President Trump likened governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, to “mutineers” for pushing back at his claim that he has “total authority” over whether states will ease coronavirus restrictions to reopen the economy.
“Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies. A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!,” the president wrote on Twitter Tuesday about the governors who are part of regional task forces that will decide when it is safe to begin backing off quarantine restrictions.
In an earlier posting, Trump singled out Cuomo personally, arguing that the governor has pleaded for medical supplies from his administration but now wants to go his own way – “That won’t happen!”
“Cuomo’s been calling daily, even hourly, begging for everything, most of which should have been the state’s responsibility, such as new hospitals, beds, ventilators, etc. I got it all done for him, and everyone else, and now he seems to want Independence! That won’t happen!,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president’s tweet was in response to Cuomo who earlier Tuesday warned the president about reopening the economy and easing coronavirus requirements without the state’s approval.
“I don’t know what the president is talking about, frankly,” Cuomo said on the “Today” show about Trump’s claims of “total authority” of the states.
“If he thinks he’s going to force this state — or any state, for that matter — to do something that is reckless or irresponsible, that could endanger human life … because if we don’t reopen correctly, you will see those virus numbers go up again, and more people will die,” Cuomo said.
“We don’t have a king, we have a president,” he continued.
The president at Monday’s White House coronavirus briefing claimed “total authority” over when to relax the restrictions and restart the economy.
“When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. The governors know that,” Trump said.
He was responding to a question about how governors – including Cuomo – were creating their own regional task forces to decide when it was safe to begin backing off the restrictions.
He was responding to a question about the governors and their task forces.
“You have a couple bands of Democratic governors, but they will agree to it,” Trump said. “They will agree to it. But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total.”