UPDATED 9:49 AM PT — Thursday, March 26, 2020
President Trump may face blow-back from state leaders as he seeks to reopen the economy by Easter amid the coronavirus outbreak.
A number of governors across the country have suggested they will not put a time frame on current statewide restrictions until public health officials give the green light.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) recently said, “you can’t put a time frame on saving people’s lives.” Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has stated, “until they can see the curve flattening and daylight at the end of this tunnel it’s hard to know when they’ll be on the other side.”
Their remarks came in response to President Trump’s announcement earlier this week, which signaled the administration’s Easter timeline.
“Ultimately, the goal is to ease the guidelines and open things up to very large sections of our country as we near the end of our historic battle with the invisible enemy…could go on for a while, but we win,” said the president. “I hope we can do this by Easter, I think that would be a great thing for our country, and we’re all working very hard to make that a reality.”
The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020
The move could ignite clashes between state and federal government as each governor will ultimately have the choice of following federal guidelines or not.