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Trump claims ’total authority’ to reopen economy as states unveil separate plans

Trump claims ’total authority’ to reopen economy as states unveil separate plans

President Trump on Monday claimed ’total authority’ over when and how to ease restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus outbreak, hours after coalitions of governors on both coasts announced regional plans for reopening their states. ’When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. The governors know that,’Trump said during the White House coronavirus briefing.

Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers 6 months

LOL. It's all Trump's fault! He didn't act quickly enough! (Followed by) Trump has no right to act! He should let someone else handle it!

tenoclock 6 months

Ok then. If Trump gives the order and a state governor doesn't comply then I'm sure the people of that state will let the governor know how they feel about that.

Boo 6 months

And the leagl 'expert' is Jim Acost

David Webb
David Webb 6 months

That's not what he said.

Kyle G
Kyle G 6 months

Purposely misleading headlines. Here is what he said: “It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue,” Trump continued. “A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!”

Pedro Rodriguez
Pedro Rodriguez 6 months

Mr. President, thank you, sir. In regards to some of your tweets earlier today, and I think it was Steve’s question, my question to you is what provision in the Constitution gives the president the power to open or close state economies? And then- Donald Trump: (01:00:54) Numerous provisions. We’ll give you a legal brief if you want. Speaker 24: (01:00:58) We’ll be looking forward to that, sir. But following up, what happens if you say, for instance, we want states to reopen, but California or New York do not open, what would you do then? Donald Trump: (01:01:08) Well, I think everybody wants to open. I mean, I guess- Speaker 24: (01:01:09) [crosstalk 01:01:10]. Speaker 28: (01:01:11) Sorry, could I just ask one other thing on the- Donald Trump: (01:01:12) I guess that could happen, but I don’t think that would happen. Speaker 29: (01:01:13) Mr. President [crosstalk 01:01:14]. Speaker 30: (01:01:13) The states that have closed, ordered schools closed, it’s been states that have ordered businesses like restaurants and bars and place- Donald Trump: (01:01:21) That’s because I let that happen, because I would’ve preferred that. I let that happen. But if I wanted to, I could have closed it up. But I let that happen. I like the way they’ve done it. Donald Trump: (01:01:29) The seven that remained, really, in sort of a semi-lockdown, if you look at those states, they’ve really done a very good job. They’re very much different from a New York or from other places where they’ve been hit very hard. Go ahead, please. Speaker 31: (01:01:39) So you’re prepared then to [crosstalk 01:01:40] states and say, “I order you to open your schools. I order you to force kids to be able to go.”? Donald Trump: (01:01:44) Go ahead, please. Speaker 32: (01:01:45) Yeah. Yes, Mr. President. Following up on that, there are two consortiums of states today, California, Oregon, Washington on the West Coast, Northeastern states, totally representing about a hundred million people, who said they’re going to cooperate and decide when to reopen those states. Donald Trump: (01:02:00) Well they can decide, but- Speaker 32: (01:02:01) Does that undermine what you’re trying to do? Donald Trump: (01:02:03) No, not at all. Let me just tell you very simple. I’m going to put it very simply. The president of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful. The president of the United States calls the shots. If we weren’t here for the states, you would have had a problem in this country like you’ve never seen before. We were here to back them up, and we’ve more than backed them up. We did a job that nobody ever thought was possible. It’s a decision for the president of the United States. Donald Trump: (01:02:31) *Now, with that being said, we’re going to work with the states, because it’s very important. You have local governments. They’re pinpointed. It’s really, you talk about… It’s like a microchip. They’re pinpointed. We have local government that hopefully will do a good job. If they don’t do a good job, I’d step in so fast. But no, they can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.* Speaker 33: (01:14:21) *So if some States refused to reopen and you ordered them to, the 10th amendment of the constitution says all powers that don’t reside in the president of the Congress reside in the states, how do you overcome that?* Donald Trump: (01:14:30) *Well if some states refuse to open, I would like to see that person run for election. They’re going to open. They’re going to all open.* Speaker 33: (01:14:37) [crosstalk 01:14:37] the ballot box, I think that – Donald Trump: (01:14:38) That’s something that’s not going to happen. They want to open. They have to open. They have to get open. Every one of those states, the people want to go and they want to … Now, some will be, are in a different situation. You have, I won’t name states now, but I will over the next two or three days. I’m going to be very specific, but you have some states where this is not the kind of a problem than it is in New York or Louisiana or Michigan or other places that got hit very hard. Illinois got hit very hard, but all states want to open and they want to open as soon as possible, but they want to open safely and so do I. Yeah please. [Omitting the next few topics for the sake of relevance] 37: (01:18:55) [crosstalk 01:18:55] just to clarify your understanding of your authority vis a vis governors. Just to be very specific. For instance, if a governor issued a stay at home order- Donald Trump: (01:19:06) *When you say my authority, the president’s authority, not mine, because it’s not me. This is when somebody is the President of the United States, the authority is total and that’s the way it’s got to be.* Speaker 37: (01:19:17) It’s total. Your authority is total? Donald Trump: (01:19:19) *It’s total. It’s total-* Speaker 37: (01:19:19) What part of the [crosstalk 01:19:19]. Donald Trump: (01:19:20) And the governors know that. Speaker 37: (01:19:21) So if a governor- Donald Trump: (01:19:22) The governors know that. Now you have a couple of bands of- Speaker 37: (01:19:24) [crosstalk 00:15:24]- Donald Trump: (01:19:24) Excuse me, excuse me. Speaker 37: (01:19:25) Could you rescind that order? Donald Trump: (01:19:26) You have a couple of bands of Democrat governors, but they will agree to it. They will agree it. Speaker 37: (01:19:34) What does the authority cover? Donald Trump: (01:19:35) *The authority of the President of the United States having to do with the subject we’re talking about is total. [crosstalk 01:19:41]. Yeah please go ahead.* Sauce:

Alaric 6 months

hard to trust anyone at this point

John W
John W 6 months

I shouldn't be state by state but county by county or city. They should open up unless thier are severe problems like new york.

chad joice
chad joice 6 months

What a clown why is it all clowns like trump sound the same . ARRRRR I'm in charge not u and thier all losers and cowards

Pedro Rodriguez
Pedro Rodriguez 6 months

Oh boy here we go...

Frederic Lück
Frederic Lück 6 months

Just leave the decision to the states

dennis 6 months

His understanding of the powers of President is appalling!

Lisa 6 months

And where was Trump when the states really needed the federal governments support? Playing ‘back up’. And he was way way back criticizing and playing favorites to the governors who kowtowed to him. Now he wants to take control. Donny Dictator it is time for you to leave. And based on how you chose to treat New York City and State, i doubt they would want you back.

Scott Hallinan
Scott Hallinan 6 months

"It's up to the states! It's not my fault! It's up to the states! It's not my fault! Wait they wanna make their own decisions? Whaa! Whaa! NO! MY POWER!"

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