Coronavirus: Trump claims that as president, his 'authority is total' - 2020-04-13
President Donald Trump claimed on Monday that "when somebody is the president of the United States," their "authority is total."
He made the statement when a reporter asked how he would compel governors to reopen their states' economies during the coronavirus outbreak.
"The federal government has absolute power," Trump added. "As to whether I'll use that power, we'll see."
The president's claims are untrue. The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution delegates "police powers" to states to regulate behavior during public health crises.