US President Donald Trump said that the decision on when to reopen the US economy is up to him, not the governors.
“This is the President’s decision, and there are many good reasons for it. At the same time, the administration and I are working closely with the governors, and this will continue. The decision on my part, in cooperation with the governors and taking into account other opinions, will be made soon,” Trump tweeted.
According to the President, the media mistakenly claim that this decision depends on the governors.
While Federal health authorities have issued recommendations to combat the coronavirus, including on principles of social distance and the wearing of masks, Washington has not issued recommendations for the entire country to close schools and other public places, leaving the issue to the States.
Trump wants to open the economy as soon as possible after the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed about 22,000 lives in the country and led to the loss of millions of jobs.
Legal experts note that the President has very limited authority to order residents to return to work, and cities to open institutions, transport, and local companies.
According to the 10th amendment to the Constitution, the maintenance of public order and welfare is the responsibility of the state authorities.