tell us all we need to know about the efficacy of their plans. It also tell us they may be lizards in human suits.