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Gov. Cuomo Vows Legal Pushback If Trump Reopens New York, Trump Declares “Absolute” Power

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed to challenge President Donald Trump‘s declaration to reopen the Empire State’s economy in court. Gov. Cuomo’s litigious threats come in the midst of a clash between the governor and the president over who has authority over reopening the New York economy. On Monday, Pres. Trump claimed that “when somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total.”

Gov. Cuomo has characterized the premature reopening of New York as “reckless” and “irresponsible”, stating that such a move “could endanger human life”. According to Cuomo, the president is “spoiling for a fight.”

In response to the New York governor’s pushback, President Trump tweeted a message criticizing and mocking Cuomo, ultimately taking credit for federal assistance for the state, which has become the most greatly devastated region in the world.

Pres. Trump further characterized pushback by other Democratic state governors as “a good old fashioned mutiny”.

Gov. Cuomo responded in an interview with CNN by saying “[America] has a constitution, not a king.” Politicians from both Republican and Democratic parties have since criticized Trump’s claims of total authority, many pointing to the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The language of the 10th amendment reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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