In a dispute over a loosening of restrictions on public life in the United States, President Donald Trump has claimed sovereignty for himself. He had “all-encompassing power” on the reopening of America as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, Trump said at the White House Monday night (local time).
In doing so, he responded to statements by governors from several US states who had previously said they would coordinate with each other to lift the restrictions they imposed. Trump emphasized: “If someone is President of the United States, he has all-round power.”
In the United States, almost all states have issued their own exit restrictions due to the new type of corona virus. Trump’s government has also recommended precautionary measures across the country, which are expected to continue until the end of April. Trump said he would work closely with the governors to decide on easing. Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump’s statement, saying that he has full powers in the event of a crisis. However, the power of a US president is constitutionally limited by the separation of powers and federalism.
The governor of the particularly affected state of New York, the democrat Andrew Cuomo, firmly opposed Trump. “The president has no all-encompassing power. We have a constitution, we have no king,” Cuomo told CNN. Even a nationwide crisis does not override the constitution, he said.
Republican Trump wants to ease the corona virus restrictions as soon as possible due to the emerging severe economic crisis. Cuomo said on Monday that he and his colleagues from five other northeastern states would be closely coordinating decisions to ease restrictions. The rest of the states were New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware. California wanted to coordinate with several states on the west coast.
In the United States, however, more than 1,500 people died from a coronavirus infection in a 24-hour period, according to a count of Johns Hopkins University on Monday evening (local time). As a result, coronavirus deaths in the U.S. rose to more than 23,500, according to the University of Baltimore.
The United States is now the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 550,000 people are infected with the novel pathogen Sars-Cov-2. The very high number of infections in international comparison is also due to the fact that a lot of testing is carried out in the USA.