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Cuomo says if Trump ordered New York to reopen, he 'wouldn't do it'

PoliticsApr 14, 2020 09:30AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks as the USNS Comfort pulls into a berth in Manhattan during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday he would not abide by any order that U.S. President Donald Trump might give to reopen his state in an unsafe manner during the coronavirus outbreak.

"If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn't do it," Cuomo said in an interview with CNN.

Trump said on Monday he believed he had "total authority" over states in terms of the U.S. coronavirus response, a stance that is not supported by the Constitution and was immediately rejected by legal experts and some governors.

Cuomo said any such order would set up a constitutional challenge between the states and the federal government that would go to court.

"And the worst possible thing he could do at this moment - to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way," he said, referring to the president's impending bid for re-election in November. "Keep the politics out of it."

Cuomo said the country's founders had already settled the matter.

"We had this argument. It was done a long time ago. People by the name of Hamilton, and Jefferson and Madison and Washington. And they concluded this. They wrote a document that's called the Constitution of the United States."

"It says the federal government does not have absolute power," said Cuomo. "It says the exact opposite of what the president said. It says that would be a king."

Cuomo says if Trump ordered New York to reopen, he 'wouldn't do it'
 

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Silverbug 19
Silverbug 19 Apr 17, 2020 11:52AM ET
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Commerce laws he has no power.
Shijing Xian
Shijing Xian Apr 14, 2020 10:10PM ET
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Cuomo always makes the wrong calls at the beginning, then he makes corrections.
Steven Kemp
Steven Kemp Apr 14, 2020 4:04PM ET
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your also the ********that kept things open and acted like there was no problem. we havent forgot
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 14, 2020 10:41AM ET
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We can open if we either test all or force companies to install temp scanners, office distance, contact tracing and lastly wear n95 mask. or wait until the virus die which is likely 5 months.
John Hat
John Hat Apr 14, 2020 10:00AM ET
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Then New Yorkers can blame you for their handcrafted Cuomo Depression.
Gary Sadler
Gary Sadler Apr 14, 2020 10:00AM ET
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What good is money to dead people ?
max cernovic
max cernovic Apr 14, 2020 9:48AM ET
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Bill's gates to president and we die very fast
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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If the individual states have the power to act autonomously, what is the point in having a president?
Alejandro Pieroni
Alejandro Pieroni Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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Go read the US constitution please, we dont have monarchs here
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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The point is first for the nations and peoples safety, and second for prosperity. Without safety, prosperity would not be possible.
Al Vlaj
alvlaj Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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Because the US system is (and always has been) a Federalist system. That is a central government that has certain powers, with the state as the basic unit of political power. Even local governments (small town mayors and selectboards) have more power than president in this respect. That is why our system was created to have a president and not an elected king.
Gary Sadler
Gary Sadler Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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Because we dont believe in a monarchy or king rule
Matthew Lim
SilkRdEconomist Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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Trump show exhibit his dictatorship arrogance ... then see how he takes it fried and fired
William Smith
William Smith Apr 14, 2020 8:41AM ET
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What an ignorant comment!!
 
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