Live updates: Coronavirus causing worst economic slide since Great Depression; Trump touts total authority as states explore plans to lift restrictions
President Trump returned fire at Andrew M. Cuomo, claiming New York’s Democratic governor had been “begging” him for help to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak before trying to assert independence Tuesday — a move Trump said “won’t happen!”
Trump’s comments, in a tweet, followed a morning of television interviews in which Cuomo took a more combative tone toward the president, mocking him for having asserted in a White House briefing Monday that he has “total” authority over the nation’s governors on when to reopen the economy.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Cuomo compared Trump’s latest briefing to a “comedy skit.”
“A governor should not watch that,” Cuomo said. “There’s no value in it. It is infuriating and offensive and frankly ignorant of the facts.”
Cuomo said Trump’s assertion of complete authority over the nation’s governors is at odds with the Constitution and contrary to long-standing Republican doctrine that as much power as possible should be exercised by the states.
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[Source: Washington Post]