Trump also said he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is now unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
Sports that were in progress at the time of the pandemic outbreak have seen their seasons indefinitely suspended.
"Part of me would like to be at the apex and just, 'let's do it.' But there's part of me that says it's good that we're not at the apex because we're not yet ready", he said.
ESPN reported that Mr. Trump said on the call he thinks the NFL's 2020 season should start on time in September and that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September.
"I'm not anticipating that happening in this state." said of a late summer return of packed stadiums. However, Donald Trump did stress that he wants fans back in arenas as soon as it is possible.
While another source revealed to AP that National Basketball Association commissioner Silver stressed to Trump that they are working on multiple season-resumption plans, but cautioned nothing can move forward without clearance from public health officials. None of those leagues released public comment.
Trump vowed that he and his team of health professionals would continue working to keep the numbers of deaths low, as will state governors. The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because no discussion from the call was to be revealed publicly.
The call included 12 major sports commissioners and top executives, including the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, WWE Wrestling, the PGA Tour, UFC, IndyCar, LPGA, and Breeders Cup, according to a White House pool report.
"There will be death", Trump said at a White House briefing on Saturday.
But after the sombre start to his daily briefing on Saturday, he has come back again and again to his desire to get the country open for business. "We will get through this together, and bats will be swinging before you know it".
However, he also said all citizens should still take measures to protect their loved ones and neighbors by acting like they have coronavirus right now. We're not going to have separation for the rest of our times on the planet.
"It's very understandable that officials would seek to get the most they can get for their communities", he said of the requests his administration has received for ventilators.
Even as Trump kept coming back to strategies that could put the country back to work, Fauci emphasised how countries which followed a strict mitigation succeeded in blunting the curve.
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