Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Trump reverses course on 'the total authority' of the presidency

One day after saying, “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total,”  President Trump has backtracked.  The claim, with no legal or constitutional basis, had a monarchical or dictatorial  favor to it. The silence from the DOJ indicated that even the President's attorney general, a believer in the supreme authority of the executive branch of government, was skeptical.
Governors from both parties noted pointedly that they have and will retain the authority to lift social distancing rules they put in place, according to The Week. By his press conference the following day, Trump largely reversed course.
"I will be speaking to all 50 governors very shortly and I will then be authorizing each individual governor of each individual state to implement a reopening, and a very powerful reopening plan, of their state at a time and in a manner as most appropriate," Trump said. 
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