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WASHINGTON — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Tuesday implored President Donald Trump not to ease too soon public restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus.

“Don’t follow somebody talking on cable TV and their recommendations,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “Follow the experts in public health who have dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others.”

The comments from the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat came the day after Trump signaled impatience with federal social distancing guidelines that are hurting the economy.

“I’m not looking at months,” Trump said. “Why would we close down 100% of the country?”    

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The remarks were a major departure from Trump’s prediction just days ago that the guidelines could potentially be in place through the summer.

In times of crisis, Durbin said, presidents “are expected to be credible with clarity and consistency.”

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