“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I would not do so. And we would have a constitutional challenge between the state and the federal government and it would go to “, Cuomo told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on” New Day “.
Trump may also be trying to take advantage of the “major catastrophe statement” he issued for each state – for example, by trying to demand that governors take certain action in exchange for federal aid.
Cuomo, whose state is currently seeing the effectiveness of its restrictions as the number of cases begins to stabilize, said that a “dictatorial” and “partisan” order from Trump to reopen the New York economy “would the worst possible thing he could do right now. “
Asked by Camerota what the eventual reopening of New York’s economy would look like, Cuomo said it would be a “gradual reopening” that would begin with “an expansion of essential services.”
“Because it is not that the economy has been closed. You can get on a bus, you can get on a train, you can buy food. But expand this list of essential services. And this phase, this evolution of economic reactivation, is what we’re talking about, “he said.
Before Trump’s press briefing on Monday when he claimed “full” authority, the coast governors announced that they have formed their own pacts to coordinate the measures they will take to reopen the economies of their states.
Governors on both sides of the country have hammered home the idea that their decisions will be driven by the facts, scientists and public health professionals, not politics.
Cuomo noted on Monday that his state’s health officials believed they had reached a plateau in the cases, but warned that a regional approach was needed to avoid a resurgence. He said it was important to do it step by step with a “smart plan”, assessing the data at each step and working together with the states in the region.
CNN’s Daniel Dale, Stephen Collinson and Maeve Reston contributed to this report.