President backed down from to reopen the nation on Tuesday, one day after suggesting he could force states to reopen amid the pandemic.
“When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that is the way it’s gonna be,” Trump said on Monday. “It’s total. And the governors know that.”
and governors alike took issue with that claim, insisting that they ― and not Trump ― had initiated the shutdowns in the first place and would end them only .
On Tuesday, Trump said it would be up to the governors after all, except he then suggested it would still be at his authority.
“I will be speaking to all 50