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Washington, Apr 14 (Canadian-Media): United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's claim of total authority Monday, to put the twin public health and economic crises behind him to reopen the economy when the weeks of tough social distancing guidelines aimed at fighting the new coronavirus would expire by the end of this month was pushed back by governors of both Republican as well as Democratic parties, media reports said.
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"When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total," Trump said at Monday's White House coronavirus briefing. "The governors know that."
Both the governors, New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat insisted that constitution gives public health, safety duties primarily to state and local officials who had issued mandatory restrictions, including shuttering schools and closing non-essential businesses.
The governors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island, California, Oregon and Washington said each state is building its own plan, they agreed to co-ordinate their actions with Wolf.
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, a supporter of Trump, said the decision of when to lift restrictions would be "a joint effort" between Washington and the states.
When asked on Sunday if the U.S. could have saved lives by acting sooner, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases responded in the affirmative.
This annoyed Trump who had referenced Fauci's comments in his tweet and included the line "Time to #FireFauci" which sent an alarming message to US leaders.
Fauci, 79, who had served in both Democratic and Republican administrations and has emerged as one of the most trusted faces of the federal government's response, clarified the whole issue to the US leaders that Trump and he were working in coordination.
Although Trump been complaining to the aides and confidants about Fauci gaining positive media attention and wanted Fauci be left out of task force briefings or have his speaking role curtailed, but that for the time being he is stuck with the doctor, said Trump.