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COVID-19: Trump Insists He Has 'Full Authority' To Lift The Blockade

President Donald Trump declared a 'total right' to lift the blockade of the corona virus outbreak nationwide, which contradicts the views of state governors and constitutional experts.

"The president of the United States makes decisions," Trump said at a recent news conference, where he argued with reporters.
Nine states on the east and west coasts of the United States are planning to lift their mandatory home order.

The US Constitution states that states maintain public order and safety.
Legal experts say this means it is the responsibility of the governors of the states to decide when to lift bans related to the corona virus.
The United States has now recorded 682,619 virus infections - more than four times that of Spain, which suffered the second heaviest damage. The United States also had 23,529 deaths from the pandemic, higher than Italy, where the second highest death toll.

What does President Trump say?

Mr. Trump, speaking at a press conference on the corona virus at the White House on Monday, his administration is finalizing a plan to reopen the US economy, which has been largely shut down to slow the spread. of the virus.
But when journalists asked him whether he had the right to decide on a home order imposed on states, Mr. Trump said:
 "When a person is president of the United States, he has full authority.
"Governor-general. Governors know that."
He added: 
"That to say, we are working with states."
The president emphasized the "many terms" in the US constitution that gave him such power, without specifying which ones.

When the BBC's Jon Sopel asked if he was concerned about the possibility of the economy closing again if a new outbreak struck, Mr. Trump said: "I hope that will not happen, but It makes me think. "

He told reporters the number of people who died of viruses in the US have begun to stabilize, indicating that "social gap" efforts have been successful.
But despite Trump's framing the decision as something Washington could unilaterally do, legal experts say the president has no authority to reverse public health-related bans. given at state or local level.

The White House has recommended that Americans avoid unnecessary restaurant and travel, continue to enforce no more than 10 or fewer meetings at meetings until April 30.

During the press conference, the White House broadcast a video that heavily criticized the media, praised the president's handling of the pandemic, and clips of the governors praising the Trump administration.
Some news agencies, broadcast live press conference, quickly cut this part.

What do the governors say?

The governors affirmed that deciding when the restrictions related to the corona virus were lifted was their prerogative. Responding to a tweet from Trump earlier in the day, declaring that his administration could unilaterally addressing this problem, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania said:

"Well, when we have a responsibility to close the state, I think maybe we also have a major responsibility to reopen it."

The governors of the states seem to be discussing plans to restore economic activity without comments from the Trump administration.

Officials in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delkn and Pennsylvania have promised to "approach with extreme caution", but do not give a timeline.

New York has nearly 190,000 virus infections and more than 10,000 deaths - among the countries with the highest infection and death rates in the world.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference on Monday that he believed "the worst was over" for the United States.

"Nobody ever had this experience, nobody had all the answers," Mr. Cuomo said. "Addressing public health and the economy: which is preferred? Both are priorities."

The western states of California, Washington and Oregon have also announced plans for a joint approach to reopening.

More than a quarter of the US population lives in states on both sides waiting for plans to reopen.
More than 40 states have imposed orders that force people to stay home across the state.

What strategies are other countries in?

China's Wuhan province, where the Covid-19 epidemic was first reported in December last year, was partially open after more than two months of isolation.

Spain has allowed about 300,000 workers in areas not deemed essential to return to work.
Italy - the hardest hit country in Europe - will allow a handful of businesses to continue operating this week.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron announced that the blockade would last until 11 May.

The UK government has said no one should expect any changes to the blockade orders this week.

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