Trump, governors clash over claims of 'total authority' over reopening economy
President Trump has butted heads with governors across the U.S. after claiming he has "total" authority when it comes to reopening regional economies.
Trump made the remarks at the Coronavirus Tasks Force's Monday news conference, saying, "When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded Tuesday following the remarks and tweets regarding the matter, saying, "I put my hand out in total partnership and cooperation with the president. If he wants a fight he's not going to get it from me. Period."
Cuomo is among several governors who say they will be the ones to decide how and when to reopen their states' economies.
"The federal government does not have absolute power," says Cuomo. "We would have had King George Washington, we didn't have King George Washington and we don't have King Trump, we have President Trump."
The back-and-forth continued on social media, after Trump tweeted about Cuomo's request for supplies during the pandemic, "I got it all done for him, and everyone else, and now he seems to want Independence! That won't happen!"
Political analysts say New Yorkers should look to the U.S. Constitution for clarity, specifically the Tenth Amendment.
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"No matter what he says, it doesn't throw out the Tenth Amendment," says political analyst Michael Dawidziak. "The Tenth Amendment clearly states that powers not reserved to the federal government in the Constitution are reserved to the states."
Cuomo says his focus is to find the best ways to reopen the economy while not losing any ground residents have made in flattening the curve.
"We have a real challenge ahead," Cuomo says. "Just because those numbers are flattening, it's no time to relax. We're not out of the woods. In this reopening, we could lose all the progress we made in one week if we do it wrong."