The White House Council to Re-open America is not inspiring a lot confidence, but at least it impressed a new meme.
The president introduced his plans to assemble the group throughout a press briefing Friday. And by Monday, Twitter had some enjoyable.
“I’m going to encompass myself with the best minds,” Trump said. “We’re going to make a determination, and hopefully, it’s going to be the correct determination.”
Trump’s desire in late March to re-start the U.S. financial system by Easter Sunday, in opposition to the suggestions from public well being officers, clearly did not pan out. The huge majority of states at the moment have some type of stay-at-home orders in place.
The “best minds” he assembled embody his daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Secretary of Treasury and Lego Movie government producer Steven Mnuchin. As University of Michigan economics professor Justin Wolfers identified, the council doesn’t embody public well being specialists or economists.
Two officers on the council have a historical past of lacking the mark when it comes to commenting on the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, when the coronavirus focus was on China, council member and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business that the pandemic would “speed up the return of jobs to North America.” In March, council member Larry Kudlow told CNBC that the pandemic was “contained” (he is since stepped again that assertion).
Combine all that with a Fox News graphic and web humor, and a first rate meme was born. After Fox News aired a graphic displaying every member of the council, Twitter customers pasted their very own selections over every portrait.