New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not obey Trump’s order if he decided to lift the “public health risk” restrictions imposed by the coronavirus.
Commenting on the U.S. government’s plans to open up the country’s economy amidst the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not comply with the relevant order of U.S. President Donald Trump if the removal of restrictions would mean “a threat to public health”. “If he (Donald Trump – Ed.) gives me an order to reopen (the economy. – Ed.) so that it would endanger public health in my state, I will not do it,” – quotes Cuomo news agency Reuters on Tuesday, April 14.
“We can start planning for the opening of the economy, but it has to be done carefully because otherwise, it will come out sideways, as we have seen elsewhere in the world,” Cuomo also told CNN.
At a White House briefing on Coronavirus April 13, Trump said the U.S. president has “absolute authority” to impose or lift COVID-19 proliferation restrictions in individual states.
Since then, however, several legal experts interviewed by CNN journalists have said this is not true and that the decision to impose or lift restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic is the responsibility of state authorities.
Inaccuracies in Trump’s Coronavirus statements
The channel’s website also contains other statements of Trump on coronavirus, which, according to the editorial staff, are not true. Thus, the head of the White House stated that former US Vice-President Joe Biden apologized to him for the accusations of xenophobia he made to Trump after he imposed restrictions on entry of passengers from China to the USA on January 31. “Biden did not apologize to Trump for accusing him of xenophobia on January 31,” reports CNN. “It’s not known whether the former vice president knew about the imposition of restrictions on the entry of Chinese passengers into the U.S. when he accused Trump of xenophobia on the day of imposition of these restrictions,” stressed the journalists.
According to Johns Hopkin University on Tuesday, April 14, the number of people infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is 582,594 in the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic 23 649 patients in the country died from COVID-19, of which more than 10 thousand – in the state of New York.