Legal experts are also telling media in the US that Trump is wrong. The president may declare federal measures to stop the spread of the virus, but it is not up to him to lift restrictive measures at the state level and overrule governors, says Elie Honig, a former New York prosecutor, against The Hill.
De Vries calls Trump’s statements striking. “When everything had to close, he said that the states should solve it, that he is a federalist and that he leaves it to governors. Now that it is about opening up the economy again, he pulls all authority to himself. In an emergency the president has far-reaching power, but the last word has not yet been said. “
The power to make such decisions at the state level rests with the governors, says De Vries. “So if Trump wants companies to open up again and governors lie down for that, he’ll have to go to court. And eventually to the Supreme Court, because it’s about the constitution. But is Trump willing to play it that far? Would he? dare? I don’t think so, because if it causes more deaths in an election year, it will be charged to him. “
Governors in the northeast and northwestern U.S. are now marching together. They discuss a joint approach.