Trump on Eve of Reopening Plan

Trump on Eve of Reopening Plan

The president's announcement came after days of confusion about the makeup of what Mr. Trump has described as his "Opening the Country" council.

With more than 6,32,000 people infected with COVID-19, US President Donald Trump said that the United States has "passed the peak" of the coronavirus outbreak.

"The data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases", he said. The task force did not share the data they used to reach that assessment.

Meanwhile, more than 3.3 million COVID-19 tests were completed, which should help researchers develop therapies or deliver an antibody test.

But the President of the United States does not have "total" authority.

The claims come as USA state, local and federal government officials contemplate how to reopen the country after a widespread shutdown of businesses and economic activity as a mitigation and containment measure to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Conway seems to be calling consideration to Trump's press briefing the opposite day when, in direct opposition states' rights and the 10th Modification enshrined within the Charter, Trump went full-blown dictator when he stated he has "final authority" to drive governors to reopen faculties and companies.

The number of USA deaths stood at 28,500 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with more than 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, another Democrat, also dismissed Trump's "legal analysis". Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, check out our data analysis of cases in India, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.

Another person who participated in Wednesday's calls said it was stressed to Trump that expansion of testing and contact tracing was crucial, as well as guidelines for best practices on reopening businesses in phases or in one fell swoop.

But Mr Trump later said that the president has "total authority" on the matter, and on twitter compared the situation to that of a mutiny.

"We'll be the comeback kids, all of us", he said.

About 17 million people have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks as businesses have closed or shed payroll, and the financial markets remain down compared with previous year.

Trump has said he wants to reopen the nation's economy as soon as possible and has announced a group of industry leaders dedicated to reigniting the country's business prospects.

The list included two surprising names that Mr. Tump did not mention during his news conference on Tuesday: Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder who owns The Washington Post and who has been singled out for criticism throughout his administration, and Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur and outspoken Trump critic.

"It's a scam what they do", he said, calling for the Congress to end its "phony pro forma sessions" - brief Senate meetings in which no votes are held - so that he could make recess appointments for various positions.

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