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Trump Accuses Governors of 'Mutiny' - Page 2

President says he's up for the fight on executive authority
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2020 1:37 PM CDT

  • Skeptics: Trump was expected to lay out his arguments on exerting presidential authority, but in the meantime, the skeptics were out and NPR rounds up the opinions of legal experts. "It's so plain and obvious it's not even debatable," says Kathleen Bergin, a professor at Cornell Law School. "Trump has no authority to ease social distancing, or to open schools or private businesses," she adds. "These are matters for states to decide under their power to promote public health and welfare, a power guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution."
  • Republicans, too: Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. Marco Rubio were among prominent Republicans to say that Trump cannot force the states to do his bidding, reports USA Today. "The federal government does not have absolute power," tweeted Cheney, and she included the text of the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Rubio wrote that federal guidelines "will be very influential," but "the Constitution & common sense dictates these decisions be made at the state level."
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