Trump Vows No Second Lockdown if Coronavirus Outbreak Flares Up Again

President Trump told Buck Sexton in an exclusive White House meeting Wednesday that the U.S. will not close down again, even if there is another coronavirus flare-up in the winter.

Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” and former CIA analyst, said he was invited to meet with the president at the Oval Office to discuss a wide range of topics. One included the economy and the damaging effects statewide lockdowns have inflicted during the pandemic. The host said Trump is aware of the financial hardships millions of Americans face and promised that he will not push for another lockdown.

Sexton said the president assured him that the country will “never do this again.” He told Sexton that the country will deal with the issue by employing the country’s “best resources” to put out any fires as they emerge “but this will not happen again.”

Sexton joked that Trump did not shake his hands during the promise, but looked him in the eye and said, “We will not do a lockdown for the second wave that is likely to come in the winter.”

The country is in the process of slowly reopening in an attempt to save the economy from crumbling. On Thursday, the U.S. reported that 2.4 million additional Americans applied for unemployment benefits, which brings the country’s total in the past nine weeks to about 38 million. The WashingtonPost reported that the unfolding crisis “already rivals the Great Depression.”

Sexton said he was administered a COVID-19 test (negative) and the conversation with Trump lasted about 35 minutes that included a wide range of issues.

“I can say that we see eye-to-eye on many things,” Sexton said.

He said the president talked about the Michael Flynn investigation and the subsequent fallout and gave a preview of what “is still” to be revealed that “will blow your mind.”

“It’s even worse, it’s even more egregious misconduct than you’ve already seen,” Sexton said. “It’s going to blow your mind, this is from the president himself.”

Trump has spoken out about the Flynn investigation and recent revelations that top Obama officials were involved in a murky Oval Office meeting that touched on the Flynn investigation.

Trump told Fox News on Sunday that,If I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, I think everybody would have been in jail a long time ago; and I'm talking with 50-year sentences. It is a disgrace what's happened,” President Trump continued. “This is the greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country.”

Sexton said he has a good relationship with the president and has spoken to him in the past in more formal settings. He said he talked to Trump about how to reform the intelligence community and issues like judges. Sexton said the conversations are always a pleasure.

“Yesterday was a good day for Team Buck,” he said. “And I’m glad that we had the chance to go down there.”