New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue the Trump administration if President Donald Trump places the state's residents "in jeopardy" by ordering the state to reopen from coronavirus-related shutdowns.
Cuomo was on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" Monday evening to discuss Trump's declaration that he has "total authority" to decide when to reopen individual states.
"If he tried an edict from the White House that put the people of the state of New York in jeopardy or violated what I thought was in their best interest from a public health point of view, we would just be off to a lawsuit," said Cuomo, who earlier Monday held a press conference with several other northeastern governors to discuss their plans for working together to reopen their own states.
"That's the only way this really horrendous situation could get worse, if you now see a war between the federal governments and the states. And why he would even go there, I have no idea."
Cuomo said Trump was incorrect in saying that he has power over the states to decide what they can and cannot do.
"No, that is not true. I don't know why the president said it. I don't know why he would take us down this path because it's the exact opposite of everything he's been trying to say," Cuomo said.
The governor noted that Trump has tried to tout bipartisanship between the White House and the nation's governors during the pandemic and even deferred to them on when to order shutdowns in their states to control the virus' spread.
"Then he winds up saying he has total authority, which is not true. It's not legal, it's a total abrogation of the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment specifically says powers to the states," Cuomo added.
"The Constitution says we don't have a king. To say I have total authority over the country because I'm the president … that is a king. We didn't have King George Washington, we had President George Washington."
The Tenth Amendment is the final section of the Bill of Rights. It 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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