Mnuchin: Pandemic Won’t Cause Recession [VIDEO]

ABC News reports:

Despite forecasting an economic slowdown, the president’s top economic adviser said on ABC’s “This Week” that he did not think the novel coronavirus pandemic would cause a recession.

Responding to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on whether there will be a recession, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “I don’t think so. The real issue is not the economic situation today. … This is a unique situation. We are going to have a slowdown. Later in the year economic activity will pick up as we confront this virus.”

On Sunday, just days after negotiating a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill with House Democrats, he added, “The stock market is gonna go up, it’s gonna go down, we can’t focus on every day.”