President Trump’s plan to reopen economy could ignite clash between state and federal officials

FILE – In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chloebella Frazier, 4, of Washington, takes part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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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 move could ignite clashes between state and federal government as each governor will ultimately have the choice of following federal guidelines or not.

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