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Trump vs. Reporter: "When Somebody Is The President Of The United States, The Authority Is Total"

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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.



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