Washington, DC – In a conference call on Monday with the governors, President Donald Trump explained that if the federal government disagrees with a states reopening plans, then he “will step in”.
The President and his administration released broad guidelines last month on their criteria for “Opening Up America Again“.
Meanwhile, President Trump has left specific guidelines on reopening up to the governors.
In his conference call to the governors on Monday the President explained, “Our gradual reopening plans are moving along, and they’re moving along very rapidly.” Continuing on to explain, “The Governors are making their decisions, and want to make their decisions, and that’s the way I want it to, and we will step in if we see something going wrong, or if we disagree, and some people say that’s nice, and some people say I shouldn’t be doing that, but we’re going to do it if we see something wrong.”
While not directly pointing fingers, his comment comes on the heels of growing dissent and dissatisfaction for the governors in states like Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Michigan where there have been more and more reopening rallies and talk of impeaching the current governors.
The President has previously called out Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania to reopen the state, as well as Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois for his “lack of leadership”.
While the President is trying to do the right thing by allowing the governors to have a say in how quickly their states start the opening process, it is clear that many of the Democratic governors would love to keep their states closed a bit longer and draw out the coronavirus in order to flatten the economy or President Trump’s chances at a second term.