Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) responds to President Donald Trump claiming "total authority" over coronavirus decisions at Monday's White House coronavirus task force press briefing. Cuomo said Trump is an elected president and according to the constitution he does not have total authority.
"I don't agree," Cuomo said on CNN. "I don't agree with the president's legal analysis. The president doesn't have total authority. We have a constitution. We don't have a king. We have an elected president. That's what our founding fathers did when they wrote the constitution. And the constitution clearly says the powers that are not specifically listed for the federal government are reserved to the states. And the balance between federal and state authority was central to the constitution, it's one of the great balances of power. And the constitution has served his nation very well for a long time. Again, they didn't want a king otherwise we would have have had King George Washington. we didn't. we had President George Washington elected by the people."