President Trump egged on by a growing number of advisers and business leaders, believes the economy will crater absent a strong signal, and wants to stagger the reopening of work nationwide, people who’ve spoken to him tell Axios.
Behind the scenes: Trump has been hearing from lots of people in the business community and conservative media telling him the economy can’t survive this shutdown much longer. The sources say that “horrific,” “truly scary” economic consequences were described to Trump.
What’s next: Nothing has been decided yet. But Trump has been persuaded, in line with his instincts, that the economy can’t sustain this shutdown for much longer. The administration is discussing different tiers to ease Americans back into normal life after the 15-day period that ends next Monday.