President Trump Invites Heritage’s Kay C. James to Work With America’s Business Leaders to Develop Ideas for Reopening America

President Trump Invites Heritage’s Kay C. James to Work With America’s Business Leaders to Develop Ideas for Reopening America

Apr 15, 2020 1 min read

WASHINGTON—Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James joined American industry leaders and CEOs on a White House call with President Donald Trump today to discuss the administration’s Great American Revival efforts.

Trump announced Tuesday that he would consult James as one of America’s thought leaders with ideas for restarting the U.S. economy. James is currently serving as chairman of the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, which includes 17 top experts and leaders whose mission is to save lives and livelihoods in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic by charting a path through the crisis and determining when and how to best begin to get Americans’ lives “back to normal.”

“I am grateful to work with President Trump alongside economists, scholars, and industry leaders on the Great American Economic Revival,” James said. “We are committed to developing plans to get Americans back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so and helping the nation recover from COVID-19. The president has assembled an amazing team, and I am honored to be a part of it."

“Heritage recently formed the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, bringing together experts in medicine, economics, business, government, disaster relief, and education to develop recommendations to save both the lives and livelihoods of Americans from this pandemic and provide our nation’s leaders with a roadmap to reopen America when the time comes to do so safely. I am excited to bring those recommendations to the president’s Great American Economic Revival team.”

Heritage announced the formation of the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission on April 6. At its first meeting last Thursday, the commission announced a five-phase plan for reopening America. The plan calls for returning to a more normal level of business activity regionally, based on scientific data, as a first step. The commission is currently working on a set of recommendations for policymakers and the American people.

The commission’s next meeting will take place April 20. The commission will provide continual updates on the crisis response and recovery and publish its recommendations on its website,

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview, contact Gloria Taylor at [email protected].

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