The President’s words that this decision is his prerogative caused criticism.
US President Donald Trump has been criticized over claims that the decision on the timing of opening the economy is his prerogative.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he was ready to challenge in court any Trump Executive order ordering the state’s economy to reopen amid a pandemic if it would pose a threat to the public.
“If he ordered me to open up the economy in a way that would endanger the health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it. And there would be a constitutional dispute between the state and the Federal government, and it would go to court,” Cuomo said in an interview with CNN.
Trump, speaking at a White House briefing on Monday, said the States “can’t do anything without the President’s approval.”
According to Trump, this is supported by numerous provisions of the Constitution.
“When someone is the President of the United States, their power is absolute,” he said.
Two prominent Republican senators dispute this claim. “The Federal government has absolute power,” wrote in the comments of the Senator from Wyoming Liz Cheney.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said: “The decision on how and when to adjust orders on social distancing should be made by the governors.”
He also wrote in the “Twitter:” “Federal recommendations from the Centers for disease control and prevention and the White House will matter more, but the Constitution and common sense dictate that these decisions should be made at the state level.”
Under the Constitution, powers not transferred to the Federal government remain with the States.
When one of the journalists told the President that he was wrong, he waved off: “Enough please.”