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FACT CHECK: Trump Doesn't Have The Authority To Order States To 'Reopen'

The president claimed "total" authority, per unnamed constitutional provisions. Experts remind him he is not a king, and cite Articles I, II, III; the 10th Amendment; and the Founding Fathers.
"When somebody's the president of the United States, the authority is total," President Trump said on Monday. Source: Jabin Botsford

President Trump at a briefing Monday night made an assertion that likely would have surprised the framers of the U.S. Constitution: that as president, his authority is "total" and that he has the power to order states — which have told businesses to close and people to remain at home to limit the spread of the coronavirus — to reopen.

"The president of the

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