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Trump wants “all-encompassing power” in the corona virus crisis

In a furious press conference, the US president claims absolute sovereignty for himself – and is thus fighting with governors from several states. The entry stop for Europeans is extended.

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 Monday night at the White House.

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. 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.

Republican Trump wants to ease the corona virus restrictions as soon as possible due to the emerging severe economic crisis. The governor of New York’s most affected state, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, said Monday that he and his colleagues from five other northeastern states would coordinate closely to make 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.

Violent exchange of blows with journalists

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.

In the same briefing, Trump defended his approach to the coronavirus crisis in a heated exchange of blows with journalists. He had been accused of reacting too late: The New York Times had documented the White House’s hesitant behavior in an article on the weekend.

First, Trump explained in detail what measures he had taken since the outbreak. He then had a video of a compilation of statements by numerous people – including governors, health experts and journalists – who praised his work in the crisis. TV station CNN summed up the press conference with the following words: “Angry Trump turns briefing into propaganda session”.

1500 dead in 24 hours

On Monday, more than 1,500 people died from a coronavirus infection in a 24-hour period, according to a Johns Hopkins University count. Overall, the number of deaths increases to 23,500. New York is particularly affected: 10,065 have so far succumbed to the virus there.

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.

The United States’ entry ban for foreigners from Europe is to remain for the time being. For a month now, travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland have not been allowed to come to the USA. The only exceptions are Americans, certain diplomats and Europeans who have long-term work permits in the United States, a so-called “green card”. Their relatives are also exempt.

(APA / dpa)

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