Donald Trump delivered one of his wildest White House briefings yet on the coronavirus on Monday, insisting his “authority is total” when it comes to ending lockdown measures, setting up a fight with state governors who believe the power lies with them.
Cutting a defensive, Nixonian figure at times, the president hailed his own record on the crisis, refuted negative media coverage and even ran a laudatory video for the benefit of the assembled press corps that was quickly dismissed as “propaganda” by CNN and other commentators.
“We have a constitution. We don’t have a king,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo reminded Mr Trump afterwards, as his and other states formed alliances of their own to prepare for reopening, with the country’s death toll from the crisis passing 23,000.
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