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Cuomo says if Trump ordered New York to reopen, he 'wouldn't do it'


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday he would not abide by any order that U.S. President Donald Trump might give to reopen his state in an unsafe manner during the coronavirus outbreak. “If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it,” Cuomo said in an interview with CNN. Trump said on Monday he believed he had “total authority” overstates in terms of the U.S. coronavirus response, a stance that is not supported by the Constitution and was immediately rejected by legal experts and some governors. Cuomo said any such order would set up a constitutional challenge between the states and the federal government that would go to court.


“And the worst possible thing he could do at this moment - to act dictatorial and to act in a partisan, divisive way,” he said, referring to the president’s impending bid for re-election in November. “Keep the politics out of it.” 14 April 2020

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