Trump Claims Absolute Authority

Trump Claims Absolute Authority April 15, 2020

Trump is once again claiming that as president he has absolute authority, this time to order the reopening of the country over the wishes of the CDC and state governors. This is not the first time he’s done this, but as a matter of constitutional law he’s flat wrong. That decision is up to the governors, not the president.

He then doubled down on it during his daily coronavirus briefing:

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be.”

Former Solicitor General Neal Katyal points out that he is absolutely wrong about this.


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