Cuomo: He's Not 'King Trump'

New York governor says he would defy a presidential order to reopen state
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2020 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – A fight between President Trump and various governors over the easing of coronavirus restrictions appears to be on the horizon. On Monday, Trump insisted that he can order states to reopen for business when he sees fit. "The president of the United States calls the shots," he said at his daily news briefing. "They can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States," he added, referring to governors. But on Tuesday, one prominent governor disagreed. Coverage:

  • Andrew Cuomo: New York's governor pushed back hard against the president's claim of authority in a CNN interview, reports the Daily News. “We don’t have a King Trump, we have a President Trump,” Cuomo said. “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.” The governor predicted a "constitutional challenge" if Trump pressed the case. "The worst possible thing he could do at this moment would be to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way." (Cuomo is one of a number of East and West Coast governors who have pledged to coordinate their reopenings.)

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