President Donald Trump informed governors that his administration will “step in” if he sees problems with their plans to reopen, in response to audio obtained Tuesday morning by CBS News.
“Our gradual reopening plans are moving along and they’re moving along very rapidly,” Trump said. “The governors are making their decisions, and want to make their decisions, and that’s the way I want it to, and we will step in if we see something going wrong, or if we disagree, and some people say that’s nice, and some people say I shouldn’t be doing that, but we’re going to do it if we see something wrong.”
The president didn’t say what would force his administration to get involved, but he has said before that he has the authority to supersede governors and reopen the country.
Dozens of states have already started reopening to rebuild their economies.
Everyone in the country knows that Democrat governors are keeping their people in lockdown for political reasons.
Trump isn’t putting up with it. The curve has flattened and by now everyone realizes if we can go into supermarkets wearing masks and we come out okay, then we can go into any other business the same way. They’ve done so many things so far that are for their political benefit while screwing over their own constituents. No more.
“If you have any problem, let me know please, but it seems that the governors are largely happy. And I think I can say extraordinarily happy with respect to what we’ve done,” Trump reportedly told the governors.
The Trump administration has previously stepped into situations involving alleged abuses of power by state and local authorities who’ve carried out strict coronavirus restrictions.
The Department of Justice got involved in a religious freedom case early in May when a church in Virginia claimed the state had infringed on its First Amendment rights by banning religious gatherings of more than 10 people.
Attorney General Bill Barr despatched a memo to US attorneys in late April ordering them to be aware of unconstitutional restrictions.
“As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” Barr wrote.