The 1935 film Mutiny on the Bounty is about the rebellion by the ships crew over the captains management style.
In a tweet Tuesday President Donald Trump said it was one of his favorite movies
commenting especially when the mutineers need so much from the captain.
Trump presumably was referring to a group of Democratic governors
who are banding together to collectively decide when they want to reopen their states.
The president is clearly spoiling for a fight on this issue.
The worst thing we can do in all of this is start with political division.
New Yorks Andrew Cuomo and other governors are working together to develop a strategy
for gradually easing stay-at-home restrictions in their states.
President Trump says that decision is not entirely up to them, responding to various questions on Monday.
Trump declared that he has total authority on the issue.
To put it very simply, the President of the United States has the authority to do
what the president has the authority to do which is very powerful, the president of the United States calls the shots.
Trumps statement started a firestorm on state versus federal authority on a national emergency.
On its face what President Trump said is simply wrong.
There is no sort of plenary authority in the president even in times of emergency
to have you know total authority to do whatever he wants.
The governors have pushed back including Michigans Gretchen Whitmer.
Theres nobody who would rather be able to push the button and just return to life as normal
but no button exists in this environment.
During the pandemic the federal government has helped ensure states have the supplies and resources to take care of their citizens.
Lawmakers have also passed a two trillion dollar plan to support the economy.
The governors and mayors have the authority over local matters of public health and safety,
including keeping people in their homes and closing businesses.
The president has every incentive to want to improve the economy.
Hes a lot of financial wherewithal at his disposal to do so.
It puts him in a very different position than the governors and the mayors
who are the frontline defense in terms of keeping people at home to protect public safety.
But in ways that really do keep the economy limited.
Despite disagreements over who can order the nations slow return to normalcy,
ultimately the virus will determine its own timeline, said Trumps top health expert dr. Anthony Fauci.
I think how you reopen if you want to use that word
the economy in those communities is gonna depend a lot on the ability to contain what we know will happen.
Ill guarantee you once you start pulling back, there will be infections.
Its how you deal with the infection thats gonna count.
Some of us considered opening up parts of the country as early as May 1st.
Dr. Carter says that may be overly optimistic
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