President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined over 700 pastors on a conference call Friday to pray for strength and stamina amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
In a one-hour call organized by the Christian conservative activist group Family Research Council, Trump told pastors that the outbreak “came upon us so suddenly.”
“[W]e were doing better than we’ve ever done before as a country in terms of the economy — and then, all of the sudden, we got hit with this,” Trump was quoted as saying by FRC President Tony Perkins. “So we had to close it down.”
“We’re actually paying a big price to close it down,” Trump continued. “Never happened before.”
However, Trump assured the religious leaders that he believes “we’re going to come back stronger than ever before.”