(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a list of nearly 200 advisers who will be meeting and developing suggestions for reopening the U.S. economy as the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane.
At the White House, the president read off dozens of names of executives and companies from various economic sectors including agriculture, banking, defense, energy, financial services, transportation and technology.
He also mentioned leaders from professional sports leagues, unions, healthcare companies, and think tanks, dubbing the panel the “Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.”
Trump said his administration will be speaking to the groups “over the next very short period of time, in many cases, tomorrow,” and will do so “by telephone, because we don’t want people traveling right now.” Trump said that those named on the list were “the best and the smartest, the brightest and they’re going to give us some ideas,” on how to reopen the economy.
The various groups will “work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity,” and “produce a more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient nation,” according to a press release.
Some of those working with the president’s panel include critics such as billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, reality TV star Mark Cuban, as well as Condoleeza Rice, a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush.
Meanwhile, Trump said that plans to reopen the country were “close to being finalized” and that some governors across the United States can “very, very shortly, if not almost immediately,” open up their states
However, he said he will announce a specific date soon, adding that the date will be “in the very near future.”