resident Donald Trump said he's "OK" with Nevada's closure of nonessential businesses, which has shuttered Las Vegas casinos, days after the city's mayor called the shutdown "total insanity."
Speaking at Sunday's daily White House briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force, Trump gave qualified support to Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak's closure amid the coronavirus pandemic, even though the move has shut his own Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.
"They closed a big hotel down in Nevada that I have in Las Vegas. It’s a very severe step he took. I’m OK with it," said Trump, as reported by USA Today. "But you could call that one either way."
On Wednesday, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called on Sisolak to immediately open the city for business. "This shutdown has become one of total insanity, in my opinion," Goodman said. "There is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start, no plan in place how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it."
Trump was asked point-blank whether he supported the governor or the mayor's opposing viewpoint on Las Vegas' closure as a public safety measure. Trump said he was staying out of the decision. "I’m not involved with that. I could be if I wanted to," he said. "I know the mayor is very upset with it. Some (hotel and casino) owners are very upset with it. Some of the developers out there are upset. Others say, ‘Hey, we have to get rid of it.’ I can see both sides of that."
Nevada has 3,728 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 155 deaths.
Trump did not give guidance, saying others should be looking into solutions. "I don't know that they're working on that specific problem, but it's a problem they should be talking about," he said.