President Trump and a reporter argue over his authority to rescind a stay-at-home order or to reopen a state. From Monday's coronavirus task force briefing at the White House:
QUESTION: Just to clarify your understanding of your authority vis-a-vis governors, just to be very specific, for instance, if a governor issued a stay at home order--
TRUMP: --When you say my authority, the president's authority, not mine, because it's not me.
QUESTION: Sorry, just a question.
TRUMP: This is--when somebody's--
QUESTION: --Your authority--
TRUMP: --The president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's got to be.
QUESTION: Total? Your authority is total?
TRUMP: It's total. It's total.
QUESTION: Your authority is total?
TRUMP: And the governors know that.
QUESTION: So, if a--if a governor--
TRUMP: --The governors know that.
QUESTION: If a governor issued--
TRUMP: --No, you have a couple of bans of--
QUESTION: --A stay at home order--
TRUMP: --Excuse me. Excuse me. You have a--
QUESTION: --Could you rescind that? Could you rescind that order?
TRUMP: You have a couple of bans of--of Democrat governors, but they will agree to it. They will agree to it.
QUESTION: When would you call on a governor?
TRUMP: But the authority of the president of the United States having to do with the subject we're talking about is total.