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Trump Set Easter Target After Kushner Meeting, Seeing Empty Pews

  • Businesses, conservatives pressure Trump to restart economy
  • White House prepares options to be given to Trump this weekend
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Trump Hopes to Open U.S. Economy by Easter

President Donald Trump is determined to ease coronavirus restrictions on most Americans by the Easter holiday -- auspicious timing for his evangelical base and business allies but a worrisome deadline for public-health experts shaping the U.S. response to a still mushrooming outbreak.

Trump’s impatience to get everyone back to work set in almost immediately after he urged everyone to stay home -- touched off as he watched a sermon delivered by a prominent evangelical preacher to an empty megachurch. It gained momentum as Trump listened to advice from conservative economists who warned of near-apocalyptic financial damage, a view reinforced by a free-fall in markets.