Trump: My Authority is Total; Cuomo: No, it Isn’t

  • “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be— it’s total,” Trump said.
  • "We don’t have a king — we have a president, and that was a big decision," Cuomo replied.
  • Governors on both coasts have organized blocs to prepare and strategize for the opening of their states.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., said President Trump has no power to open his state against his wishes. The Democrat said so in reaction to Trump, who said on Monday that that as the President of the United States, he has “total authority.” 

Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving since 2011 as the 56th governor of New York. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms.

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be— it’s total,” Trump said. “And the governors know that.” In response, Cuomo said on NBC’s Today show, we don’t have a king — we have a president, and that was a big decision.” 

“We ran away from having a king, and George Washington was president, not King Washington so the president doesn’t have total authority. The Constitution is there, the 10th Amendment is there,” Cuomo said. “It’s very clear states have power by the 10th amendment.” Cuomo reiterated on Today that the question of the reopening of the American economy is a “very important decision.”

Asked what he would do if the President ordered him to reopen the New York economy now, Cuomo replied, “the only ways this situation gets worse is if the president creates a constitutional crisis. If he says to me, ‘I declare it open,’ and that is a public health risk or it’s reckless with the welfare of the people of my state, I will oppose it.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

“And then we will have a constitutional crisis like you haven’t seen in decades, where states tell the federal government, ‘We’re not going to follow your order.’ It would be terrible for this country. It would be terrible for this president.” American constitutionalists are divided among those who consider that, in this matter, an order from the President goes beyond the will of the governors, while others consider that the state governments have autonomy of decision.

With more than 10,000 people having already died due to COVID-19 in New York State, Cuomo has repeatedly criticized the federal government’s political decisions, complaining about a lack of support, and denouncing the President’s lack of strategy in fighting the pandemic. 

On both sides of the United States’ seashores, governors have organized themselves into blocs, to prepare concerted actions for the moment when it is decided to reopen the economy of their states. Trump said on Sunday that the decision to reopen the US economy will be the “most important decision” of his life, but acknowledged, a day later, that that decision will never be made without consulting the governors of each state.

The United States is the country with the highest number of deaths due to coronavirus, accounting for 25,136 to date, and the one with the most infections, with over 603,000 confirmed cases. The new coronavirus, responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, has already caused more than 125,000 deaths, and infected more than 1.9 million people in 193 countries and territories across the world.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

2 thoughts to “Trump: My Authority is Total; Cuomo: No, it Isn’t”

  1. Once the President encourages everyone to go back to work, it will be fun to watch each Governor cave one by one under the pressure of everyday people desperate to avoid poverty and bankruptcy. #EndtheShutdown

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