Trump, Governors At Odds About When To Re-Open And Who Has Power To Do So

(RightWingAmericans.Com)- It looks like a fight is brewing between President Donald Trump and Democratic governors of states on the East Coast and West Coast.
On Monday afternoon, it was announced that a consortium of governors on the East Coast and one on the West Coast were being formed to create a joint plan for when and how to re-open their states once the coronavirus is more under control.
Then, at an erratic and attacking White House news briefing, Trump said as president, he had the authority to lift restrictions that local governors had placed on their states. In part, he said:
“When somebody’s the President of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
“The authority of the President of the United States having to do with the subject we’re talking about is total.”
“They [states] can’t do anything without the approval of the President of the United States.”
Reaction to these comments was swift and harsh, especially because they were not factual. Presidents don’t have total authority over states, and Trump doesn’t have the power to force governors to lift restrictions they put in place.
On Tuesday, some of these governors responded.
“We don’t have King Trump. We have President Trump. So the President should not even think of going there. That would be divisive and political, and it would be totally contrary to everything we have been trying to do by working in a cooperative fashion,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“If he ordered me to re-open in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it. That would be the worst possible thing he could do at this moment would be to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way.”
Currently, nationwide restrictions and social distancing guidelines are in place through the end of April. In the next few weeks, Trump and his team will be studying the data and making determinations as to whether to extend those restrictions or start to re-open parts of the country come May 1.
Trump has said he wants to get the economy rolling again as soon as possible, and word has spread out of the White House that he’s pushing for a May 1 re-opening. But governors like Cuomo do not think that would be a good idea.
In contrast, Cuomo said re-opening his state and allowing businesses to operate again would take months. He said:
“We’re not talking about the next two weeks or three weeks. We’re talking about months. We’re talking about a phrase re-opening. It means there is no light switch.
“It’s going to be a phased process. We have to bring in testing, so that we’re testing as we’re doing this re-opening, so that we can gauge whether or not we’re increasing the virus spread. We have to start with really what’s an expansion of essential services.
“We changed the trajectory of the virus by our actions. And that’s the real important lesson to me. Our behavior has stopped the spread of the virus. God did not stop the spread of the virus. And what we do, how we act, will dictate how that virus spreads.
“I want to get out of the house, trust me. Everybody does. But if you move too quickly and not smartly, you will see the numbers go right back up again and you’ll have to do another lockdown. The federal government has to be realistic about this. You can’t just with it and then it is so.”