Trump Softens Stance On His Power To 'Reopen' American Business President Trump had been saying he has absolute authority when it comes to lifting social distancing measures and thus reopening the country. Now, he's been softening that approach.
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Trump Softens Stance On His Power To 'Reopen' American Business

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Trump Softens Stance On His Power To 'Reopen' American Business

Trump Softens Stance On His Power To 'Reopen' American Business

Trump Softens Stance On His Power To 'Reopen' American Business

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President Trump had been saying he has absolute authority when it comes to lifting social distancing measures and thus reopening the country. Now, he's been softening that approach.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

So when will the country start to reopen? With most states under stay-at-home orders, that's one of the big questions on a lot of people's minds right now.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Another question - who gets to decide? Over the last few days, the White House has delivered a mixed message. On Monday, President Trump said the final decision is his.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When somebody's the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: It's total?

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #2: Your authority is total?

TRUMP: It's total. It's total.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #2: Your authority is total?

TRUMP: And the governors know that.

CHANG: Well, constitutional scholars have rejected that idea. And yesterday, in the Rose Garden, the president softened his stance.

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TRUMP: The governors are going to be running their individual states. Some of them will say, no, I can't open now. And some of them may last longer than we even would think. Others will say, I can.

SHAPIRO: But he said the White House could still prevent states from opening up too early.

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TRUMP: Now, if we disagree with it, we're not going to let them open. We're not going to let them open. If some governor said - you know, has a lot of problems, a lot of cases, a lot of death and they want to open early, we're not going to let it happen.

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